By Jen Langlois of TruFit Training
I’ve Tried EVERYTHING!! Why can’t I lose weight?!
I seem to hear these cries for help a lot lately. Trust me! I’ve been there too!
We cut calories. We start exercising more. We do our research on the latest fad diets and supplements. And search our Facebook feed for the newest workout moves! When really, we just need to stop making weight loss harder than it needs to be.
Needless to say. There are a slew of reasons that you might be having trouble losing those pesky LBs. But here are my top 3.
There isn’t a simple one size fits all for diet and training. You’re unique. And so should be your diet and training program. I wish it were just as easy as a math equation of less calories in than calories out. Fad diets aren’t sustainable. And you need ALL your macros. (Protein, Fat and Carbs). Focus on portion control instead. And make sure you have the right ratio of cardio vs. strength training.
Stop sabotaging your gains with excessive exercise. More isn’t always better. What’s better is being more efficient in your training. Not giving our body time to rest and recover can also be detrimental to our goals. Its when we rest that our muscle grows. And the more muscle we have – the faster we burn calories while we train and rest. It comes full circle. On the flip side – you need to question… Am I exercising hard enough?? Is that 3 hours a week sufficient in comparison to my sedentary lifestyle?? HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is one of my favorite forms of training for efficient weight loss.
Remember…this is a marathon. Not a sprint! Don’t expect to see changes in your body after a couple of weeks of training. Especially if it’s taken you years to gain the weight. I know we love that immediate gratification. But stop beating yourself up so much. You might not SEE your results straight away. But you’ll FEEL them straight away! Bench markers don’t always need to be weight loss. I prefer to focus on quality of life. And weight loss is a bonus side product of bettering our life by becoming more healthy!
But above all…MOVE!