We typically recommend that clients workout 2-3 times a week with us and a couple of times on their own – to get in roughly 150 minutes of exercise.
I have heard a few too many times, I know I am making progress. I have more energy, I can do more pushups, I don’t have the old aches and pains I used to.
But, why am I not losing weight?
Not always an easy question to answer, but we do have many options to look into and consider.
First of all, we as trainers will recheck your body stats. Taking measurements and checking your body fat versus muscle mass. Usually, after about 6-8 weeks of regular workouts, we will find that clients lose body fat and gain muscle mass. Yippe!! That’s exactly what we trainer want. Sometimes the client will look like, well, ok…I”ll take it, but they’d like to lose weight.
Ok, if weight loss is one of your goals, you must absolutely create an inventory or log of what you eat every day for every meal and every snack. It’s too busy in life to remember everything you ate and drank in a day, week or month, so right it down! We can show you what foods may work better for your goals and point out ways to incorporate higher quality nutrition into your diet.
Take time to log your diet
If you’re going to take the time to workout with me, and weight loss is a goal, take time to log your diet. It’s immensely helpful!
Another reason you may not be losing weight is alcohol consumption. I love a good cocktail. But if weight loss is a priority for you, this may be the time to cut way back or avoid alcohol altogether for faster results.
You may not be losing weight because you may not be getting enough sleep. Sleeping well helps recharge the body and mind and if your body is stressed and tired it will not function properly to aid your workouts.
Another reason you may not be losing weight is that you have an underlying medical condition. Thyroid disease, PCOS and sleep apnea are some conditions that could cause weight gain and for sure prevent weight loss.
Finally, are you taking any medications that could prevent weight loss? An appointment with your general practitioner is always a good place to start if you’re successful at all of the above.
Remember, we all have a different genetic makeup and while we can all get healthier and that should be the number one goal, some of its DNA – so keep the right goals in mind!