You get up early, bought new (and expensive) trainers from Nike that costs more than your rent does, yet when you tip at the scale, you’re still the same weight as you were when you Â first started! As frustrating and demotivating as this sounds, your lacklustre weight loss regime might be slacking in certain areas.
According to health and wellness website body+soul, if youâ€™re struggling to reach your goals despite doing all the right things, check this list out and make sure youâ€™re not being held to ransom by self-sabotaging habits.
1.Â . You take shortcuts
A ‘workout’ is named as it is because you have to push yourself to the limit in order to achieve the results. Spreading yourself too thin and give excuses are just some of the reasons why you’re not losing any weight. By allowing yourself to stay in the comfort zone, you’d just do what you think is enough instead of aiming for intensity. And you know what happens in the comfort zone: not much.
2. You don’t get enough sleep
Everything is harder when youâ€™re tired, let alone trying to push yourself to brand new fitness heights. Try hitting the pillow a little earlier for a few nights and see if it gives you the extra energy you need to go a little harder in your training. Youâ€™ll also avoid falling into the â€˜Iâ€™m too tired to trainâ€™ trap. In my experience, this is the most common excuse of all to drop a jogging session. And most of the time, I regret sleeping in.
3. Your diet is all wrong
Your body needs good nutrition to perform at itâ€™s best, so make sure youâ€™re getting your fair share of good lean protein and plenty of green, leafy vegetables. Of course, even if youâ€™re eating well, if your supplementing your chicken breast and broccoli at dinner with a block of chocolate and a whole 1.5-litre bottle of soda, youâ€™re pretty likely to experience set backs. Cut back on treat foods to intensify your results. You canâ€™t out-train a poor diet.
4. You keep doing the same workouts
If your workout is always the same, your body will always be the same. When you stick to the same workout all or most of the time, your muscles adapt to the exercises and it becomes a less effective way to burn fat and calories. Your body also needs time to recover so itâ€™s important to mix up your workouts to give it time to recuperate and repair.
5. You’re socialising during your workouts
The social side of training can be great, but not if itâ€™s distracting you from achieving your fitness goals. Stay focused on what youâ€™re doing and avoid turning your workout into a social event. Leave your phone alone, too. If youâ€™re having a text conversation while youâ€™re lifting weights, your rests are probably too long. If youâ€™re answering the phone during a run, youâ€™re giving yourself an excuse to slow down. MYNEWSHUB