I'm working out a lot, but not losing weight. Is there something I'm doing wrong?
Last Updated: 02/15/2021 at 9:02pm
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It's great that you are exercising, but ultimately for weight loss you need to focus on what you're eating too! Supposedly weight loss is 80% diet/20% exercise, so if you're not nourishing your body it might be the reason you haven't lost the weight. Having said that though there are other reasons that may be preventing weight loss such as thyroid symptoms etc - you could try your Doctor if you're concerned.
Weight is lost by burning more calories than you consume. Exercise is really excellent for a lot of reasons, but there is a limit to how much you can boost your calorie burn. There probably are ways to exercise differently to maximize what you burn (not my area of expertise), but in my opinion and experience, the foundation of weight loss will come from controlling what you eat. It's important to keep your intake under control if you want to lose weight. Many websites and apps can give you a ballpark figure of what range of total calories to shoot for based on your age, current weight, gender and how rapidly you want to lose weight. The trick to making a calorie restricted diet work, is by eating quality calories, so your body is getting the actual nutrients it needs.
You told nothing about your eating habits and whether you unknowingly eat hidden sugar. For example, coffee, bought from automatic machines, contains sugar, no matter on how low sugar level machine is set. Regarding exercises: do you exercise with all limbs and other parts of body, do you do different exercises (endurance, strength,...)?
There are three things you have to keep in mind about losing weight. They are 1. Exercise. 2. Diet. 3. Motivation. I guess your diet is not working properly. And if you are working out, probably you are not doing the right exercises that are supposed to help you out. More than going to the gym I would advice you to join MMA or karate. That gives you a full body work out and releases a generous amount of endorphin. It helps you to lose weight very quick.
Diet can be a big part of losing weight, sometimes it matters more than the exercise you do. Make sure you have a healthy diet, as well as doing enough cardio or even HIIT workouts!
Everyone has a different body that requires different efforts to shapen. A healthy body can be achieved, first, by eating healthily. 80% of weight changes are due to alimentation. of course, working out also helps your body and eases your mind, but don't do it too much or your body won't be able to make the efforts you are requiring it to do! Then, after alimentation, there is how you feel, how stressed you are, how anxious, how sad, etc. In a nutshell, be happy and all will come round ! "mens sana in corpore sano" as the latin would say!
There are a few things that can factor into not losing when while working out. There are two major factors to this, fat vs muscle weight and your diet or food intake. First, muscle weighs more than fat, meaning that when you work out you are gaining muscle. This can throw off the number on the scale because it can't tell the difference between the two. Instead of focusing on the number, try and se if you notice a difference in the inches lost or your size going down. The other factor to not losing weight when working out, largely has to do with your diet or the types of food you eat and how much. A healthier diet will lead to better result when trying to lose weight. This can be a simple change of not drinking soda or sugary drinks that have unnecessary calories. You aslo want to make sure you are in a calorie deficit (burning more calories than what is being taken in) Research into healthier food choices and what calorie deficit is and how to achieve it in a healthy way is a good way to start.
Weight is only one way to describe our bodies and our health. Other metrics we could use include dress size, flexibility, balance, and what emotions we feel. Similarly, exercise is only one of the many things can affect our weight and our health. Other things include our food habits, our sleep habits, and how much stress we experience. Common reasons why someone might work out and not lose weight: - You're losing fat but gaining muscle, and so your weight remains relatively unchanged. If this is the case, you should notice changes in your body shape, for example dropping a dress size or two. - You're not losing fat, in which case food, sleep, stress and chronic inflammation can all cause your body to hold onto the fat. Talk with your doctor about chronic inflammation and how you might reduce it in the body. And a less common answer: the human body has a psycho-somatic connection, meaning your emotional state and your physical state are inextricably intertwined. If there's underlying depression, anxiety or trauma that the body can't let go of, it's possible for the body to hold onto the weight. Talk to your doctor to learn more.
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