Alright, you have been sweating and working and straining for months now. You hired a trainer, you do Group Fitness classes and you work out on your own; you’ve been killing it! You have lost over 15 pounds, but you still have a few more to go. But for some reason, for the past month or two, you haven’t seen the number on your scale change at all!
How can that be? You have been doing your workouts and you have been eating well. Why all of the sudden have you stopped dropping the pounds? It just doesn’t make sense. It gets frustrating. Believe me, I have been there and many of my clients have gone through through the same struggle. I have a few ideas for you to consider. Could any of the reasons I have listed below be the reason that you haven’t continued dropping weight?
1. You are building muscle.
Hold the phone. If you are a woman reading this – don’t panic. I didn’t say you were morphing into a body builder. I said “building muscle”. During the process of your change, you have been lifting weights and doing all kinds of various weighted and resistance work. This process not only burns fat, but it also puts muscle on your body. Therefore, when you hop on the scale, you may see the number stay the same and in some cases even go up. That’s OK! If you are doing everything right, you are on track. Your body fat weight has now changed to muscle weight. That lean muscle you are putting on your body for that tight and toned look may keep your scale the same, but you won’t have the same figure.
2. You aren’t eating properly.
There is such thing as needing to eat more or less when it comes to weight loss. You may not be consuming enough calories to replenish what your body is burning off. Your body could actually be holding onto its weight because it doesn’t know when you will fuel it again. Or you could be eating all the right things, but be eating too much of them. This is actually really common. Many people believe eating healthy foods gives them a license to eat as much as they want. But it doesn’t work like that. Too many fat, carbs or sugar grams of healthy foods can put weight on you just like the unhealthy foods.
3. Your workouts need to be switched up.
This is probably the most common reason people struggle with this issue. People start off their weight loss journey and are very proud of themselves because they are finally being physically active. Once they get the hang of it, they do what is comfortable and what they know. This is definitely good for a while, but eventually it will result in a plateau for your weight loss. To keep your weight loss progressive, you have to stay active and you have to change up your workouts. Think about it this way: you can practice drawing a circle for a long time and get really great at it, but you aren’t going to get any better at drawing a square, are you? No. Our bodies need to have variety in movements. You don’t just want to master one workout routine and be great at only that. You want to keep your body challenged. Keep various moves in your workout routine so that you can continue progressing!
4. You have stopped working out as much
So you saw some weight drop, and you thought that meant you could slack off a little on your workout regimens. It’s actually the total opposite of that! If you are wanting to continue to lose weight and keep it off, you MUST continue staying active or it will come creeping right back up. You weren’t getting those results with less effort before, were you? What makes you think you can get results from slowing down? Don’t ruin your progress by going backwards! Stay active and keep up your workouts!
Did the points above remind you of anyone? You, perhaps? It’s alright! If you related to any of the above points, now you know what your problem could be! Stay dedicated to your eating habits and workouts, but make sure you are changing things up (in a good way) and you will continue to see success!