Anyone who has tried to lose weight knows it can be quite a challenge. It requires hard work, consistency, persistence and does not happen overnight.
Weight loss fads and gimmicks usually only provide short term results because once you go back to your normal lifestyle, you’ll most likely gain the weight back.
The best and healthiest way to lose weight is to change your lifestyle. However, there’s no doubt it takes awhile to see results.
What if you have been trying to lose weight for months on top of months and are still not seeing results?
First always remember, if you are exercising more often and eating healthier, you are making progress. Even if it is not showing on the scale, your body is probably more tone, it’s healthier, and if you keep doing what you are doing, you will at least maintain your weight.
However, if your goal is to lose the weight and not maintain, you may want to try something different if you’re not getting results.
Here are 5 questions you can ask yourself if you’re struggling to lose weight:
1. Am I working as hard as you possible when I go to the gym?
Getting to the gym feels like an accomplishment in itself when you have a busy schedule, but once you get there, you really need to push yourself to the next level each time to get results. As soon as you reach the point in your workout when you feel you need to stop, give yourself a little push to keep going. You’ll not only make more progress each week, but you’ll also feel more satisfied after your workout.
2. Am I being consistent?
If you skip a few weeks and then go to the gym three times in one week, you may not be seeing much change in your weight. A consistent schedule will help you stay on track and encourage you to exercise more. Health professionals recommend working out 3-4 times a week. Consistently going each week and working your hardest when you’re there will give you better results.
3. Am I really eating healthy?
No one is perfect. It’s okay to indulge in your favorite foods, but just make sure you are not doing it frequently. Eating vegetables and fruit every day of every week will give you energy and nutrients to help you lose weight while keeping your calorie intake low.
There is also a lot of confusion about food in general because of advertising. Be careful and read the nutrition labels. Just because a box of granola bars says each bar is filled with vitamins and fiber, does not mean it’s not still a high sugar snack. Keep in mind, food companies are doing whatever it takes to get you to buy the product. Always remember, health claims are often advertisements!
4. Am I drinking high calorie beverages?
If you are having juice or soda with every meal and snack, those calories can add up fast throughout the day. Alcohol can also hold you back from losing weight. Ditch the high calorie drinks and replace them with water to cut the calories from your diet.
5. Am I physically active?
You may be going to the gym more often, but when you’re not at the gym, are you physically active? Anyone can fit activity into their day with a little motivation. If you work at a desk, take a 5 minute break every hour to stand up and stretch, walk to a co-workers office instead of sending an email, or take the stairs instead of the elevator. Small bits of activity will add up and help you burn more calories throughout the day.
Losing weight is hard, but it is not impossible. If what you’re doing right now today is not working, ask yourself the above questions. If you think you could improve, take the initiative today to make a change and work harder. Small changes in your lifestyle could make the biggest difference.