You’re working out, eating better, and feeling great about your decision to get fit. But when you step on the scale, your heart drops when you see a larger or equal number to last week. What could be the hold up?
The truth is, even if you’re following a fitness routine and making healthier food choices, you might not be seeing the weight come off as you’d hoped. While the number on the scale doesn’t always reflect other healthy accomplishments like eating better, making it to the gym and gaining muscle, we understand how frustrating it can be to step on the scale and not see results.
Stay calm, and keep doing what you’re doing. We’re confident one (or several) of these common weight loss hurdles is what’s keeping you from that magic number.
You Love Condiments
And who doesn’t?! But, unfortunately when it comes to fitness and weight loss, condiments can be your worst enemy. From ketchup, salad dressings, whipped cream and more, condiments can pack a pretty big punch of calories – not to mention sugar, fat and other unwanted foes!
Tip: Not ready to give up the condiments? Use tabasco sauce, mustard, lemon & lime juice, vinegars and herbs for your condiment fix! Or, make your own dressings!
3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
3 Tablespoons Lemon Juice
½ Teaspoon Oregano
½ Teaspoon Minced Garlic
Shake all ingredients together in a tightly-sealed container
OR whisk together in a bowl
Let stand for 10 minutes and allow flavors to blend
Shake again and enjoy!
You’re Not Drinking Enough Water
Drinking water is like the magic wand to weight loss. Not only does it keep you hydrated, but it can also aid in portion control. Drinking 1 tall glass of water before each meal can save you from overeating. Likewise, consuming water throughout the day can keep you from snacking between meals. We suggest having water available to you at all times. Stash a bottle in your purse or briefcase. Get in the routine of grabbing a bottle each day before you head out the door. Ask your employer to invest in water coolers for the office. No matter how you get more H2O into your diet, we promise you’ll feel the difference.
You’re Eating Too Much of Healthy Foods
It is 100% possible to overindulge on healthy foods, and could be one of the reasons you’re not losing weight. Always remember even the best foods still contain sugar, carbohydrates, oils & fats. While they contain healthy amounts of these items, overconsumption can cause you to plateau or put on pounds. Nuts, avocados, natural peanut butter, dark chocolate and whole wheat pasta are all examples of healthy foods that are high in calories. We encourage everyone to enjoy them, but be mindful of their intake.
You Don’t Strength Train
Is cardio your middle name? Then your weight loss goals might be suffering. If you run ten miles a day but never pick up a hand weight, you’re intentionally neglecting one of the most essential components of getting in shape. Weight training is important for several reasons: it strengthens the joints which helps prevent injury during cardiovascular activity, it builds muscle mass, and it increases your metabolic rate. In conclusion, lifting weights helps you burn more calories even after the workout is over.
Your husband/wife/girlfriend/boyfriend/roommate Isn’t on the Same Page
This is a biggin’ for the lot of us. If you’re trying to get in shape but your significant other isn’t on the same healthy track, it’s easy to fall back into old habits. If your spouse is constantly suggesting to order pizza or stay in instead of hitting the gym, it might be time for a chat. Talk to them about your goals and how important they are to you. Make suggestions for how you can live healthier together. For example, next time they want delivery, suggest skipping the appetizers.