The eternal cry of women everywhere: “why can’t I lose weight?!”
You work out every day, yet you’re still struggling to see any progress.
There are a few reasons that you may not be seeing results in the gym, and some of them may sound like a personal attack- I promise, that’s not what we’re going for. We want to assure you that you’re on the track, because getting to the gym is often the hardest battle! But, if you’re not seeing the results you’re looking for, it’s time to do a little soul-searching, maybe face some hard truths, and get yourself pumped up to make some changes.
Reason #1: You’re phoning in your workouts
Ouch. I told you this might sound harsh. But all too often, I see it the same scenario play out at the gym.
- Person comes in for workout
- Doesn’t choose challenging weight
- Doesn’t try to do movements quickly
- Doesn’t even break a sweat
- Complains about not seeing results
And usually, they don’t even realize they’re doing it. If you’ve never really had to push yourself during your workouts before, you may not realize that you can do so much more. Grab a heavier dumbbell. Move a little faster. Do a little more.
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Reason #2: You don’t have a set goal in mind
You may think that you want to lose weight, or you want to tone up your arms, but you have to define these goals in order to make them possible. Saying “I want to lose weight” is very broad, and doesn’t provide an actionable plan. Use the SMART method of goal-setting to create specific goals that you can reach. Instead of just “losing weight,” pick a specific number, create a deadline, and follow a plan to get you there.
Reason #3: You’re not consistent
This is the most common issue I see when it comes to lack of results. You can work out, you can work hard, but if you aren’t consistent with those workouts, you won’t make the progress you want. Look back over this month- have you hit the gym 5-6 days a week like you said you would? Have you eaten nutritious meals or have you been indulging more often than not?
Reason #4: You haven ‘t given it enough time
Good things take time, baby girl. And it’s annoying, but it’s true. Exercise is pretty darn great, but it’s not a magical solution. It takes time, hard work, sweat, and more time. Don’t be hard on yourself for not losing 10 pounds in 2 weeks because that’s what you read on a magazine once. A healthy weight loss goal is about 1 pound per week. If you want to lose 20 pounds, that’s about 20 weeks. Th9ink of it with the right perspective- stick it out, and you’ll see the results you want…. over time.