Reasons Why You May Not be Seeing Results...
There are times that I can remember when I thought that I was doing everything right and I just couldn't make progress... I would become discouraged and just give up. BUT that's never the right answer. There are so many small things that we could be doing incorrectly that impact results. Below you will find some of those sneaky reasons.
1. Your expectations are just too high.
We would all love if things were simple and quick. 10 lbs down in a week? Ok, thanks! BUT that's not how this work. Results take time, work, and consistency. A safe rate of loss would be 2 lbs or less a week. Heck, sometimes you will see results with a measuring tape before that ugly scale! So one way to aid this is to be a little more realistic... 10 lbs is probably more likely in five weeks, not one.
2. You are eating too many "bad" carbs...
Pasta, Pizza, and Donuts... oh, my! By bad carbs, I mean processed carbs. Yes! The good ones, the ones full of sugar. Yeah, you have to cut back on those! I am not a believer in Keto or low-carb diets but restrictions are necessary for gains. You may be sticking within your allotted macros for carbs but if they are ALL low quality carbs, it may stall your progress. Some good carbs are: sweet potatoes, brown rice, quinoa, fruit, beans, and nuts... think whole foods.
3. You are eating too much.
Sometimes it can be a little difficult to pinpoint exactly how much you should be eating or calculate what you've been eating. Essentially, if you burn more calories than you consume... you're going to lose weight! You can rid yourself of this reason by tracking your food! (I use MyFitnessPal, psst! It's free!)
4. You are a cardio queen.
One of the best things you can do to get your body into burn mode is to pump some iron! The more muscle mass you have, the more calories your body burns which can equal more results. Creating a well-rounded workout routine can help bump this reason off the list, don't be afraid to lift those weights!
5. You don't drink enough water.
We all know that it is WAY easier to drink several "beverages" than it is to drink 8 glasses of water. Your body needs water to function; it regulates body functions, temperature, and protects your joints and tissues. Water can also be used to reduce your calorie intake... drink a glass of water before meals.
6. You are not eating enough.
I know earlier I said that if you burn more calories than you consume, you're going to lose weight... however, this is the deal breaker. You have to eat enough to fuel your body so that it functions properly and you have enough energy for those workouts! If you do not consume enough calories, your body will assume that it is starving and go into survival mode... it will hold onto everything it has. With that being said, it is not recommended to eat less than 1200 calories a day. If you find yourself feeling quite sluggish, you should slowly increase your intake by 100-200 calories a day or so until you feel your energy levels spike again.