Before January 1 st rolled around, you probably set a goal of how many pounds you wanted to lose or that you wanted to fit into that pair of pants just hanging out in your closet (you know the ones I’m talking about).
Here we are in February and that number on the scale hasn’t moved, those pants are just as tight, and you’re starting to lose that new year motivation…
The good news is we still have eleven more months left in the year for you to reach your goal, and it may be easier than you think!
Here are a few reasons you may not be seeing results:
You aren’t eating enough!
Not eating enough slows our metabolism instead of helping it. To take the guesswork out of trying to cut calories, calculate your total daily energy expenditure (TDEE), then account for how active you are, then implement a healthy deficit over time.
Basically, what that means is, we figure out how many calories your body burns in a given day, then start lowering your calories each week to have you burning more than you eat. When done properly, your body has enough fuel so you keep good energy levels and you still lose fat!
You are doing too much at once!
Are you a real go-getter, overachiever type? Did you implement a new strict diet plan, exercise 5+ days a week, possibly a new supplement regimen, new rules you need to follow, and more?
Think back to this time last year when you did this...did you burn out?
To make a sustainable lifestyle change, we need to implement the smallest, most effective changes at a time that we can do without derailing our current lifestyle.
Take a look at what your day to day is like.
● What kinds of foods are you eating?
● How much are you eating?
● How active are you?
● How many times do you exercise each week?
● How much water do you drink in a day?
● How is your sleep?
● How stressed are you?
These are all areas that can improve by focusing on one healthy habit at a time in a way that fits into your schedule. Bonus, when you improve one of these areas, the other areas tend to naturally improve as well !
You’re not doing the right type of exercise!
This is a big one, especially for women! When you work out, are you on a cardio machine (treadmill, elliptical, stationary bicycle, etc.) or are you lifting weights?
While cardio has its place - it is great if your goal is to improve heart health and endurance - BUT if your goal is healthy, sustainable fat loss, you will want to shift your focus to doing more resistance and strength training.
When you lift weights, you build muscle. Muscle tissue burns more calories than fat tissue, so this helps boost your metabolism. Why’s that? - Because your body will need to burn more to fuel those muscle cells. This means, as you build more muscle, you can eat more calories each day without putting on extra fat!
Now, I know looking bulky is a big concern for many women, but let’s put those fears to rest. Unless you actively try to get bulky, it will be difficult for you to do so. Instead, you will look more feminine as you get a tighter waistline, more rounded backside, and more lean muscle in your upper body!
You’re trying a diet that your body doesn’t respond well to!
We are all different, with different tastes, body types, and genetics. This means some of us can handle more carbs or fats than others much in the same way that many people are lactose intolerant and other people can tolerate dairy products without issue. Now we ALL need healthy carbs, fats, and protein, but the amounts and types of each is what can differ. This is why some people do well on diet plans like the Ketogenic diet while others gain weight when they try it!
If you are on a diet that your body doesn’t like, you could be experiencing negative effects like weight gain, inflammation, digestive trouble, lack of energy, poor sleep, feeling hot or cold more than usual, trouble focusing, and more.
By testing your DNA, you can learn about your own sensitivities, how much of your diet should be carbs, fats, and protein, what types of foods you will respond better to, and much more!
You may have genetic predispositions you aren’t aware of!
Just like our DNA affects how we respond to food, it also plays a role in how our bodies mobilize fat, what our appetite control is like, if we have addictive tendencies, our obesity risk, how sensitive we are to caffeine, what we need to do to have healthy cholesterol levels, if we can properly absorb and utilize certain vitamins from our food, and more.
You may be doing everything “right” in terms or diet, exercise, sleep, stress management, and water intake, but something simple like being prone to increased inflammation could be holding you back!
If any of these obstacles are keeping you from reaching your health and wellness goals, then I encourage you to contact me, Molli Thibodeaux, using the link below. I am passionate about helping people succeed in becoming the best version of themselves by getting you set up with a DNA test for health, nutrition, & fitness. I take pride in the personalized plans that I am able to develop to help men and women reach the goals that they have set for themselves in 2021!
So what are you waiting for? Contact me today and let me be the support that you need to lose those pesky obstacles and pounds while gaining a healthy lifestyle!