Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Why You Might Not Be Losing Weight

There is nothing more frustrating than eating multiple healthy meals throughout the day, busting your tail at the gym, and not seeing that "stubborn" body fat come off. There are three main ways to lose body fat. The first way is to consume less calories, the second way is to increase your cardio, and the third way is a combination of one and two. Let's focus on consuming less calories.

If you are just starting off, eliminating a lot of junk food and replacing it with good, clean, healthy food will get you started in the right direction and help you lose some body fat. That is where ideally you would create a meal plan, and follow through with it on a consistent basis, but what happens when you stop losing body fat? There will come a time where you are being consistent and after a couple of weeks, your weight has remained the same, and you haven't noticed any changes in the mirror.

"But I am eating ALL healthy foods, I should be losing weight, correct?" Incorrect. A very common myth now a days is that you will lose body fat as long as you eat all healthy foods. A calorie will always be a calorie, and if you aren't burning more then you are consuming, then don't expect to lose weight. Assuming you have been consistent following through with your meal plan, I would recommend reducing 50-100 calories every day. That will keep you going in the direction you want.

It is very important to know how much of each food you are eating. If you are having trouble eliminating those few calories each day, check out this blog post I did about Eating Less Without Realizing It.

So remember, there are three main ways to lose body fat.

1) Consume less calories

2) Increase your cardio

3) Combination of one and two

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