You're working out like a maniac and eating correctly, but you still aren't seeing any results. There's an explanation for it all.
1. Not drinking enough water.
Your body consists of more than 70% of water, so it shouldn’t be a surprise that you need to drink water throughout the day. Water helps with digestion, boosts your metabolism, supports muscle function and works as a key asset in brain function. If you’re feeling thirsty, you’re already dehydrated, so drink up!
2. Not consuming enough protein.
Protein provides structure to your muscles, organs, hair and nails. If you feel weak when you run, lift weights, or even during a yoga class, you may not be consuming enough protein. There are multiple ways to boost your protein intake especially through meats, fish and protein powder.
3. Not getting enough sleep.
You’re body gets tired if it’s pushed to certain limits. Not enough sleep can cause an abundant amount of stress on the body, which triggers it to slow down your metabolism and store fat. Yes, you may want to get that late night workout in, but is it worth losing a couple hours of sleep? Probably not.
4. Consuming too many liquid calories.
Often called empty calories, if you continue to consume soda or fruit juices on a daily basis, you cannot expect to lose any weight. You don't realize how easy it is to drink your calories away. So, the next time you reach for that drink that claims to be sugar free with zero calories, think twice, and pour yourself a glass of water.
5. Skipping breakfast.
You've probably been told on multiple occasions that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Breakfast does exactly what it sounds like: it breaks the fast. You’ve been sleeping (hopefully) for 8 hours or so, and your body needs nutrients in order to give you enough energy to start the day. Breakfast skippers are known to eat more at their next meal, or consume high-calorie snacks to curb the hunger they’re experiencing. Remember that grabbing a banana on the go is better than nothing.
6. Poor meal preparation.
You can work out every single day and burn hundreds of calories, but if you’re not fueling your body properly, all that running and lifting is wasted. It’s crucial for the body to receive good nutrition to support all the work and energy being done.
7. Shopping the center aisles.
Generally speaking, you should always scale the perimeter of a grocery store because that's where you will find fresh produce and lean proteins. Center aisles are usually designated for chips, candy and other processed junk food that you don't need.
8. Incorrect calorie calculations.
If you don't know how many calories are in a particular food, the last thing you should do is guess and hope for the best. There's plenty of online sites and apps that can assist you if you're unsure.
9. Not lifting weights.
Arguably, the most important part of the body transformation comes from weight lifting. Even though cardio is beneficial for losing weight and hearth health, lifting weights will transform your body from flab to fab. You can tone up without bulking up!
10. GIVING UP.
Getting fit and making a life long commitment to staying healthy is a process! It will not be easy, but it will be worth it. Sure, you may hurt and feel sore in places you've never have before. You will sweat, a lot. You will feel discouraged when you don't see immediate results. You will have cravings. But, giving up is the easy option. Stick to a routine and gradually build up to your goals. The only person you're in competition with is yourself.