Have been exercising often, walking, counting calories and yet not dropping pounds? Weight loss occurs when you burn more calories than you consume. Exercise helps you burn more calories, but there are other factors you must take into consideration as to why you are not losing weight. So, if you are hitting the gym without any actual results, here are some reasons why you are not Losing weight even when you are exercising regularly:
You’re doing too much cardio
Cardio keeps your heart healthy and boosts your metabolism. However, longer cardio sessions like going for regular 10-mile runs can eat away at your lean muscle mass, which is essential for increasing your metabolism, to burn more calories. It also causes the body to become more endurance-focused, storing energy as fat, so that it has plenty of reserve fuel to keep you going for all those miles.
You’re not lifting weights
The best way to lose weight and build lean muscle is by doing some form of resistance training, like lifting weights, in addition to your cardio. Not only does weight training prevent injury by strengthening the joints, but it also builds muscle mass, increases metabolic rate and burns fat. The more muscle tone your body has, the more fat you’ll burn.
Your workout is not intense enough
More time spent in the gym does not always result in a more fitness. If you are spending time in the gym but hardly breaking a sweat, you are not training hard enough. Your exercise should be intensity dependent, not time dependent. High-intensity exercise burns more calories that come from fat than low-intensity exercise. Also remember, the harder you work, the shorter your workout time may need to be.
You are doing the same workout
The body is good at becoming efficient at what it does regularly, that means if you do the same workout, over time you will burn less and less calories doing it. It is recommended to mix up your workouts to maximize calorie burn, such as alternate high-intensity with low-intensity workouts. The more you change workouts, do different things, and challenge your body in various ways, the more calories you are likely to burn over time.
You’re not taking time to recover
Help your muscles recover by exercising different muscle groups or changing workout routines on alternate days, or by taking a complete rest. Recovery and rest are often more important than the workout itself. It’s during these periods that your body does most of the actual fat burning. Give yourself time to fully recover, so you’re ready to workout the following day.
You’re not moving enough
Exercise burns calories, but it simply cannot compensate for a sedentary lifestyle, which involves sitting for most of the day, as we work or relax in front of the television. Sitting for just a few hours causes your body to stop making a fat-inhibiting enzyme called lipase. Keep moving about to burn calories, stand and stretch every hour, take the stairs and park away from the office (Read More).
You are stressed
A busy schedule, challenging job, family pressure, whatever is the reason for your stress, it can be the underlying cause of your weight gain. The stress hormone cortisol can increase the amount of fat your body stores away. Even worse, excessive stress causes fat to be stored in the abdominal area, which is harder to lose. Therefore, make sure you keep your mental and emotional health in check in addition to your physical health.
It’s not just the weight you lose, but the life you gain!