If you’re looking at this page, you are probably extremely frustrated because the scale has either slowed way down, or isn’t moving at all. I could go on a rant about how the numbers don’t matter, but people want to see results on the scale or they lose their motivation. You already know how I feel about it, because the real results are seen in the mirror and the clothes you wear, but let me break down a few of the more common reasons.
(P.S. I recently released a podcast on this topic in case you’d much rather listen, then read. Check it out at the bottom of this post.)
1. You think you are eating healthy, well portioned meals, but you really aren’t.
I’ve come across many people who think they are eating the types of foods they should be, until I investigate further. Natural whole foods, in the correct quantity (Yes, you should track the portion sizes and measure it out) is what’s important. Get rid of all the processed crap. Be honest with yourself or you will be just wasting time.
2. You’re either not getting enough sleep, or you’re under too much stress.
If you don’t get enough sleep, your body can’t recover completely for the next day. If you’re under too much stress, cortisol (A hormone) will drop by and give you a hard time too. Either way, you won’t continue losing weight unless you start getting 7-8 hours, and doing something to reduce the stress in your life. Easier said than done, I know… but you wanted the truth right?
3. You’re actually adding muscle to your frame.
This is a great problem to have. That’s why it’s important to take before/after pictures and measurements so you know what’s changing when the scale isn’t.
4. You’re either over training, or not training enough.
Over training is a real problem. Working out 2 hours a day, 7 days a week may have worked better when you were really young, but doing any kind of exercise where you aren’t giving your body enough time to rest will prevent your body from rebuilding at it’s optimal level.
Quite the opposite, if you’re spending too little time, that can be a problem as well. Equally as bad (I actually think this is worse), if you do the same types of workouts or cardio, day after day, your body becomes accustomed to that workout. Your body works off of the “Law of Adaptation,” so if you don’t throw something new at it, your body will stop adapting to the new exercise and your results will come to a halt.
5. You either have an excuse for everything, or have a lack of willpower.
Making excuses won’t get you anywhere. Just know people have had the same (and more) excuses than you have in the past, and still were able to accomplish their goals. As far as willpower, it’s much like a muscle in your body. If you don’t flex it often, it will atrophy and you will lose it.
6. You just haven’t given it enough time
Listen, your body is amazing. It will do whatever it can to hold on to as much precious fat as it can. This weight loss thing isn’t a quick fix, there’s no pill you can take that will instantly make you lose 30 pounds. It didn’t come on in 2 weeks, don’t expect it to leave that quickly either.
There’s plenty of other reasons you may have plateaued, but this should give you a good starting point for now. Just do me a favor…. now that you’ve read this, stop focusing on the scale. It never helps…. No matter what it says, you will be disappointed.
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