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Why You're Not Losing Weight

by Christy Taylor

Is your time at the gym just not paying off? Losing weight is not an easy thing to do, and people fail for a number of not so obvious reasons. Here are some common weight loss mistakes:

1. You stick to the same work out
It’s easy to get comfortable in a routine at the gym. But your third week on the same elliptical program will not challenge your body the way it did week one. You need to add variety to your work outs. Experts recommend a new routine every three to five weeks.

2. Your only goal is weight loss
There’s more to weight loss than just a number. If you give yourself a reason to be more healthy you’ll see more pay off in the end. Like wanting to run a 5k with your daughter, or feeling confident in that little black dress. Keeping your underlying goal in mind will motivate you better than any target weight could.

3. You’re on a fad diet
Simply don’t do it! If you restrict your calorie consumption too much, your body will adapt and learn to survive on that ‘fad’ amount of calories. When you go back to eating normally again, you gain weight. It’s called the yo-yo syndrome.

4. All you do is cardio
Cardio is a great way to burn calories, but if you’re not losing weight despite hours of ding it, it’s time to try something new. Add strength training to your workout. It sculpts, tones, and trips all at once. There are many different strength training plans that are geared specifically towards women who want to lose weight.

5. You listen to that negative voice in your head
When that little voice in your head tries to convince you you’re too lazy or too self conscious to go to the gym, talk back.

6. You exercise by counting calories
When it comes to weight loss, diet and exercise go hand in hand. But if you’re not losing weight, you might be taking that statement too literally. Burning 500 calories on the treadmill is not going to erase the 500 calorie burger you had for dinner. A lot of food we eat slows down the weight loss process because of preservatives and chemicals they contain. So, when choosing your food, stay as close to nature as possible. Keep in mind, food is fuel. Don’t exercise to work off food; let food work for you.

7. You lack social support
It’s no coincidence that overweight families tend to be overweight together. When trying to lose weight, it’s important to surround yourself with like minded people. Friends and family who don’t support your healthy initiatives can be detrimental to your diet and exercise plan.