Why Despite Working Out, You’re Not Losing Weight

You begin working out and after two weeks, you get discouraged because you’re not seeing desired results. This is to be expected. Everybody wants to see results as soon as possible but we have to be patient. If it were this easy, everyone would not have such a hard time looking great. Now fast forward to two months from now. You’d probably expect some sort of progress, but no, still nothing. Here are six reasons as to why this imgres-2could be happening to you.

1. Diet
While it’s great to work out, that is only half the battle. Part of getting in shape or trying to lose weight, or gain weight for that matter is what you eat. You should really look closely on your caloric intake each day. Also look into the types of foods you’re eating. Try to keep your food choice as close to natural/whole foods.

2. How Much Am I Eating?
Maybe you’ve nailed down the diet in terms of what foods to eat, but you find yourself maybe eating too much of it? You need to run a caloric deficit. What this means is you need to be burning more calories a day than taking in. Other tactics are eating slowly so you can easily recognize yourself getting full and stop at the right time.

3. Too Much Cardio?
While cardio is definitely a part of the process in losing weight, you can in fact be doing too much cardio and as a result hinder your weight loss. If you are doing cardio for too long, you can essentially burn away lean muscle which is good for increasing your metabolism and burning more calories.

4. Your Not Lifting Weights
If your ultimate goal is fat loss and lean muscle, you absolutely should be lifting weights. It’s ok to bike, run, eat right in order to help lose weight but you’ll want to incorporate strength training as well.

5. You’re Not Pushing Yourself
There isn’t a perfect recipe that says if you do this exact amount of exercise or eat this exact amount of healthy foods that you’ll look perfect. Everyones body varies from person to person. You should roughly be working out for an hour a day. Now if you’ve been coming up short of this mark, you may not be pushing yourself enough.

6. You’re Not Recovering
Everyone loves that burn after a great workout. But are you working out the same spots everyday? Are you working out your whole body at once? You should break up your workouts into different body parts everyday. This way each section has time to recover before you get back to that body area. Your body does its actual fat burning on its rest days.

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Targeting Glutes and Hamstrings

Not happy with your legs? Or even worse, are you the type of person who tends to skip legs because you don’t want to be sore with every step you take during the following days? Skipping out on your legs can lead to an undesirable look. Sometimes, if you workout your upper half too much and not enough your bottom half, you can in fact look a bit funky. Lets take a look at some of the workouts that target your glutes and hamstrings.

Seated Hamstring Stretch

Knee Lifts

Basic Bridge

Leg Lock Bridge

A Great Success Story

Every now and then, people tend to get lazy with their workout. Whether it be because of the holidays, they get busy, or they get hurt and once they heal they have a hard time getting back to the gym on their own. We look for reasons as to why to get back to the gym, or even go to the gym initially in the first place. Sure we’ve seen the commercials with the outrageous before and after photos, but do we believe them. How about this one. Clarence Ilderton of High Point, North Carolina is still lifting to this day. Doesn’t really seem like a big deal does it? Well Clarence is 88 years young!

B9315615327Z.1_20141223190254_000_GO29GDVHL.1-0Clarence has come a long way. He remembers the day he first started running. It was May 16th 1968. Why does he remember this date? It was the day after he quit smoking, at age 42! At age 42, Clarence proves right here that it is never too late to make a change.

Five years later, at now age 47 Clarence began taking Korean taekwondo where he eventually achieved the status of a black belt. He then went onto join the YMCA of Greater High Point where he has been a member for 40 years. Clarence to this day works out normally four times a week with sometimes the occasional extra workout on the weekend. To this day, he can bench press more than 200 pounds. Just five years ago, he was able to bench press his max weight of 255 pounds.

It all started with a simple mile walk. As he walked a mile everyday, he then would run a mile. After running a mile every day, one mile then turned into three miles and so on. Clarence Ilderton is a model citizen to show us all that its never too late to get back to the gym to strive for results that you desire. He also goes to show that you’re never too old to stop working out as well.  For more on Clarence, check out this article here.