Part of our jobs as Personal Trainers is to measure improvements against goals. Often losing weight is a client’s number one goal. As much as we encourage body positivity, healthy options and balance, we understand the ultimate goal and do what we can to help. It breaks my heart to see my clients so upset when the scales show a change in body weight. I see the effort they put into every workout. I see how often they are at training. Sometimes I even need to enforce a rest day. Often I am only involved in 1 hour of their day. So it gets me thinking, what else happens outside of their Group Training or Personal Training Sessions? I ask them to be completely honest with themselves. Have they put in all the effort they could? Have they eaten more than their bodies require? Have they been eating food they know they don’t need? When they answer that they have done everything they could, we have to consider other factors as to why they may not lose weight. It’s not about giving excuses but really understanding that every body is different and your way of eating or training needs to match what your body needs to function. Here are 5 Reasons You May Not Be Losing Weight:
We all know about the PMS hormones that make us want chocolate and to curl into a ball, but what about the other ones that are responsible for every function in the body? Hormonal imbalances may stop you losing weight. Some conditions require you to lose weight for that condition to resolve eg. Insulin Resistance. However, a symptom of the condition is difficulty losing weight. It becomes a tough cycle to break. Speak to your doctor if you think this might be an issue for you. If you are breastfeeding, the hormones involved may also prevent you losing weight. That is completely natural. Some women are able to lose weight while breastfeeding, where other’s struggle. It’s a difficult time for your body as it adjusts to feeding another person and keep up with their needs. Focus on providing your body with nutritious foods to nourish you both.
Have you considered you are not eating enough? Clients are often mistaken about their nutritional needs and believe that you must restrict your calories to achieve weight loss. But when trying to lose weight it’s about eating more nutritious foods that assist the body in all their functions. When you are not getting enough food or drinking enough water, your body is designed to hold on to what it has until it receives it again. It’s a primal function designed for survival. Drinking more helps to reduce fluid retention, same goes with food. Give it more and it will give up what it’s holding onto for later.
In turn, reviewing the amount of food you are having per meal can help you reassess whether you do need to cut down the amount of food you are eating. Often, it’s more about changing the types of foods. For example, cutting down grains or sugar and replacing with more fruit, vegetables and meat.
It’s important to be aware of how foods make you feel in terms of energy levels, digestive function and identifying what may trigger digestive discomfort. If you know eating pasta makes you bloat and feel like crap, cut it out and see the differences in how you feel. Same goes for dairy, wheat, gluten and other typical food intolerances.
Not a lovely topic but honestly your poo says a lot about your diet. There is a way to measure how your body is functioning, it’s called the Bristol Stool Form Chart. Yep it has all types of poo and what it means for your body. Making sure you go regularly will help with weight loss and reduce all that bloating you feel. If you are not going at least daily, you need to consider how much fibre is in your diet and increase your intake of fresh fruits and vegetables.
Stress, grief, depression, anger, every emotion impacts on how our body functions. There are studies that show the impact of these emotions on weight loss. You may not be shovelling extra food in your mouth but stress, for example, can change the way your body absorbs food. Make sure you find ways to deal with your emotions. Whether it is seeing a Psychologist, having a relaxation massage, have a cry or enjoying a wine and chat with your best friend.
Consider all of these factors if you are not seeing results. If you need help, Contact Us as we offer nutritional coaching to help you identify areas to improve. If it is more complex, consult with your GP and get the right treatment.
Remember Every BODY is different. Love yours, care for it and remember how awesome it is.