Are you working on getting in shape but the scale isn’t moving as fast as you’d like? I’ve got a guest author today who is a personal trainer and he has some tips to share with you that can help.
Clinton Walker of Makeoverfitness.com shares five reasons why you may not be dropping the pounds. Make some of his suggested adjustments and you will jumpstart your results!
Clinton’s article starts below.
Five Reasons You’re Not Dropping Pounds
1. You are not eating enough calories
Under-eating is one of the obstacles in the fight to shed pounds. Many believe if you decrease your calories you will decrease fat on your body. However, your body requires a minimum amount of calories to function properly. If you don’t provide your body with that amount you will not see results. Even the smallest person should consume at least 1200 calories a day. Your calorie intake is determined based upon your weight and activity level. To get the scale moving, you need to eat balanced meals and enough calories.
If you aren’t sure how many calories you are eating, then check out the calorie counter at my website: http://www.makeoverfitness.com.
2. You are on a diet without exercising
You must combine a balanced diet with exercise. A diet alone may help you lose weight, but eventually you will gain it back. Exercise helps tone your muscles and raises your metabolism rate. By raising your metabolism, you can increase your body’s ability to release fat. Exercising along with a diet plan is the best way to achieve and maintain a healthy body.
3. You never change your routine
You must change your routine often to see improvements. For example, if you are exercising on the elliptical machine every day at the same speed, eventually you will reach a peak and stop progressing. You must perform a variety of cardiovascular and weightlifting exercises. When the results slow down or stop, switch your routine to give your body another challenge. If your body is not stimulated to change, it will stay the same.
4. You don’t have an effective exercise program
Doing a couple of exercises without a plan or schedule won’t produce good results. For the best results, you should have a detailed workout plan. Join a gym or use a facility with enough equipment to work every angle of your body. Or if you can’t join a gym, then try a workout DVD series that works your whole body.
5. You don’t have a “can do” attitude
If you desire excellent results, you must be willing to ask for help if you need it, take constructive advice, and move forward. Everyone has something that can be improved about their body. Be willing to take small steps to reach your goals. Have confidence that you’ll get there in due time.
Also, strive to avoid complaining. It only discourages you. Most people suffer from some discomfort at times, but try not to use minimal discomfort as an excuse to avoid exercising.
Also, actively look for solutions to your obstacles, like time and money. Today, most gyms are affordable and convenient. Usually the few dollars a month it takes to join a gym won’t make a difference in your life. You deserve it. Also, look for breaks in your schedule. If you arrange it correctly, you will find one hour to workout.
If you are serious about improving your body, analyze this list and make attitude adjustments if needed. Losing weight and toning muscles is not always easy, but the results could change your life.
Clinton Walker is a personal trainer from Birmingham, AL with over six years of experience. He is the author of the ebook “Fullbody Makeover: 12 Week Exercise, Diet, and Log Journal.” Clinton has studied diet techniques, weightlifting, and nutrition for over 10 years, including the study of kinesiology at the University of Alabama.
Visit his website today for exercise video demonstrations, valuable articles, and slimming recipes at http://www.makeoverfitness.com.
Be blessed in health, wealth, and wisdom,
Kimberly Taylor, C.W.C.
Certified Wellness Coach
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