We’ve all been there… excited to achieve results, with a game plan in hand.
Only to then be quickly disappointed, with the desire to quit resting in the mind. Your exercise routine isn’t dropping the body fat as quickly as you want, the number on the scale keeps going up and you are losing your motivation to keep working out.
So what’s the deal?!
As a fitness coach for almost 5 years. I can tell you that there are an ABUNDANCE of reasons as to why someone may not achieving the results as they desire. I can also say that some of the most common reasons actually have nothing to do with truly not receiving results in everything to do with realistic expectations and attainable goal setting.
Here are 3 reasons why your fitness plan might not be working and what you can do about it:
1.You want results too quickly without the necessary work.
Did this one hurt a little?
Sorry, it’s true! Too often do I have clients hitting the gym for 2-3 weeks furious that they’re not 20 pounds lighter and fitting in a completely different clothing size. There are options available to drop this kind of weight, but I can promise you that the fat will come back and you will return to square one with no knowledge on how to drop the weight, once again!
Here’s what you can do: Ask your fitness coach the realistic timeline for fat loss and muscle gain.
Listen, don’t be afraid to ask questions and THEN give yourself a realistic date on when you want to achieve various body composition goals.
2. Your 2 workouts a week don’t cancel out your 5 days of inactivity and eating whatever you want.
You can kick BUTT in the gym, increase your strength, get your heart beating and give it all you got for 2 days a week.
Although this may help you in maintaining your health and body composition, for a short time, eventually your other 5 days will catch up to you.
Here’s what I recommend: So you only hit the gym 2 times a week? No problem.
- Increase your overall daily movement through the N.E.A.T. Method. Read more on this in our past blog article.
- Ensure that your diet is ON POINT especially on the days that you’re not in the gym.
- Find some other way to be active and mobile even if you’re not in the gym.
- Keep your sleep in check. 7-9 hours of sleep is the recommended amount to ensure adequate recovery, necessary immune repair/response and cognitive function
3.You’re wanting to try every celebrity workout and nutrition plan and expecting to look like they do.
Perhaps this sounds silly, but believe me when I say I HEAR IT ALOT! There’s always a new diet and exercise trend/fad going on and when a celebrity promotes it, who looks phenomenal, then it’s got to work right? WRONG.
Not every plan that a celebrity promotes is bogus, but many times they are paid to promote various products and services.
Not only this, but their results can be extremely edited with Photoshop, filters, plastic surgery, etc. ITS NOT REALISTIC. Not to mention, when you try to achieve someone else’s body, you’ll always be left disappointed. You are you and only you! Someone else’s body is not yours & vice versa. Become understanding of the body you have and begin setting realistic, customized goals to fit YOU!
At the end of the day, when you feel like your fitness plan isn’t working there are plenty of variables you can discuss with your fitness coach to ensure you’re making the right steps.
Before you decide to throw in the towel and think you’ll never get to where you want to be, get in check with yourself. Are you partaking in the above list of habits? If so, they could be the culprits!