There can be several reasons that you are working out but not losing weight!
Everyone expects to go the gym, and then then lose weight. But it’s not always how it works. People will go to the gym for a week, and stand on the scale every day, and will not see their weight drop. What do people typically do? They start starving themselves even more. That is the most common mistake people make when trying to lose weight.
The first thing you have to know, when working out and not losing weight, is that your body is a weird creature. Your body has only one goal in mind, and that is to survive. Take this as an example… If you start starving yourself, you will start dropping weight pretty fast. Do you think your body will allow you to lose a lot of weight every day? It will not. Why? Because if you drop 1 lb every day, that means in a couple months you can weigh close to nothing and die, depending on what your starting weight was. Your body has one goal, and that is to survive, which is exactly why it will close to shut of your metabolism pretty quickly, depending on how much food you eat. Your body wants to preserve all the fat and calories it possibly can, so you stay alive. Once again, keep in mind your body has no idea that you are trying to get a 6 pack, it only knows that it’s not getting any food. And this is exactly why you are working out but not losing weight.
Other reasons you are working out but not losing weight!
It takes your body a few days to adapt to your new diet. Your body goes through changes, and when you cut out carbs for example, it takes it a few days to react to that and switch from burning carbs for energy, to burning fat for energy. That could be another reason you don’t see the scale moving. There is nothing wrong with that, you just have to be patient and trust the process.
What is the process?
The process of working out and losing weight is simple. I think you already know what to do in order to drop some pounds. I think you already know what junk food is, and what is healthy for you. If you don’t, just Google “what is junk food.” I won’t spend time on telling you chocolate cake makes you fat, you know that already. So the actual process is, work out and eat clean. Burn more calories than you take in. Do that over and over until you reach your desired weight. It is that simple. Doing it, is the magic pill, and the secret you are looking for.
What are other reasons?
Water retention is another major reason. Your body sometimes just decides to hold on to water. This can be because you are eating a lot of salt. It can also happen from dehydration. If your body does not have a lot of water, it will hold on to everything that you drink. This can also be caused by alcohol. Lowering your sodium and staying hydrated, will definitely get you looking better, and get that scale to be more accurate and show your real weight and progress.
You are not getting the vitamins and nutrients that you need. Plain and simple. Your body needs sufficient nutrients to function properly, and that is needed in order to burn fat and grow muscle. Your body needs water, it needs vitamins, it needs fiber, it needs healthy nutrients, or it can just come to a halt and be the reason why you are working out but not losing weight. Eat your fruits and vegetables, and you should start seeing that weight drop, as long as you are burning more calories than you take in, and eating a good variety of foods.