I’ve had several people tell me recently that a) they’re exercising and not losing weight and b) that they’re not eating a lot of food. I understand, I’ve been there too. You’re watching what you eat, working that cardio, and still you’re not getting the results that you want.
You’re starting off on the right path and to get the most out of exercise you need to mix it up. Strength training is going to rev up your metabolism and keep it stoked. You will burn more calories throughout the day since muscle uses up more energy than fat does. Your body needs to repair itself after strength training and that helps keep you burning calories.
Another way to rev up your metabolism is through interval training. Adding short bursts into your cardio routine maximizes your workout. They should be repeated regularly throughout your workout. So if you walk briskly add in jogging spurts. Do you ride the bike or do the elliptical? Crank up resistance and pedal like you’re being chased. Even your regular aerobic workout can have higher intensity bursts. Your body has to work harder and it will also need to recover afterwards.
Another reason you might not be losing weight is due to food sensitivities. When your body feels as if it’s under constant low level attack you develop inflammation. Your body is defending itself and it’s not likely that it’s going to shed pounds. I recommend doing an elimination diet for 10 – 21 days to rid yourself of any toxins that are accumulating in your body. After this period of time you start slowly adding foods back in to your diet. Your body will react to the foods it has sensitivity to.
A sensitivity is not a full blown allergy. An allergy will trigger symptoms right away and your body cannot tolerate the offending item. It is an immune system response and it mistakes foods for an invader. Some of these allergies are very serious and can prove to be fatal. A sensitivity is a caused by a food that you cannot digest properly or breakdown easily which can lead to bloating, cramps, headaches, or irritability.
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