3 Reasons Why You Probably Aren’t Losing Weight

Hope you had a great bank holiday weekend.
I spent 2 days at Radio 1’s Biggest Weekend festival in Swansea, it was a great couple of days. 
I’m sure many of you just like I didn’t eat or drink quite according to plan over the weekend and we will be looking for more weight loss in the coming weeks before summer properly hits, you aren’t alone.
Many of us chase weight loss
When I ask why most people join a gym, clean up their diet or start training with me it’s to lose weight
Simple as
As you know from reading my posts that I promote getting healthy as the priority – do this and weight loss takes care of itself
I bet you all know someone who can lose weight just by looking at an apple!!?
For most people it’s a little harder, especially (no offence) as you get a bit older
You’ve got to get a few things right
From my years in the fitness industry I see so many people trying and failing to lose weight
3 big things stick out for me which ruin people’s weight loss attempts that you wouldn’t think of.
3 Reasons You’re Not Losing Weight:
1. You Don’t Sleep – Yep, if you aren’t sleeping properly it makes weight loss twice as difficult. It throws your hormones completely out of whack. It compromises your insulin sensitivity and it makes us crave sugary junk foods. Plus you’re normally too shattered to even think about cooking so you just grab whatever is easiest.
Tips to fix:
– Get a regular bed time (aim for 8-10 hours sleep for optimal results)
– Don’t watch TV all night/stare at your phone/tablet before bed
– Do something relaxing such as a hot bath in Epsom salts and some light reading before bed
– No caffeine in the evening
2. Poor Gut Health – This is a biggy! In your gut you have good bacteria and bad bacteria. The good bacteria is responsible for good digestion, a strong immune system, nutrient absorption and more. The bad bacteria lives and feeds off the bad foods you give it. It especially loves carbs and it increases the absorption of carbs which leads to fat storage.
Tips to fix:
– Limit carbohydrate intake and cut out foods such as bread, pasta, crisps
– Increase gut friendly food such as live/Greek yoghurt
– Increase fibre intake through eating more vegetables (not bran flakes or brown bread)
3. Training Too Hard! – So many people overtrain. That’s all they need to do is lose a few lbs yet they spend hours in the gym each day and think that more exercise is the answer. Without proper nutrition exercise is pretty ineffective for weight loss. Training too much can also lead to bad nutrition habits, bad psychological health, reduced training quality, injury and low energy levels
Tips to fix:
– Stick to 2-4 short 20-45 min high intensity sessions a week
– Include rest days / low activity sessions such as walking/swimming
– Adopt a full body approach working all major muscles
There you have it!
Hopefully this article will bring you a little closer to where you want to be.
To get all of these hints and tips as part of my program to help transform your health then head on over to the website www.personaltrainerllanelli.co.uk to find out more or fill out this short form and I’ll be in touch:
See you soon,
Jamie ‘Sneaky Tricks’ Stedman


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