Are You Lying to Yourself About Weight Loss?


Do you have difficulty losing weight? Well, many people do. And nothing is more frustrating than getting your motivation up, finding the perfect diet and fitness program and then… nothing. The scale has not budged and your clothes do not feel looser. Some people do have a metabolic issue that makes it extremely difficult to lose weight, but not many. For most of us, the harsh reality is that we’re just not being as good as we would like to believe. The cool thing is that there are a few simple things you can do that will help keep you ‘honest’ in your health and fitness journey.

First, it’s amazingly easy to ‘lie’ to ourselves about what we’ve eaten in any given day. This was especially true for me when I began my fitness journey! 🙂 There were times when I would have sworn I was good, until a friend would remind me of the bread I had at lunch. Ooops! I didn’t mean to lie to myself, it just happened. Most of us are like that to one degree or another.

One very simple but effective thing to do to stay on track is to keep a food journal. Personally, I use this feature in my Fitbit Charge HR.  For a week or two, keep track of every single thing that you eat and drink. You have to be honest and you have to include everything, even that second glass of soda at lunch and the two pats of margarine you put on your toast… everything.

If you do that for few weeks, you’ll quickly be able to spot the times of the day and the areas in your diet where you might have a bit of trouble. Once you pinpoint the reasons you have difficulty losing weight you can make changes that will help you achieve your goals much more quickly.

The same principle can apply to working out. Again, it’s easy to think that you’re working harder than you really are. However, if you keep a workout journal, it’s harder to convince yourself that you’ve done something you really haven’t done. Not only can you track the number of times you go to the gym but you can also track how long you spent on the treadmill (or doing cardio in general), how many exercises you did for your upper body, how many you did for your lower body, etc.

You can also keep track of how much weight you lifted for each exercise. Ideally, you should be increasing your weights over a period of time. It’s important to keep your body challenged and not let it get into a rut. By changing up the weights you lift as well as the exercises you do, you’ll keep your body ‘guessing’ which will help you get better results in less time.

Most of the major muscle groups (chest, upper back, lower back, abs, butt, quadriceps, hamstrings) will have more than one exercise you can do. By mixing up the exercises you do for each group you are keeping your toning efforts in high gear. Another benefit is that the different exercises will target each muscle group in a slightly different way which can also lessen a lot of the repetitive types of injuries to your body.

I don’t mean to be the bearer of bad news, but usually when someone has difficulty losing weight it’s really more about the WAY they are doing things than about any metabolic issue.

– Wishing you continued success in your fitness journey!

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