5 Reasons You’re Not Seeing Results

11 Aug 2015

We’ve all been there… working out, eating well and not seeing any results. Or we plateau. It’s happened to the best of us and can be the most frustrating thing. That’s why I’m going to share with you 5 reasons you’re not seeing results and what you can do to get back on track.

1. Rewarding yourself with food. Too often I see people who are super motivated at the gym, only to indulge immediately after in more calories than were burned off in the first place. Don’t get me wrong, rewarding yourself once a week with one of your all time favorite treats is a great way to stay motivated, but in general, your goal should be to break this association between fatty/salty foods and “rewarding yourself”. Also, don’t believe that heart rate monitor when it says you’ve burned 900 calories in a group class. That number is just based on an equation, and not specific to your body’s actual metabolic rate.

QUICK FIX: 30 minutes post gym is the optimal time to have something naughty if you are going to splurge, but remember that if you are trying to see results that you need to get a bit more strict about what you are putting in your body. Diet is 70% of how you look so try to swap out those naughty things for cleaner versions of your favorite treats. Craving something sweet? Try banana, almond milk and vegan protein shake post gym for a delicious and sweet treat that tastes great and will also nourish your body and help you achieve maximum results.

2. You’re not working hard enough. So you made it to the gym, did your 30 minutes on the elliptical, a few rounds of abs and a bit of stretching. That counts as a good workout, right? Wrong! More and more research has found that intensity matters far more than duration. Frankly, if you are not sweating or completely out of breath by the end of your workout then you probably haven’t worked hard enough. Also cardio isn’t going to get you anywhere if you’re doing the same level of work each time you go to the gym.

QUICK FIX: Try doing high intensity interval training (HIIT) or circuit training (check out my Beach Body Burn circuit!).

3. You’re skipping meals. This is a mistake that TOO many people make. For some reason, despite the loads of research available, many people still believe that skipping meals is the best way to loose weight.  Sure, skipping a meal will temporarily make your tummy flatter because there’s nothing in it, but what you don’t see is your body turning on it’s starvation mode defense and storing your fat for the long haul. Skipping meals results in a lower resting metabolic rate, because it is trying to keep as much fat as possible in case you are ACTUALLY starving (remember, evolutionarily our bodies think we are still fighting famines and catching our own food, so it knows how to prepare for starvation quickly).

QUICK FIX: Eat smaller meals more frequently, cut down on salt, and drink plenty of water! You will have an instantly flatter tummy if you spend a few days only eating as much as your stomach can hold (basically 1/2 of a normal restaurant portion). To learn more about getting a flat tummy, check out my YouTube video below!

4. You sit too much. This is one of the most common problems because so many people have desk jobs (especially now that everything is done online and by machines).  If you sit for most of your day, and then only work out for 30-60 minutes 3-4 times a week, then you probably aren’t burning as many calories as you think.

QUICK FIX: Get up and move for a few minutes every hour. Try jumping around or going for a walk outside! Not only will this help you burn more calories and lose weight, but it will also increase your focus and productivity. Your brain and body need the break!

5. Don’t compare yourself to someone else’s before/after pictures. I always ask people who start my detox to take before/after pictures because I think that the best motivation is through your own progress. That being said, try to get out of the habit of looking at before/after pictures and dwelling on why you aren’t seeing the same results. Your body is your body and it will change at its own pace and in its own way. One of the most harmful things you can do for your body and your health is compare yourself as less than someone else.

QUICK FIX: Take your own before/after pictures once a week or once every two weeks and BE PROUD of how far you have come! Even if your results aren’t as obvious as that fitspiration girl on Tumblr, it doesn’t mean you aren’t changing for the better in your own ways. Dedicating yourself to getting healthy and fit is a result in itself! Just stay positive and keep on working 🙂

xo Nikki

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PS Check out my video below on how to get a flat tummy fast!

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