Why am I not losing weight?

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Simon Long

Simon Long

Simon is a highly experienced personal trainer and behavioural psychology expert
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Why aren’t you losing weight? Well the first thing to realise is that weight loss takes time. It does not happen overnight and can take a couple of weeks before you really begin to see any results.

Remember that it is unlikely that you will lose more than 2 pounds a week. However individuals who are carrying a lot of extra weight may see higher amounts of weight lose during the first 3 to 6 weeks.

Another thing to keep in mind is that scales are a bad way to monitor fat loss. When you train you do lose body fat, but your muscles also become larger and/or more dense. This increases the weight of the muscle.

Case study- Emma has been training for 4 weeks and has lost 6 pounds. But during this time her muscle tone has also increased and so her lean weight (her total weight minus her fat weight) has increased by 4 pounds. So when Emma weighs herself she appears to have only lost 2 pounds, although this is not the case.

If you are regularly training, and you are certain that your fat weight has not reduced, then you need to look at your nutritional intake. You can train as much as you want, but if you have not created a calorie deficit (when you burn off more calories in a day than you consume), then you will find it incredibly difficult to lose weight. Try to reduce your calorie intake by 250 to 500 calories per day.

Finally if you do the same kind of training for an extended period of time your body will adapt and you will find that you plateau. To avoid this mix up what you do when you work out every 6 to 8 weeks.

See my Benefits of High Intensity Interval Training article (https://bodydevelopmentcentre.co.uk/hiit-and-interval/benefits-of-high-intensity-interval-training-hiit/)  to see how doing the right kind of training can speed up your weight loss.

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