I’m On a Diet, Why Aren’t I Seeing Results Yet?!
One of the most frustrating things when going on a diet is not seeing results right away. This is a double whammy because when you see results, you are much more driven to keep going and even push yourself harder. Some people don’t see results for weeks or even months when going on a diet. I get asked about this pretty frequently, so here is a little insight to why you may not be getting the results you want or have been working towards for a while.
Firstly, when you go on a diet, many times you aren’t only losing fat, you are losing muscle as well. This can cause your metabolism to slow down dramatically, which in turn slows down your weight loss. Another reason this happens is because your body notices that you are eating less, so it starts to hold on to foods and fats for longer periods of time. Frustrating is an understatement, but don’t give up yet! Your body will figure everything out as long as you stick to it.
Not only that, but there are ways to give your body some boosts to kick it back in weight loss mode. Since you are already on a diet, I am going to assume that you’re eating healthier foods and smaller portions. Besides that, it is time to start exercising if you aren’t already. Combining consistent exercise with a healthy proportional diet is that best way to see changes in your body fat and boost weight loss. Okay, so you’ve read this far and are still saying that you are doing all of these things, but STILL are having difficulty and hit a plateau? The next step would be to start weight lifting. You don’t have to become a body builder or anything, but gaining your muscle back from what has been lost will really start to tone your body, especially now that some of the excess fat is gone.
Lastly, if you are already exercising, weight lifting, eating healthy, and using portion control, the last thing to do would be to increase your weight a little bit during your lifting, OR you can try something called interval training. I am not going to go into depth with this, but in basics, it is a workout system based on time intervals, where you keep a normal cardio exercise for 30 seconds, and then exercise intensely for 30 seconds. This is used in programs such as the famous P90X and Insanity, and has shown great results for thousands of people.
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Kim Shapira MS, RD