I know I'm not the only one that is packing on the pounds during quarantine. It's easy to gain fifteen pounds when you can't go outside and you you're surrounded by delicious snacks, right?
There's a reason why people are joking around, calling COVID-19, COVID-15! Still, after the initial shock of the coronavirus has worn off, maybe you've been trying to get back into shape. Yet...the scale won't budge!
In today's blog post, I'm going to talk about a few reasons why you're not losing weight. No one wants to drag around unnecessary weight, so let's gather all of the information we need on weight loss. If you relate to a few of these common pitfalls, you're not alone!
If you're not eating in a calorie deficit, the truth is that you will not see results. Even if you work out for hours and hours each week, if your diet consists of junk, then you're not going to shed a single pound.
Make sure you don't cut calories too quickly or you'll end up hungry, irritated, and discouraged. A 500 calorie deficit each day will allow you to lose one pound per week, which is a realistic and achievable goal.
You don't want your brain to think you're starving, because your body will hold onto every calorie for dear life. Try measuring your food and counting calories to ensure that you don't overeat.
While cardio has many benefits, you'll see more results if you add some weights into your exercise regimen. When you begin using weights, you're actually burning calories outside of your workout because your muscles are growing and stretching.
Not only that, but your metabolism will speed up. The more muscles you have the more calories you'll burn. Try dumbbells, a TRX band, or a kettlebell. Who doesn't want to look more toned and fit?
You'll workout your whole body, so you'll see muscles appear in your abs, back, arms, and legs. Add weights and resistance into your workout 2-3 times per week to get the best weight loss results.
Even during this quarantine, it's possible to order all of your food. This is a blessing and a curse. Often times restaurant food is packed with greasy oils and fats.
If you want to sustain your weight loss, try cooking the majority of your meals at home.
Replace junk food with vegetables, lean proteins and healthy carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and quinoa. Who knows, maybe cooking could become a new hobby! I'm sure your family, friends, and partner would love that. You can cook a feast for everyone when this whole quarantine thing is over.
Even though four Oreos is 200 calories and an avocado is 234, you're going to want to choose the healthier option. The saturated fat and sugar in an Oreo will be converted into fat in your body. Plus, you won't be fueling your body for a hardy workout. An avocado on the other hand is full of healthy monounsaturated fat which lowers cholesterol.
Remember, eating clean will help your waistline and give you energy!
Let's be real- weight loss takes time. Weighing yourself each day may derail you from your weight loss goals. I have stepped on the scale after a full day of eating clean and exercising, and guess what? It turned out that I gained weight.
Immediately, I began to panic. I wanted to throw in the towel. I thought to myself, "I've worked so hard! How did I gain weight?" Here are a few questions to ask yourself:
Your body's weight can fluctuate throughout the day. It can hold on to some extra water weight from time to time. Instead, weigh yourself each week. Weight loss is a marathon, not a sprint. You probably won't see the scale move in the direction you want right away. Practice patience.
I hope that this blog post helps you achieve your weight loss goals. Visualize yourself coming out of this quarantine in the best shape of your life. It is possible!
You've just got to put in the effort. If you're not eating in a calorie deficit, are impatient, not incorporating resistance training, or eating lots junk food, then you're doing something wrong.
Let me paint you a picture of the wrong way to diet: weighing yourself each day, starving yourself all day, eating bags of chips and cookies before bed, and doing jumping jacks instead of lifting weights.
If that sounds familiar, it's time to break your bad habits and try something new! Readers, I appreciate that you took the time to read this blog post. Please stay safe and healthy!