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JDP FITNESS are here with a few of the most surprising things that could be holding you back.

You’ve been working out and trying to eat healthy, but the weight still isn’t coming off. It’s frustrating, we know. Thankfully, there are lots of little changes you can make to get on the right track. These are a few of the most surprising things that might be holding you back.

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1) You’re following a diet and exercise plan that isn’t tailored for you.

Everybody is different: that’s the message we want to send when it comes to weight loss. There’s been a lot of fad dieting and fad exercise programs. The reason that a single diet plan and the same exercise routine don’t work for everybody is that we all live different lives in unique bodies that have their own needs.

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You have to tailor what you do to yourself,. Instead of following a specific diet or exercise plan, don’t be afraid to try lots of different things to find what works for you.

2) Eating healthy foods and healthy portions needs to take a front seat.

Weight loss isn’t just about working out: It’s also about what you eat. But many people still don’t pay enough attention to food and portion size.

You won’t have much success sustainably losing weight without getting your diet under control, for two reasons. First, without the proper fuel, even getting into the gym or out on the road is hard. You’ll drag. Second, diet and exercise are both factors shaping weight loss, and trying to figure out which one is more important is sort of like asking which is more important, your arm or your leg? That means you should pay as much attention to what you’re eating as you do to how you’re working out, which may mean investing more time in meal planning.

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Intimidated? To start with, we suggest keeping a food diary with My Fitness Pal and writing down everything you eat for a couple of weeks. Then figure out where you can trim unnecessary calories from your regular diet, as well as unnecessary money from your shopping bill.

3) You’re only exercising at the gym.

Sure, your time at the gym is helpful in losing weight, and we’ve got tips to help you make the most of it. But the exercise outside the gym—and the mindset that goes with it—that will help you make long term changes to lose weight and keep it off. When it comes to exercise, if you can’t keep doing it, it’s not going to work.

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That doesn’t mean stop going to the gym—it just means you may need to change your mindset a bit. Your day-to-day life has plenty of opportunities for meaningful exercise, like taking the stairs, walking instead of driving, or adding half an hour of vigorous playtime with your kids to your daily schedule. Taken all together, these activities help ensure that even if you don’t make it to the gym quite as often as you mean to, you can still do things that make a long-term difference in your fitness and weight.

4) You need more sleep.

Sleep is essential, both for mental acuity and to help your body recover from working out, but it can be hard to get enough good sleep. Besides making time for that 7-8 hours of shuteye, ensure you’re getting quality sleep by evaluating your sleep environment and looking at your habits for things that could be decreasing sleep quality. If you need a little extra, try adding in a nap. Oh, and don’t hit snooze. It won’t help.

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5) You need to think about mental health.

Mental health can affect weight in a multitude of ways. From stress, which can change your hormones, to depression, which can cause someone to withdraw from others and not take care of themselves, these unseen factors can have huge impact. If you’re having trouble losing weight, maybe it’s time to look at the things in your life that may be impacting your mental health and evaluate how you can address them. For some people, that might mean seeing your doctor or seeking out a therapist, something that can still be very stigmatised. Know that you’re not alone, and that you are doing what’s best for you by considering your mental health.

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6) You’ve hit a weight loss plateau.

Plateaus happen: it’s all in how you handle them. Be patient, and don’t give up on your goals, because slow and steady is the key to sustainable weight loss. What you have to do is retrain your body slowly. If you see your weight on the scale not going down for a while, that may mean it’s time to reassess how you’re approaching diet and exercise and see if there’s something you need to tweak. Check out this list of the most common reasons people plateau for some ideas.

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Still bummed? There are other indicators that you’re getting healthier you can look to for motivation, like waist size. Abdominal fat, also known as visceral fat, surrounds your internal organs and is the most unhealthy kind of weight to carry. Keep track of your waist measurement and how your belly looks: even if you’re not losing overall weight quickly, you’ll be able to measure a loss in belly fat as you get healthier.

author: Matt Williams


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