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We get messages all the time from people who are struggling to get the results they want despite “trying everything”. We get it, it can be really frustrating when you’re trying hard to lose fat or transform your body and nothing seems to be happening. Quite often though, there are reasons why you aren’t getting the results you want. Here are 6 of the most common ones:
This is something we see all the time. A lot of people will train really hard in the gym every day or do excessive amounts of cardio, thinking that it will make up for a poor diet. It doesn’t! A healthy, balanced diet that aligns with your goals is just as, if not more important, than your training routine. If you are frustrated with your lack of results then this is the first place to start.
While you don’t need to count your calories to achieve your goals, you do need to be aware of them. Calories are the driving factor for weight management. The most important thing when it comes to losing fat is ensuring you are in a calorie deficit which means burning more calories than you are consuming. If you’re not losing fat, it means that you’re not in a calorie deficit.
A lot of people are guilty of this one! If you’re nailing your nutrition from Monday to Friday and then eating whatever you want on the weekends and wondering why you aren’t making the progress you want, listen up! The calories you eat on the weekends still count. And if you’re not controlling what you are eating on the weekend, you can easily undo all of the work you put in during the week.
Whether you’re trying to lose fat or build muscle, consuming an adequate amount of protein is required to achieve these goals. A high protein diet also helps with reducing hunger when dieting and keeping you feeling fuller for longer. When constructing your meals, make sure they include a source of protein!
You might think that skipping meals or cutting calories is a good way to lose fat more quickly, but what you actually need is adequate nourishment during the day. Skipping meals or limiting calories during the day to “save up” for later can lead to evening cravings and binges. Eating at least 3 meals and 1-2 snacks a day is better for blood sugar stability, regulating hunger levels, meeting nutrient needs, and sustaining lasting energy.
The problem with labeling food as “good” and “bad” is that it gives food moral virtue. Eating a food that you consider to be “bad” quickly leads to the belief that you are a bad person, or that you failed your diet and can lead to a poor relationship with food. Think about your own experience with this. What foods do you categorise as bad? How do you feel after eating these foods? It’s important to remember that your worth is not attached to what you eat and that you should not feel guilty for eating any foods. Nutrient-dense foods AND fun foods can both be part of a healthy, balanced diet.
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