Sometimes results in the gym don’t have to do with how much weight you can lift or how quickly you can run on the treadmill. There are so many other factors that contribute to your program success that you may not even know about! Check out these items below and see if you’re guilty of one (or more) of them!
Too Much Cardio
Cardio is a great part of any fitness regimen, but too much can lead to muscle loss, minimization of strength and fat loss plateaus. it burns a lot of calories, and if you’re on a strict diet it can result in strength loss even faster. Combine your cardio workouts with some strength, or HIIT workouts to keep the fat burning and your muscles pumping!
Working Out Hungry
There’s a new fitness fad out there called “fasted cardio” where you do cardio on an empty stomach. It can be great for quick weight loss but it’s not sustainable long term. If you’re trying to build muscles, this is definitely something you want to avoid. Your body needs energy when it’s exercising and if you have no food in your system, your body will naturally pull from your muscles causing them to fade away over time.
Not Enough Sleep
When you don’t get enough sleep, your body can’t fully recover from the exercise you’ve done previously. Sleep mitigates stress, reduces cortisol levels and just helps keeps us feeling healthy and energized! Aim to get 6-8 hours of sleep per night to reap the benefits!
Next time you’re at the gym, sit and watch the people (in a not-creepy way) and you’ll notice just how bad the form is. Or maybe you won’t, that’s most likely the problem! Not many people know the correct form they should be using when doing their exercises at the gym! If you’re unsure yourself, ask to meet with a trainer for one session and go over the form for the exercises you like to do. If you’re taking a fitness class, be sure to ask the instructor as well.
Eating The Wrong Food
It’s a common misconception that eating less will result in weight loss when really the opposite is true. Eating less actually tells your body that there isn’t enough food. It takes that information and stores food as fat so that we can survive for longer periods of time. Your body will burn fat more efficiently when it knows that there’s enough coming in regularly to keep it sustained. Eat as naturally as possible, avoid processed foods, pre-packaged foods, or foods with ingredients that you can’t even pronounce.
Not Eating Enough Protein
Protein is essential in any diet, it keeps our bodies functioning properly! It helps keep the body in fat burning mode and helps your body burn more calories naturally (because it takes more calories to burn protein!). There are studies that even prove it, the body burns 30% more calories when it’s digesting protein than when it burns other nutrients.