If you’re eating nutritious foods, working out regularly, and still not seeing any results, it might not be your fault.  Contrary to popular belief, losing weight is not as simple as the fitness gurus preach.  ‘Calories in calories out’ is a simplistic idea that diminishes our complex form.  You are a machine with systems and stressors, not a conveyor belt, and rely on making subtle adjustments to fine-tune your results.  Today we’re looking at some weird reasons you’re not losing weight so you can optimize your efforts.

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You Are Doing Too Much Cardio

Yes, we all know that a happy heart is a healthy heart, but too much cardio can be a bad thing when you’re trying to lose weight.  Cardio is a necessary part of your workout, but too much (think hour-long sessions on the elliptical) can eat away at lean muscle mass.  This is why marathon runners tend to have a slender – almost sickly – physique.  In order to burn fat you need to boost your metabolism, which is moderated by your muscle mass; the more muscle you build, the better your ability to shed fat.

“Cardio causes the body to become more endurance-focused, storing energy as fat to ensure it has plenty of reserve fuel to keep you going for all those miles.  Not to mention it dramatically increases your appetite, making you more susceptible to unnecessary snacking or overeating.”

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You Are Not Using Enough Recovery Time

Going to the gym can be addictive, but not taking enough time to recover between workouts could be stunting your progress.  The purpose of your fat-blasting workout should be to build muscle to fuel your metabolism to lose weight.  Without downtime, your body does not have time to turn your workout into muscle form.  In many cases, your recovery time is more significant than the workout itself, as this is when your body is changing.  When you’re in the gym, you are simply giving it instructions.

“When you do achieve that after burn and you are really feeling your workout the next day, those are the days to focus on different muscle groups.  Alternatively, establish a workout routine where you work your entire body one day and then take the next day to do light cardio, stretching, or complete rest.”

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You’re Stressed Out

Trying to lose weight can be stressful, but this stressor produces a hormonal response called Cortisol.  This can be a good thing, as Cortisol energizes your body and optimizes your workout, but this should only be for short periods.  When Cortisol levels remain high for extended periods it can have a devastating effect on your digestive track.  Cortisol signals you are under attack.  This triggers your body to shut down non-essential fat burning systems and resists weight loss for self-preservation.  Incorporating a probiotic could be the relief you are looking for.

Exercise is a stressor on your body.  When you have a healthy balance of exercise related stress and recovery time, your body is healthy and can lose its excess fat.  However, not giving your body enough time to recover can also be a negative (see above) as you will start to produce an excessive amount of cortisol, a stress hormone.

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