5 Reasons You Aren’t Losing Body Fat
From the vast majority of the people we work with, more than 90% of them want help in losing some body fat.
It is rare that we meet with a person who has never made an attempt on their own.
A lot of the people that we do sit down with are frustrated as to why nothing seems to be working for them.
I remember what that was like for me personally too, before I made the journey to lose 30kg.
I tried so many different things I had read on the internet, some of them good, most of them not.
But at the end of the day, I, like so many of the people we meet, was making mistakes in 5 big areas.
- Too Many Calories
The first mistake that so many people make is they have no concept of how much they are eating in a day. Calories have experienced a tarnished reputation, mostly due to fad diets, but they are seriously important and need to be taken into account.
Eating good food simply isn’t enough, like some people will insist.
Yes, it is still possible to put on weight eating only organic foods. That is how the human body is designed.
When we have excess calories coming in, we store them as fat, no matter if they came from great foods or not. Excess is excess.
On the other hand, when we are in a calorie deficit (less calories coming into the body than what is needed) we will use stored body fat for energy.
To create a long lasting, sustainable defecit, the first thing we must know is how many calories we are consuming on a daily basis.
Using an App like My Fitness Pal is the simplest way. It may shock you once you start tracking!
- Not Enough Water
So many people I meet are not drinking near enough water. In fact, the amounts they are drinking in a day are either unknown to them, or ridiculously low!
Water makes up 55-75 percent of our total bodyweight and is vitally important for most of our functions.
First and formostly, water is an appetite suppressant! Studies have shown that individuals with an adequate water intake each day are less likely to overeat.
Water is also a key ingredient in the metabolization of fat by our organs. Without it you will not strip body fat as fast, or as effectively.
We typically recommend 1 Litre per 25kg of bodyweight for most people. Get your water in!
- Being Afraid of Fat
The past 10-15 years have been full of so called ‘experts’ inducing fear in the public on the topic of dietary fat.
Personally I think it is amazing to see how much of a shift there has been in the public spectacle with overwhelming support for how much we need adequate dietary fats.
Of course you can eat too much fat, but it is important to make sure that we are getting enough for a range of functions.
Without fat you would never be able to absorb Vitamins A, D, E and K! Fats have a number of indispensable growth and development functions and without them, you can’t expect to survive for long!
If the key processes of the human body are unfulfilled, then your diet will not allow for long term body composition success.
- Not Eating Enough
Yes, contrary to the first point, we always meet people who aren’t eating enough as well.
We’ve been conditioned to the mindset for years now. To lose weight, you need to eat less and exercise more.
But we’re finding more and more that that way of thinking is detrimental physiologically and mentally.
Sometimes people can go a little overboard with cutting calories. What they often see is that their weight ceases to change at all, the opposite of what they thought would happen.
Not eating enough calories in a day will cause the body to shut off non priority functions and burn less energy all together!
Our system has an overarching priority of keeping us alive, and if it didn’t make those sort of changes on our behalf, we could end up in the ground well before our time.
So whilst that may seem like a curse, I promise you it is a blessing.
Furthermore you must make sure you are eating an adequate amount for the total physical volume you are performing on a daily or weekly basis. Cutting calories by ridiculous amounts only makes it easier to plateau and gain more weight!
It should go without saying, but any change you make needs to be subject to consistency. I see it A LOT! Someone will make a change to their diet or training, and only follow through with it for three days!
It takes time to see the results from any change, so you need to give yourself the advantage of displaying it consistently.
Of course you should always have a way to measure change as well, like regular weigh ins and measurements.
But give things a chance to work.