Exercising, but no results: Is it me or is this scale not working?

You have recently embarked on a new exercise regimen, the first three months have been great, you’ve lost about 15 pounds and then all over a sudden you realize that the numbers on the scale are not changing. You start to get frustrated because you still have about 10 more pounds to go in order to feel on top of the world while on your next vacation in Tahiti. Sounds familiar? It happened to me; well the losing weight part, the Tahiti part happened in a dream…lol. Alright, back to the point…when you stop seeing results, it simply means that you have reached a plateau. Be not afraid as there are a couple of solutions to get you back on track.

  1. When was the last time you changed your exercise routine?  Unfortunately, in order to realize change, we need to constantly shock our bodies. For instance, if you have been lifting 10 pound dumbbells for the last three months, you probably will have to increase your intensity. Do not let your body get used to doing the same thing over and over as this will inhibit results.
  2. With the weather getting better, grab a couple of your friends and go rock climbing (great for the entire body), rowing (great for your upper body) or you could even try an outdoor boot camp class. If all you have been doing is hitting the gym, your body will thank you when you change things up from time to time.
  3. Are you over training? Your body may simply be burnt out and needs a couple of days to recover. You can choose to simply not workout for a few days or try a yoga class that’s not too intense.
  4. Are you eliminating particular food groups? It is not uncommon for people to completely cut out carbohydrates (carbs) and fat when trying to lose weight. Various sources out there make us believe that ‘carbs’ are the enemy, when in fact complex carbohydrates give us the energy required to exercise effectively.

I hope that some of these suggestions will get you back in the groove of things. And by the way, do not simply focus on the scale, sometimes you may be losing inches and not pounds. Do keep that in mind and please try not to get frustrated; always know that there is a solution for almost any problem out there.

~Virginia~

Disclaimer: ***All information provided on this blog is provided as general information only. Please consult your physician or other qualified health care provider before beginning an exercise and nutrition program.****

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2 Responses to Exercising, but no results: Is it me or is this scale not working?

  1. Tina says:

    Hello Virginia,

    I give this article, two thumps up! I never knew there was such thing as plateau; but now that I know the meaning of it, it makes perfect sense. After reading this article, I also think the article is encouraging us to make our fitness life spontaneous, not only so that we can enjoy it but also so that we can achieve great result.

    Please keep on informing us as knowledge is power.

    Until next time
    Tina

  2. Vee says:

    Hi Tina,

    I am glad that you found the article informative. These are great reminders for me well, so its definitely refreshing for moi. Stay tuned for more great things to come !

    Cheers,
    Vee

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