3 Reasons Why You Aren’t Getting Results
Scale not moving? Performance in the gym not improving? Still having a hard time fitting into your favorite pair of jeans despite eating healthy and going to the gym often?
I think we’ve all felt stuck at least once in our health and fitness journey. It’s frustrating to say the least, and it’s easy to throw your hands in the air and give up altogether. The truth is that there could be many different reasons why you’re not seeing results. But sometimes fixing the issue is really simple. In my experience of working with my nutrition clients, the issue is commonly 1 of the 3 following things:
- YOU AREN’T CONSISTENT. This one is a killer and it goes for every single aspect of your lifestyle. From your training, your nutrition, your sleep, your recovery, and your stress management. If you aren’t consistent with these things, your body will plateau before you reach your desired goal.
The human body is always working to keep us in homeostasis, or internal stability. When we try to lose body weight or gain muscle mass, we are forcing our body out of homeostasis. Essentially, we are fighting against what our body wants.
If you aren’t sending your body a consistent message of what you want it to do (gain muscle mass, lose body fat, etc) then it will be nearly impossible to force it to change, which means you won’t see the results you are looking for.
Something I always say to my one-on-one nutrition clients is “if you aren’t consistent with the plan, I won’t know how it’s working.” Being consistent with your plan sends a consistent message to your body, and you can monitor bio-feedback signals from your body to determine how your plan is working and what (if any) changes need to be made in order to keep you progressing towards your goals.
- YOU AREN’T PATIENT. Let’s face it, HUMANS ARE IMPATIENT. I get it, I’m impatient too. But forcing your body to make changes such as losing body fat and gaining muscle takes TIME. Again, you are forcing your body to make changes that aren’t natural to it. You are forcing it out of homeostasis. It takes consistent effort and patience to make this happen.
Hormones and metabolism are just a couple of things that come into play here. These are both affected by how we eat, how we train, and how we recover. Your body needs time to adapt to the stress you’re placing upon it.
Those people you see on Instagram and in the magazines didn’t get shredded in 3 months. They’ve been practicing sound nutrition habits and training hard for a long time. Years and years if I’m being honest.
This is not to say that you won’t see results in less time, but you need to be patient, set realistic goals, and give yourself time to reach your goals in a healthy way.
- YOU DON’T TRAIN HARD ENOUGH. I might ruffle some feathers with this one, but I’m including it. I often see people who work out ALL THE TIME but don’t seem to be getting stronger, fitter, or leaner. It’s because they are just going through the motions. Simply put, they aren’t getting uncomfortable enough in their training sessions. Change does not happen in your comfort zone. It only happens when you are pushing outside of your comfort zone. Does being uncomfortable feel good? Not always. But in a sick way, you will learn to love it (if you are someone who pushes yourself hard, you know what I mean) ?
You need to learn how to push yourself. Your training protocol should not push you to your limit, your boot camp class should not push you to your limit, YOU should take it upon yourself push yourself to your limit IN your training session or your boot camp class. Learn to do this, and you will see results.
And I don’t mean to pick on people who show up at the gym or go for a run and simply go through the motions, because that used to be me. But over the years I have learned how to light a fire under my ass, get uncomfortable, and embrace the suck. It sounds awful but it is really so much fun, especially when you start seeing results.
I write this article to help you realize that you can work harder, be more consistent, be a little more patient, move faster, lift heavier, do more, and get better results because of it. And if every single day you are just a tiny bit better than the last, imagine the results you’ll see after 6 months, a year, and 5 years. You’ll be a totally different person.
If you feel like you need accountability to stay consistent or a nutrition plan that’ll illicit results, click anywhere on the text above to contact me. I also know a super great trainer (Ryan Largay) who can help you with the workout side of things ? We’d love to help .
Kellie is a Precision Nutrition L1 & L2 certified Nutrition Coach, as well as an NCI Certified Hormone and Mindset Specialist. Her specialty is in weight loss, body recomposition, and sports performance. She has worked with many athletes in their quest for fat loss, strength gains, and over-all general health
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