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5 TRUE REASONS YOUR DIET ISN'T WORKING

If you keep trying to diet, but with no success, the reasons might be simpler than you think. The solutions might be, too. 

Nothing is more frustrating than busting your butt in the gym and making healthier food choices, but still not losing weight. Trust me, I know; it's one of the biggest complaints I hear from new clients. Most of them are desperate for results and feel like they've tried every diet, every workout plan, every low-fat food on the market.

 

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There are two general categories of people in this predicament: People who just can't seem to lose weight, and people who can lose weight for a while but gain it all back.

Whichever category you're in, have faith: There is a solution !

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You may think there's some complicated hormonal problem preventing you from losing weight, but 99 % of the time, it's one of the 5 reasons below.

Keep in mind that whatever approach you take to losing weight, you have to combine it with consistent, vigorous exercise. Do both, and your chances of reaching your weight-loss goal increase astronomically!

High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Workouts have proven to burn more fat than any other types of training! Super-efficient HIIT is the ideal workout for a busy schedule. It’s possible to get toned from home in only 30 minutes a day!

According to a 2011 study presented at the American College of Sports Medicine Annual Meeting, just 2 weeks of high-intensity intervals improves your aerobic capacity as much as 6 to 8 weeks of endurance training!

The best possible path to good health is to combine diet and fitness. Choosing nutritious foods and exercising regularly helps you maintain a healthy weight, promotes weight loss, and provides the basis for cardiovascular fitness.

Combined with a healthy diet, my 12 Week Fitness and Yoga Guide will help you achieve your wellness and weight loss goals.

 

1. YOU DON'T STICK TO YOUR DIET LONG ENOUGH

You try "Diet X" for a few weeks, and at first, you lose a couple of kilos. But the next week, you don't lose anything —even after all the sacrifices you've made. So you decide that Diet X isn't right for you and move on to another plan. And so on. All the while, your weight stays pretty much the same.

Time for a reality check. The problem isn't the diets plans you're choosing. It's you! This may sound harsh, but the fact is that there's no magical diet out there that can suddenly make all the weight melt off and stay off. Fat loss can be a slow, sometimes painful process. You have to commit to something for longer than a few weeks if you want lasting results. After all, you didn't gain all the weight overnight, so don't expect to lose it overnight.

 

2. YOU REWARD EXERCISE WITH FOOD

Burning 300 calories during a workout is cause for celebration...but rewarding yourself after exercise with a high-calorie treat doesn't add up to weight loss. You're likely to overestimate how much the workout burned off and underestimate how much you ate. Even if you're just working out for well-being, you still have to keep calories in check !

 

3. YOU'VE GONE NO-CARB OR FAT-FREE

Cutting back markedly on any one food group-say, carbs or fat, can leave you short on the nutrients you need to stay energized: One study found that dieters low in calcium and vitamin C had higher odds of putting on belly fat. The trick is a varied diet that includes healthy fats and good carbs such as fruits. After all, the biggest reason low-carb diets backfire is that, for the vast majority of people, they aren't sustainable over the long haul. It's a rare soul who can pass up birthday cake and pasta dinners for a lifetime. And as with all diets, once you quit, you regain the weight you lost and (often) more. These fluctuations can make it an even bigger challenge to lose weight next time.

 

4. YOU'RE NOT EXERCISING

Sure, they say weight loss is 80 percent diet and 20 percent exercise, but if you're only dieting, the sad fact is that your metabolism is slowing. Your body mass and weight largely determine your basal metabolic rate, the amount of calories you burn just sitting on the couch all day.

What's more, whenever you cut calories, you lose at least a little muscle along with fat (although if you cut calories too far, you'll lose a lot). And since muscle is the key to stoking your metabolism, any muscle lost is counteracting your weight-loss efforts. That's why muscle-building exercise is vital to any weight-loss plan, and trying to lose weight without it just won't pan out. Case in point: In one yearlong Obesity study of 439 overweight and obese women, those who tried to lose weight by combining both diet and exercise ended up losing nearly 30 percent more weight than those who dieted alone. 

My high intensity workouts burn fat fast while preserving your precious lean muscle mass. As fatty tissue shrinks you will see your new figure unfold – toned, lean, and powerful. The difficulty and intensity of each workout gradually increases allowing you to stay motivated and rewarded with greater results.

 

5. YOU AREN'T EATING ENOUGH

You may need to bump up your calories to stoke metabolism. When you dip below about 1,200 calories per day, not only are you not eating enough to get all your nutrients, but your body slows your metabolism in order to hold on to precious calories.

Also, if you skip meals to lose weight, your body could lose its ability to feel full. Blame evolution, which has designed our bodies to resist famine and not the buffet table. For example, if you skip breakfast, the body assumes food is scarce. You need a morning meal to let your body know it's okay to burn calories. "Within 1 hour of waking, you should consume a 350- to 500-calorie breakfast, with 10 to 15 grams of protein and fiber to stoke the metabolic fire.

Feel free to contact me for any question you may have regarding your weight loss !

With love,

Mila

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