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If you’ve been living a healthy lifestyle for a while and you’re wondering why you’re not shaping up, this post can help you. Health and fitness can be confusing. There are so many different methods of getting to where you want to be. Weightlifting, CrossFit, yoga, and more. Then there are the eating styles. Paleo, clean eating, and counting your macros. Why can’t it be simpler? Let’s help to clarify things for you a little. Here’s why you may not be shaping up the way you thought you would:
You Don’t Know Your Body Type
Lots of things do work for the same people. However, it’s important to know your body type. If you don’t know it, you won’t supercharge your results! Knowing your body type is essential, whether you want to lose fat, put on muscle mass, or both. There are three main types:
- Ectomorph – ectomorphs have the supermodel body type. They don’t seem to put on fat very easily, no matter what they eat. They have minimal muscle mass. Naturally very slim.
- Endomorph – the endomorph has more body fat than other types, but that doesn’t mean they are bigger. It simply means they are softer. Most women have this body type, including Beyonce. The endomorph builds muscle mass easily but can struggle to lose excess fat.
- Mesomorph – the mesomorph is usually considered very lucky. They have a naturally defined physique with low body fat. They don’t have to work all that hard to get results most of the time.
When you know your body type, you can devise a plan. For instance, an ectomorph wanting to put on muscle would need to eat in a surplus and hit the weights. An endomorph would need to do a mixture of weights and cardio, but put a special focus on cardio for fat loss. Eating in a reasonable deficit is important too. One plan doesn’t fit all, though, so listen to your body and alter as you need to.
You’re Not Tracking Your Food
Tracking your food can give you a more accurate picture of what you’re putting into your body. You might think you’re doing enough if you’re a clean eater or paleo, but it might not be the case. If you are eating too much, too little, or too much of one thing, you won’t get good results. Some people like to permanently track, others like to track for a little and then eat intuitively. Using an app makes it easier, and you might be able to see more clearly when you’re going wrong. For example, one tablespoon of peanut butter could be anywhere between 10 grams of fat and 20 grams of fat, which can really bring up the calories and fats in your diet. Fats aren’t the enemy, but too much of anything can hinder your progress. You might want to consider being more accurate with your measurements with a set of scales. One thing you mustn’t do, though: refer to it as a diet. Diets are awful and, usually, refer to short-term fixes. You should be eating in a way that you find yourself doing for the foreseeable future.
You’re Not Mixing Up Exercise Styles
Mixing up your exercise styles is recommended for an overall sculpted body and fitness. The best things to do include cardio, resistance, flexibility, and stretching. Making sure you’re doing all of these things will make you feel and look great. However, the ratios will depend on your goals and body type. It’s a good idea to change things as much as possible to make sure you don’t get bored. For example, run on a treadmill one day and on a spin bike the next.
You’re Not Changing Things As You Go Along
You may need to change certain things as you go along. If you’ve been doing the same thing for a few months or even a few weeks, switching things up could make the world of difference. You may have simply hit a plateau.
You’re Buying Into Too Many Fads
Fads are not healthy and do nothing for you in the long run. Don’t buy into them, or marketing for fitness pills and potions that don’t do anything. Make sure you do your research and improve your fitness knowledge so you can make informed choices on what to do and buy. There are no quick fixes. Remember that!
You’re Not Giving It Enough Time
Maybe you’re simply being impatient. It takes far longer than a few weeks or even a few months to make real progress. Sure, you can make a hell of a lot of progress in a few months. However, if you want to build up a considerable amount of muscle mass or lose a lot of fat, you’ll need to be in it for the long haul. This is a slow process and consistency is a must. It’s a lifestyle choice, not a quick fix, so you just need to trust that the results will come.
You’re Going OTT
Maybe you’re actually going OTT with your routine. If you’re running for hours, lifting for hours, and not taking any rest days, you could be stressing out your body. Rest is part of the program, so you must take at least one day off a week. Getting enough sleep is also essential. Working out for any longer than an hour could actually cause your body to eat away at your muscle, and make you ‘skinny fat’. This means you might look smaller, but you may still have a soft, rounded appearance rather than a ‘toned’ look. Getting the balance right is so important!
See? There are lots of reasons you might not be getting your desired results. It might even be a case of adopting a more positive outlook and believing in yourself. Having a positive mindset and the right outlook is everything. Have more reasons for doing it than to look good. Do it for the endorphins and the healthy life! You’ll be so happy you started.