"Why am I not losing weight?"
How many times have you asked yourself, your best friend (they're tired of you asking, by the way) or even your coach this question?
To be honest, we hear this sometimes. Usually it is from someone who just started CrossFit and hasn't really given the time for results to take place. We've talked many times on our videos about why you have to give time for any health and fitness plan to take effect. However, we also have some clients who believe they've been trying for a long time to lose weight, and aren't seeing success.
With that backdrop, here are our top three answers to the question, "why am I not losing weight?"
First and foremost, if you aren't going to commit to a single plan, you may as well just not start. Many places will encourage the latest fad diet as soon as it comes out; at Summit we're about consistency, small adjustments as needed, and developing the habits needed for a healthy LIFE.
When you begin a nutrition and workout plan, actually commit to following through on it. Don't run around trying four or five different workout plans. Don't simultaneously try to follow a Keto Diet and a high carb diet.
Commit to one thing, give it a legitimate try (my recommendation is 6 months at least) and re-evaluate at half way to see if you need to shift.
It's not that you cannot enjoy pizza, ice cream, or whatever your favorite foods are. It's truly not. But, it does mean you have to limit your intake on them. I'm not here to sugar-coat the truth about health. When you think about eating for a healthy life, I really like the following summary.
Eat real food, not too much, mostly plants. Include meats (if you eat meat) vegetables, nuts and seeds, fruit, some starch, and limit added sugar. If it can be grown, flies, runs, or swims, eat it.
That's my own combination of a few popular nutrition guidelines and it's worked well in my life and with members at our gym. So if your diet is still centered on processed food, you're not going to lose weight. Period.
Let's keep this really high level. If you don't ever move your body, you're not going to lose weight. It is true that you can be in a calorie deficit without exercise and you will lose weight.
This is also true: it is a heck of a lot harder to not workout and still lose weight. And no, not because of calorie burn. It's because of your environmental influences.
Think about it. If most of your day is around unhealthy influences (friends eating pizza, beers at the office) you'll eventually follow in those footsteps no matter how much you don't want to.
Conversely, if every day you're going into a community of like-minded people who all want the same thing as you - to lose weight and be the healthiest version of themselves, that will be your environment and your main influencing force.