<div class="paragraph">There's nothing worse than setting goals, working hard to reach them, and then not seeing progress. <br><br>The fitness and health industry has, and continues to, feed us lies that leave us running around in circles with our habits.  Just when you think something is good, you read an article on mainstream media that it's not so good after all. </div> <div><div class="wsite-image wsite-image-border-none " style="padding-top:10px;padding-bottom:10px;margin-left:0;margin-right:0;text-align:center"> <a> <img src="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/uploads/1/7/3/9/1739499/6-reasons-you-aren-t-losing-weight_orig.png" alt="Picture" style="width:auto;max-width:100%"></a> <div style="display:block;font-size:90%"></div> </div></div> <div class="paragraph">Most of us now know that fat doesn't make us fat. However, when you've believed that fat makes you fat for the majority of your life, it's really hard to convince yourself that it's true-even if science says so. <br><br>When I tell my clients who aren't losing weight that they aren't eating enough fat, they often give me puzzled looks.<br><br>After a few weeks of increasing their fat intake among other changes, they see weight loss and are always pleasantly surprised by the fact that fat indeed isn't the reason they are overweight. <br><br>Many people view their health only by exterior changes. But can I just tell you a secret? Health absolutely comes from the inside out. There's no other way around it. <br><br>If you are losing weight but still feel like crap everyday, you are either taking some weird supplement or doing things in a really unhealthy manner that won't last long-term.<br><br>However, if you are feeling amazing, you <em>will</em> lose weight, burn fat, and get stronger over time. Even clients I've trained who take medications or have thyroid issues that cause weight gain have seen drops in weight and size with the programs I put them on. <br><br>Let's talk about 7 reasons you may not be losing weight:<br><br><strong>1. You have imbalanced macros. </strong><br><br>Macros are your fats, proteins, and carbohydrates. Most of the people I work with have significant imbalances when they first come to me.<br><br>I often see high carb and low protein + fat intakes. This is a disaster for your overall health and weight loss. <br><br>If my clients are low on protein and fats, I immediately help them get those numbers up and they see weight loss, improvements in concentration and energy levels, a decrease in sugar cravings, and more toned muscles. <br><br>By focusing on more protein and good fats, we immediately crowd out the heavy carb intakes. <br><br><strong>2. You have poor gut health. </strong><br><br>Scientists now call the gut our "second brain." This topic is at the core of my programs because without teaching proper gut health, I'm doing my clients a disservice, especially when it comes to them losing weight. <strong> </strong><br><br>Gut health is going to affect your immunity, energy levels, skin, weight loss around midsection, moods (think anxiety and depression), mental clarity and memory, heart health, and more. <br><br>In your gut resides good and bad bacteria. When the bad bacteria overpowers the good, you start getting sick more often. Your body holds on to weight around your midsection. Your mind feels foggy. Your overall health declines. <br><br>Through good quality probiotics, decreasing stress levels, eating a nutrition diet, and an increase in fermented foods (kefir, kombucha, raw sauerkraut, yogurt, etc), I'm able to help my clients get healthy from the inside out.<strong> </strong><br><br><strong>3. You aren't consistent with your habits. </strong><br><br>If I decided to take a week or two off from coaching my clients, posting blogs and information on social media, and developing programs behind the scenes, my business would not grow. <br><br>Likewise, if you are taking a week/month or two off of moving your body regularly, eating healthy foods, and improving your overall habits, your health will suffer the consequences. <br><br>Consistency is absolutely key with any healthy lifestyle. Weight loss is something that comes with time, but if you don't give any time to living healthy, don't expect results. <br><br><strong>4. You spend too much time doing cardio. </strong><br><br>Spending 45 to an hour on an elliptical or treadmill everyday is going to cause your body to lose muscle and in return you won't be burning as much fat. <br><br>In my boot camp programs as well as my VIP coaching, I have my clients doing a combination of sprinting, metabolic, and heavy lifting routines. The key is short and sweet. <br><br>Now, some of you might be thinking, <em>I can't sprint</em> or <em>I don't have a gym to lift heavy weights so that won't work</em>. The good news is, you only need to sprint for a short amount of time, which can be done on any machine or via a specific movement in your living room instead of actual sprints.<br><br>Heavy lifting simply means we are burning out the muscle instead of just doing a few bicep curls with 2.5 lb dumbbells. This type of lifting can be done in your living room with no equipment. <br><br><strong>5. You eat from the moment you wake up until you go to bed. </strong><br><br>Do you start eating at 6 am and graze all the way till bedtime at 9 or 10pm? Here's the deal, your body is either digesting food or burning fat. It can't do both. When you spend the majority of your hours eating, your body has no time to burn fat, recalibrate it's systems, digest, regenerate new cells, and heal itself. <br><br>Depending on the client, I often recommend my clients shorten their feeding periods to 8-10 hours and then spend the rest of the time not eating or just lightly snacking depending on the needs and goals. <br><br>This is a lifestyle I have followed most of my life without even knowing it's benefit, but now with the <a target="_blank" href="https://authoritynutrition.com/10-health-benefits-of-intermittent-fasting/"><font color="#8d2424">research being done on the amazing benefits of intermittent fasting</font></a>, I now incorporate this into my clients programs with awesome results. <br><br>If the word "fasting" intimidates you, just realize, you aren't really fasting, you are just shortening your feeding period while still eating the <u>same amount of calories</u>. I find this simplifies my clients schedules as they aren't always freaking out about eating every 3 hours to keep their metabolism up (which is a complete myth). <br><br>Many other cultures eat a big afternoon meal but might skip breakfast and only have a smaller snack in the early evening. This mythical idea that we always need to be eating to keep up our blood sugars and metabolism is not only impractical but has caused a lot of damage to our health. <br><br><strong>6. You aren't sleeping enough and are chronically stressed. </strong><br><br>Lack of sleep and stress is a huge crisis in America. Between the long work hours, commuting, running our kids to a million activities, and trying to maintain other responsibilities, we often neglect our sleep and sanity in order to <em>get stuff done</em>. <br><br>May I suggest that you will be more productive in all areas of your life if you just prioritize 7-8 hours of sleep per night + a daily relaxing activity?<br><br>This is a topic we hit hard in my online boot camp programs because if a client is lacking in sl eep + chronically stressed, this means their cortisol levels are through the roof and weight loss isn't going to come easy. <br><br>When you sleep, your body restores, heals, and organizes itself.<br><br>Are you trying to come up with an idea? Sleep on it.<br><br>Trying to shed those last 5-10 pounds? Sleep on it (just not too much sleep).<br><br>Do you have sore muscles or an injury? Sleep on it. <br><br>I hope this was helpful. Which of these 6 areas could you be more proactive in?<br><br>If you would like to implement these concepts plus get accountability, support, education, and an effective plan, grab your spot now to join my next <a href="http://www.rachelmeyerfitness.com/summitfit-boot-camp.html" target="_blank"><font color="#8d2424">4-week boot camp</font></a> starting January 2nd. We would absolutely LOVE to have you! <br><br><br><br><br> </div>