A quick update on my personal “100 Days Mind & Body Transformation Challenge”. I have just completed the 5 weeks of the Alpha Phase and in this video, there are few updates on my personal progresses.
When you lose weight, your body fights back.
You may be able to lose quite a lot of weight at first, without much effort.
However, weight loss may slow down or stop altogether after a while.
This article lists 20 common reasons why you’re not losing weight.
It also contains actionable tips on how to break through the plateau and get things moving again.
1. Maybe You Are Losing Without Realizing it
If you think you are experiencing a weight loss plateau, then you may not need to freak out just yet.
It is incredibly common for the scale not to budge for a few days (or weeks) at a time. This does NOT mean that you are not losing fat.
Also, it is possible to gain muscle at the same time as you lose fat. This is particularly common if you just recently started exercising.
This is a good thing, as what you really want to lose is body fat, not just weight.
It is a good idea to use something other than the scale to gauge your progress. For example, measure your waist circumference and get your body fat percentage measured once per month.
Also, how well your clothes fit and how you look in the mirror can be very telling.
Unless your weight has been stuck at the same point for at least 1-2 weeks, then you probably don’t need to worry about anything.
Low-carb diets are very effective. That is a scientific fact.
However, as with any diet, people sometimes stop losing before they reach their desired weight.
Here are the top 15 reasons why you’re not losing weight on a low-carb diet.
1. You Are Losing Fat, You Just Don’t Realize it
Weight loss isn’t a linear process.
If you weigh yourself every day, then there will be days where the scale goes down, other days where it goes up.
It doesn’t mean that the diet isn’t working, as long as the general trend is going downwards.
Of course, losing weight is not the same as losing fat.
It is possible, especially if you’re new to weight lifting, that you are gaining muscle at the same time that you’re losing fat.
To make sure that you’re losing, use something other than just the scale (which is a big, fat liar). Use a measuring tape to measure your waist circumference and have your body fat percentage measured every month or so.
Also, take pictures. Take note of how your clothes fit. If you’re looking thinner and your clothes are looser, then you ARE losing fat no matter what the scale says.
On the left hand side side, you can see the picture with my body stats. The first on the left was taken in May 2016 and the second, last Monday 8th August 2016, both were taken after few months of eating shit food (again) and not training properly (lack of motivation, missing classes, random gym etc…).
The main reason for this post is to “friendly” remind myself how easy is to waste years of hard work just for laziness, and lack of motivation, and most important thing how easy is to get off-track failing to remind yourself how important are for you your goals and dreams in life.
In the year between August 2014 and September 2015 I was able to reach the lowest weight I ever remember in my life since I was 16 years old (pic below), I was also able, with lots of hard work and focus and with the help of my PT, to improve my relationship with food, I was able to follow a healthy diet and and was able to train 5 to 6 times a week with a total weight loss of 13kg and with all the possible benefits you can imagine of an healthy life style.
I think that this is one of those questions that probably nobody, even expert in the fitness and medical fields are able to answer precisely and with absolute certainty.
I have a super fit friend with the classic 6 packs gym body that says that supplements (not illegal shit) in the right doses in conjunction with a balanced diet and of course with hours in the gym helped him to achieve extraordinary results, at the opposite, my personal trainer firmly believes that there is no need for supplements because we can get all the nutrients our body needs naturally just from fresh food.
I came across this interesting podcast from Sensei Ando (www.senseiando.com) and I thought that was a great article to add to my “100 Days Challenge” blog even because has an interesting connection with Martial Arts and Meditation as well. In this podcast I found great insights that I will apply during my personal journey.
This is my first entry and I feel very excited. It’s Sunday 31 July 2016, and tomorrow my “100 Days challenge” will officially starts.
Actually, I am proud to say that I already took some important action planning my food diary for entire week and I have also already prepared my lunch for tomorrow. 😉
I have noticed in the past that less I think about food and about what to eat less stressed so, I have decided the amount of calories I want to consume everyday for the next 7 days (1800 cal.),