Not losing weight? The danger of inactivity
Inactivity. We have become sedentary and find ourselves sitting a lot. If you are trying to lose weight, it is imperative to MOVE. You are eating well and step on the scale, but see no change. You ask yourself, how come I am not losing weight? This question was asked to me from a client. Well, let’s take a look at the caloric balance. Remember, the way weight loss is possible is by having a negative total from calories in and calories out. So let’s take a look at why inactivity can be your problem.
First, is the negative consequence of not moving. Your muscles not only get tight, but ATROPHY. The longer you stay sedentary, the more the muscle stiffens up. The average step you SHOULD be taking is 10,000 a day. However, those that have desk jobs most likely cannot get 5,000. I have a client that gets 1,000 steps a day and consistently remind her to move. So what does this mean? Get out there and STEP it up, literally. Park further at groceries, at your job, events, etc.
Secondly, is the effect of nutrition. Having a proper diet is key to achieving and sustaining long-lasting results. This doesn’t mean eating salads and staying away from carbs. “Oh, I’ve been eating good.” I cannot tell you how many times people have told me that and when measurement time comes, they gained weight. So what does “good” mean? It should mean identifying what your problem is: too much fat? Sodium? Sugar? Not enough protein? The list is endless on how a “broken” diet needs to be fixed. People fixate on calories and assume that by avoiding their craving (ie. latte, donuts, ice cream, candy) for 2 weeks, the weight will drop. If you look at the overall balance (protein, carbs, fats, sugar, sodium) in depth, you will see the stem of the problem.
Ultimately, it is imperative to MOVE. Let’s say you are a client and train twice a week. If you JUST rely on those two days to lose weight, then you might find yourself disappointed with your result. There’s 24 hours in a day, 168 hours in a week. And you worked out 2 hours out of the 168. Not much, right? The key is to increase the time of activity. Strive to stay active one hour a day, ladies and gentlemen! Hope you liked this week’s blog. Stay tuned for more next Wed………………………Kei