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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

6 Reasons Your Body Is Holding Onto Body Fat

Have you ever tried to lose weight only to have your weight loss efforts somehow become stubbornly ineffective, despite your best efforts at losing body fat? Here are 6 reasons that - regardless of your good intentions - your body is probably holding onto body fat.

Don't let these common mistakes become the EXCUSES that you use for why you aren't getting RESULTS!

Large/Infrequent Meals - If you still believe that starving yourself and only eating once or twice a day is going to help you lose weight, you could not be more wrong. When you don't eat small, frequent meals throughout the day, your metabolism slows down considerably, and your body goes into "starvation mode" - in other words, your body thinks it is not going to get nutrients very often. Then, when you do eat that "well-deserved" meal late in the day, your body stashes away as many calories from that meal as it can in preparation for the next starvation period. Those calories are stored as body fat, usually in your stomach, legs, butt, and any where else your body can find to keep it. Having large, infrequent meals is the opposite of losing body fat.
High Sodium Low-fat Foods - The majority of the foods that we eat get their flavor from 1 of 3 things: Fat, Sugar, or Salt (sodium). If you are shopping in the alleged "healthy section" - especially in the frozen foods area - you are probably mesmerized by the Low-Fat labels on everything. What those labels DON'T tell you, however, is that in order to make those foods taste good, they are instead stuffed with carbohydrates and/or sodium, both of which retard your body's ability to burn body fat and show off the muscles underneath. In addition, since people equate "low fat" as being a low-calorie alternative, they tend to eat more total calories than their bodies need, and those extra calories - despite coming from a low-fat food source - still end up getting stored as body fat. You might as well just eat ice cream and at least enjoy the indulgence, because from a weight loss perspective, those low-fat foods are usually not going to actually help you lose weight.
Lack of Challenging Exercise - Are you one of those people who says that they exercise every day because they take a walk after dinner? Or - even worse - do you honestly think that "just 20 minutes a day 3 times a week" is going to help you lose weight? Here's your Tip of the Day - "If you aren't sweating and/or exerting yourself beyond your comfort level, you aren't exercising at an intensity level that is going to get you results." Yes, any exercise is better than no exercise, but if you want to actually lose weight - rather than just appease your guilty conscious - you need to workout hard, you need to workout frequently, and you need to challenge yourself past your previous limits EVERY time you exercise.
Incorrect Reaction to Injuries/Illness - How many times has a cold, a bug, or a minor injury caused you to stop working out altogether? Just because you aren't at 100% of your normal capabilities does NOT mean that you can just give up and do nothing! Yes, take a few days if you're sick and then get right back on track afterward. If you're injured, take as much time as you need to heal the injured part of your body, but you still need to work the rest of your body. Just because you have an upper body injury, doesn't mean you can't do cardio or leg workouts. If your lower body is hurt, then do chest, shoulder, arm, ab, and back exercises. Don't let an injury or illness completely sideline you from the game when all you really need to do is modify your approach.
Lifestyle Changes - Life is going to come by and smack you in the face from time to time - it happens. Divorce,drama, loss of a job, health concerns about yourself or someone you care about - these things happen. However, they are NOT an excuse to just give up - to the contrary, actually. The more life is a battle for you, the more you need to be EQUIPPED for that battle. Whether that means losing weight and skyrocketing your self-confidence, or if it means beefing up your body's defenses by engaging in a consistent, effective exercise program, the bottom line is the same; the tougher your life is, the tougher YOU need to be to handle it. Rough times are not a time to give up - they are a time to RISE up!
Poor Planning - Your "best intentions" to really stick to your workout program or your nutrition plan are nothing more than self-indulgent hot air if you don't back up those intentions with actual, consistent work towards those goals. A lack of planning on your part does not mean that your body is going to forgive you and start releasing body fat even though you forgot to bring a healthy lunch, or because you left your workout towel in the dryer at home. Plan out your day (or your week) in advance to be sure that with regard to your nutritional needs or your workout regimen, you are prepared every single day to do what you need to do to get results. At the end of the day (week, month, year, or decade), your body doesn't care about your lack of planning. All it cares about is whether or not you did the work.

If any or all of these reasons that your body holds onto body fat are a part of YOUR lifestyle, now is the time to make a change. Don't beat yourself up because of what you've done in the past - just plan and follow through on doing better in the future. At the end of the day, you are either overweight, or you're not. And YOU are the only person who controls that.

Aaron Potts is a Fitness Coach and Personal Development expert who teaches people to take control over their lives by combining a proper attitude with effective health, fitness, and weight loss practices. Learn more about attaining your weight loss and fitness goals via home exercises and at home workouts by visiting Aaron at!

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