So summer is coming to a close, and you’re pretty disappointed that you never really had that “bathing suit body” even though you thought that you were doing everything right. You worked out, you cut down on calories, and yet somehow you still feel like you’re missing something. But what?
There are a lot of things that trainers and online “health experts” don’t tell you about working out, but I’m going to try to debunk some myths and help you feel like you aren’t alone here.
You are going to be discouraged. You won’t start seeing results after your first workout, crazy, I know, but it’s true. You may not see results after the first week, or even after the first month. Working out is a slow journey and you won’t reach your destination over night. It’s completely okay to feel as though nothing is happening, and being discouraged is perfectly normal.
You will actually gain weight. Yes. How horrific. But very true. The old saying goes “muscle weighs more than fat”. So yes, even if you are burning up the fat, you are still going to gain weight. But do not be alarmed, gaining muscle is a good thing and you will be in much better shape, even if you weigh more than when you started. Working out should be about your health, not the scale.
Cardio isn’t everything. Cardio is important, I’m not saying it isn’t, but it’s not the only thing. Weight training helps to tone up the muscles that have a little bit of extra fat around them, as well as helps burn excess fat. You could also do yoga to tone up and build strength as well, but just doing cardio is not going to help you reach your goal.
Don’t stop eating calories. If you cut down on your caloric intake, your body might actually go into a little bit of shock because it isn’t getting the same amount of food that it is used to. This will cause your body to go into survival mode and instead of losing fat, your metabolism will slow down and you will start storing the food that you do eat as fat instead. You also will probably be lacking in a lot of the nutrients that you need to help keep your body in tip-top shape.
Every body is different. Your body is not the same as anyone else’s body. What works for you won’t work for them, and what works for them won’t work for you. Working out with a buddy is a good idea, but just know that it’s okay for you guys to do different things. Just because you like to use the elliptical and they like to run on the treadmill doesn’t mean that one of you is wrong and the other is right. Our bodies are unique and you need to figure out what will work for you and what won’t so that you can be as good to your body as you can.
Exercise can be hard sometimes, especially when you aren’t sure why you aren’t seeing results, and especially when you’re actually gaining weight instead of losing it. Learning all about your body is so important so that you can figure out what will keep you healthy. Don’t give up because you aren’t seeing results right away, and definitely don’t stop eating. Just keep pushing yourself to be the best that you can be, and treat your body with love and care.