Plateau: Why You’re Not Burning Fat

Plateau: Why You're Not Burning Fat

Burning FAT

It’s easy to spend all your time in the gym and think that’s simply enough to burn through the additional body fat or to spend all your time training and going through routines. It’s not always easy to get the results that you want though with this method. Many people will notice that, while they’re working out hard in the gym, or ensuring that they’re doing a high intensity cardio every day, their figure isn’t changing and the fat isn’t melting away. This is very simply explained.

To make a loss, you need to make sure that you’re burning more than you’re eating. This is known as a deficit and it’s a vital step in your weight loss program to ensure the layer of fat between your skin and muscles is used up and reduced.

Even if you’re burning hundreds of calories a session in the gym, or at home, with your workouts, it’s all going to waste if you’re then regaining those calories in the forms of snacks. The body stores fat as a source of fuel so that it has something in reserve to burn through. By creating a deficit, you’re ensuring that you’re not eating enough to fuel your body for your work out, forcing it to look for other methods. This is where it starts burning through the stored up fat. By eating more than you’re burning, you’re actually allowing your body to have the chance to store even more fat in the system because it doesn’t have a need for all those extra calories.

A deficit needs to be around 10-15% less than your normal maintenance number. There are ways you can work out exactly what your body needs in order to maintain your current wait and then deduct the appropriate percentage.

The Solution

If you notice that your body isn’t burning through fat and you don’t notice that you’re losing it then it might be worth keeping a track of everything you’re eating to ensure you’re burning more than you eat. You need to force your body to look for alternative forms of energy other than what you’re feeding into it on a daily basis.

It doesn’t matter how healthy you eat, or what the nutritional values of that food is. The plain and simple truth is that if you eat too much of it, it won’t make an ounce of difference.

  • Know exactly how many calories you need.To work out your calorie need, there is a very simple formula that can be followed named the Harris Benedict Formula. This gives accurate results.
  • Deduce your number of calories by around 15%. This makes sure that you’re not giving your body the exact amount it needs and for the final few boosts of fuel, it’ll make use of the stored body fat already in your system, thus helping you lose it.

Without following the simple deficit tactic, you won’t see any results no matter how hard you work it at the gym.

This article was originally published on GYM Flow 100

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