Sick and Tired of Not Achieving Your Fitness Goals? Here's a Solution!

Robin Reichert By Robin Reichert, 24th Jun 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Have you been exercising and eating right on a regular basis and just not seeing any results? This article will explain some of the reasons why you're not reaching your fitness goals.

Sick and Tired of Not Achieving Your Fitness Goals? Here's a Solution!

If you have tried a fitness plan and given up after not seeing the results you expect, chances are there's a reason it's not working. If you gave it your all, it's not you... it's the plan you chose. Hopefully you're still ambitious to succeed, because all you need is the right approach!

No fitness plan should provide you with no results if it is based on the fundamentals of weight loss or muscle growth. As long as the fundamentals are down, your plan will work - but sticking to a plan is often the hardest part.

An effective weight loss plan will include both long-term (total transformation) and short-term (small milestones) goals. So, let's say you want to get down to a lean enough size that you can start seeing your abs. To do that, you need to lose 50 pounds. That's your final destination, your biggest goal. But you still need smaller goals, such as one pound of weight loss per week.

However, even the smaller goals will not necessarily guarantee you results. Have you ever watched the Biggest Loser and noticed that sometimes people give it their all and still weigh in at the same weight or even higher? You can't guarantee, say, that you'll lose a pound a week... instead, try setting small goals for stuff you can completely control.

Here are two examples of productive short-term goals that you can control:

Consume no more than X, XXX calories per day, every day.
Record XXX calories burned on a cardio machine every training day.

At the same time, you want to be able to track your progress and see that achieving these little milestones is really providing you results. Gradually, this will help you get closer and closer to your ultimate goal.

So, again, say you want to lose 50 pounds... it would be a good idea to weigh yourself every morning, mark that weight on a calendar, and watch as your weight goes down over time. You will then start looking back a few weeks or months and notice that your hard work is really paying off!

Aside from this, you need to make sure that you have really nailed the fundamentals of your weight loss plan. The most basic aspect of weight loss is calories in versus calories out. You need to eat less than your body needs each day. In order to do this, you must know daily caloric requirement.

Check out this calculator to quickly determine your daily caloric requirement. From here, you can effectively achieve approximately one pound of weight loss every week if you take in 500 calories less than the daily required amount.

Create your plan and stick to it. Let these words sink in - nothing will provide you with results if you're not doing it. Just make a plan and stick to it for 90 days. If the plan makes sense on a fundamental level, you WILL notice a difference.

Even if you don't achieve your long-term goal as quickly as you wanted, you will still have gotten at least a couple steps closer. That's a lot better than being stuck where you are for another three months!

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author avatar Robin Reichert
I'm an AFPA certified nutrition consultant, AFPA certified personal trainer, NASM certified youth exercise specialist, as well as an online fitness coach and a professional freelance writer.

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author avatar Phyl Campbell
27th Jun 2014 (#)

Dieting is not for me, but this article is good for those trying.

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author avatar Robin Reichert
27th Jun 2014 (#)

I understand, Phyl. I teach my clients that it's not about restrictions, but rather positive lifestyle changes that will improve the QUALITY of life for the long-term, not a short-term quick fix. :-)

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author avatar vellur
28th Jun 2014 (#)

Great article as you say we must make a plan and stick to it. Now is the time to do it, I guess.

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author avatar snerfu
1st Jul 2014 (#)

Calories are worth watching nice article.

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author avatar Robin Reichert
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

It truly boils down to the QUALITY of calories you consume. One candy bar, for instance, can easily negate the one hour workout you just completed, whereas a large fiber-rich salad with avocados, cucumbers, tomatoes, sunflower seeds and olive oil will not only leave you feeling more satisfied, but healthier in the long run.

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author avatar Robin Reichert
3rd Jul 2014 (#)

Thanks Vellur & Snerfu for your comments!

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