By Jennifer Gruenemay, ACE-Certified, Special to Lifescript
Published November 03, 2013
You’ve gone to the gym regularly for the past month and have been watching what you eat. Youâ€™ve been trying harder than youâ€™ve ever tried before, so why isnâ€™t the extra weight budging? Itâ€™s easy to fall into the trap of thinking youâ€™re working hard enough to lose weight solely based on the fact that youâ€™re giving it your all. But if you kept track of your workouts and food intake, you just might be surprised at how much room for improvement there really is.
When itâ€™s in black and white, itâ€™s much more difficult to â€œforgetâ€ about that workout you skipped last week, or those cupcakes you baked and ate twice daily for a week. The solution? Make yourself a training log.
Use a calendar and write down your daily workouts in detail. Include the duration and intensity of effort you gave that day and how you were feeling (mood, emotions) before and after working out. This will help you recognize why you may have had a weak or particularly high-energy workout for no particular reason.
To pump up the volume on your weight loss even more, keep a food diary. Put a lot of detail into your records and youâ€™ll identify the many reasons why your diet could be sabotaging your efforts in the gym. Whether itâ€™s exercise, diet or both, chart your progress and youâ€™ll know without a doubt why the weight isnâ€™t coming off.