Ok, you wouldn’t be reading/following twentyfirstcenturyfitness.com unless you were cognizant of your health and fitness and our mission is to provide you with the best information and most recent methods to help you accomplish your objectives. We’ve received some recent feedback from some our followers voicing frustration that they were not losing weight at the rate they wanted or that they expected to be at a lower level at this point in their training regimen. There could be several reasons for this but we wanted to respond some with some top factors that could be affecting your results.
- Age – We have a really wide range of followers (from 18-55) so first and foremost your age. Those of us over 30 remember our twenties when we could almost eat anything we wanted and piper wouldn’t have to be paid the next day. Now it seems if I even look at a slice of Pizza I gain a half a pound. But seriously, as we get older our body composition also changes. Sadly, our muscle mass decreases while our fat mass does the opposite. This happens at all ages not just over 40 it’s just the rate is slower in someone 21 than 41, this contributes to a lower RMR. That is why it is so much harder to lose weight as we get older. Now, if you compound this with laziness, then you exacerbate the problem. We all have to deal with aging but if you don’t stick to your program, regardless of what it is, then you simply won’t get the desired results and will soon become frustrated. As you age the most important component of fitness and health is persistence.
- Your Calorie Intake vs. Burn Rate – This also makes perfect sense. It’s the easiest equation but the hardest to execute. Simply burning more calories than you take in. This equation never changes regardless of how old you are. It just gets harder as you get older and your discretional time to exercise seems less but your opportunities to take in calories increases. You must keep that ratio negative, even if the number is small, and stick with the process. If you can manage that then time is your friend and over the course of a given period you will see a positive change.
- You have to get your rest. Sleep is a major factor even though it is often taken for granted. This is the time when our bodies rest and then recover. Without it, most of us will subconsciously substitute with higher-calorie foods, snacks, or energy drinks that will lead to an increase in weight.
- Gender also has a role to play in this, particularly as we get older. Ladies you typically, obviously not in all situations, have a greater fat/muscle ratio to begin with so it’s going to be a little more difficult. Its also been proven that your metabolic rate is in the range of 5-10% lower. I know, someone has a really bad since of humor. So, when we get feedback from a reader on how best to reduce the size of his/her thighs, the response might be a little bit different as is a common challenge but is often more difficult for women than men.