5 reasons why you may not be burning fat:
Written by Rev Nutritionist, Rebecca Desousa
You’ve been dieting for too long
Sometimes when you diet for too long you won’t burn fat like you’d hope you would simply because prolonged dieting can put you in a reduced-calorie state, which can slow your metabolism. You may be consuming fewer calories, but you are also burning fewer calories. In this case sometimes a reverse diet is the best approach depending on the person and their goals.
Your measurements of your foods are off
If you are not measuring your food correctly it can easily be the reason why you aren’t losing fat, especially with dense foods like peanut butter, nuts, steak, rice, etc. Being off a tablespoon here and there can add 100 calories here and there to your daily allowance and cause you to maintain or even gain, be precise with your measurements if you want to see the best results.
You’re falling off on the weekends
This is something totally common we hear, “I am really good throughout the week, it is just the weekends I fall off.” The weekend is almost 30% of your total week so if you follow your diet 70% of the time no wonder you aren’t seeing the results you want to see! This kind of plan will most likely cause you to maintain your results. When it comes to percentages try to follow the 90/10 rule instead. Just remember weekends are days too and they count so treat them like any other day.
You are doing too much of the wrong thing at the gym
You are doing too much cardio and not enough weight training! The cardio machines may tell you the number of calories you are burning, which are more than likely not correct anyways. But lifting can produce the most changes to your body. Don’t rely on cardio alone to put yourself in a calorie deficit. To see fat loss a good combination of both cardio and strength training is ideal!
Be careful not to throw yourself in to a caloric surplus by "treating" or "rewarding" yourself with large quantities of calorie dense foods and snacks post work out. YES you want to eat food post workout. But stay within your caloric needs that will help you attain the results you desire.