I get my body fat tested every three months using hydrostatic weighing. The past few months I have been getting in five workouts a week, logging my food in an online app, and watching my calorie intake, but when got my results I was the same percentage of fat, lean mass and scale weight as three months earlier. Immediately I asked myself, “Why Am I Not Losing Body Fat?” Not with judgment, but just in a scientific way, the way you might ask, “Why is the sky blue?”
Most people might get discouraged by no progress, but I’ve been a fitness professional for ten years, and I know a few things about fat loss and progress. I did a quick evaluation of what I had been doing vs. what I could be doing and what I have done in the past and here’s what I quickly realized.
- My daily life has been pretty stressful lately
- My macros have not been entirely on point
- Some of my workouts were more “maintenance” than challenging workouts
- I have not been willing to change a few of my “vices, ” i.e., Ice cream, wine, corn chips and bourbon
- If I’m truly honest, I am not nearly as motivated to lose body fat as I was when I was fighting
- I’ll be 38 in 2 months
#5 is a big one. Willingness. I sat down and thought to myself about how my motivation, training, body image and goals have changed since I stopped fighting.