By: Chad Ruf, Director of Personal Training

Question: For the last 3 weeks, I have been working out 6 days a week, with a variety of treadmill, elliptical, and 30 minute kettlebell workouts. I’ve also been watching what I eat very carefully, tracking what I eat and calories/fat/carbs on line, and eating more fruits and vegetables rather than junk food. Despite my efforts, I haven’t lost more than 1 lb. I only have 5-10 lbs to lose, but it seems that my efforts aren’t working. Any advice?

Answer: The only way that your body can be staying the same weight is if the calories you are consuming through food are equal to the calories you are burning through exercise. In your case you are already doing a great job working out and it looks like you are making better food choices. My recommendation to you is to look at something you are eating on a daily basis and cutting it back a bit. Maybe just one snack or switching from regular soda to diet soda. Just small adjustments. Also, I am curious if you are losing inches off your waist and other parts of your body. You are probably gaining muscle with your lifting while you are losing fat with your cardio. The scale weight may not come off as fast but the inches will. Keep up the good work!

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