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Why no weight loss?

The following question was answered by Ryan Rogers, MS, CSCS, USWF I, Strength and Conditioning Coach at Fitness Quest 10.

I've been exercising five days per week and eating less for the last 6 months and haven't noticed a significant change in my weight. What can I do to get the pounds to start coming off?
Good job on keeping up the diet and exercise consistently. Here are a few other things to consider when trying to lose weight.

1. Make sure you are eating enough.
Although this sounds strange, if you don't eat enough, your body goes into starvation mode and will lower the amount of calories you burn on a daily basis. The best way to figure out how much to eat is to meet with a registered dietician. They are qualified to analyze your current food intake and make some recommendations.

2.  Don't neglect the stairs. 
Sometimes we tend to overlook the many ways to burn calories that are all around us on a daily basis. Think about taking the stairs every day instead of the elevator, or park your car at the far end of the parking lot the next time you are at the store. These little bits of extra exercise add up over time, so don't write them off just because you're not on a treadmill at the gym. Try to attain 10,000 steps per day and you can track that simply by purchasing a pedometer.

3.  Make sure you get your rest.
You are working hard to lose the weight, so don't neglect you body when it needs to recover. Your body needs time to recover from the workouts your doing, so make sure you are getting between 7 and 8 hours of sleep per night.

 
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