Exercise is key to dropping pounds, but it’s only part of the equation. In one study, overweight adults who exercised and cut calories shaved up to 66% more inches from their waistlines than those who exercised or dieted alone. To pinpoint what’s making your scale stick, ask yourself these questions.
1. Am I working hard enough? Exercise should be enjoyable, but to blast fat, you need to challenge yourself. At the right level, you’ll be breathing through your mouth (not just your nose).
2. Am I snacking more? Working out can increase your appetite. To keep your energy up without overeating, have a 100 calorie snack before or after your session or exercise right before a meal.
3. Are my portions oversized? Studies show most of us consistently underestimate our food intake. To keep tabs, write down everything that goes in your mouth, and for at least 1 day actually measure your portions. I tried it and was shocked at how many servings I poured into my cereal bowl!
4. Am I in a workout rut? Doing the same routine day after day guarantees stalled results-and boredom! Muscles get used to the same movements, so it takes less effort and burns fewer calories. Instead, add some hills to your walk, switch up your speed or distance, or try a new toning DVD.