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Are Outside Factors Preventing You From Losing Weight?

Are Outside Factors Preventing You From Losing Weight? - Vitality Fitness - Fitness Courses Calgary

Losing weight can be a difficult endeavor. If you’re seeing everyone around you succeed in their fitness goals and you simply can’t determine what you’re doing wrong, it’s easy to get frustrated. You’re exercising daily and doing your best to eat healthy, but you’re still not seeing the results you desire.

At Vitality Fitness, we strive to help each one of our clients achieve their health and fitness goals. We also understand that no two individuals are the same, and what works for one person may not be successful for another.

Your attempts at losing weight can be compromised by a number of factors. Unfortunately, some of them have nothing to do with your exercise and eating habits. Here are a few outside factors that could be preventing you from losing weight:

Work-Related Inactivity

Even if you’re committed to exercising after work a few times a week, sitting at a desk for the majority of the day, five days a week, could be seriously hampering your ability to lose weight. Many studies have shown that an hour-long workout everyday doesn’t make up for your sedentary habits the remainder of the time.

According to a study conducted by the University of Missouri-Columbia, sitting for a few hours causes your body to stop producing an important, fat inhibiting, enzyme called lipase. Even walking for just two minutes every hour can significantly aid your body’s efforts to shed those unwanted pounds.

Social Habits

No one wants to be a social pariah, and humans are, of course, social animals, but you should be aware of how your social habits affect your journey to weight loss. While you need social contact to foster happiness, social gatherings can also keep you from sticking to your exercise and dietary goals.

Of course it’s hard to be truly happy about turning down your slice of birthday cake or cutting yourself off when the night seems like it’s just getting going. If you’re serious about your weight loss goals, however, these are the kinds of tough choices you’ll have to make.

Comfort Foods

When you deal with consistent stress at your job or with your family, comfort foods are an escape, and they actually serve a purpose. That slice of pizza or bowl of ice cream can significantly lower your stress level and make it easier for you to move forward.

However, excessive comfort foods can be the bane of your existence, especially if you’re trying hard to lose weight. Regardless of how much exercise you’re getting and how healthy your morning breakfasts are, fried chicken and ice cream three nights a week is sure to impact your weight loss efforts.


If your workout routine began to return the results you’re hoping for, but it hasn’t seemed effective as of late, you probably need to make a change. Remaining stuck on what worked at first can be a dangerous habit. Your body will adapt over time and your initial workout regimen will begin to seem much less effective. Don’t be afraid to try something new if your current routine just isn’t doing the trick.

At Vitality Fitness, we offer a variety of fitness courses, and we work with each of our clients individually to design a fitness plan that will help you reach your goals. If you’d like to know more about our courses, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 587-777-3378 today!

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