I get a lot of traffic on my blog. I probably get about fifty+ visitors, if not more, everyday searching for Focus T25. The most searched topic is the 5 day meal plan. I had that up for a few weeks, but I took it down due to people stealing it without giving me proper credit. It took a long time to type everything out and I did it to help others, not to be ripped off. It truly irked me. I’ve decided that if you have the DVD, then get out your 5-day quick start and type it out/read it yourself. I may be overreacting, but it’s not okay with me.
It was brought to my attention that someone was on my blog wondering why they are not shedding enough weight as they’d like while on Focus T25. There may be a number of reasons for this, but this is what I think:
1. You’re eating too much or taking in too many calories than what your body can naturally burn a day. Diet is far more important than the workout. There is a saying that goes, “Abs are made in the kitchen, not in the gym.” I can attest to this, even though my abs are not visible yet. You can workout as much as you want and eat like crap and not lose a single pound. Again, I can attest to this. When I started working out, I thought, “Hey, I’m working out, I can eat whatever I want!” The brutal truth is, you can’t eat whatever you want. You have to have a strict regimen and be really determined. People can lose 100 pounds in just several months if they’re doing everything correctly, but if you are not eating right and/or consuming more than what you are naturally burning, you will gain weight or not lose weight fast enough.
2. You’re not pushing yourself. Your workouts, are your own. It’s up to you how hard you want to work or how little you want to do. I’m a regular gym-goer and I see regulars in classes. I don’t know their stories or their goals, but I have a feeling most want to lose weight. When I see them in class, some don’t put enough or any effort into their workouts. They seem to give up too easily. Of course, it’s none of my business, but it kind of makes me sad in a way. The thing about working out is, you develop a relationship with it. Yes, burpees suck, but I do them because if they weren’t effective, why did the trainer put it in? Just get over it and do it. With anything in life, there’s always going be things we don’t like to do and are unavoidable, but we have to do them, like washing dishes, for an example. Once you silence that negative voice of “I don’t want to do it” or “I can’t do it”, you will see results. It’s your workout. You work as hard as you want.
3. Be patient. You did not gain 40 pounds overnight. Just as it is with losing weight. You are not going to lose 40 pounds overnight. It takes patience. If you’re working out to only look good, you’re not going to last. I hate to say that, but it’s so true. People who only want to look good, will not see results as fast as they like, so they quit.
4. You’re not sleeping enough. Sleep is crucial for our health. It is the time when our bodies are recovering and repairing itself. On top that, we are burning a lot of calories. If you are not sleeping enough, hormones get thrown off, you gain weight, etc., etc.
5. You’re too stressed. Stress causes weight gain. Most people eat when they’re stressed because food is comforting. Try and relax and be stress-free. I know Focus T25 is only 25 minutes long, but if you didn’t feel like you got a good workout, you can still go running or walking, or do any other exercise for a distraction and for good mental health.
6. Focus T25 may not be enough. If you’re already fit, T25 is not a huge calorie burner, I’ve noticed. I’ve seen a number of photos of calories burned after a Focus T25 workout and a lot of people are burning 250+ calories. It all varies between person to person, because it depends on our height, weight, genetics, gender, age, and so on. If you’re 6 feet tall and 200 pounds, you may only burn about 250 calories, if that. If you feel like you’re in this position, by all means, do another workout. If you are not as tall, you burn less. For me, I probably only burn 100 calories, or less, only because I am really petite.
7. You may be plateauing. If you are not seeing the scale move, you have to either eat more, eat less, go harder on your next workout, or do another workout, or rest. Listen to your body. If you are showing signs of overtraining, you need to rest. I overtrained with Focus T25 earlier in my program. I took a week off because I needed to.
8. You may not be eating enough. If you are following the 5-day quick start, it may not be enough food for you. 1,200 is low for a lot of people. It may be too low for some, so definitely eat more. Don’t chips and junk, eat real food. Eat yogurt with an apple. Or drink your Shakeology! I will say, when I did the 5-day quick start, I lost a lot of fat but muscle as well. I was really concerned about my muscles. I think it was because I wasn’t eating enough. Even though the 5-quick start is a 1,200 calorie meal plan, depending on your age, gender, height, weight, you need more than 1,200 calories. I would heavily advise seeing your physician or nutritionist (if you have one) and talk to them what a good meal plan would be good for you.
These are all that I can think of at the moment.
I’ll be honest, I think Focus T25 is intermediate, it’s not advanced (yet) and I’ve done very hard workouts in the past (e.g., body combat, boxing, boot camps, spinning, etc.) but the weight has not come off as easily as it has been since doing Focus T25. The only reason for that, is because I cleaned up my diet very well and I’ve been going to bed slightly hungry. It’s not easy, but if you want to get the body you’ve always wanted, you will find ways to do make it work without starving yourself (don’t ever do this.) or hurting yourself in any way.
If any of you have any questions or comments about anything, please do not hesitate to ask me. I’ll always answer to the best of my ability and knowledge. Find me on Facebook, leave a comment, e-mail me. I’m here.