5 Signs Your Lifting Weight Incorrectly
It’s always important to know what to do when it comes to blood sugar control and weight loss. The two most important factors are always going to be nutrition and exercise.
For many people with type 1 diabetes when they jump into the ring of “transforming their body and blood sugars” they hit the ground running but then get upset as the weeks pass and they don’t see results.
I wanted to talk about 5 signs to look out for if you are not getting the results you want when it comes to weight lifting.
Simple tweaks can change everything. It’s critical to know if you are doing things wrong and preventing yourself from getting the blood sugar control and weight loss you want.
Here are five telltale signs you need to get in touch with someone who knows in regards to lifting weights.
- You have joint pain. I hear so many people use the phrase “no pain no gain” and this may hold some relevance in regard to soreness but never when it comes to joints. If you are experiencing joint pain you are absolutely doing something incorrectly. It may be your form, it may be the amount you are lifting or even something else. But one thing is for sure, if your joints hurt you need to talk to someone who can guide you to the right form and poundage so you don’t injury yourself or create long term damage to your joints.
- You’ve hit a plateau. If you have been lifting weights for a while and the results have slowed down, this is something to pay attention to. If you are mixing up the reps, sets, weight amount and actual exercises in the correct way, you should be continually challenging your body and your body should continue to get results. Have you ever seen the same people at the gym doing the same cardio machine or weight lifting routine week after week and their body never changes. This is a sign you are not doing it right. You have to mix it up to keep your body guessing and transforming.
- You’re not sore enough. Yes you need to be sore after you lift, this means you pushed your muscles hard enough and they tore and are now repairing. If you are able to lift consistently with no soreness this means something needs to change. Maybe it is the type of exercise you do, the weight amount you lift, the rest in between or the pace, sets or reps, but make no mistake about it, if your body is being pushed and is going under transformation it will be sore!
- You’re too sore. Have you ever seen those bright eyed individuals work with a trainer for the first time ever after not being in the gym for years. They go full bore ahead and by day 3, you see them hobbling around barely able to move or function because they are so sore. Just as not being sore is an issue, so is being too sore. You must find the balance and mix things up so you can still function yet you still push your body to change.
- You’re gaining “bad” weight. It’s true sometimes when we first start to lift weights, we gain muscle which is heavier than fat so the scale actually goes up, but our body composition changes dramatically, our clothes fit looser and we look a hell of a lot better. But if you are gaining “bad” weight this means you are not lifting correctly. When you lift correctly any weight gain should come from lean muscle mass NOT fat gaining. It’s key to make sure when you integrate exercise (weight lifting into your routine, you don’t go overboard with additional calories). I see this happen often. Someone works out and now they think they can go eat whatever they want. While it is true that when you work out you will need to adjust calories, it also needs to be the right type of calories and at the right times.
I hope that gave you some insight into seeing if your current workout routine is helping you or hindering your fat loss and blood sugar control goals.
For those of us with type 1 diabetes, it is key for us to narrow in on the ideal formula. Just recognize it will take some time and some work because not a one of us is exactly the same as the next.If you want to learn more about how to lose weight quickly and easily with type 1 diabetes, watch this video ==>