Did you know that two-thirds of American adults fall into the overweight and obese categories? It’s no wonder that we are all obsessed with losing weight and getting fit—whether that’s 100+ pounds or just that pesky last 10 pounds. If you’ve been frustrated with your weight-loss efforts, you’re not alone. Going to the gym a few times a week and sweating certainly helps, but just doing that isn’t enough.

Benefits of Exercise
There are so many benefits of exercise, and weight loss is just one of them. Unfortunately, many people aren’t exercising “correctly.” No, we don’t mean they don’t know how to use the treadmill or do a sit-up; it’s more about creating a plan that works. And that plan has to include a mix of cardio and weight-resistance training.

If you really want to step up your weight-loss efforts, you need to do both cardio and weight training. Why? Cardio helps with aerobic activity: it keeps the heart pumping and blood flowing while burning calories. Weight training builds muscle, which helps boost your body’s metabolism and keeps burning calories all the time, while cardio only burns them when you’re doing it.

How often you should work out varies from authority to authority. Some suggest just 20 minutes of cardio three times a week with roughly the same amount of time devoted to weight training. Others say you should be doing an hour of cardio five days a week with three days of weight training and stretching. The real answer will depend on you and your goals, of course, and talking to a trainer might be a good choice.

Diet May Be the Real Solution
Although you may see some incredibly toned and fit people working out at the gym—both on cardio and weights—don’t get stuck in the idea that being at the gym for hours at a time is the right choice. For most people, diet plays a much bigger part in achieving weight-loss goals than exercise does. Remember that the original idea of eating fewer calories than you burn off is based in reality, but it’s not as simple as all that.

Which diet is right for you? Well, it depends. Just as with exercise, diet is a personal thing. Perhaps you lose weight when you cut out carbs and gluten, or you may start turning the scale to the good when you switch to a vegan diet. Again, trust your professionals: a dietician or nutritionist will work with you to see what’s best for your specific body chemistry and develop the right diet for you.

Be sure that you are eating a balanced diet. Sometimes, when people are desperate to lose weight, they take drastic measures such as cutting calories to 1,000 or less a day. This is not sustainable and certainly not good for getting all of the nutrition you need. So make smart choices that involve shifting your lifestyle, not just focusing on reaching those weight-loss goals.

Hormones Also Play a Part
So let’s say that you have been diligent about eating well and healthy while incorporating a workout plan that fits with your life. With all of that, you still feel like you’re getting nowhere. What now? It could have something to do with your age. Once we hit 40, our bodies start to change. In our 30s, we could eat a whole pizza and have no issues, but magically, two slices now make us bloated and put a couple extra pounds on the scale. What gives?

Hormones are tricky things, and since they change throughout our lifetime, they can throw a monkey wrench in the whole fitness thing. Short of hormone therapy, there’s not a whole lot to be done about hormones except to change up your routine and play with your diet to see what works now.

Remember that hormonal changes affect both women and men, so gender doesn’t matter here.

How CoolSculpting Can Help
The process of freezing fat and then letting the body eliminate it naturally over the course of two to four months is a viable solution for many people who are exercising, watching their diet, and facing those pesky hormonal challenges. Body contouring is perfect for men and women who are within 40 pounds of a healthy weight and want to lose inches to look better in their clothes. Because this is a noninvasive option that requires zero downtime, it’s the choice of many active adults who are doing all the right things and just want a little extra help to reach their goals.

Does this sound like you? If you’re exercising, watching what you eat, and have passed the 40-year mark, we’d love to share more about CoolSculpting at Bodify. Start by looking at our before-and-after pictures to see what a difference body-contouring with CoolSculpting can make in your life!