4 Reasons Why You Aren’t Seeing Results from the Gym

If you follow me on Instagram @ MissIkonic, you more than likely follow me for fitness motivation and tips or because you think I’m easy on the eyes. Either one is fine with me. 

Anywho, recently I started posting more transformation videos and photos because when you are naturally smaller framed people assume that you were always “in shape”. However, that’s simply not true but because I haven’t lost 80 pounds, it can be more difficult to notice my growth until I put the pictures side by side, then versus now and baby, trust me – it’s a transformation! That said, let’s get into the 4 reasons why although you may be consistent in the gym, you aren’t seeing any real results. 

  1. Nutrition
    You eat whatever the f*** you want and ask questions later. You cannot outwork a bad diet.

    One more time for those in the back.

    You cannot outwork a bad diet.

    Furthermore, you can’t use the excuse of not knowing how to eat healthy. Don’t overcomplicate it. You know that you can’t eat fried chicken, smothered pork chops and donuts everyday while simultaneously maintaining a stellar figure. You know what food is bad for you, so you know what food is good for you. You can never have too many vegetables or fruits, choose your protein per your preference. Portion control, if you are trying to lose weight, larger portions of healthy foods when you want to gain weight – it’s simple. 

  2. Randomization of Exercise
    Your workout days are not planned, detailed or targeted. Essentially, you’re just in the gym trying out any and all equipment. There are too many resources out here from Instagram to TikTok to YouTube for you to continuously head into the gym without a plan. You also may want to invest in a trainer, but if you don’t have the funds, simply doing a YouTube search of full body workouts or leg day workouts etc. should set you on the right path. Set up your splits according to your goals. For example, I workout Monday – Saturday and it usually goes something like this:

    Monday: Legs (with a glute focus) + abs or back
    Tuesday: Upper body
    Wednesday: Legs (quad focused) + abs
    Thursday: Upper body
    Friday: Full Body
    Saturday: Legs (only)

    Now, this may seem like a lot but it works for me because I need a plan to reach my goals. I can’t just go into the gym and touch whatever my heart desires that day – make a plan, stick to it and switch your splits up every couple of weeks. 

  3. A Microwave Mentality
    You want your body goals right now and for that you need Dr. Miami, that’s the only way to get overnight results. Most of the fitness gurus you idolize have been working out for years – not weeks or months – years!

    One more time for those in the back.


    Instant results are simply not possible but with proper diet, you can reach your goals quicker – remember that.

  4. Unrealistic Goals
    This probably should’ve been number one, but nonetheless. Unrealistic goals are unattainable goals. For example, wanting to lose 20 pounds in two weeks, it might be possible but it’s not the most realistic goal. Set realistic and measurable goals. For instance, wanting to lose 10 pounds in a month is possible or wanting to gain 5 pounds in a month is also possible. Possible goals are achievable goals. I’d also advise consulting a professional like a fitness trainer for a more tailored experience, even if you just go to one session with them – it can be helpful.

Alright, so what have we learned?

If any of these reasons apply to you, it’s time to refocus but it’s not time to give up. You can do this, it just may take longer than you’d like but once you fall in love with the journey, make fitness a lifestyle and not a habit alone, you will reach your goals and you might set some new ones as well!

You have my support! You got this!

Ps. Here’s a transformation photo – it takes time but I’m putting the work in and it’s paying off!

If you found this article helpful, insightful or just plain old necessary, please share this with someone – it’s free and I’d gladly appreciate it. Thank you in advance.

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