Picture this: You’ve been hitting the fitness center five times a week for the last two months with strength and discipline. You’re finally ready to step back on the scale and see a smaller number than the one you squinted through last time. But when you finally find the courage to open your eyes and look down, you see that nothing has changed. Not a single number has a dropped.

But why did this happen? You’ve worked out religiously for weeks. Why aren’t you seeing the results you hoped for? Shouldn’t you look and feel different by now? Fortunately, these questions can be answered. Read on to learn about a few mistakes that might be keeping you from noticing a difference, plus changes you can make to fuel those results you’re craving:

1. You’re not following the right diet
Fueling your body for a workout matters more than you think. You need to be strategic – and serious – about what you’re eating. The Huffington Post said you should be consuming a variety of protein, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats to fuel your workouts. Stop choosing snacks loaded with sodium and sugars before a trip to the fitness center – your workout isn’t going to cancel them out, they’re just going to slow your body down from working its best. You need to follow a strict diet if you want to see real results.

2. You’re not switching things up
Mixing things up at the fitness center is key if you want to see change, according to what Craig Ballantyne, C.T.T. told Men’s Fitness magazine.

“People who just go through the motions, doing the same workout over and over again each week, don’t make progress,” he said. “In order to see results, you body needs a new training stimulus.”

That means switching things up every once in a while. For example, you can try stepping away from the treadmill and taking a cardio-focused training class a few times during the month. Or, maybe you’ll start working with a trainer once a week, who will give you new ways to sweat during each session. Without variety, your body will plateau and results will be out of reach.

3. You’re not pushing hard enough
Think about the last time you went to the gym. Did you truly push yourself to the breaking point? Or did you just go through the motions and watch the clock tick, waiting for your workout to end? If you want to see results, you have to stop keeping track of time and fully invest your heart and soul into your exercise. Forget everything else while you’re at the fitness center and concentrate on working up a sweat and pushing yourself to the limit.

4. You’re not letting your body recover
Pushing yourself out of your comfort zone at the fitness center will maximize your results, but only if you give your muscles a chance to recover. Without rest days, they don’t have the chance to rebuild after being destroyed. This increases your chance for injury. To take the best care of your muscles, make sure you’re getting enough rest and hydrating properly.

At Ellis Athletic Center, we can help you maximize your workout with personal training, group fitness classes and more. Regardless of your age of ability, we can help you test your limits and reach those results that’ll boost your confidence and improve your overall health.