A common goal that motivates people to push the pedals on commercial exercise bikes or race against the clock on commercial treadmills is weight loss. Whether they’re just looking to drop a few pounds before the summer or they’re committed to a large number to improve their health and wellness, losing weight is one of the top reasons people commit to the lifestyle changes of exercise and healthy eating. However, sometimes even if you’re working out on commercial fitness equipment regularly and eating well, you may not experience the weight loss you’re hoping for. It can be frustrating to put in all of the hard work but not noticing satisfactory results. If you’re exercising every week and choosing nutritious meal options but not seeing any changes in the numbers on the scale, these could be the reasons why: You’re eating the calories you burned Every time you complete a session on commercial ellipticals, you burn extra calories, especially if you make it a really challenging workout. In order to lose weight, you can’t indulge just because you worked out that day. If you burn 300 calories during your session, but then eat an 800 calorie meal, you’re left with more calories taken in than burned off, so you can’t drop any pounds. You’re not eating as well as you think A big part of weight loss, and a factor many people overlook, is changing your eating habits. You may believe you eat pretty well, but you may not be choosing as healthy of food options as you could. That salad adds up quick when you top it with creamy dressing, cheese, croutons and bacon bits. If you’re not shedding pounds, it could be time to take a serious, objective look at your diet. It’s more than just counting calories. You should also be reading labels, measuring, watching portion control and trying to eat as clean as possible. You’re lacking consistency In order to see results on the scale and in the way your clothes fit, you must stay consistent with your workouts and meal plans. No one is going to be perfect, and there will be days when you want to give in to those excuses, but it’s crucial to stick with it in the long-run. When people want to lose weight but don’t, it could be because they follow a plan for a few weeks, or even a few months, but then for whatever reason, give it up or begin to flake on it. Staying consistent is necessary to achieve a weight loss goal because it requires a serious time commitment.