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If I told you that there was a way to burn more calories, lose more fat, and improve your cardiovascular fitness level while spending less time doing cardio, you'd probably reach for your phone to report me to the consumer fraud hotline, right?

Well, this is one of those rare times when your natural it's-too-good-to-be-true reaction could be mistaken. If you want to take your fitness and fat loss to the next level—without spending more time in the gym—then high intensity interval training (also known as HIIT) could be exactly what you're looking for.

Read more: High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT)

Michael Nichols sees himself as tall, thin and not particularly strong.

Weightlifting doesn't come particularly easy to the 69-year-old Williamsburg resident, yet somehow his accolades include a national title in his age group and several Virginia state championships.

Nichols didn't start lifting competitively until he was 52. When he started bench pressing, he waited until everyone else left the room, unable to lift 135 pounds.

Read more: Late bloomer from Williamsburg lifts weight with resolve

We all know how fantastic working out is for your health. But what happens when your workouts aren't delivering the results you want? Or you're not getting the results you think you should be getting? While any kind of physical activity is good, some workout plans are better than others and—as you might suspect—a lot of other factors come into play when trying to lose weight and tone up. So if your workout isn't working for you, one of the following eight reasons could be to blame. Find out how to turn that around and get the results you deserve!

1. You're not working hard enough.

If you have been exercising consistently for several weeks, months or years, it's definitely time to increase the intensity and start pushing yourself. As you work out more and more, your body adapts and becomes more efficient at doing that certain activity. This means that over time, the 30-minute workout that was challenging for you three months ago doesn't provide the same results. In fact, you're actually burning fewer calories and your body is no longer changing if you're still doing the same old thing.

Read more: 8 Reasons Why Your Workout Isn't Working

If you're hoping that exercise might keep you from gaining weight this holiday season, you may want to dial up the thermostat and do your workout indoors. According to a surprising new study, exercising in chilly temperatures could undermine dieting willpower.

By now, most of us have heard or discovered for ourselves that exercise is an unreliable means of controlling weight. After starting an exercise program, some people lose a pound or two, but others don't lose weight, and many add body fat.

Read more: Exercise to Lose Weight? Stay Warm

They go down easily and can be found anywhere and everywhere. Water, tea, milk, juice, soda, flavored waters, coffee, energy drinks, smoothies. This list touches just a few of the many categories of beverages but doesn't even delve into the different brands, sizes, flavors and varieties. Plus, with the billions of dollars spent to make drinks look, like, way cool, it's hard to resist them! You probably couldn't avoid them even if you tried; they are everywhere you turn, tempting you at gas stations, schools, doctor's offices, malls, movie theaters, airports, bus stops, street corners, your workplace—even at the gym! For time's sake, let's skip counting the dollars spent on marketing these drinks and go straight to the number that matters most if you're watching your weight: 400.

Read more: The Sneaky Calories You're Sipping On

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