You’ve gotten on a new diet or exercise routine after much deliberating. Starting a new routine is never easy, but you’ve finally started, and everything is working perfectly. The weight dropping off every week, and your final goal is right in sight. That’s when the dreaded weight-loss plateau happens. All of a sudden, the weight stops coming off and you’re left wondering where you went wrong. Here are some tips on how to overcome this common stumbling block in your weight-loss journey.
This may seem like a counter-intuitive tip, but it is often effective in reversing your plateau. The calories taken in at this stage end up being too low after a while and makes it the new normal for your body, stopping all positive effects. So load up, one popular method being a “carb refeeding” – basically eating more carbs to get things going again.
Do More… Or Less
Ever heard of the term “muscle confusion“? This isn’t exactly that, but it’s in a similar vein. Simply do more, or do less. Less eating, or more eating. Less exercise, or more exercise. Your new routine must be shaken up once in a while, as soon as a few weeks of no progress starts happening. Adjust to what your body needs most and get advice from a personal trainer or nutritionist if possible.
A common problem with weight loss is actually underestimating the amount of calories you’re eating. A few extra things here and there, and you may actually be eating more than you think, therefore no adjustment has been made. It’s good to double-check your numbers – exercise sets, calories, recalculate your daily calorie intake. It could be anything. Your calculations should be checked each week to be sure progress is being made.
New Workout Program
Changing your workout routine is also a good way of breaking through. Switching workout plans like going from a long program to something shorter and more intense one, like regularly including HIIT (High Intensity Interval Training) is a good way to switch it up.
Weight Loss Supplement
Ever wonder why supplements are so popular? They can give that extra edge in order to start burning more fat. Do your research, look at the reviews, and pick one, see if it works. There are plenty out there to use.
In summary, the main theme seems to be to switch things up. Your body is just like you – it gets bored of doing the same thing over and over, and it’s good to keep it entertained so it can keep going and lose that weight!