During the weight loss process it can be common to go through a plateau period where the pounds are just not coming off. While it can be discouraging, one of the keys to being successful in any diet plan is pushing through the plateaus and keeping your focus on the end goal.
Here are a few tips to get through the plateau so that you can continue on your weight loss journey:
Beware of the Calorie Creep Usually at the start of a diet program most people tend to carefully measure and plan their meals. As time goes on, you start to lose weight and become comfortable with the routine, and it is easy to let some calories sneak back in. If you have been keeping a food journal, look back at how much you are eating to find opportunities to make adjustments. If journaling has not been part of your routine this is a good time to start, as knowing what you are eating is key to breaking a plateau.
Seek Advice If the scale has been sitting in the same place for a while it can be easy to decide to give up, but do not let that be an excuse. This is a good time to consider seeking outside help. A weight loss coach can evaluate what you are currently doing and help create a plan to make changes in your menu and daily routine. You may also consider talking to a physician, there may be other factors, such as a hormone imbalance, that may be impeding your ability to shed the pounds.
Change up your exercise routine – Cardio exercises such as walking, running and biking are a great for weight loss but your body starts to get used to these exercises especially if you tend to stick to the same distance or level of intensity. One of the best ways to burn fat is to confuse your body by changing up your routine. Try switching your route and look for a running or biking path that has hills or bridges to create an extra challenge. Also try adding short intervals of increased intensity to your workout, this will also help to improve your overall endurance.