Keys To Break A Weight Loss Plateau
When you have been dieting for awhile, there will more than likely come a time where your weight loss slows or stops. You may be discouraged, but take heart in the fact that there are some key things you can do to break weight loss plateau.
Take a look at the diet plan you have been using. Are you still doing all the things you did when you began the program? If you find that some old habits are slipping back in, just go back to what you were doing to begin with. You may need to take an honest look at your portions to make sure you’re not eating more than you should be.
Maybe you are not eating enough. If you cut your calorie intake back too far, your body may think it is starving and it will respond by stockpiling fat. Although it is tempting to lose weight as fast as possible, you will have better luck keeping the weight off if you do it gradually and change your habits.
The secret to keep losing weight is to keep your body guessing. Change the amount of meals you eat every day. Cut down on your breakfast, lunch and dinner and add in two small meals. Eat fewer calories a day or two a week and add them to another day.
When your diet is in order, take a look at your exercise routine. If you don’t have an exercise routine, now is the time to add one. If you have been exercising, but you are still walking the same amount of time that you did when you started, try adding 15 minutes. It may be time to increase your intensity level. Take your measurements if you have been exercising regularly. It may be that you have lost inches but not pounds. Remember that muscle weighs more than fat. The scale may not show that you have lost any weight, but you may have gained muscle.
Keep in mind that although a plateau is frustrating, it is a normal part of weight loss. Don’t get discouraged and give up. Just make some small changes in your routine and stay with it. The weight will once again begin to come off.