Learn How To Break Through A Weight-Loss Plateau
One of the most common questions asked to us is...
"I've successfully lost X of the Y pounds I want to lose, but now I am stuck at the same weight even though I'm sticking to my diet. How can I start losing again?"
Here's the answer... You've reached a plateau (which is normal), and --- it's time to shake things up! ---
Plateaus are a fact of weight-loss life, so don't get down on yourself. In fact, now is exactly the time to pat yourself on the back: Look at how far you've come and be proud of it! Then you can determine if this is really a plateau -- or if you have simply reached your ideal weight.
I know as well as you do how attempts at weight loss can drive us crazy. According to the numbers, we can seem to be doing everything right, and yet nothing seems to happen.
The first step is to stop focusing on the scale. Often a change in the scale just reflects the pounds of body fluid you lose and gain every day rather than how much fat you've lost or gained.
Also, you can lose inches of fat without losing weight when you gain muscles, because muscles weigh more than fat (but look a heck of a lot better). So if you can't rely on the scale to tell you how you're doing week to week, what can you count on? Use a measuring tape as your another tool to measure your success.
The science of weight loss is not a mystery -- you must decrease the energy in (calories) and increase the energy out. One of the best ways to increase our energy out is to increase our activity level. That means...
In any weight-loss program, exercises is a crucial part of the formula. If you've stopped losing weight, it's time to start exercising more or increase your workout intensity. Here are several ways you can alter your training routine to push you past the plateau.
* Add variety
* Intensify your workouts
* Add some muscle
Watch Your Food Intake
A strict exercise regimen is crucial in a weight-loss program, but the fat won't come off if you're hitting the potato chip aisle on a regular basis. Here are simple dietary changes you can make to help you lose the fat.
* Drink a lot of water
* Add some weight-loss supplements
* Check your eating habits
As you ease off that weight plateau, maintain your persistence. Your weight loss probably will be about a pound a week, and you may land on another plateau. Make adjustments as needed with your activity level.
In the end, you should view hitting a plateau as a good thing. Why? It means your body has less fat to lose, which explains why the weight isn't coming off as readily. And remember: It's best to lose weight slowly and sensibly so you can make changes that you'll keep for life.
There are many reasons for plateaus and therefore many solutions. If you address the above issues, you'll achive the weight-loss results you desire. And enjoy your improving fitness level and better health.weight loss