After months of steady weight loss, your new diet and fitness routine may seem like it just stops working. The big question is what can you do to get the scale to start moving again? Having a stretch where your weight loss slows is actually very common. You’re consuming fewer calories than you used to, so your metabolism has slowed down to conserve them. Your body will eventually figure out that it doesn’t have to work as hard because it has become used to your workout routine and healthy diet. With some simple changes, you can start to see the scale move a again!
1. BE PATIENT…Getting fit is not a destination, it’s a way of life. If you’re consistently eating right and exercising, the weight will come off. Remember that the closer you are to your weight loss goal, the longer it will take to lose your last 10, 20, or even 30 pounds!
2. ADD INTERVALS…Interval training is a great way to up your calorie burn. Interval training is exercising at a high intensity for a period of time followed by low intensity exercise for a period of time. This method keeps your muscles and metabolism guessing! I always recommend HIIT(High Intensity Interval Training) workouts to get the most out of your cardio days.
3. STAY HYDRATED…Drinking water is essential, and can increase your metabolism and curb your appetite. Increasing your metabolism can help you burn more calories and end your weight loss plateau. I always recommend drinking your weight in oz. everyday!
4. DON’T SKIP MEALS…A lot of people mistakenly think that if they skip the calories of breakfast, lunch, or dinner, it will help with weight loss. By skipping meals, you’re slowing down your metabolism even more. Your blood sugar actually drops and you’re more likely to be famished and overeat at your next meal. Eating 6 small meals throughout the day will speed up your metabolism and help you break through your plateau.
5. LOAD UP ON GREEN VEGGIES…Vegetables can be an important part of any weight loss diet. Eating more veggies will help your stomach feel full, which makes it easier for you to eat less. Green vegetables are especially helpful because they help in regulating blood sugar levels, and slow down the release of sugars into the bloodstream.
Have you ever experienced a weight loss plateau? What did you do to break it?