Stuck in the weight loss plateau? In the beginning, people make drastic lifestyle changes (giving up fast food, not drinking soda, going to the gym more regularly, etc.) and enjoy great success with weight loss. However, after a few weeks or months, the diet and fitness routine seems to stop working and frustration sets in. Before you give up on yourself, try these methods to get past your plateau.
Method 1: Take a look at your life
Take a good, honest look at your habits. When people start having success, they tend to let themselves relax a little bit. They might allow themselves one more bite of cake or a soda because they have been so good. Or, if you have been very diligent, make a list of everything you have accomplished so far. The list will remind you of your success and will help you create a more positive outlook for yourself.
Method 2: Switch up your workout routines
The human body is very good at adapting. The first time you run a mile it is very tough, but by the fortieth time, it is easy (or at least easier). After every workout, your body gets a little bit stronger, better and more efficient. As you get used to a type of exercise, it becomes less challenging and, as a result, less effective. Therefore, it is important to change up the types, intensity, duration and muscle groups worked to get the same benefits out of exercise. Plus, new workouts can be fun!
Bottom Line: The next time you hit a weight-loss plateau, take a look at everything you have accomplished, what you are really eating and drinking, and switch up your workouts.
Written by: Kelsey Bird, Wellness Workdays Dietetic Intern