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How to Overcome a Weight-Loss Plateau
Sunday, 28 August 2011 00:00

woman_with_scaleAs a nation, more and more people today are trying to get healthier. For many, that includes lowering their body weight. But, it’s not easy and you can encounter plateaus on the way.

Why Plateaus Occur...

The body is a machine. You feed it and it uses that fuel to go about its daily processes. When given the right foods, it will burn fat stores for energy. More energy out and less food intake equals a lower body weight for you. Unfortunately, your body slowly begins to adapt and weight loss slows. Let me explain why...

When you first begin an exercise or dieting program, there is a caloric deficit because you are changing something. Either there is a decrease in food intake or you have a greater calorie output through exercise. In response to exercise, the body burns more calories because you are doing something new with it. The muscles are confused and need to catch up. This is good. Over time, however, the body can get used to the routine. If you are exercising, you may notice that you are no longer huffing and puffing when you perform a certain exercise. The body is predicting your routine and getting bored. It only burns the minimum calories needed which means that you are not getting as much of a benefit as you once were resulting in a plateau in your weight loss.

Here are some suggestions on how to to break through a weight loss plateau.

Change your fitness routine – Physical trainers recommend changing your fitness routine every four to six weeks. You don’t have to change your entire routine, just add to it. If you are doing only cardio workouts, add some weight training to break it up and confuse those muscles into burning more fat.

Check your diet – As we get more confident in our eating habits, sometimes we relax them. The portion size may be creeping up or we are eating out more. Use a food diary to see what changes, if any, have occurred that could be adding more calories to your day.

Supplementation – It may be time to boost your results with some supplements. Check with your doctor to see which would be helpful for metabolism or appetite suppression.

Plateaus occur in just about everyone’s weight-loss journey at one time or another.but they don’t have to derail your program. Learn to recognize them and jump off as soon as you encounter them.
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