Trying to reach your target weight can be tough – especially if you hit the dreaded Plateau. We tend to lose weight quite quickly at the start, but unfortunately, after some time, we find ourselves in front of a wall – and it’s a big one.
Plateau can be discouraging and make you want to just throw in the towel. However, there are a number of little hacks, which can help break down that wall and allow you to keep running towards your goal weight loss!
Change up your routine.
Quick question – how long has your workout routine been the same for? If it’s anything longer than 4 weeks, then, it needs changing.
When you shake up your workout, it will help to wake up your muscles and give you a new lease of life. When it comes to burning fat, look at circuits and High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT). Both are known to burn body fat effectively.
One thing to remember – don’t try too much too soon. The last thing you want is to get injured.
When your body becomes dehydrated – even if it’s only a small amount – you may find your body craving food. The reason for this is that both dehydration and hunger have similar symptoms – easy to confuse the two. We recommend drinking around 2.5 – 3 litres of water a day.
Eat more protein.
A little bit of science for you – protein burns the most calories of food intake. The more protein you eat, the more you burn. Protein also contains amino acids and studies have suggested that they help well with burning fat.
Try Intermittent Fasting
I’m sure many of you have heard the term Intermittent fasting. It’s become quite popular over the last year or so. If you haven’t heard of it – it involves going for long periods of time without eating, typically between 16–48 hours.
Intermittent fasting helps to boost fat loss within your body as well as other health benefits. It also helps to put your body in shock – another big quality for overcoming plateau.
One of the most vital parts to help us get healthy and lose body fat comes in the form of sleep. Yes, we know – sounds crazy right?! But sleep is where your body recovers. Regularly having poor sleep can increase your stress hormones and elevate body fat, especially around the stomach.
Don’t Let The Scales Fool You
When trying to lose weight, you may find yourself hopping on the scales A LOT. It can actually become a bit of an addiction. However, it’s important to remember that, the scales aren’t always a great measuring tool.
Losing fat isn’t all about getting to the lowest number of the scales. We want to look toned, too. To do this we need to add muscle and muscle weighs much more than fat. So, if you don’t see much change in the numbers on the scales one week, don’t see it as a bad thing. You may have still lost fat, but gained muscle.
The best solution here is to use pictures. Take one every week or two and measure your progress. They will help to keep you motivated, too.
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