4 Helpful Ways To Combat The Dreaded Fat Loss Plateau If you’re serious about your diet and workout program, chances are you haven’t skipped a beat since you first started. And, thanks to this effort, you’ve seen great results. You took the time to find a personal trainer, got active on a health social network, and now are finally starting to feel like you can achieve success with this whole ‘fitness’ thing. Until everything stops. The most frustrating time in any fitness enthusiast’s life is when they feel as though they are doing everything right, but yet, their progress is all wrong. While they were seeing results previously, now those results have fallen off the radar. This leaves you feeling frustrated, confused, and possibly even like giving up entirely. The fat loss plateau is a very real and serious thing and if you have not faced it yet, there’s a good chance you will at some point in the future. The good news is that you can overcome this plateau and get back on track to better results. Want to know how? Let’s go over four ways that you can combat the dreaded fat loss plateau. Take A Break As counterintuitive as it may seem, sometimes simply taking a break is the very best thing that you can do to get back on track. While it may feel like you’re taking two steps back by doing this, you aren’t. The reason a break is helpful is because after so long of being on a fat loss diet, your metabolic rate is going to start to slow. This means you burn fewer calories each and every day, meaning progress comes to a halt. A diet break will reset your metabolic rate so to speak by making your body think the diet is over. It no longer has to conserve energy and can speed up again, burning energy like it used to. Then, when you go back onto the diet again, you’ll now be burning fat at lightening speeds. Sometimes a 3-7 day break is all you need to get back on track. Note that you shouldn’t eat everything in sight on this break, but simply raise your calorie intake to maintenance level by adding 200-500 calories per day. Re-Evaluate Your Accountability System The next tip to help bust through a fat loss plateau is to re-evaluate your accountability system. There are two main things to look for here. First, are you measuring your food accurately? If you are just eyeballing serving sizes, you may be taking in more than you realize and this could be offsetting your fat loss progress . Start measuring your food. Get out your scale and measuring cups and make sure you are accurate. You might just be surprised at the errors you were making. Second, keep yourself accountable for everything you eat. If you’re letting yourself have an extra bite here and there without really accounting for it, all those bites could be adding up and destroying your progress. Start using a food journal and write down each and everything you eat. This could help you think twice before nibbling on that brownie in the break room at work. Change Up Your Workouts Sometimes a change to your workouts is in order. If you have been doing the same workout day after day, it’s highly likely that your body has simply adapted to that workout. As it does, it’ll stop responding and you’ll stop seeing results. A simple change is likely all you need. Try some new exercises, change the order of the exercises you are doing, or find a fitness trainer to set you up on a whole new program instead. Get A Workout Partner Alternatively, another good way to bust through a plateau is to get a workout partner. Having someone there to help push you that extra mile can really make a difference in how hard you work during each and every session. When you feel like quitting and they’re there to help you push through that last and final rep, it will make a difference over the long term in the results that you see. Plus, if you are actively working out with this partner, simply knowing they are there relying on you to show up can also make you think twice about skipping a session (or two!). So there you have four great ways to get out of a progress plateau. If you aren’t seeing any further fat loss, don’t give up. Make some changes to your routine and keep pushing onward. Just remember the worst thing you can do at this point is continue on the same path you are on that isn’t leading to results. Change must occur if you want change to occur with your body. About the Author: FHMatch all-in-one `Business in a Box ! If you're a professional this is for you, it’s always FREE to showcase your profile on FHMatch! Empowering professionals to engage, manage and grow their client base - everything you need to get started in 3 min or less. |Merchant Payments|Unlimited - No Fee Booking, Invoicing & Messaging| Showcase Photos & Videos, Subsidized Insurance|