Your weight loss diet plan was working so well, but all of a sudden, things are not going as planned. Have you hit a plateau or even started to gain some weight? With any diet you will eventually hit a plateau in weight loss or run the risk of falling off track.
Mix up your exercise
If you are like many people your exercise routine is similar from day to day. Perhaps you always exercise in the morning for 30 minutes alternating between aerobics and strength training.
Instead of doing only 30 minutes add 15 more minutes to your workout. Try doing 30 minutes of aerobics followed by 15 minutes of strength training in the same day.
Change the intensity as well. If you have been doing low impact aerobics then kick it up a notch. Your body has gotten used to the low intense workout and therefore is not as challenging. So challenge yourself and your body so you can burn more calories and say goodbye to your plateau in weight loss.
Change Your Eating Habits
You’ve been eating the right foods and the right portions. If you have been eating 3 meals a day try breaking these into 5 or 6 smaller meals throughout the day. Eating smaller meals more often keeps your metabolism revved up to burn more calories. Try altering the snacks and foods as well. If you usually have a yogurt as a snack try a high protein snack instead.
Well this tip is all about the way you think about losing weight. A weight loss plan implies life long changes and not just short term adjustments. Whereas a diet implies a short term temporary situation. So when I say don’t diet, I mean don’t think short term. Instead, make it a lifestyle change.
Think of your weight loss in the long term and change your habits from "dieting" to eating healthy.
Perhaps now is the time to relax and let your body adjust to your new metabolism and weight. Don’t worry about losing that next pound but instead take it easy for a week or so.
Track and Record
Often when people start to see success in their weight loss they relax a bit on measuring, tracking and recording. If you are not tracking and recording this you are just assuming and guessing at the numbers. So double check you have everything right and go back to recording your portions.