You’ve been working hard to follow a healthy lifestyle, consuming a low-calorie high nutritional diet and consistent with your exercise routine. It’s rewarding to watch your weight drop. What happens when the scale stops moving? This is when you’ve hit a weight-loss plateau. This is not the time to revert back to old habits. Here are some tips to help you jumpstart your weight loss:
Reassess your habits
Review your food journal and activity log to ensure you haven’t increased your portion sizes or decreased your exercise.
Reduce your calories
Calories consumed should be less than calories burned. Ensure you don’t have below 1,200 calories daily.
Be sure you are eating the right foods
Include lean proteins, vegetables, fruits and healthy fats.
Get enough exercise each day
Whether it be a full workout or a quick walk, pack more activities into your day that keep you moving.
Amp up and change your workouts
Get a combination of cardio and strength training. You may want to increase the intensity level of some workouts to burn more calories. Weight lifting also burns more fat.
No need to be discouraged. It’s normal for weight loss to slow and even stall. By understanding what causes a weight-loss plateau, you can decide how to respond and avoid backsliding on your new healthy habits.