Does this sound familiar? You’ve been working out regularly for six months or more, you’re mostly eating healthy, but suddenly you’re just not seeing results like you used to.
When we first adopt healthy lifestyle changes, we tend to see the most dramatic results right away. Starting a regular exercise program, cutting junk from the diet and drinking more water has almost instant results.
However, as time goes on, continuing the same habits (even if they are healthy ones) has less of a weight-loss effect.
This is called the law of diminishing returns. It means over time, we stop seeing dramatic changes even if we continue to live a healthy lifestyle.
Of course, this doesn’t mean those healthy habits are not important or good for your body, it just means you are going to have to work progressively harder if you want to continue to make changes to your body.
If your goal is to change the shape of your body, you need to change up your workouts so they continuously challenge your muscles to fatigue. You should also incorporate a variety of cardiovascular workouts, including HIIT cardio to boost your metabolism.
But the biggest factor in pushing past a plateau isn’t the gym. It’s your diet.
If you have been killing your workouts and the scale just won’t budge, I guarantee you will find the answer in what you’re eating.
Even in a mostly healthy diet, little things here and there add up.
A few drinks on the weekend, pizza on Friday night, or a candy bar to satisfy your sweet tooth all lead to excess calories that can keep you from dropping those tough last few pounds.
I went through this myself. Even though I was pushing through hour-long, intense workouts six (and sometimes seven) days a week, I couldn’t seem to get my body where I wanted it to be. It wasn’t until I took a long, hard, serious look at my diet that I realized why.
Once I buckled down, started counting calories, tracking meals, and cut out the extras- BAM- I started seeing results!
If the scale is stuck and won’t budge, make sure you’re challenging yourself at the gym, and in the kitchen. The answer to your weight-loss plateau is most likely in your diet.