Weight Loss Plateau? Here’s How to Break It

Fitness // Louise McDonald

Hitting a weight loss plateau – despite your hard efforts – can be a frustrating and demotivating point in your journey. 

When this happens, you can feel that it’s not working anymore or that your body is simply rebelling against your approach.

This can be the danger zone and time for unhelpful patterns to creep back in, undoing your great work or worse, totally falling off track!

Don’t panic! Here are 5 tips to break that weight loss plateau!

1. Tracking calories

Keep a food diary and log everything that you have over the day. This includes the times, the amounts and the types of food groups that you are having.

Over time, it’s easy for portion sizes to increase and extra bits here and there to sneak into your day.

Weighing your food keeps this tidy and streamlines routine with each meal.

2. Change up your workouts – intensity and frequency

Quite often, weight loss plateaus occur when your approach becomes half-hearted or monotonous.

Look to switch up the style of workouts that you do, and make sure you’re putting in a solid effort with each.

Wearing a HR monitor is a great way to keep yourself honest during your sessions and see where you may need to lift your game.

Also read: Top 10 Cardio Myths Busted

3. Drink more water to lose weight

Being deficient in the amount of water your body needs for optimum function can lead to more water being retained on the body.

This may sound contradictory for the purpose of losing weight, but you actually need to drink more to lose more!

4. Challenge yourself during workouts

As you get fitter and stronger, you will need to adjust your input accordingly; make sure that each workout is a challenge and that you give each one your best shot, every time!

5. Manage stress AND sleep!

This can be a very overlooked cause of a weight loss plateau; the impact of lack of sleep or increased stress levels on the body can be huge.

When we are stressed or sleep-deprived, our bodies produce a hormone called cortisol, which directly correlates to how effective we are at using energy in our body. It also affects the management of many functions that are systematic for overall wellbeing.

With elevated levels of cortisol, are bodies can struggle to carry out its basic duties, making any shifts with weight loss and recovery somewhat compromised.

Aim to get plenty of sleep and practice some mindfulness for a happy headspace.

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