Success is a great thing but it is a rare person who doesn’t experience a plateau somewhere along the way. You likely know how frustrating that can be! Plateaus can kill your motivation, so the first thing you need to do is to take your focus off the scale. Your body is highly adaptive and goes through periods of adjustment. This would be a good time to concentrate on your behaviors and use alternative ways to measure your progress (i.e. your measurements or how your clothes are fitting). If you hang in there, you will find that your inches will continue to shrink in spite of your weight staying stubbornly at the same number. Just remember the word CHANGE. You will need to “change it up” to work through your plateau.
With regards to what you are eating, below are a few quick “change” tips for continued success:
- Change the frequency of your meals. If you are currently eating 3 meals a day, save some of those calories for snacks in between meals and give your metabolic rate a boost.
- Try to change what you are eating. If you are having a carbohydrate snack mid-afternoon, try replacing it with a protein one and try moving your foods around and introducing new ones.
- Surprise your body with calorie cycling. While maintaining the same weekly calorie intake, vary it from day to day. For example, if your daily intake is 1500 calories, try having 1200 one day and 1800 the next.
Combine these eating tips with the right attitude and fitness “change”, you will be happy as the scale soon reflects your efforts.