Losing weight is a long journey… You might lose your first pounds fairly quickly as you start following a healthier, lower-calorie diet. But after a few weeks of dieting, you realize the scale won’t budge…
You might have hit the dreaded Weight Loss Plateau
And we know how discouraging and stressful that can be. But don’t worry, it’s completely normal and we have put together our 5 top tips that will help you break through your weight loss plateau for good!
1. Build Muscle With Strength Training
If you haven’t already, make sure you are incorporating Strength Training to your exercise routine! This will help you build muscle, which in turn will help you burn more calories at rest.
Try using weights, resistance bands or even your body weight to start building some lean muscle, strengthen your bone tissue and boost your metabolic rate.
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2. Increase Your Protein Intake
Having a healthy diet doesn’t mean eating less, it simply means eating better and smarter!
And to break through a weight loss plateau it’s crucial to make sure you are eating enough protein. This will help you feel satiated for longer and build more muscle over time.
Generally speaking, It’s recommended that active adults consume around 0.8 grams of protein per pound of body weight a day. But always consult with a registered dietitian before making any big dietary changes!
3. Reduce Stress Levels And Sleep More
Feeling stressed can lead to increased sugar cravings and increased cortisol levels, which in turn, might boost your appetite and result in overeating.
So, to break through your weight loss plateau, it’s important to lower your stress levels! You can do so by exercising, meditating, or even listening to music or a podcast.
And don’t forget to get more sleep! Not sleeping enough can alter your hormone levels, lower your energy levels and boost appetite, so make sure you are going to bed a little earlier today!
4. Always Consult With Your Doctor
Every body is unique and we all have different nutritional needs and goals. There are no “one-size-fits-all” solutions to losing weight, so don’t fall for those skinny teas or juice cleanses online.
Instead, reach out to your doctor or registered dietitian for guidance!
Not to mention that some medical conditions can also affect our bodies’ ability to lose weight, so talking to a doctor can help you rule out any medical condition or particular requirement you might have!
5. Track Your Food And Stay Accountable
When dieting, we usually underestimate the amount of food we are eating, so if you feel like you have reached a plateau, make sure you are tracking your food.
Apps like MyFitnessPal will help you get a better idea of how much you are actually eating and understand if you need to change anything.
If you find that you are struggling to track and need some extra accountability to break through your weight loss plateau, feel free to reach out to get guidance from one of our Nutrition Coaches!