Three Weight Loss Plateau Busters
When you've been on a confidence-boosting roll, hitting a weight loss plateau can be frustrating. It happens because the first fat to get the boot is your body's stored reserves of glycogen, a carbohydrate found in your muscles and liver that hold on to water. When your body burns through its glycogen reserves, it turns to burning muscle, which takes more effort and slows your metabolism.
Once you've hit this plateau, it's not time to get discouraged - it's time to step up your game. Here's how:
- Reduce your calories, but don't freak out about it. Some dieticians even recommend alternating lower and higher calorie days to help keep your metabolism on its toes. Get serious about making healthy dietary choices, but enjoy a mid-afternoon snack now and then. Not only will it help keep your metabolism guessing, and thus operating in high gear, you're likely to feel more satisfied and remain committed to your weight loss goals.
- Check yourself before you wreck yourself: Are you keeping a journal of your calorie intake and workouts? Doing so can help you better identify areas where you may be slipping a little. One study published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine found that participants who tracked their eating habits lost twice as much weight as those who didn't.
- Reduce and rev: Aim to cut your caloric intake by 200 calories a day - just make sure you don't go below 1,200. Any less and you're likely to feel hungry throughout the day, increasing your risk of overeating. Meanwhile, rev up your workout routine by adding an additional 15 to 30 minutes or simply boosting the intensity of your workouts. A portion of this can be achieved via secondary exercise, such as taking the stairs rather than the elevator or parking your car farther from the door.
If you've hit a weight loss plateau, or haven't yet begun efforts to lose those extra pounds, Metabolic Research Center can help. Find the location nearest you by calling 800-501-8090 or visiting us online.
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