You may feel unbeatable at the start of your new fitness or nutrition program. You have a goal in sight and plan to achieve it no holds barred.
You fill your pantry with healthy foods and embark on your chosen fitness program, but why aren’t you seeing the results you desire? Although the first few weeks may be punctuated with noticeable changes, reaching a plateau is quite common, but there are ways around it. Read on below for some top tips:
- Partner up.
Having someone to answer to when it comes to goals will help keep you on track. Work out with a friend or family member so you have someone to hold you accountable.
- Switch up your exercise regimen.
When you hit a plateau and notice that you’re slowly losing weight, try switching up your fitness routine to keep your body guessing. Many people will give up cold turkey once they reach a plateau, but don’t do it! This is the time to push harder and hit your goals out of the ballpark. Try exercising outside, swimming at the beach, taking a barre class, going for a hike or joining a high intensity cycling class with upbeat music. You can also try out a few new fitness DVDs, YouTube exercise videos and online training programs.
- Find your ‘why’ again.
Losing weight is no easy feat and requires a great deal of discipline to reach your end goal. Along the way, it can become quite difficult to maintain focus and remember why you’re doing what you’re doing in the first place. While it may be easy enough to maintain a nutrition plan, daily workouts may feel grueling packed in with an intense work week. It’s important to always remember your why. Create a vision board with the lifestyle you wish to lead and journal your progress along the way.
- Manage your time.
Planning can make it or break it for you. If you plan your meals and workouts ahead of time, you’ll be less likely to slip up and make spur of the moment decisions that could derail your progress. Nevertheless, if this does happen to you, as it does with countless others, don’t give up and pick up your healthy habits the very next day.