You’ve been working your tail off, but the scale refuses to budge. Don’t worry if you flat-lined. Here’s how to beat a weight loss plateau.
Nourish Yourself with Nutrition.
Reevaluate your diet
Calories may have been king, but it’s time for them to be overthrown. Throughout your weight loss journey, you may have focused solely on calorie count, letting nutrients sneak in here and there. Cut down on the low-fat, highly processed packaged food in favor of more fruits and vegetables. Not sure where to get started? Here are some healthy eating facts that are always true, no matter what kind of diet you’re on.
Start being more mindful
When you first embarked on your weight loss plan, we’re sure your every thought related back to your diet or exercise plan. Slowly but surely, the weight slipped off, but so did your eager mindset. The calorie counter you checked repeatedly throughout the day is now collecting dust. You make it to the gym only when you remember to pack your gym bag. While you shouldn’t go back to obsessing over your actions, your goals may be slipping because your plan has fallen to the wayside. It’s time to start paying more attention to your actions. Stop mindlessly grazing while you’re cooking dinner or packing your child’s lunch. Put down your phone when you’re working out, unless you’re using it solely to listen to your killer playlist.
Make it count
Obsessive calorie-counting can be stressful and take the fun out of eating, but it has it’s benefits. Let technology help you get back on track. We love apps like MyFitnessPal or FitBit because they take the guesswork out of everything. Many people overestimate how many calories they burn when they exercise, leading them to overeat and cancel out that difficult sweat session at the gym. Also, don’t forget to re-access your calorie goals. The more weight you lose, the less calories you need everyday. Women need at lease 1,200 calories a day and men require 1,500 plus. As you track your weight, these smart apps can help recalculate the number of calories you need based on your gender and weight.
Work It out by Working out.
Switch it up
Your workout may be standing in the way of you and your goals for a variety of reasons. Maybe you’re bored of your Saturday spin class, so you skip your workout all together. Diet and exercise are key to weight loss, so you need to make sure you’re making an appearance at the gym. Switch up your workout, and find something else you enjoy. Trying a group fitness class may inspire you.
Swap it out
Another reason why the scale isn’t budging is because you’re doing the same workout you started with on Day One. Chances are that you’re stronger and faster than you were when you started. It’s time to kick it up a notch. Get results faster with these simple swaps.
Call for Back-up.
Working with a personal trainer may be the extra oomph your routine needs to help you beat your weight loss plateau. These trainers literally eat, breathe, and sleep a healthy lifestyle, so you know you’re in good hands.
Not sure if a personal trainer is right for you? First thing’s first, let’s bust some myths.
Personal trainers won’t…
Force you to become a bodybuilder.
Sure, they’ll encourage you to pick up a kettlebell or try your hand at TRX, but you won’t be doing intense strength trainer. Unless you want to. Trainers are there to give you the workout (and results) you want.
Hold you hostage.
Have you been slacking on your workouts? Hiring a personal trainer can keep you more accountable for your workout (aka you won’t cancel your gym dates). But hey, if you can’t make it or need to cut your session short, we promise no one will tie you to the treadmill.
Feed you protein shakes.
But they will help you clean up your diet and share some of their favorite post-workout snacks. While you may be devoted to your fitness app, it won’t give you the knowledge you need to crush your goals like a personal trainer can.
Break your budget.
There’s a personal training package for every budget. Whether you want a one-on-one session or want to try your hand at a small group training class, Boost Fitness offers some of the most affordable personal training in Massachusetts. At the end of the day, your health, strength, and vitality is totally worth the investment. (Think about it: You’ll make less trips to the car to get groceries. You’ll pick up your 6-year-old who still thinks she’s 2 without straining. You’ll go up 3 flights of stairs without getting winded. The list of benefits is endless!