We’ve all experienced it, weight loss plateaus. A plateau is a period or phase, where despite your best efforts, you stop losing weight. Your body gets used to whatever you are doing, and it responds to that by only burning so many calories or taking other steps for itself. You are not gaining weight, but that could be only because you are keeping up your regular regimen. But you are not losing any weight, and that can be hard on many people’s resolve. However, you can make little changes to help ensure that your body does not go into one of these plateaus.
First, stop eating after 6 PM. Most of us on a diet already do this. And for those who haven’t started doing it, it can be hard to accomplish. But if you stop eating after 6, it gives your body the extra time to burn off your fat before you go to bed, instead of storing that fat when you go to bed.
Second, eat 4 to 6 small meals each day. Again, this gives your body a chance to burn extra fat throughout the day instead of just focusing on burning a ton of calories all at once. This will also keep your body’s metabolism running at a steady rate instead of storing some of that fat and then stopping. It is referred to as “grazing”, and many test subjects felt more satiated and saw more weight loss.
Third, focus on your fruits. If you have fruit ready and waiting in your fridge, when you get munchy or snacky, instead of running to the cupboard for your nightly chips, you can eat some fruits, which are low calorie and high in antioxidants and vital nutrients. It is cold, healthy, and guilt free.
Fourt, drink plenty of water. You have to drink 8 8oz glasses of water each day. This can work as a natural appetite suppressant, keep you from being dehydrated, and actually fulfill one of your body’s basic needs. The more water you drink, the less you eat and the better your body is able to function in general.
Finally, move a little more. If you are sitting in your desk all day, fidget a little. If you have the choice, take the stairs instead of the elevator. Walk around your block for about 15 to 20 minutes longer if you have the time. If you live nearby to a friend, walk instead of driving. It’s these little changes in exercise that will make a huge difference.
All in all, avoiding plateaus doesn’t take a lot of time out of your schedule or require you to change your life all at once. It only requires small things that you can easily fit into your day, but they make a big difference. Some of them may not seem like a big deal at all, until of course you step onto the scale.