5 Ways to Break the Weight Loss Plateau
Frustrated with losing weight? Or maybe I should say it this way…are you frustrated with NOT losing weight? I feel your pain.
When I started my weight loss journey, I did P90X. I spent three months killing the workouts. In the end, I lost 6 pounds. Yes, for 90 days of effort, I lost only 6 pounds and I still had a gut.
Now, it wasn’t the program’s fault. It was mine. Thankfully I kept at it. Over time, I learned more about nutrition and that became a game changer. So, I’d like to share these 5 ways to break through the weight loss plateau:
1) Know your portions.
When I did P90X, I was eating better, but better didn’t matter because my portions were totally out of whack. Any workouts I did were totally undone in the kitchen. And I know I’m not alone. As a Beachbody coach, I’ve come to realize that most people fit into 1 of 2 camps: 1) those who eat too much and 2) those who undereat.
Women especially are guilty of the latter. If you think you can eat 600 calories a day and lose weight, then let me tell you it ain’t gonna happen! The problem is that when we don’t eat enough, we either pig out at the end of the day because we are so hungry, or we don’t have enough energy to workout and push it like we need to. Our bodies go into starvation mode. Our bodies are programmed so that when we don’t meet our caloric needs, they will shut down and store fat for survival. So know how many calories you should be consuming a day, and eat every 2-and-a-half to 3 hours to keep your body fueled.
2) Count the chemicals.
Don’t focus only on the calories you consume. Count the hormones and chemicals going into your body. The more natural and whole foods you eat, the better equipped you are hormonally speaking to lose weight. Hormones such as insulin, cortisol and estrogen play a big role in our ability to lose weight. These hormones can tell your body to store fat. For instance, any foods that spike your blood sugar level (white carbs, fruit juices, sweetened yogurt, transfats, alcohol) cortisol will find and store as fat. When people blow it on the weekends, it’s not just because of what they eat, but what they drink and the empty calories that spike their blood sugar levels. Focus on more whole and natural foods, like vegetables, nuts, whole grains and fruits.
3) Ditch the energy drinks.
Guys, I’m especially talking to you here. Ditch the energy drinks. Whatever you have to do to break the habit, do it!! Even if you are drinking the diet version of energy drinks, the chemicals inside these things are messing with your system on a hormonal level. Watch this video for more info:
4) Reduce your stress.
Life is busy, right? How many of us hit the ground running in the morning? We have too much to do. We have to go from point A to point B to Z by the end of the day. Living like this is exhausting. When we do this, we are operating from a state of stress, causing our bodies to release cortisol (remember that from tip #2 above?) and store fat. What’s really important is how we start our day. I do focused meditation, affirmations and reading first thing, so my brain is leading my body into a place where I’m not overly stressed. If you struggle with mornings, then get to bed earlier at night, so you can get up earlier and give yourself time to start your day with your mind at peace.
5) Drink more water.
I know, I sound like a broken record on this one, but seriously, people! PROPERLY HYDRATE YOURSELF!! Drink a minimum of 64 oz. of water each and every day to flush out toxins and fats.
If you’re tired of not losing weight and you’re ready to ditch that weight loss plateau, then I’d like to invite you to join me for my next 21-day online challenge group. Simply fill out the application below before spots fill up.