Weight-Loss Plateau Combat Techniques

Last month, you were completely dedicated to losing that extra weight. But as the weeks have gone on, you are starting to lose your motivation and are tempted to fall back into your bad habits. STOP RIGHT THERE! Don’t move another muscle! First of all, pat yourself on the back . . . you have done such a great job so far! Don’t quit now just because it’s getting tough.

Rather than giving up and being satisfied with your current weight, or worse, drowning your sorrows by consuming a dozen donuts, try the following combat techniques to reignite your fire for weight-loss:

1. Consider an “Intermittent Fast”

Intermittent fasting is a pattern of eating that alternates between periods of fasting (usually meaning consumption of water only) and non-fasting. Lucky for you, intermittent fasting (IF) can be done in a number of ways. From daily fasting, by only eating during a 5-hour time period, or setting aside one to three days a week to fast, the combinations are virtually endless. The important thing is to know is what kind of intermittent fasting technique will work best for you and your lifestyle, and this can only be determined by a little experimentation. As long as IF is done correctly, it can kick your body off of its weight plateau in just a matter of days. NOTE: IF is NOT about starving yourself. It’s about eating in a manner that mimics the natural irregularity of Grok’s eating patterns.

2. Write Down Everything You Eat

Everything you eat adds up. But instead of viewing your food log as a negative thing, make a game out of it! Consider having competitions with family members or friends to see who can stay within their allotted calorie intake each day. Have a prize for the winner at the end of the month.

A food diary is an honest look into what you’re actually eating, not what you think you are eating. Need more convincing that you might not be being honest with yourself? According to the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, those who kept a food diary in a 20-week study dropped double the weight of the dieters who did not chronicle their food choices. Keeping a food diary makes you accountable for what you eat because it forces you to consider your actions before you take them. This is an effective safeguard against mindless snacking or emotional eating.

3. Change Your Workout Routine

If you never change things up, you will likely find yourself dreading the monotony of regular gym sessions and start losing motivation. In addition, your body can become used to to the same caloric burn and muscle exertion as it becomes more efficient at completing regular movements. Give your brain and body the wake up call they need by switching up your usual routine with some new additions.

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