How to Break Through a Fitness Plateau

Stuck on a weight loss plateau? Good news is that there are many tips and tricks that you can use to overcome it. By simply changing up a few things with your diet and exercise routine, you will be back to result-driven success in no time!

PUMP IT UP 

Instead of your usual 40-minutes on the treadmill, pump up your metabolism with high-intensity intervals. Try doing 4-minutes of cardio training as hard as you can, then 2-minutes of strength building exercises using free weights or machines. Repeat this “harder/easier” cycle 5 times. Your post-exercise metabolic rate and fat loss will increase much more than if you exercised 40 minutes steadily at an average pace, and you’re also building lean muscle mass.

SHAKE IT UP

Walking doesn’t do much to help you lose weight, even though it’s good for your health. Instead, mix up your cardio intervals by throwing in new things every week: the elliptical machine, the recumbent bike, the rowing machine, the stairmaster. To overcome a plateau, you must ALWAYS keep your body guessing!

START IT UP

The one time when simple aerobic exercise can really boost your metabolism is in the morning. When you first wake up, your liver has burned through your carbohydrate stores, and light aerobic exercise can jump-start the fat-burning enzymes in your liver. So do your cardio first thing in the morning or start your day with a brisk walk. I’m a strong believer in FASTED CARDIO!

COUNT IT UP

You might think you’re not snacking between meals, but it’s easy to miss the small bites you may be taking here and there. For a couple days, record everything you eat. Make sure the extra food you take in is accounted for, and don’t cheat! Keeping a record may also keep you mindful of what you are putting into your body. If you don’t have time to keep a daily food log try MyFitnessPal.com or the MyFitnessPal App for an easier alternative.

What have you done to break through your weightloss plateaus? I would LOVE to hear your stories, tips, and tricks! Comment below! 🙂

XO,

PF

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