Yay!! I’ve lost 25.6 pounds total so far with 54.4 pounds to go to reach my goal! My BMI has dropped from 36.9 to 33.1 and my goal BMI is 24.9.
Natural Weight Loss
Don’t Get Discouraged
As we talked about earlier, at some point in your weight-loss journey, you’ll undoubtedly encounter a disappointing drop in visible results.
Just as the pounds might stop falling off as your metabolism slows down to adapt to the reduced caloric intake, you might also find the results you’re getting at the gym may hit a wall as your body tries to adapt to a new homeostasis.
If you’re doing the same exercises again and again, over a period of time your body will become resistant to the benefits.
Do 20 lunges after not having done them in months and you’ll be sore the next day; but start doing 20 lunges every day and pretty soon you won’t get sore anymore.
And that’s when they stop doing you any good.
This can be discouraging, but it can be fixed and in some cases completely avoided.
Make sure you haven’t hit a plateau due to overtraining.
Take a minute to check how your body is feeling.
Are you taking proper rest days in between workouts?
Do you feel exhausted all the time?
Has your performance at the gym fallen off?
Do your legs feel heavy and hard to move?
Is your resting heart rate higher than usual?
If you answered yes to a few of these questions, it’s possible you might be overdoing it on the exercise.
If this is the case, it’s best to raise your caloric intake by 10% for a week or so and take that week off from all physical activity.
Let your body fully benefit and give yourself the time your muscles need to recover.
If your workout is losing stream for other reasons though, try some of these ideas to get it back on track.
Variety is the spice of life.
It’s also the key to keeping your workout progressing so you’re always getting the most out of it, keeping yourself challenged constantly so you continue to achieve results.
It’s also good just to make things interesting.
If you don’t mix things up every once in a while, your routine will become monotonous, unchallenging, and totally unproductive.
Switch things around at least every 4-6 weeks – my recommendation is to switch every 2 weeks, but the length of your program is up to you.
Change your routine around the following 3 variables: weight load, set-repetitions, and modality, or type of exercise.
In the next post we’ll detail exactly how you can change these 3 elements of your routine from time to time and avoid stalling on the road to fitness.
Come join me on my weight loss journey! I’d love to have you along!
Have an awesome day!
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