For weeks you’ve been losing weight. In fact, the healthy food choices, reduced calories, and increased exercise have been working like a charm. But with 20 pounds to go, you’ve reached a plateau, and the scale hasn’t budged in a week. Yes, it’s discouraging, but don’t throw in the towel just yet.
Plateaus are normal, but you have to address them immediately, otherwise you run the risk of backsliding into the same bad habits that put on the weight in the first place. During the initial phase of your weight-loss regimen, you’re burning more calories than your take in, so your body is getting the energy it needs from stored fat. However, as your fat stores decrease, your metabolism slows down to protect you from burning muscle. In short, your body has adjusted to a new equilibrium, and you need to change that equilibrium to start shedding pounds again.
Here’s how to do it:
#1 – Gear-up your work out. Change your routine. Increase your cardio. Bench press more weight. Run an additional mile. And add another 20 minutes to your time at the gym.
#2 – Decrease your daily food intake by another 200 calories a day, sticking with lean meats and non-starchy veggies. Additionally, load up on low-glycemic fruits to stave off any hunger pangs.
#3 – Make a list of everything you eat all day. That way you’ll know where any empty calories came from.
#4 – Become more active throughout the day. Park far away from the store entrance and walk. Get up from your desk instead of using the intercom. Wash your own car. And use your workday lunch break to go for a power walk.
#5 – Just say no to fast food. Even if you’re having a salad and black coffee, seeing everyone else scarfing down greasy burgers, pizza and fries may be too big a temptation to overcome.
#6 – Be vigilant when dining out. Ask for dressing on the side. Go for poultry or fish, not red meat. Opt for the whole grain pasta and brown rice. And to ensure you don’t overeat, as soon as your meal is delivered, have the server put half in a takeout container for tomorrow’s lunch.
#7 – Inquire about Vitamin B12 shots to maintain energy and stave off food cravings.
#8 – Additionally, consider all-natural Lipotropics Injections, a cocktail of vitamins and amino acids that boosts metabolism and fat-burning.
#9 – Finally, if you’re still not over the hump, ask about the hormone-based HCG Diet or My Victory, a plant-based meal-replacement therapy that delivers exceptional results.