Sunday, January 23, 2011

How to Break Weight Loss Plateaus

If you're trying to lose weight and you start to stagnate here are some helpful tips.
  1. Add weight training to build muscle. Every pound of muscle needs 30-50 calories to stay alive. Fat is like dirt and needs little if any energy to sustain itself. Muscle is like grass, it needs water and food daily.
  2. Increase your activity. Park in the farthest spaces from the store. You'll get less door dings and burn extra calories. Take the stairs instead of the elevator.
  3. Watch out for hidden calories. Juices are high in calories and so are many other healthy foods. Look at the serving size and you may be surprised how small a serving is. Watch out for the little things. The tasty coffee creamer may be more than 100 calories per packet.
  4. Eat more often. If you wait too long to eat you may overeat when you do. A good rule of thumb is never wait to eat until you're hungry and eat every 2-4 hours. If you check your pulse you'll find that it goes up every time you eat. The body is a machine and needs energy to digest food.
  5. Mix it up when it comes to exercise and even food. You body works hard to maintain homeostasis or equilibrium. When you change your workouts and your diet, the body adapts and improves. Try working out faster or slower in addition to changing the exercises. Even changing the types of foods you eat can help you lose weight.

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