Breaking Plateaus

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I asked a few weeks ago what you would like to see from BFV and someone mentioned how to break plateau’s.  

Going through a weight loss plateau happens to just about EVERYONE, it’s not a case of IF but more a case of WHEN…

Don’t stress (Like I do), It’s perfectly normal. So, what to do? Firstly, a few questions I ask myself:

Am I eating too much? Do I need to readjust my calories? The more fat you lose, the less energy (calories) your body may require. Ensure to continually assess your daily calorie requirements. This comes down to muscle mass as well.

Am I not eating enough? Depending on where you are at in your fitness or weight loss journey depends on how many calories you should be consuming…Re-evaluate your goals, is your goal primarily fat loss, is it muscle building?

Am I not exercising enough? Maybe you need to incorporate an extra weight session or add some cardio to your routine. Small adjustments can still make big changes!

Am I exercising too much? Yes, there is such a thing. Your body needs to REST. Remember, Muscles are teared in the gym fed in the kitchen and built in bed.

Am I being realistic in my goals? Of course aim high, but don’t set yourself up for failure with unrealistic goals.

When was the last time I changed my exercise routine? Don’t get me wrong, consistency is the key! And whilst I’ve been caught out chopping and changing too much, you can also get stuck in your ways and not progress with your fitness. It’s great to constantly be challenging your body, whether that’s increasing your weights, changing your sets/reps, switching the 5km run and doing some sprints or vise versa, or if it’s working on a different training program all together, give it atleast 8 weeks (In my opinion).  Your body can get use to whatever training regime you do and if you’ve been doing the same one for 8 weeks plus then it’s either time to increase weights (aim to do this every 3 weeks) or it’s time to switch up your routine. Try something different!weight-loss-plateau

For me personally, I’ve had other health issues come into play that has affected my progress but it won’t stop me….Tackle those issues and work with them.

Last bit from me before I share a great article is DON’T GIVE UP. DON’T STOP. The best advise I’ve got for you….

Whatever you do, DON’T STOP :) Stay POSITIVE and be PATIENT.

Here is a great article to read through and understand better on how to break those plateaus.

http://www.builtlean.com/2012/05/22/weight-loss-plateau/