Hit my first plateau
Hey guys so I have lost around 7lbs but I feel like I have hit a rutt ...what should I do I feel like I'm doing a lot of work but I'm not loosing any more weight
Hey Jamie, I've dropped 15kgs in three months and think that not putting it back on is my motivation to keep going with the workouts. Using the various recommend workouts via the app is keeping it fresh. Maybe add a quick cardio one in to rejuvenate the workouts. I did the boxing one which was quite fun. Marc
Are you tracking your food? Aside from increasing muscle mass to increase metabolism, you need to be eating fewer calories than you burn each day. Sometimes when I've hit plateaus in the past it was because I was eating at maintenance instead of a deficit. On the other hand there were times when I wasn't eating enough calories so my body was stubbornly holding on to the weight.
If you're not already, I recommend using a food tracking app such as MyFitnessPal to help you hit your calorie goals. Sometimes even a small change in what we eat will help push us past those dreaded plateaus.
Try to shock your body from time to time to overdo plateaus. May it be in reducing your intake to a starvation minimum for 2 or 3 days, doing a static state cardio session at least 30% more challenging than you used to until your completely drained and think you may wanna throw up, using a weight you can barely handle and work your muscle till failure in a downward pyramid (reducing the weight little by little and doing as much reps as you can just still do with pain), trying HIIT cardio sessions with 90% of your maximum for 30 secs, then 30 secs moderate, then 30 secs tough, repeat for 10 times...the list is long.
Just try incorporating something which makes your body think 'What the heck?!'. The death of each progress is comfort zone.
I would suggest taking the time to reassess your routine.
Is the something in your diet that can be tweaked (added or subtracted)?
Do you need to add exercises or resistance?
Is the number on the scale what you are seeking or the way your body looks and feels?
Strength training helps me burn more fat by adding muscle tone.