How to break out of a weight loss plateau FAST!

Q- What should I do when I reach a plateau and my weight loss slows down or completely stops? Should I just carry on as normal or should I change my workout and diet?
By Peter Friday, June 4, 2010, 01:13 PM

Q- What should I do when I reach a plateau and my weight loss slows down or completely stops? Should I just carry on as normal or should I change my workout and diet?

As always, a very good question. The first thing that you must realize is that the main reason you hit a plateau ( and there can be many others) is that your body has adapted to the current force/strain/load that is being put on it and so it doesn’t feel the need to change anymore so CHANGE  is definitely needed. I teach my clients 5 essential keys to success.

  • Consistency
  • Intensity
  • Nutrition
  • Variety
  • Rest

So when you hit that plateau look at the 5 areas in the list above. Then ask yourself these questions:

  1. When did I last change my workout program?
  2. Am I increasing the intensity of my workout with every session?
  3. Do I still eat the same amount of food (calories) I used to when I started my weight loss program or have I adapted it every 2 to 3 weeks? Remember as you lose weight you also need to adjust your calorie intake.
  4. Do I actually go to the gym enough to realistically expect the results I am hoping for?
  5. And do I take a break every now and then and give my body time to rest and grow!? For many, overtraining can also be a possible cause for hitting a plateau.

So as you can see, there can be many reasons for hitting a plateau and when you do you really need to look at the whole picture, from your workout plan to eating plan.

The best thing about all of this is that there will always be a way to get past your plateau and in reality if you keep track of your results and progress you can almost see when your results are not as good as they should be anymore or when they’re slowing down and you can make changes before a plateau every really become a reality!