If you’ve been trying to lose weight and have hit a plateau, don’t get discouraged! Luckily, there are several methods for amping up your weight-loss program that are guaranteed to get results!
1. Increase your physical activity:
it’s a simple equation. Calories in must be less than calories out. Even if you are on a good diet, chances are these numbers are unbalanced. Add twenty minutes of high-intensity cardio to every workout and see those pounds melt away!
2. Change up your workouts:
it’s true, your body will get complacent if you’re doing the same workout over and over. Alternate workouts and add ‘fast-twitch’ moves like sprints or jumping rope for short intense bursts that will ramp up your fat burning capacity.
3. Raise your protein intake and lower your carbs:
eliminate starch from your diet completely, and pump up your protein. The usual protein intake for weight loss or maintenance when training is one gram of lean protein per pound of your ideal body weight. For example, if your goal weight is 120 pounds, you should be consuming 120 grams of protein every day. It may be necessary to use a protein supplement, but it will serve the dual purpose of preserving the lean muscle you are gaining during your workouts and helping you to feel more satisfied in between meals. In addition, always remember to consume a protein meal within twenty minutes of your workout.
4. Make sure you are eating enough:
That’s right! You may be eating next to nothing, but your body needs fuel in order to work like the well-oiled machine that it is. Aim for six small meals per day, or try to eat something every three hours. Best thing is, you can eat as much raw and leafy greens as you want, so in essence, you should never be hungry!
5. Build your large muscles:
The quadriceps are some of the largest muscles in the body. The more muscle mass you have, the more calories you will burn at rest. Building your quads and your glutes will get you there faster, and you’ll have the added bonus of looking great in your jeans!
Most of all, consistency and perseverance will win the day. Keep up your daily workouts, keep a food diary to make sure you’re getting all the nutrition you need and don’t get discouraged. Even top athletes hit plateaus, and when they do, they toughen up. See you in the gym!