Hitting a plateau can be devastating, especially if you are eating healthy and exercising. My first thought was, “I am doing all the right things and now the scale is not moving? Why don’t I just go back to my old ways?” These are natural thoughts, but they are deadly. Almost everyone reaches a weight-loss plateau at some point along their journey to wellness.
Before ordering a pizza and devouring the entire thing in one sitting, I went on the computer and did some research. Below are some of the interesting strategies and tips I found to help fight off the food monster.
- Make sure that your healthy eating is a lifetime commitment. A temporary plan to drop 10 pounds before bathing suit season may cause you to regain the weight once you stop your program.
- Stay compliant with your program. Keep only healthy foods in the refrigerator, so when you go to grab something to ease that craving, it’s a piece of fresh fruit or some cut up veggies. Keep unhealthy foods out of the kitchen.
- Pay attention when you eat. Prepare a nice table and don’t eat in front of the television. I used to love to eat in front of the television, but when I did that I would forget what I ate and always want more. Now, I eat all of my meals at the table. Slow down and enjoy every bite of your food.
- Record every morsel you eat, taste or lick. Underestimating how much food you have eaten is a common mistake and can lead to a weight-loss plateau or weight gain.
- Eat low-fat protein to manage hunger pangs. New findings suggest that high-protein foods may help control hunger. In a new study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, researchers found that high-fat foods actually raised levels of ghrelin, a hormone secreted by the stomach that stimulates appetite. Meanwhile, high-protein foods lowered levels of ghrelin. This may suggest that high protein foods can help keep hunger pangs in check.
- Exercise. Keep your muscles guessing and vary your physical activity. If you exercise on the treadmill for 30 minutes, include a few intervals at a higher speed or incline. This will help you burn more calories and blast you through the plateau.
I hope you find these tips helpful. Put your phone down and don't order that pizza. Instead, grab an apple or some raw veggies. Your body will love you for it!
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