A plateau is when you feel like you’re doing everything right but you’re not seeing the changes you expect to see in your body or the way your clothes fit.
Basically, you’re not progressing.
Sometimes it really is a matter of your body holding on to those last few pounds.
However, in my experience working with hundreds of women, I find that most likely there are some things that need to be buckled down on and cleaned up to get back on track and get over this “plateau”.
These are the top 3 areas that most of us need to reevaluate:
Nutrition: We all have that one thing that we know deep down is holding us back from getting to the next level with our goals.
Maybe it’s your 4-5 times weekly Carmel macchiato, that nightly glass of wine, bread or pasta at every meal…..you know the one thing that you constantly try to justify or think you can “work off”.
I want you to step away from it for 7-days.
Here’s is what you most likely will discover:
- After 4 or 5 days you don’t want it nearly as much as you thought and
- You’ll drop a pound or two without changing anything else.
After the 7-days that act’s like a super specific detox, you can then decide how often that item should be added back into your overall plan.
Sleep: Lack of sleep makes you fatter. Simple as that.
People who get less sleep report having greater appetites and greater feeling of hunger specifically for high carb, high fat foods. Why?
Because getting less sleep leads to decreased leptin levels, leptin helps to control your brains hunger and craving responses. Also, people who sleep less are over an hour more sedentary per day; and you know; the less you move the less calories you’re burning. So starting now schedule in a power nap.
An app I discovered a few years ago and love is Pzizz. This app is designed to stimulate deep sleep fast. It will make a 10-min power nap feel like a restful hour.
Move More: You can workout as hard core as pro athlete but if you then sit on your butt the rest of the day only walking from kitchen to family room or from cubicle to cubicle you’re probably wondering why you are not losing fat as fast as you’d like.
The calorie burn difference between someone who just works out and then is fairly inactive and someone who works out AND moves throughout the day can be as much as 2,000 calories a day!
You need to get moving!
Aim to get at least 10,000-12,000 steps a day. Pace around when you’re taking a call, walk your dogs every day, take the stairs, park at the far end of the parking lot, do spontaneous burst of 20 jumping jacks throughout the day. Just make more of your day about moving!
Focus on even just one of these for 7-14 days and tell me what changes YOU notice.