I have been getting a lot of questions lately about plateaus, why you aren’t losing weight, or why it’s not as easy as when you first started losing weight. While there are a lot of factors that could play into this, I have compiled below a few suggestions and ideas you can incorporate into your daily habits to help you lose!
DISTINGUISH: Between weight loss and fat loss. Most of us use the term “weight” loss; however, what we really want is to lose fat. Burning up muscle on an overly restrictive diet or doing countless hours of cardio only workouts can lead to “weight” loss, but that is counterproductive. What we want to do is burn fat and build muscle, which you can achieve by following a wholesome eating plan and exercising regularly. The more muscle you build, the more calories you will burn at rest and work, and therefore the more fat you will lose. On the flip side, if you haven’t lost “weight” you could be building muscle. My suggestion? Rather than relying solely on the number on the scale, take some pictures (you can pose if you would like). Keep those pictures handy, and check your progress every couple of weeks. If you are looking leaner and more muscular, then you are likely building muscle. You can also take measurements of key areas, like your arms, waist and thighs, and compare the measurements for any changes over a period of time.