Beating a weight-loss plateau is all about changing your previous habits. Shocking your system with a new workout routine just may be what your body needs to get over that hurdle. WebMD says, “To keep your muscles guessing — and performing the ultimate calorie burn — vary your physical activity. And push the envelope to power past that plateau!” Any exercise plan that looks like it’s on repeat isn’t doing you any good. Your muscles will just become used to your routine, in turn halting the weight loss process.
8. Look beyond the scale
he mighty scale can be quite deceiving. One day, you’re elated with your progress, and the next, you’re three pounds heavier. Given the scale’s history of inconsistency, take the evil little square with a grain of salt. And remember, extra pounds on any given day could be the result of something as trivial as water weight.
To get an accurate measure of the health you’re in, it’s best to meet with your doctor or other fitness professional. After all, there are a lot of factors that come into play, such as your BMI. Your health depends on much more than just a number on a scale.
9. Sleep and recover
No matter how well you’ve been eating or how much you’ve been exercising, you’re doomed if you’re not getting enough sleep. In fact, research shows that cutting back on sleep reduces the effectiveness of your diet. A lack of sleep elevates your body’s levels of ghrelin, a hormone responsible for reducing your energy and stirring your appetite. You’re also likely to retain more fat when you don’t sleep enough.
How to get a better night’s sleep
Luckily, you stand to get a better night’s sleep if you’re eating right and exercising. But if you still find yourself fighting to catch those quality Zs, you’re probably a bit skeptical. However, there’s no need to freak out just because you don’t have the best history of sleeping soundly. There are certainly things you can do, like turning your electronics off before bed, and sleeping in a cool room.
From Cheat Sheet: Health and Fitness
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