Well, you're certainly not alone. Research shows that nearly everyone hits a weight loss plateau at one time or another. The good news is that there are various reasons behind your getting stuck — reasons you can learn from to quickly get yourself back on track.
You're In A Workout Rut
Doing the same routine every time you visit the gym (no matter how much you've benefited by it) can eventually become stale and keep you from being fully engaged and excited to work out. Moreover, it's important to challenge your muscles in new ways. Upping the ante when it comes to intensity is another great way to break free from your plateau, as well. Whether that means running at a faster pace or doing a fast-paced weight circuit workout, the benefits can be significant.
You're Not Sleeping Enough
Research continues to show that dieters who get less than optimal sleep (8 hours) each night lose significantly less fat than those who do. Insufficient sleep reduced weight loss by 55% in a study conducted by the University of Chicago.
You're Not Keeping Track Of The Little Things
It seems harmless enough on the surface: you add a couple of creamers to your coffee, you eat half a cookie or doughnut at the office, or you sample crackers and dip at the grocery store. But they can add up calorie-wise and halt your progress.
Eating Out Is Causing Diet Damage
All restaurants can be damaging to your diet, not just fast food joints. The calorie content of food at various sit-down chains was well above what the Food and Drug Administration recommends as healthy in a study done by the University of Toronto. To avoid blowing your weightloss efforts totally out of the water, check out restaurant meals’ calories online.
Your Diet Is In A Rut
You can get bored when you're eating the same thing night after night, and that boredom can turn into cravings. Mix it up to get a variety of nutrients and flavors.
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