Have you recently realized that you are no longer losing weight? You may have been doing well during your fitness regimen in the past, but now it seems like you’re struggling to drop your last few pounds. This happens often to many individuals on a weight loss journey and can be highly discouraging. Before you give up on achieving your weight goal, take the time to analyze what may have changed since you first began. Oftentimes, a weightloss plateau comes as a result of many self-inflicted issues.
You Only Eat Liquid-Based Meals
At the beginning of your journey, you may have been instructed to cut out heavy meals and instead replace them with shakes and smoothies. Now your diet consists of mostly smoothies, shakes, and blended fruits and very little solids. The age old saying “too much of a good thing is bad” best applies here.
Smoothies, in particular, are likely to slip through your digestive system fairly quickly. This may sound like a good thing but when your body doesn’t have to work to break down and absorb foods, it doesn’t burn any calories. Consider adding fiber-rich foods to your diet like leafy greens, non-starchy vegetables, and whole fruits to get that post-workout calorie burn.
You Stopped Counting Calories
Counting calories has long been the ideal way to track daily caloric intake. Your body mass index will let you know how many calories you need to consume daily. You should select what and how much you eat according to that number. To burn fat, you must achieve a caloric deficit by burning more calories than you consume.
By no longer counting calories, you assume that what you’re eating has a low-calorie count and that you are burning all of it off during your workouts. That is a common mistake and you may be consuming way more than you think. This may be why you have stopped witnessing weight loss, and may also be gaining weight.
You No Longer Push Yourself
When you first started, you may have set incremental goals on how heavy of a weight you can lift, how many miles you can run, and how many bad foods you can keep out of your diet. Those small goals are what helped you drop a majority of the initial weight.
It isn’t uncommon for people to start to see results and stop pushing themselves to do more. This may have been the case. You realized that what you are doing is working and stopped striving for more. The secret behind consistent weight loss is never being comfortable with the status quo and always pushing your limits.
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