Diet plateaus can happen for many reasons. Sometimes they can be as simple as cutting out salt or changing how often you are eating.
Weight loss plateaus are inevitable. Your body is pretty smart and is able to adjust to whatever you are putting it through. This means after sticking to a diet or a certain way of eating, you’ll need to change it to continue your journey.
It’s important to realize when a plateau has occurred, to be able to think critically about what the problem might be.
When most people plateau they get discouraged and give up and think something is wrong with them. This is definitely not the case.
There are many reasons why a plateau occurs, here are a few ideas to help progress you forward.
While you are working out, your body is going through many changes physically and chemically. Depending on your goals you may need to lower or raise your caloric intake. As you lose weight your body will require less calories through out the day. If your bulking and your looking to add muscle, you may have to increase your caloric intake to help with muscle growth.
Stick to a new caloric intake goal for 4-6 weeks. If you don’t see a difference, consider looking at an alternative aspect to adjust.
When you decide to be on a weight loss or weight gain journey, its imperative that you stick to a diet that allows you to eat what you like and make sure that it’s sustainable. Set a goal and stick to it for a few months. Many times people are consuming food in the wrong manner.
Three meals a day has been the standard for a long time. However, the more science that comes out, s we are finding that method is not optimal for losing weight. Eating 5-6 meals a day is a better way of dieting in order to keep your metabolism high.
Eating more often and keeping your portions small allows the body to keep burning fuel all day long. When you wait 6 to 7 hours to eat, your body goes into hibernation. It does not know when food is going to be consumed again. So don’t skip meals.
Protein can boost metabolism and even help the body retain its muscle while scorching fat. Protein-rich foods also suppress ghrelin, which is a hormone secreted by the stomach that stimulates appetite.
Whether you are trying to lose weight or gain weight. Protein should be consumed in almost every meal.
You can get your protein from many sources. Meat happens to be the most bang for your buck. However, there are plenty of vegetarian and vegan protein sources. Protein shakes are also a good way of adding protein to your diet and can also be a good meal replacement if you’re on the go.
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