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I had lost 10 lbs.the 1st month with strength training,then hit a plateau for 3-4 days.I upped the cardio on advice from a fellow Sparker and it got my weight loss going again!
You need to trick your body! With nutrition... have two low calorie days and then one high calorie day followed again my two low calorie days and then another high..repeat this process and you should see results. With fitness...interval training will get you results too. Combining both is best.!
I have hit a few plateaus along the way. It seems that looking at my strength training and making changes helps every time. I tend to think that more cardio= more weight loss. This means too often I find myself upping the cardio and leaving ST behind. When I create a new routine, the scale responds!
I have found if i eat the same food consitently i stop loosing , so every few weeks change it up. I have found sometimes if my metabalism is slow i increase for a day or two but stay in calorie range. also i have started eating 4-5 smaller meals and it is working for me.
I have found that decreasing the amount of time I spend on cardio will help me break through a plateau. The secret is to work out at a higher intensity. If you normally work out for 30 to 45 mins at a moderate pace, try working out for 20 to 35 mins at a faster pace or at a higher resistance.
Switch up your work-out routine and add some new moves! All of our movement is front to back...try skipping sideways on the treadmill. Jump up as high as you can landing softly multiple times. Skip instead of walk. Your body will wake up and say HUH?
When I hit a plateau, I try something new. If you are walking at a slow pace, ramp it up and walk at a brisker pace or do it in intervals, 5 minutes slow then 5 minutes fast. Remember, if you're doing the same old thing, you get the same old results.