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When you have hit a weight-loss or fitness plateau, how do you shake up your program and start seeing results again?

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Kick start your metabolism with a short morning workout

Break through a plateau by kick starting your metabolism in the morning with a short workout. After a frustrating plateau, I started riding the stationary bike in the morning for 15 mins, in addition to my regular workouts. Within days my weight started going down again. Plus, a 100 kcal workout every morning adds up to an extra full days workout by the end of the week.

- Submitted by ALINAAK 3/21/2014 in Breaking a Plateau | 3 Comments

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Increase intensity

Change what you are doing. I like to eat, so I exercise more to make up for it. As soon as I am not struggling to finish my exercises I increase the intensity, more speed and incline on treadmill, more reps of bodyweight exercises. If it gets easy you're not really exercising.

- Submitted by KRISTIAN666 3/6/2011 in Breaking a Plateau | 3 Comments

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Move your workout time

In order to break my Plateau, I moved my workout time so that it was at least 2-3 hours after a meal. My body had to access stored fat for energy and I was able to break through a 3 month plateau.

- Submitted by DUFFYZMOM 6/2/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 2 Comments

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More, not less

I've broken more plateaus more quickly by eating more rather than less. Borne of discouragement - "If this isn't working, I quit!" - I've found that if I eat a little more over the week, even treat myself a time or two, and that jiggles my metabolism back into losing. Works every time!

- Submitted by ALYSONL 4/14/2010 in Breaking a Plateau | 29 Comments
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