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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!
When you hit a plateau in your weight loss, try adding a few higher intensity bursts or intervals to your cardio workouts. This elevates your heart rate, makes you work harder and burns more calories to help shock your body and jump start your weight loss again!
A couple of times when my weight has stalled, getting religious about my water intake and pushing it to 10 cups a day got things moving again. Also, adding brewed green tea helps give you something to sip on and boosts metabolism with many antioxidants as well.
When you hit a plateau it can be very frustrating but this tip should kick start your body back on the weightloss journey. By alternating a low calorie day (ie 1200 cals) and a high calorie day (1500 cals) (for myself) you jump start your body into action again. This action tricks your body back into thinking it can burn the calories instead of hang on to them and keeps your body from thinking it is in starvation mode.
Change something! Eat at a different calorie range, eat different combinations of foods. Change the intensity of how you exercise. Change the exercise. If you walk, jog for 15 seconds then walk 1 minute. If you run at a certain speed, increase the speed for 15 second intervals. Use the incline on the treadmill for 15 second intervals. If you like exercise DVDs, then buy a new one. Change is good. The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.
Your body needs to be "shocked". Try golfing, rock climbing, hiking, running, walking, roller blading, dancing, gym classes, etc.
I always have been able to break through a plateau when I eat less at night for a few days. Nothing drastic, but something simple such as cutting back the amount of carbs at night(or switching the cals so that the lunch and early snack are a bit more heavier and dinner is a bit more light). This does the trick all the time but might be a bit difficult. It will help break through a plateau though and has helped me maintain my weight loss of 80 lbs. Hopefully I will remember this for my plateaus.
I've been learning recently that a plateau is when my body is trying to create a new set point because I've lost a certain amount from my last set point. I believe we should relax and practice maintaining our weight for a few weeks. Then we can try losing again.
after reading everyones' great suggestions, i realized that the best way to deal with my plateau was yes change some part of my daily exercise routine and eat smaller meals,but i also came to the conclusion i was not GAINING. yea! i was more relaxed and enjoyed my workouts and time with my family.
When hit a plateau, I change up the food groups I was using. Eating a little more carbs and vegetables versus protein. My body apparently was recognizing a routine, and the change up kicked in. Losing slow and steady.