We’ve all been there: You’re working out diligently, watching what you eat, and making progress toward your weight-loss goals. Then, inexplicably, everything comes to a screeching halt. Nothing has changed in your routine, yet the scale isn’t moving at all. You’ve reached a plateau. So what do you do now?
There’s nothing worse than working hard to achieve a milestone yet not being able to get there. The good news is that if you stay focused and keep working out and eating right, in about three to four weeks, the scale will start to move again. In the interim, however, you will likely see changes in your physique, even if you stop losing weight. Your arms, legs, and abs will look tighter and more defined as your body starts to transform. And that’s always a good thing.
Switch Things Up
Once you resume moving the scale a bit, you may notice that it isn’t going down as quickly as it was before. That’s because your plateau was a signal your body has gotten used to the routine you developed. It may be time to switch things up.
Try changing your diet. If you can shave 100–300 calories each day (without going below 1,000 calories total), that may make a difference. Also, look at what you’re eating. Carbs can wreak havoc on some people’s progress, so a low-carb, Paleo-style approach may be just what the doctor ordered. Evaluate how you’re breaking up your intake too, mixing up your protein, fat, and carbs. Going back to basics of veggies and protein may kickstart your system.
If making tweaks to your diet isn’t enough, reexamine your workout. Maybe you need a different cardio to weight training ratio. Or maybe you need to change up what you’re doing and add a hike, run, or bike ride to your regular gym routine. Also be sure to add in days off so your body has time to repair the muscles that were torn during your workout, which is when the magic happens.
See Your Doctor
There’s a possibility that if nothing seems to be working, you may looking at a hormonal change, thyroid imbalance, or insulin resistance. If you’re doing all that you should be doing, it might be time to make a visit to the doctor to run some blood tests and make sure everything is working as it should be.
When All Else Fails…
If you’ve gotten the “all good” from your doctor, are watching what you eat, and have mixed up your workout yet still can’t seem to make the scale budge, it might be time to take it to the next level. Don’t be tempted by diet pills and fads, most of which are not FDA cleared and lack the results you’re likely seeking. Instead, trust the proven ability of CoolSculpting to make a difference.
CoolSculpting is a noninvasive, FDA-cleared fat-freezing procedure. By targeting specific areas of the body and freezing some of the fat there, those cells are permanently killed and will naturally flush from the body in a couple of months. That resistant fat will be gone for good, leaving you with fewer inches and less bulge. You’ll kiss that weight-loss plateau goodbye!
Take a look at our before-and-after photos to see how we’ve helped people just like you get past their plateaus. Then contact us for your complimentary consultation. We look forward to jumpstarting your results!