It would be a small miracle to follow a weight loss program and progress smoothly, consistently and effortlessly. It would be fantastic to drop pound after pound, to see your body change, skin tighten, aches disappear and live happily ever after. It’s going to happen, although not as consistently as you might hope. The fact of the matter is that weight loss is not predictable. You can always expect good results when you adhere to a realistic program, but your body will respond in its very own way, and in its own time. Expect plateaus going in and you will be less disappointed and frustrated along the way. Plan your training and nutrition properly at the outset and have a “plateau strategy” in place.
Have you hit a plateau? Are you totally frustrated because weight loss has stalled? If you have just begun the program, stay calm and stay the course. You will see the weight loss soon. There is a trick to losing weight with relative consistency.
Your body will adapt to newly imposed demands by getting stronger and smarter. It’s a built-in mechanism that should be viewed as a positive indicator that your training program is effective. Plateaus are a signal from your body indicating that you are on the right path. When you stall you’ve succeeded; you’ve taken your body to the next level and it’s time to implement “the next logical step.” Welcome a plateau, rest a time, revise your program and eating strategy. It’s time for a change so plan and prepare for your next phase of training.
Time for Change
When your body has become accustomed to your exercise routine and you are not seeing results anymore you have to mix it up. With a good program, your body becomes stronger and it’s necessary to change the exercises, change the order of exercises, lift heavier weights, change the rep scheme, or take shorter rest periods. You have to change some component of the program to challenge the body further and continue the adaptation process.
Dieting is similar in that your body becomes accustomed to a certain amount of calories and adjusts your metabolism accordingly. Your body gets smarter and slows its metabolism in order to protect you from a perceived period of starvation. The rate at which the metabolism slows down will vary, but it is almost a guaranteed situation: when you diet for a long period of time the metabolic rate is going to decline.
By alternating the calories you consume, a technique called calorie cycling, you can keep your body guessing and burning calories. You may also choose to incorporate a CHEAT MEAL in an effort to “trick” your metabolism into speeding up again.
THE ACTION PLAN
THE ACTION PLAN suggests that you begin your program by calculating the calories necessary maintain your current weight and consume that amount with clean foods. At this stage, you will find that weight loss is attainable simply by eliminating junk food and exercising at a moderate intensity and frequency. It is recommended that you maintain that calorie level for 2 weeks and then lower the food consumed by 200 calories.
At this time you will become familiar with your energy levels, the rate of weight loss and the time it takes for you to recover. If you find that weight loss is sluggish you may choose to reduce portions again by 200 calories for 2 weeks. But, if you have not hit a plateau, simply delay this step until a time that weight loss does slow and then try the calorie reduction.
The point is to simply pay attention to your body signals and feed it as much nutrient dense food as possible while continuing to lose weight. As you progress through The Action Plan training program, the workouts become more challenging and will require an adequate source of fuel. Eat to maintain a good fuel supply and you will feel energized for your workouts and you will lose weight!
Send Us a Smoke Signal
How long have you been “stuck” at the same weight? What measures have you taken during that time to manage the situation? Did they work? Sometimes it takes a time of reflection and another viewpoint in order to see our own situation more clearly. Clear your head of useless frustrations and get back to the one clear thought: I
will be AM strong and healthy. Share your thoughts here and we can troubleshoot together! karen~