How to break through a weight loss plateau

How to break through a weight loss plateau

Change something (exercise or eating) to break through a weight loss plateau.

A weight loss plateau means that something has to change. Choose one of the following:

1.  Add more exercise

Add an additional day of exercise to your current plan…even if you exercise for just 10 minutes that day.

2.  Increase your exercise intensity

Increase the speed or resistance of your current exercise. For example, if you currently walk on the treadmill, walk at a faster pace or increase the incline.

3. Exercise longer

Increase the amount of time you spend exercising.

4. Try a new exercise

Change the type of exercise you are currently doing. For example, if you usually walk, spend one day biking, swimming, or taking a group exercise class.

5. Look at your nutrition

Re-examine the type of food you’re eating and the amount. Keep a food journal to find out if you’re eating more or less than you think and/or healthier than you think.

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