"What is easy to do is also easy not to do." To do or not to do is the question? Every day I make the choice to press play and complete my workout. I feel full of energy and a sense of accomplishment when my workout is done for the day. I am excited to be on this journey of fitness and hope to bring you along with me. I look forward to seeing all of your fitness, wellness, and life dreams come true. Join me in the journey!
I have always had an interest in my fitness, and have been going to the gym for many years either to walk or to take a class. The gym that we were members at was about 35 minutes from home so we would only go 1-2 times per week. I knew I should be working out more consistently than that so I began using Beachbody products to have daily workouts. There were so many to choose from and something was always coming out that I enjoyed...10 Minute Trainer, Hip Hop Abs, Brazil Butt Lift, Body Beast, T25, to 21 Day Fix. Each program proved to be challenging for me and allowed me to see results. The key to getting results was ME! I knew that I had to be consistent every day. I was tired of having a muffin top from my three c-sections. My daughter used to ask me why my stomach looked "that way"... the roll at the top of my scar. "Silly girl, it is because of you!" Well, enough was enough, I decided that I was going to work hard to get rid of my tummy. My results are below so you can see that our programs work if you work them...
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Wednesday, July 27, 2016
What Can I Do About a Weight-Loss Plateau?
The struggle is real y’all. Losing those stubborn 5–10 extra pounds, or pushing past a stagnant period to meet your long-term goal is hard work. Sometimes you may wonder if it’s even possible to lose more weight or get leaner.
It is! Here are some common reasons the scales don’t seem to budge, and some tried-and-true nutrition solutions.
It’s time to adjust the portions.
If you’ve lost a lot of weight already, and you would like to keep losing, you will have to adjust your portions so that you can lose more. If you keep doing the same thing over and over again, you’ll keep getting the same results… and see the same number on the scale. Many people need to cut back and simplify. Sporting a smaller frame requires less energy (aka calories), thus adjusting portion sizes may be the ticket to help you tip the scales in your favor.
Some people need to eat more, while others will have to eat less to lose weight — if you’re confused about which one applies specifically to you, it might be a good idea to ask your doctor, or see a registered dietitian.
Measure your macros.
More often than not, you’re probably not eating enough of the two key nutrients that help keep weight off: fiber and protein. Up your protein intake, especially at breakfast and snacks (particularly a post-workout snack or supplement like Beachbody Performance Recover). These are fueling opportunities where protein is usually too low. Fiber helps to provide fullness and meal satisfaction, so aim to eat at least two cups of non-starchy veggies at each meal to get enough. Measure and keep track of your food (Beachbody’s Portion Fix containers can help you do this) to ensure you’re meeting your macro goals.
Evaluate your sweets, treats, and cheats.
When trying to trim down, we can fall into the temptation of eating clean during the week and letting loose on the weekend. This cycle can undo all of the clean eating you did during the week. It’s important to be honest with yourself about how often and how much you are “rewarding” yourself with food. Shift your focus to treating yourself to non-food rewards for the progress you’ve made. This simple shift will make it easier to stay balanced all week long and avoid binge eating.
Take your measurements.
The scale really isn’t the best way to measure progress. Weight is just a number, but body composition tells a better story. Maybe you’re not really stuck in a weight loss plateau, and in reality you’re building lean muscle mass and shredding fat? (This is especially common among athletes and people who work out.) Take your measurements and set body composition goals that are realistic for a better approach to weight loss.
Try to eat intuitively.
Maybe you’re a new mom, business owner, or have a stressful job, and you’re trying to trim down at the same time. It’s easy to be distracted trying to manage it all, and that stress can affect meal time.
Focus on your hunger and fullness, and don’t eat if you’re not hungry.
On a scale from 0 to 10, with 0 being starving and 10 being stuffed, ask yourself before your meal how hungry you are. The closer you are to zero, the harder it will be to slow down and pay attention to satisfaction. Instead of polishing off all of the food on your plate, challenge yourself to stop when you’re at a 5–7 on the fullness scale. This is just one more “little secret” to successfully managing your weight and busting through that stubborn weight loss plateau.