I get asked about Plateaus a lot and a simple answer is that a plateau is our bodies way of protecting ourselves from ourselves. At some point in your journey to becoming fit you will hit a plateau.
Problem 1. Eating too Few Calories.
Keep your caloric intake slightly below your maintenance calories (BMR) so that your energy and metabolism remain high. Never have a deficit above 700 calories (ever).A deficit greater than 700 calories makes it very difficult to maintain your lean body mass, because when your body is hungry it starts to eat away at the amino acids found in your cells. Google BMR calculator so you can find out how many calories you can have.
Problem 2. Loss of lean body mass
Why? Muscle burns twice as many calories as fat does, maybe you’re not lifting enough weights? Loss of muscle mass happens as we age in fact anything over the age of 25 can be an uphill struggle to keep muscle mass.
Make sure your exercise program is combined with a fully nourished body, Check out the food guide make sure your consuming all three macro nutrients (Protein, Fats and Carbs) By choosing an all-round healthy diet rich in fruits veggies,dairy and proteins you can create a safe calorie deficit.
Problem 3. Weight loss
How can weight loss cause a plateau? Well similar to knowing you BMR the less you weight the less calories you need a day(the lighter the vehicle the less gas it uses).
Revisit your BMR, calculate it again and adjust your calories as needed.
Problem 4. “The Postman Syndrome”
Why? Our bodies respond best to change, have you been doing the same workout since day 1 of your routine? Because of the constant changes our bodies compensate by burning extra calories. Eventually your body will adapt to the same repetitive workload and you wont burn the extra calories you used to.
Keep your body on its toes, it takes roughly 6 weeks for your body to get used to an exercise. Maintain the guessing game and constantly adjust F.I.T.T. Frequency,Intensity, Time and Type.
Problem 6: Over-training:
Why? When you constantly train hard all day everyday your body can’t keep up with the cellular repair and muscle repair. Our bodies rebuild at rest, and if your body can’t build lean muscle mass it can’t burn calories as efficiently.
Take sometime to recover. if you feel a burnout coming take a day or 2 off, if your already at the burnout point than take a week off of exercise(still eat healthy). it gives your body time to repair and should re-energize your zest for exercise.
7. Enhanced Physical Condition
Why? You could just be in really good shape all ready.
Solution: There isn’t one really, just keep at it, you have reached the top of the mountain and your health is at its peak. This could mean a lower resting metabolic and heart rate ( good thing). Just keep on doing what you love.
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