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How to break through a weight-loss plateau

By: Chad Ruf, Director of Personal Training

Hello everyone and welcome to week four of the Lose Weight Challenge.  It is at this point in the challenge that you may be experiencing a plateau.  You’ve probably lost the most weight in week one and have been slowing down ever since then.  You are probably losing anywhere from 1 to 2 pounds per week or you have stopped losing weight all together.  Now what?  What do you do to break the barrier and get through that weight loss wall? Here are some tips and tricks to get you through your barrier and to the end of the Lose Weight Challenge:

1) Do something different - When you hit a plateau your body has become used to the same workout or same routine and is not responding in the same way.  It has hit a “maintenance” level.  Most likely the amount of calories you are burning are equal to the amount of calories you are taking in.  You have to make a change in this equation.  You can either increase the amount of calories you burn through cardiovascular exercise and weight training or you can consume fewer calories through your diet.  Based on the law of thermodynamics if you are taking in less calories than you are burning you should lose weight.   Therefore, it should be a simple fix to make an adjustment on either end of the spectrum.  Eat less or work-out more!

2) Try a detox - If you didn’t begin your weight loss challenge with a detox, try doing a detox now.  It isn’t too late to clean your body out of all of the toxins and sodium that are making you hold on to excess water or fat.  Try TrueDETOX from Truestar Health.  This is a 10 day detox in which you take one packet three times a day prior to meals.  This should help “clean-out” your system and give you a 2 – 5 pound boost in your weight loss program.  Just remember that this isn’t a long term solution but only a plateau breaker if in fact you didn’t start your program with a detox.  Most people do a detox twice a year for weight loss or health reasons.  

3) Water - Drink water to lose excess water.   There are a lot of people who drink less water to dehydrate themselves to lose weight.  What really happens is your body holds on to excess water to survive instead of eliminating it.  Make sure you are drinking at least eight 8 oz. glasses of water per day and even more if you are exercising. The water you drink will actually flush excess water out of your system and will also eliminate toxins in your body. Try having water right next to you throughout the day so it is the main thing you grab when you get thirsty.  Drink a lot of water to lose excess water.

Try following the above tips this week and best of luck as you enter the final three weeks of the challenge!