Many individuals find that when they first start working out they lose massive amounts of weight, build muscle quickly, and have much more energy throughout the day. However, it’s not uncommon for people to experience a plateau in their results after a few weeks or months of working out (especially in terms of weight loss). You end up working out just as hard only to see smaller and smaller gains. Here are three tips for overcoming this plateau and maximizing your results:
#1 Take a Week of Rest
Many people think you only build muscle when you work out. However, that could not be further from the truth. Your body actually builds new muscle mostly while you rest. You should consider planning a “recovery week” about once every seven or eight weeks. Make sure you get plenty of sleep during this period and eat healthy (though ideally these are things you should always be doing). With a good rest period, you’ll probably find yourself motivated, focused, and able to work out harder the following week.
#2 Switch Out Your Workouts
This tip is especially useful for individuals who are working out in order to lose weight but find that they have stopped losing weight as quickly as they’d like. Your body adapts to the workouts you do. For example, the first time you run a mile will likely be a lot harder than the tenth time you do it. Change up the workouts you do every once in awhile in order to avoid hitting a plateau.
#3 Watch Your Snacking
If you are trying to lose weight and have hit a plateau, it may be a good idea to double check how many calories you are actually consuming. You’d be surprised how easy it is to underestimate your calorie intake by overlooking a bite here and there. The calories can really start adding up. You may end up realizing that your plateau is not caused by an issue with how you work out, but rather an issue with how you eat.
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