In a Rut? Get Back on Track

Anyone who has ever taken up the motivation to start up a weight loss plan can tell you they started with the best of intentions. However, they can also tell you how challenging it can be to stay optimistic and motivated through the obstacles which inevitably present themselves at some point during the process. Many people get discouraged pretty quickly after seeing a lack of progress even a month after beginning their diet and exercise routines. Others throw in the towel when they’ve hit a plateau and just assume they’ll never be able to lose any more weight, even if they’re still far away from their target weight goal. These kinds of obstacles can be rough, but you should have enough faith and confidence in yourself to know you can get through those rough patches with just a little help and guidance. 

Mix Up Your Routine

Part of the problem may be the monotony of your weight-loss routine. Sometimes doing the same exercises and eating the exact same meals can bore a person to tears, to the point where they no longer get excited or motivated to continue losing weight. What also happens is the body becomes accustomed to these habits to the point where they stop being as effective. The body needs to be consistently challenged in order to keep shedding pounds, which means you should be exploring different exercise machines and routines every few weeks. Vary it up between cardio and weight training every few days, as well. As for your meals, introduce new healthy foods and spices into your diet just to keep you motivated and excited to continue eating meals that are good for you. 

Don’t Believe The Machines

As you’re breaking a sweat on the treadmill or elliptical, you’ll probably look at the numbers which tell you how many calories you’ve burned during your workout. The problem with this is that the machine is more than likely not calibrated to your unique height and weight, which means the numbers it’s providing are really just estimates at best. You may not be losing any more weight because you’re overestimating how much work you’ve been putting in at the gym. Invest in a personal monitor to really track your progress and can get the most accurate results possible. 

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