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70% of the adult population in the U.S. weighs more than health professionals would recommend and chances are they ...
70% of the adult population in the U.S. weighs more than health professionals would recommend and chances are they don’t like it much. So what do they do? Enroll in a gym and start working out. Unfortunately, sometimes workouts don’t seem to work out. Most people would just throw in the towel in frustration, but that is the worst possible plan for passing a plateau.
Here’s what to do when workouts don’t give you the results you’re looking for.
If you’ve set realistic goals and have been faithful to your regimen, you may be suffering from weight loss ennui. The human body is designed to keep calories, not burn them. When you do the same exercises over and over again, your physiology adjusts to the workload and settles into an equilibrium so that you neither gain nor lose weight.
Alternate exercises often so you use different muscles, constantly keeping your body in a state of flux. You can also increase the number of reps or the weight, depending on what you are aiming for. That way, your body is trying to keep up with the changes, rather than regulating the balance.
You should also focus on exercises that work your whole body, or even engage in sports training to keep from getting bored.
You should integrate breaks in your workout cycle, but avoid resting too long. If your body gets a chance to settle back into equilibrium, then you won’t get as high a burn when you resume your workout. Keep breaks between 30 seconds to a minute. Two minutes max. Just enough to catch your breath without your muscles cooling down.
You should understand that just because you worked out doesn’t mean you can pig out. It is natural to get hungry after a good workout, but make sure that you eat less than what you burn if your goal is weight loss. If you’re hungry even after reaching your limit for that meal, fill in the gaps with zero calorie foods like lettuce, asparagus, celery, cranberries, strawberries, or plain old H2O.
You should understand that reaching fitness goals isn’t easy; otherwise it wouldn’t be a billion dollar industry. Don’t give in to frustration at the first hint of a plateau. Identify what you may be doing wrong, take a deep breath, and climb to even greater heights.