Homeostasis. That is a fancy way to say equilibrium and that is what your body craves (more than salt and vinegar potato chips, really).
Homeostasis. That is a fancy way to say equilibrium and that is what your body craves (more than salt and vinegar potato chips, really). We humans are very adaptive creatures, and our bodies work to maintain homeostasis. This is really no big deal, unless you are trying to lose weight and then it really just translates into the word the dieter dreads – plateau.
When you hit a plateau, meaning the weight, fat, and inches are no longer coming off, you need to mix it up a bit. Change your exercise plan and pay attention, really close attention to what you are eating since your body has acclimated to your current program – it knows your number, so confuse it.
Here are a few ways to change your exercise plan:
- Try a new form of cardio exercise. If you walk, try biking. If you bike try running. If you run, try swimming. Not sure what to do? Check out these cardio workouts.
- Try interval training. Instead of climbing on the elliptical and keeping the resistance and strides per minute the same, do the hill routine, or add sprints every 2 to 10 minutes and sprint (anaerobic exercise) for 1 to 3 minutes.
If strength training is not part of your exercise plan, adding it now could be the boost you need. It builds lean muscle mass, helps to strengthen bone tissue, and can help raise your metabolic rate.
- Conversely, if you are spending 3 days a week on strength training and only 2 days doing cardio workouts, try upping the days of your cardio regimen.
If it sounds like you are trying to confuse your body, well . . . you are. By changing up your routine you might break your boredom with your workouts and your meal plans.
Stay tuned for Part Two: Moving Past the Weight Loss Plateau – Food.