Weight Management

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What do I do if I hit a diet plateau?

Weight Management

Trying to lose a few extra pounds you packed on during the holidays? You've tried cutting calories, eating smaller portions and even eliminated all junk food from your diet but those stubborn pounds just won't go away. You've reached the dreaded “diet plateau,” which usually happens after your body adjusts to a decreased calorie intake.

Diet alone will not eliminate those few extra pounds around your middle. If you want a way to keep off the pounds permanently and revitalize your diet, you must develop a regular fitness workout routine. Exercise helps you burn off extra calories that would otherwise be stored as fat.

Most fitness articles recommend moderate cardio for 30 to 40 minutes four times a week to burn fat and keep the weight off, but the amount of exercise varies according to your size and weight goals. If you are trying to lose weight you will need to work out more than if you are trying to maintain your weight. If you have been working out regularly and aren't seeing results, increase the intensity and frequency of your workouts. Switch up your workout routine so you are using different muscle groups. Try a new weight machine, or go for a swim instead of using the treadmill.

   

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