Congratulations on continuing your weight loss journey! It’s been hard, we know. You gave up your favorite snacks (goodbye Cheetos!) and started opting for healthier alternatives (do Trader Joe’s cheese puffs count?). Maybe you even cut out soda and have watched those pounds drop.
When you added exercise to the mix, you became unstoppable—a force to be reckoned with. However, months have gone by and you’re starting to notice that the pounds are dropping slower..or even worse, not all. You opt for healthy meals and spend extra time in the gym and yet that scale won’t budge.
It’s stressful, we get it, but hitting a weight-loss plateau is unfortunately inevitable. Don’t worry! We can try to help you through it with some tips.
- Stay consistent!
This is a big turning point in the weight loss journey. Even though you may not see the results, don’t give up!
- Make sure you’re catching those Z’s.
Good sleeping habits are paramount for weight loss. So, don’t let the stress keep you up at night. In fact, studies have shown that people who sleep less than seven hours per night have a harder time losing weight and actually gain more weight over time.
- Build muscle.
Introduce strength-training into your workout routine. An increase in muscle helps you burn more calories. If you haven’t already started, it’s time to hit those weights.
- Support your metabolism and nutrition.
Maybe the solution to your problem is inside your body. Many people don’t know about the “Skinny Hormone” aka adiponectin. This hormone can help maximize weight loss by burning stored fat. One study published in journal Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism found that rice bran helped support the production of adiponectin in a sample of human patients. (1)
Good luck on overcoming your weight loss plateau.
- Cheng, H. H., Huang, H. Y., Chen, Y. Y., Huang, C. L., Chang, C. J., Chen, H. L., & Lai, M. H. (2010). Ameliorative effects of stabilized rice bran on type 2 diabetes patients. Annals of Nutrition and Metabolism, 56(1), 45-51.