Saturday, April 14, 2012
Plateaus are so discouraging. Even though I ate within what I thought was my appropriate caloric range and met my fitness plan minutes, I was not losing weight. I decided to do something about it.
First, I began to read up on my Basal Metabolic Rate (BMR). I tried a lot of different BMR calulators to see how many calories my body consumes daily doing normal activities. My BMR was 1845, but I was only eating 1500 calories a day with exercise. So, I adjusted my fitness plan and my calories increased to 1700-2025 daily. If you are like me, you are probably hesitant to eat more food to try and lose weight for fear of actually gaining weight, but it actually works. Just remember to burn as many calories as indicated in your fitness plan.
Secondly, I began to study my fitness plan. Most of my workouts consisted of walking several miles in the park. I began to read SP articles about fitness, and discovered that I needed to change two things about my fitness routine-- incorporate strength training and increase my heart rate during exercise. I already had a workout routine from previously having had a personal trainer, so I went back to it. It definitely kicks my butt! :-)
Now, after a 4 week plateau, I am over the hump! I have finally began to shed pounds again with a 2 pound loss this week! Woo Hoo!!! I averaged 1873 calories of food this week and burned 2226 calories doing the circuit routine. Now that I know what works for me, I can keep at it and continue to progress.
What works for you? What have you done to successfully overcome a plateau? If you are having a plateau now, what might you do differently?