Remember the body's goal is to move toward a state of homeostasis or balance, therefore over time the body needs to expend less calories today than it did when you first started. This is why every 4-6 weeks, you may need to shake up your exercise routine just a smidgen.
And the four ways to do this are...FIT and recovery.
Frequency-adding more days for working out. For example if you work out 4 days a week try adding another day.
Intensity-going faster or at a greater incline in the same period of time that you have been doing your exercise.
Time-going for a little more than your body has adapted to...you don't have to do this at every workout, just a few more minutes twice a week if you don't want to add any more intensity to what you are currently doing.
Lastly, increasing your recovery time between your workouts-in other words walk on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, take Thursday off, walk Friday and Saturday take Sunday off.
And don't forget to change modalities. If you use the elliptical every week, try using the treadmill or going for a nice brisk walk.
Never underestimate the need for strength training, especially as we grow older. The body naturally loses lean body mass as we age, therefore if we are not building this all important tissue, over time our body will need fewer calories to function since lean body mass is the body's metabolically active tissue.
And make sure you are tracking your nutrition and that you are eating within your calorie range. Eating a lot less than the body requires will only cause the body to be forced to function on fewer calories. The goal in losing weight is to have a slight caloric deficit from our diets and a caloric expenditure from exercise. And know that you do not have to lose weight every week to be making those all-important positive changes to a healthier you.
I hope this helps!
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