The most important thing to do when a plateau hits is not to get discouraged. Don't give up and don't give in to feelings of failure; it's temporary. Work harder. Add intervals to your cardio routine. Make sure you're tracking everything you eat and staying within your limits. Try calorie cycling but in a healthy way.
Here's a link to an informative article about calorie cycling. Copy and paste into your browser to access it. Hope it helps!
I'm at a plateau this week, but I haven't been exercising much because I've got a cold, so I'm taking it a bit easier. Hopefully that will mean that when I get back to my routine, my body will not remember we use to exercise that much!
For the last plateau, I switched from swimming to walking for a few days, then I went back to swimming (which I prefer this time of year in Florida), and that did the trick.
The biggest thing is to switch it up, with both exercise and diet. Your body might be getting used to your workout, so vary it. Something as simple as changing your inclide or speed on the treadmill can make a difference. Or try new forms of exercise. Your body will get used to your routine, and adapt so its not long as much of a challenge, so switch things up a bit.
One thing that helped me as far as diet was having a high calorie day followed by a low calorie day (for me it was 1600 then 1200). This shakes up your metabolism. Some people do this all the time, a method called zig-zagging that always keeps the body guessing and your metabolism up.
There are also some great articles on Spark about breaking through a plateau, "Plateau Busters" I think, search for that and you should find them. Hope that helps!!
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