Perhaps you have finally achieved a goal weight and now you want to maintain that weight. Perhaps you are at a weight loss stall and want to move forward. Perhaps you’ve put on a few pounds and can’t quite figure out why. This could be a good time to evaluate your eating habits. Read, “Bad Eating Habits that Cause Weight Gain.”
Weight Loss Stall
Weight loss stall is nothing more than reaching a plateau that you cannot overcome despite your efforts. While this is frustrating, it is also normal. It is going to take more than the standard calories in calories out approach to overcome a weight loss plateau. Here are a few tricks to break a weight loss stall.
Tips for Breaking a Weight Loss Stall
Consider the following good habits to determine if you are eating as responsibly as you could be.
1. Are you eating regular meals? If you follow a meal schedule, you will refrain from binging or eating to excess when you do sit down for a meal.
2. Skipping meals is never a good idea. You could very well find yourself feeling a bit lightheaded and weak. Skipping meals can also contribute to low blood sugar. The result of this is usually binge eating and food cravings.
3. As you have probably heard innumerable times, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. After eight hours or more without food, the brain and muscles need energy to function. Eating breakfast also helps control body weight as it prevents people from overeating at other meals.
4. Regulating portion sizes is an adjustment that you might need to make if you are trying to lose weight. There is no need to downsize to birdlike helpings, but make sure that you are not consuming more calories than you burn.
5. Make sure you get enough sleep. A full night’s rest is important for losing body fat because it resets hormones. Even modest sleep loss increases the stress hormone cortisol and can lead to body fat build up around the midsection.
6. Stay hydrated. The body craves food even when it is only mildly dehydrated. Try to drink 80-100 fluid ounces each day as well as replacing fluids that are lost during activity. Read, “Drinking Water for Weight Loss.”
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