What To Do When The Pounds Won’t Budge

September 13

You’ve been dieting and exercising for weeks but you’ve barely lost any weight, or worse, you lost weight in the beginning but now all of a sudden the only thing you seem to be losing is time! If this has ever happened to you, then you know how frustrating it is. It can even cause a woman to lose her motivation for fitness.

It’s hard to devote all that precious time to something that doesn’t produce results. With the busy schedules that most of us manage, we really don’t have any time to waste. But giving up on exercise is not the solution. There is a way to blast those pounds away and at the same time pump a little life into your fitness routine.

If you have been keeping a fitness journal, it will be easy to determine when you reached this plateau in your weight loss plan. If you’ve been eating more but not increasing your physical activity, you may even begin to gain weight. With your fitness journal these signs will be easy to detect.

Even if you haven’t been keeping a journal, there is still a way to get your weight loss back on track. Try taking your current workout to the next level by adding weights to your exercises. Just 1 or 2 lb dumbbells can do the trick. This small amount of resistance will make your muscles work harder and burn more calories. But don’t add so much weight that you feel pain in your joints. As you get accustomed to the extra resistance, you can gradually increase the amount of weight if you feel the need.

To get dynamic results in a quick amount of time, you can mix strength training and aerobic exercise for maximum burn. After completing the recommended sets of an exercise, without resting go quickly into an aerobic exercise like running in place. Intertwine the two types of exercises, to get the most out of your muscles, but don’t do it every day.

Add bits of physical activity to your day by taking the stairs, parking further away, going for an evening walk with family members, friends, or your dog. Every step counts, so stay as active as you can. Remember, the more developed your muscles, the more fat you’ll burn, even when you are sitting around.

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One Comment

  1. It is so hard to stay motivated when you reach a plateau! Usually any change you can introduce into your routine, especially adding even a little bit more activity to your day, will get you started again.

  2. Deb on 09/13/2010 at 9:16 am

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