Have you reached a point where you’re not losing weight anymore?
Sometimes you can reach a weight-loss plateau and where you might have shed weight initially but are now experiencing little or no weight-loss.
But fret not as there are a few simple things you can do kick start your metabolism once again.
Firstly, you might want to look at increasing your exercise intensity. If possible, try increasing your work-outs by one to two days and add some resistance training.
Studies show that resistance training promotes muscle mass which in turn encourages weight loss.
Another tip is to start tracking everything you eat. Sometimes we can snack mindlessly and be adding calories to our day without realising.
Even a few extra crackers and cheese can hinder your weight loss goals.
Also tracking your day on what you’re drinking too is crucial to managing your weight loss. Drinking alcohol can add sneaky extra calories as can fizzy drinks, fruit juice or milky tea and coffees.
Researchers have found that even if you think you are consuming 1,200 calories a day, you may actually be eating or drinking a lot more if you are not tracking your exact intake.
Intermittent fasting is also a good way to keep your metabolism in check. Studies show that if you give your body between a 12-16 hour fast then you can help your digestive system work much more effectively and also control how much you are eating.
Studies have shown that intermittent fasting can promote 3-8 per cent weight-loss over a three-week period.
Increasing your fibre intake may also help assist in weight loss. Fibre helps slow down the movement of food in your digestive tract meaning you feel satiated for longer and less likely to snack.
Lastly make sure you are getting plenty of sleep and have time to unwind after a stressful day. Lack of sleep and stress is known to raise cortisol levels which can make us eat more and ultimately put on weight.