If one of your New Year resolutions was to lose weight you will hopefully be feeling a little bit slimmer and healthier by now. To begin with you may have found the excess pounds fell away quite easily as you changed your eating habits and started a new fitness regime.
But as your body settles into your new diet and becomes accustom to your new exercise pattern you may find you hit a plateau. To get you through this inevitable stage of dieting you’ll need to make changes not only to your diet but also your fitness programme, and possible introduce some new ideas to help keep you on track.
Here’s a few top tips to help you break through that plateau.
Reducing your calorie intake to begin with is a great way to start shedding the pounds. But as your diet progresses, you’ll need to ensure that what you eat is as important as the calories you eat. If you’re eating processed foods try and replace this with fresh, whole foods like fresh vegetables, high-fibre fruit, beans and lean proteins which will help your body burn fat quicker.
If you’ve started a regular gym programme it may be time to change it up. If you’ve been going to exercise classes why not hit the gym instead? Our muscles become conditioned to the same workouts so changing things about will help your body get into a new fitness zone and therefore more likely to burn body fat. High Intensity Interval Training has been proven to burn body fat and if you have a limited time for working out, this fast and effective method of exercising could be right up your street. Read more about HIIT by following this link: https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/benefits-of-hiit
Getting enough sleep every night is vital not only for our well-being and mental health, but to also help with weight loss. If we are feeling sleep deprived, our bodies can release increased levels of cortisol, which is the stress hormone. Too much cortisol can lead to us craving high-fat, high-sodium foods as we try and soothe our minds ad cope with the stress. Cortisol can also increase the amount of body fat we store especially around the mid-rift area. To find out more about cortisol visit: https://www.webmd.com/a-to-z-guides/what-is-cortisol
A trip to your local spa will not only improve your well-being but could also aid your weight loss. If you don’t live close to a spa or would prefer to enjoy the wonderful health benefits of a hot tub in the privacy of your own home, then why not buy your own hot tub and enjoy to your hearts content from a reputable dealer like London Essex Hot Tubs. Hot tubs help to relieve stress by slowing our breathing and relaxing our muscles. As well as reducing the amount of cortisol in your body, being out in the fresh air will help your general well-being and will also help you sleep better. To summarise, being in a hot tub won’t increase how many calories you burn but the benefits in general will support and aid your weight loss plan. From inflatable models to sunken spa pools, from 6-seater hot tubs to swim spas, there’s plenty of makes and models for you to choose from!