How To Recognize & Break Fitness
There’s nothing more frustrating than watching what you eat, working your ass off in the gym, and not seeing progress! First off: You’re not alone. Our bodies are tricky, and tons of us experience the same thing.
When you’re working toward any health and wellness goal, progress is usually easier at first, and then things slow down—or stop. If this is true for you, it’s probably time to pause and evaluate whether this is a plateau, or you’ve fallen off track. Either thing can be fixed!
A “plateau” can mean many things, depending on your goal. If you’ve been on a weight loss journey, losing consistently, and all of the sudden you can’t shed any more pounds, that’s likely a plateau. If you’re working toward a performance goal, you can also reach a stalemate where you can no longer increase strength or endurance. Since we’ve seen (and been asked about) more of the former, we’ll focus on weight loss plateaus in this post.
What Fitness Plateaus Really Mean
The first thing you should do when you reach a plateau in fitness is high-five yourself. Seriously. You’ve established a consistent enough rhythm and lifestyle that your body has caught up with you. It may seem like a defeat, but it’s actually the result of thousands of victories! If you hadn’t worked incredibly hard to date, this plateau wouldn’t have happened. Congrats! Now it’s time to roll up your sleeves and take a good look at the details of the habits you’ve created. Nine times out of ten, you can find a misstep along the way, or something that can be improved. So let’s do some detective work!