Many of us have ditched the processed junk foods and started eating healthy meals at home and work. These are powerful first steps that make a profound impact. We have even experienced some significant improvements at the start, but then comes the plateau!
So, what’s going on?
Eating clean is extremely important when crafting a healthier lifestyle, but there could be some non-food related reasons why you’re improvements may have stalled.
Being too focused on the scale
When you feel like you’re doing all the right things, it can be frustrating not to see or feel any improvements — try not to get discouraged, though. We tend to measure our success by the number staring back at us on our scale, which is NOT an effective way to gauge our progress.
With things like fluid fluctuations and building muscle, the scale can be deceptive. It is most practical and accurate to assess our growth by how we feel and how our clothes are fitting.
Don’t let the scale tell you how you’re feeling; you are far more than that number.
I advise my clients to only weigh in ONE time weekly, at the same time and on the same day to get more accurate information.
If you’re eating healthy and not engaging in a regular exercise of some sort, you will likely hit that plateau. While eating clean is a crucial piece of staying healthy, exercise is equally necessary to achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself. You don’t need to workout in the gym for an hour every day if you don’t want to but at the very least, walk briskly for 20 to 30 minutes each day. Find the exercise that fits into your schedule and that you enjoy the most. My clients know to mix things up and make sure PLAY is a part of their fitness routine!
Exercising too much
Yes, there has to be balance with exercise. If you don’t exercise enough, it’s not ideal — but if you exercise too much it causes stress and impairs your adrenal hormone production. So if you’re working out too much in hopes to reach your goals faster, take a couple of days off and reevaluate your workout routine for better results. Change things out with yoga and weights instead. Contrary to what you might think, weights are an important part of an exercise that will help you build a stronger body, even when your body is at rest.
You’re still drinking sugar
This has a huge impact!
Sure, you eat salads and veggies and healthy meals all day long but your morning coffee is filled with cream and sugar, or you’re drinking fruit juices or soda.
If this is a struggle, make it a goal this week to begin making some changes in this area. If your drink of choice is sweet or contains chemical sweeteners, begin trading water in for your beverage of choice until you stop experiencing cravings for that sweetened drink.
It will happen, I assure you!
Try flavored sparkling water to satisfy the bubbly craving, or infuse your water with fruit to add some flavor.
One thing I’ve caught myself doing in my personal experience is fooling myself into believing fruit juice is fine as long as it is organic!
This is simply not true when it comes to reducing glucose and maintaining my weight, health and energy levels!
So when you feel like you’re stuck in a rut, re-evaluate your daily habits that may be hindering your progress.
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