Ah the dreaded plateau. You’ve been dropping body fat consistently, you’re feeling great, then… it feels like progress has dropped to a crawl.
Well, wake up call, it happens to all of us. Our bodies are amazing at adapting to what we throw at them, so while there are definitely consistent things we can do, we also need to be aware of when we might need to mix things up a little.
Here are 3 reasons your progress has stalled:
Adaptation: your workout programme has got you so far BUT your body has got used to it. Programmes need to be progressive – what you found hard in week 1 won’t be hard in week 4. Weights, reps, sets, intensity need to increase so you carry on working hard. Also change up your programme every 6 to 8 weeks.
Inadequate recovery: not putting enough recovery time between heavier sessions means you end up working against your body. Also check you’re refuelling at the right time, with the right kind of foods to support the training you’re doing.
Stress: look at factors in your life that are causing stress. Most of us tend to underestimate the physical effects of cortisol – namely fatigue and fat storage. Make sure you’re doing your mental reps to help manage stress.
I’d love to hear if you’ve experienced any of these and what you did to move through it?