One thing stands between you and the shredded physique of your dreams—your body fat. The more fit you become, the harder it is to get lean. The techniques that worked for you at the start of your fitness journey slowly become less effective. This isn’t because you’re slacking off; it’s quite the opposite. Your body has adjusted to its new normal. If you want to break through your fat loss plateau, you need to refine your strategy. Why a fat loss plateau occurs Before you can blast through your fat loss plateau, there’s a few things you must understand. These plateaus can occur for one of the following reasons:
- Inconsistency: If you skip a workout each week, that’s one less opportunity you have to burn calories. You must expend more calories than you consume. This is tough to do if you aren’t sticking to your routine.
- Lack of intensity: Don’t treat yourself with kid gloves. Going light on the weights or cutting back on HIIT sessions also reduces your chances to burn fat.
- Skipping recovery: Your recovery is just as important as your workout. If you aren’t getting enough sleep, stretching or foam rolling, or drinking enough water, you aren’t giving your body the fuel it needs to bounce back and keep burning.
- Diet missteps: Failing to track your caloric intake can lead to overeating. Also, having cheat meals too often can easily bump up your numbers. And, skipping out on pre- and post-workout nutrition could lead your body to burn muscle for fuel—instead of fat.