What To Do When You Plateau 0
in Fit on the Side Weight Loss

What To Do When You Plateau

what to do when you plateau

What to do when you plateau. So you’ve been working out regularly and you’re eating well and you’ve been losing weight and getting stronger and now all of a sudden, it feels like you hit a wall. Everything seems stop dead in its tracks and you are frustrated and ready to give up. It’s happened to all of us and it can be an extremely frustrating moment in your journey to health.


Is it really a plateau? After the initial honeymoon period is over and your progress has slowed down and maybe you’ve even (gulp!) put on a pound a or two, you might be thinking you have plateaued. The truth is that if you are doing everything right, chances are you are still losing weight, but perhaps at a slower place. If you stay on track then your weight loss will accelerate again as your body adjusts to this new way of life.

Start your food journal. It’s time to check-in and be honest with yourself. Are you snacking just a little bit more? Or maybe you are letting your diet (aka healthy meals) slide a little. One extra glass of wine is a non issue, right? Go back to the basics and start writing down every food that touches those lips and yes, that includes liquids.

Re-asses how much you are trying to lose. The truth is that it’s harder to lose the last 10 lbs when you are in a healthy range than the first 10lbs when you are overweight. When you are in this range, you’ll need to approach fat loss in a different way. Your body will be hanging on to calories and it’s vital that you don’t start eating even less or your metabolism will go into starvation mode and you might even gain weight. Make sure that you are eating enough to fuel your needs.

Re-vamp your workout.  How do you get better at something? You do it over and over again. That’s exactly what happens when you work out, your muscles become more and more efficient at getting stronger.  This is the ideal time to try something new or to simply change up your workout. Aim for a few more reps or add some weight or try a different cardio routine and up the intensity. It’s also a good idea to pay attention to what you are doing outside of your gym. If you have a sedentary job, make an effort to get up and move every few hours.

Get enough rest. It’s hard to shift your mindset when you are feeling energized and good about yourself. Chances are you might actually be pushing too hard. Take a day off, do some yoga or stretching and make sure that you are getting enough sleep. Rest is just as important as work for your muscles as they need the recovery time to repair themselves. Also, not getting enough sleep means that you might start to overeat and you won’t be able to train as properly. So you see, getting rest is a win, win, win situation.

Get yourself checked out. I’m adding this tip because if you find that you are really and truly doing everything right and you find that you aren’t losing any weight and maybe have gained a pound or two it’s probably a safe bet to get yourself checked out. From a very personal standpoint, I had this exact thing happen to me and it turned out that it was my thyroid. So no matter how hard I was working, my body just wasn’t responding.

what to do when you plateau

So if you are embarking on a new diet or fitness regime, the key is to anticipate that you will have a dip or slow down in your progress. Don’t let this derail you and instead, focus on the small things that are happening and let it empower you to work a little harder to get past the slowdown and to keep moving forward.

What do you do when you plateau?
For more don’t forget to follow me on INSTAGRAM and PINTEREST



Caroline has been dancing ballet and modern for most of her life. She has worked as an indoor rock climbing instructor, personal trainer and most recently, a top level, fully certified Pilates instructor teaching high profile athletes and Hollywood celebrities.

Latest posts by Caroline (see all)

    You Might Also Like

    Tips On Working Out In Summer Months

    Best Complimentary Activity For Your Workout.

    Why Exercise Is Good For Your Skin

    The Importance Of Stretching In Style

    How To Keep Your Diet On Track

    4 Ways To Turn Your Walk Into A Workout

    Best Arm Exercises For Summer 2015

    Why Do We Focus On Weight

    FitWise A Sneak Peek

    Why You Are Not Losing Weight

    Fitness Myths Debunked

    10 Easy Ways To Get More Fit

    September Ab Challenge Week Two

    The Truth About Abs

    Losing Weight In 2017

    5 Stretches To Do Before Bed

    What You Should Know About Fitness

    Why What You Wear To The Gym Matters

    Top 10 Songs For The Gym

    Which Style Of Yoga Is Best For You

    Benefits Of Walking

    Get Fit While Watching TV

    How To Incorporate Pilates Into Everyday

    All About Your Knees

    What To Eat Before A Party

    How Important Is A Warmup

    Frequently Asked Fitness Questions

    September Ab Challenge Week Four

    How To Work With A Personal Trainer

    Why Is Sitting Too Much So Bad

    Best Stretches Pre And Post Swim

    Best Exercises If You Are On Your Feet All Day

    How To Be A Better Athlete

    Eat Carbs And Lose Weight

    How To Buy The Best Running Shoes

    How To Improve Your Posture

    Foot And Ankle Exercises

    High Impact VS Low Impact

    How To Actually Lose Weight

    Sports Drinks VS Water

    Muscle Imbalances And Upper Body Pain

    September Ab Challenge Recap

    The Importance Of Cross Training

    Ultimate Foot Guide And How To Relieve Foot Pain

    Great Metabolism Myths

    How To Come Back After An Injury

    FitWise Straight Talk About Getting Fit And Healthy

    Morning Stretches True North Fitness Guide

    How To Strengthen Your Bones

    Cute Workout Gear For Every Body Shape

    Everything You Need To Be A Runner

    Can Food Really Burn Fat

    How To Relieve Joint Pain

    Everyone Can Learn To Love Exercise

    How To Make A Short Workout Count

    How To Increase Your Bust Size

    How Breathing Can Improve Your Workout

    The Only Diet You Need Is Balance

    Caffeine And Working Out

    Your Workout Motivation

    Summer Health And Beauty

    How To Eat Healthy Without Trying

    Urban Hiking The New Workout

    7 Healthy Morning Habits for Looking And Feeling Your Best

    Fitness Fanatics Shopping Guide

    Traveling With A Sensitive Stomach

    How To Buy Workout Clothes

    Diet Foods To Avoid

    Tips For Getting Back To The Gym

    Killer Abs Ball Workout

    Pros And Cons Of The Elliptical

    A Fool Proof Easy Way To Lose Weight

    How To Get A Shapely Butt

    Post Workout Beauty Hacks

    Wrist Exercises For Bloggers

    How To Know If You Are Exercising Too Much

    Running Outdoors in Winter

    Your At Home Workout Routine

    Best Travel Workout

    How To Deal With Muscle Cramps

    Best Headphones For Working Out

    Best Low Impact Workouts

    How To Feel Good About Your Body

    Is Training Harder Better

    How To Make Exercise A Habit

    Treadmill Running Charts

    6 Tips To Stop Bloating

    How To Have Energy After Lunch

    How To Feel Confident About Your Diet

    Stay Fit And Healthy For The Holidays

    Home Gym Must Haves

    Why Should You Meditate

    What Is The Deal With All These Diets

    Ballet Inspired Leg Workout

    Yoga VS Pilates Which One Is For You

    Exercise And Your Skin

    7 Times It Is Okay To Skip A Workout

    Working Out Diet And Your Period

    Best Recipes For Food Sensitivities

    How To Alleviate Back Pain

    Succeed At Working Out

    How To Become A Runner

    How To Increase Your Endurance

    Why You Shouldn’t Weigh Yourself

    No Gym Arm Workout

    How To Incorporate Exercise Into Everyday

    How To Ease Sciatic Pain

    Best Stretches For Runners

    Can I Lose Weight And Still Eat Sweets

    What If I Hate The Gym

    Muscle Imbalance And Knee Pain

    Are you Over Exercising

    How To Start Running

    8 Ways To Learn To Love Running

    5 Day Workout Plan Part 2

    Why Your Workout Suddenly Feels Hard

    Get Fit The Easy Way

    How to Stick With Your Diet When No One Wants You To

    5 Day Workout Plan Part 1

    How To Speed Up Weight Loss

    How To Curb Emotional Eating

    What To Eat Pre And Post Workout

    How To Deal With Bloating

    5 Daily Habits That Hurt Your Health

    20 Minute Workout From FitWise

    How To Love Your Body

    How To Keep Gym Clothes Fresh

    Must Do Morning Stretches

    Your Must Do Morning Workout

    Why Not Drinking Enough Water Can Make You Fat

    Best Stretches For Relaxation

    Why Is Exercise So Important

    Muscle Pain VS Injury

    The Truth About Protein Shakes

    Best Warmup For Your Workout

    How To Stay Healthy For The Holidays

    Shoulder Stretches

    Is Running Bad For Your Knees

    Should I Use A Heart Rate Monitor

    When You Don’t Have Time To Workout

    Best Exercises If You Do Manual Labour

    How To Detox Your Body Naturally

    What Is Your Perfect Workout

    11 Most Common Workout Mistakes

    Lean Greens Review

    What To Look For In A Smoothie

    Your Guide To Killer Abs

    How To Wear Athleisure

    Your Summer Fitness Guide

    Killer Foam Roller Ab Workout

    How To Maximize Your Gym Time

    Talk Fitness With An Expert

    How To Stay Healthy While Traveling

    How To Easily Get Fit And Healthy

    How To Workout In The Morning

    How To Choose A Personal Trainer

    Health Fitness And My Thyroid

    At Home Quickstart Workout

    Free Weights VS Machines

    Best Exercises For A Desk Job

    My Gym Bag Essentials

    Top 5 Fitness Posts of 2015

    Fitness Terms You Should Know

    20 Minute Workout By FitWise

    Best Gifts For The Fitness Lover

    Why You Are Doing Your Ab Workout All Wrong

    Why You Should Take A Dance Class Now

    How To Treat Sore Muscles

    6 Best Exercises For Runners

    Toning VS Bulking Up

    Pocket Fitness Guides

    5 Cardio Myths Debunked

    Why You Need To Cool Down Post Workout

    How To Deal With A Bad Workout

    Hit The Gym In Style

    Cold Weather And Muscle Pain

    Why Should Women Lift Weights

    All About Pilates

    Beginners Guide To Gym Equipment Part 1

    September Ab Challenge Week One

    What Happens To Your Body When You Stop Exercising

    A Beginners Guide To Gym Equipment Part 2

    Stretching Mistakes You Might Be Making

    Best Exercises To Tone Your Glutes

    How Much Weight Can You Lose In A Month

    Run Better With These Easy Tips

    Theraband Workout

    Underactive Thyroid And Weight Loss

    Should You Exercise When You Are Sick

    How To Get Your Diet Back On Track

    September Ab Challenge Week Three

    Is being thin enough

    How To Boost Your Metabolism

    How To Cut 500 Calories A Day Without Exercise

    Working Out After 40

    Natural Energy Drinks

    Ballet For Fitness: Is Back In Style

    How To Feel Confident When Working Out

    Losing Weight In Your 40s

    5 Best Abdominal Exercises

    What To Do Post Workout

    Why Do I Need To Stretch My Calves

    Do I Really Need To Workout

    The Basics Of Hip Stretches

    Best Foods To Give You Energy

    Diet And Fitness Tips You Need To Ignore

    How To Stay Healthy In Winter

    October Fashion Beauty And Fitness Picks

    Tips On Getting And Staying Fit In 2016

    How To Increase Flexibility

    Best Exercises For a Toned Back

    What Is Pilates

    Is CrossFit Right For You

    How To Choose The Best Running Shoes

    Muscle Imbalance And Back Pain

    Best Stretches If You Sit At A Desk All Day

    Foods That Reduce Stress

    When To Listen To Your Body

    How To Maintain Weight Loss

    Leave a Reply

    Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

    By continuing to use the site, you agree to the use of cookies. more information

    The cookie settings on this website are set to "allow cookies" to give you the best browsing experience possible. If you continue to use this website without changing your cookie settings or you click "Accept" below then you are consenting to this.