Many of us have the belief that, when beginning a dietary lifestyle, the pounds will come of and stay off. By cutting selected foods out of our life, we tell ourselves that we will become healthier, happier, and thinner. The truth is, we need to do things differently at different times, to keep getting results. It’s not only about food. It’s about being healthy. And that includes exercise along with everything else.
So, here you are. You made some sort of dietary lifestyle change. Whether you are fully gluten free. Vegan. Vegetarian. Macrobiotic. Whatever. If you don’t live a fully balanced life, even a partially balanced life, your health will never be ideal. And even with living a fully balanced life, you health will probably need some help at times. Changing your diet, the food you eat, is not the only thing you need to do…and I say that from experience. When you cut certain food out of your life…especially gluten-filled food, sugar, certain meats, dairy….you are definitely going to drop a substantial amount of weight. However, after a while, your body will adjust, and the weight will even out and will stop coming off. What do you do then?
The first thing you don’t do is freak out. It’s normal. Initally, when you stopped eating certain foods, your body went into shock. And it reacted. After a while, that shock became the norm. So you need to shock it again. I learned, over the course of 8 years since going gluten free, that I need to incorporate so much more into my life other than just living a gluten free, dairy free, pescatarian lifestyle (I’m fun to go out with). That’s when I decided that I needed to really introduce fitness into my life. And in many different ways. Here’s the thing, if you do the same exercise, the same way, everyday or even every other day, like anything else, your body is going to adjust. It will find its happy place and stay there, stationed in a plateau. Remember when I talked about shocking your system? That’s where this comes in.
Here are 5 things you can do to really shock your system and help you lose the pounds that are staying on…and lose them in a healthy way:
- Find a new workout. If you are a runner, run 3 days a week, do strength training with weights 2 days a week (muscle burns fat), and one day of a different type of cardio, like dancing, kick-boxing, .
- Do a cleanse. I am not talking about a cleanse that includes pills and starvation. Do a cleanse that has you eating clean, and eating real food.
- Create new recipes or find new recipes that accommodate your lifestyle and will fit into your health plans.
- Surround yourself with like-minded people and create an accountability group. There is nothing like the support of others to hold you accountable for your actions.
It doesn’t take much to get your body moving in over-drive again. You just need to re-commit to something different in addition to your dietary lifestyle. Your body needs a re-adjustment, if you will. Your metabolism has to be jump started and then the changes will start to be seen again. Don’t lose hope, or get frustrated, or give up completely. This is normal. You just need to understand the changes needed, take action and see for yourself what you are truly capable of doing…again.