6. Some Extra Things To Try
Still not working? Here are some more things that have worked for some people:
- Get more sleep, or figure out what’s affecting your sleep quality.
- Overeat – Might sound counter-intuitive, but after a period of sustained restricted eating, a day or two of big eating might be just the ticket. However if you are a person that has problems with binging this could backfire – be careful.
- Change your goals – obsessed with the scales? Think about focusing on something else like being able to run 5km or getting stronger.
What Happened to Me…
Some of us seem to have more adaptive bodies than others.
I remember when I was eating a fairly rigid diet. I had meal plans stuck to the fridge. I counted everything I ate.
I was doing three strength training sessions per week, and as much as seven (often intense) cardio sessions a week.
After 3-4 weeks – the fat simply stopped coming off.
The frustration was enough to make me take my meal plans, screw them up and throw them away in disgust. I was furious and disappointed. I felt that I was doing everything “right”.
So what was the answer?
Chill out and back off… I was becoming obsessional. I started eating more, and gradually reduced my cardio levels. I gave my body and mind a break. In the process I have learned to eat more intuitively.
The funny thing is, even though I went onto lose a bit more fat, I found I no longer cared. It all seemed like vanity to me.
Every person is unique, and we must learn how our individual body responds – and how to work with that.
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