It happens to all of us at some point… You seemingly have the ability to lose weight super fast, magically shedding pounds like Kanye West shedding his credibility.
You try a bunch of lose weight diets and stick to a stringent routine which all make you lose weight easy… for a while. Then suddenly, without warning, you hit a fat loss wall. It’s commonly called a plateau, but that’s a little bit fancy — so lets run with wall.
As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, the human body is one smart son-of-a-b*tch. It will quickly wisen up to your fat loss strategy in a heart beat sending you into a spin of confusion leading to sleepless nights and countless trips to the fridge at 3am.
Without giving you a science lesson (as lord knows, I’m not qualified), the human body is rigged for survival. It has a whole bunch of self-defence mechanisms built into it to prevent pain, cold temperatures, death and ultimately too much fat loss. One of these mechanisms flicks on causing your body to store fat as a ‘reserve’ just in case the chips are down, you lose your job and you have to start eating your own butt-cheeks to survive.
Here are 5 things that are making your belly fat hard to lose…
#5 Not mixing it up enough
You need to trick your body into action. It’ll notice that you’re running endlessly on the treadmill each and every day and start saying things like “WTF!” and “EPIC FAIL LMAO!” and all sorts of groovy internet acronyms. All your body wants to do is hold onto that precious fat you keep going out of your way to lose.
#4 Forgetting to constantly adjust
You need to change up your diet/routine on a monthly basis, and then as you near your fat-loss goals, you then need to adjust weekly and even daily just to really shock the system into handing over another pound of flesh (or fat if you like). Make no mistake, losing fat IS hard. Noone gets lean from NOT training their butt off, eating properly or forgetting to sleep.
You need to train, adjust, train, adjust and keep on doing so until you reach your goal body fat level. There is no sure fire technique that will work ALL the time EVERY time.
#3 Neglecting your diet
One of the BIGGEST mistakes we make, is to put so little focus into what we eat. We train like a bitch, then order a hamburger with a side of fries all the time wondering why our spare tyre has become a spare tractor-wheel.
If fatloss is your goal, you need to take control of what you keep shoving into your pie-hole. If you sort this part out, your goal weight and body fat level will become exponentially easier to reach.
#2 Giving up
It’s the easiest thing to do. You hit the wall, and you aren’t even losing a pound a fortnight anymore. Worse than this, the leaner you are the harder it is to lose fat.
First thought is “Bugger it, I tried my best. I’ll just go back to how I was before. Cuddly, festively plump and king of the pie-eaters”. It doesn’t need to be that way. Just realise that we are all in the same boat. We all stall, fail and have to continuously re-think our fat-loss strategy.
#1 Not trying something completely different
We often get so set in our ways, that we a scared of trying a new technique. It could be as simple as: don’t have salad dressing today or maybe introduce a day of fasting. Eat one serving for dinner instead of two then maybe add 5 minutes to your HIIT sprinting routine. It’s the little things that matter- they all add up to a mountain of fast fat loss at the end of the day.
Editor’s note: We all hit a fat loss plateau at some point. What techniques do you use to bust through it when trying to reach low body fat levels? Comment below.