There is nothing more frustrating than to try and try your best and you’re losing weight and then everything stops. Before you throw in the towel please realize that weight loss takes work and it’s not perfect.
If you have been cutting calories and exercising and you’re not losing the pounds the way you have been, then you have probably plateaued.
This blog I briefly want to discuss rest, chillin’ and sleep. Sounds nice for parts of losing weight, right?
Now, I like to rest. It gives me energy. I mend when I rest. If you are into exercise of any type now, you should be giving your various muscle groups rest.
Rest: Allow 1-2 days of rest between working muscle groups. This has to do with your strength training sessions and tiny little tears happening in your muscles. You have to give them a chance to repair. If you don’t you will actually get weaker which is the opposite of your goal and a common plateau causing-causing culprit.
Chill: Be sure to do a serious cool down. Research has shown this is as beneficial as a work out. A proper cool down will help your muscle repair faster. Have you ever heard of lactic acid, well cool down reduce the amount of acid in your muscles.
Sleep: I love to sleep and so do my muscles. That’s when a significant amount of repair takes place. A lack of sleep and obesity is very very common. There have been a lot of studies related to this. I will talk about that in future blogs. So be sure to get 7-8 hours of sleep each day, consistently through the week and weekends.
In my next blog and final one for now on plateaus, I want to tell you about muscle memory. Come to find out your muscles probably are better at remembering than you are.
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