I have tried and tested many different diets before I discovered the importance of physical exercise on a daily basis.
About two months ago I started the 60 Day 6 Pack program and started to achieve rapid results and a total body slim down in just 60 days.
After the sixty days I found that my body hit a brick wall, a plateau! To beat this I came up with several different nutrition strategies for improving my abs, and I apply these in my life on a daily basis.
1. Don’t Give Up!
This is probably the most important step to continue working towards your fitness and health goals. Often times, when we hit that plateau, we become frustrated, stressed and irritated with our efforts, exercise routines and eating habits. It is very important to keep your high energy levels and to stay positive.
In order to continue working toward your weight loss and fitness goals you need to have a positive frame of mind. Remember, anything is possible if you stay determined and committed!
2. Keep a Food Journal
I cannot begin to stress how important it is to write down what you eat and drink daily. I found that my body did not just magically hit a plateau, but that part of it was my responsibility.
At some point in my fitness regime, I became solely dependent on the results of physical exercise and I began to slowly slip back into old eating habits. Now, this does not necessarily mean I resorted to junk food and unhealthy meals, but by not writing down what I ate and drank throughout the day, I was losing track of what and how much I was consuming.
It is important to keep a healthy balance between your meals and snacks and physical activity as well…they both play an equal role in the maintenance of a healthy body, mind and lifestyle.
Buy a cheap notebook or pad of paper and keep track of your 5-6 healthy meals a day. Write clear headings: Breakfast, Snack, Lunch, Snack, Dinner, Snack (optional) and what you are drinking each day. It is also useful to record what physical activities and exercises you engage in each day. Do not forget to include those 2 crackers and those small pieces of chocolate that you sneaked into your snack. Remember, everything counts!
Editors Note: You can also track what you eat with DailyBurn.
Also make it a point to review your food journal entries every few days to make sure you are on top of you game. This will get you into the habit of correcting and making adjustments to your food consumption and exercises regularly.
3. Switch Up Your Physical Routine
After completing “60 Day 6 Pack” in six weeks, my body became used to the exercises that I would do on a daily basis. “60 Day 6 Pack” gave me the opportunity to totally slim down my body and prepare it for a more vigorous workout.
The point here is that we constantly need to keep our physical activities exciting. Once our bodies get used to something, they will stop responding as well and this will slow down the results.
To keep my exercises constantly changing, I enlisted in Beachbody’s “Insanity” with trainer Shaun T. I say enlist only because doing “Insanity” is like joining a fitness boot camp where the exercise routines are different every day. By doing this, not only did I continue to enjoy my workouts, but I also made the most of them by pushing and working harder.
It is essential to make sure we all keep our eye on the portions of food we eat. Make sure that you get all our grains, dairy, fruits, vegetables and proteins in for the day.
Eating 5-6 small meals throughout the day helps keep you fuller, longer and it helps give your metabolism that extra boost.
5. Protein Shakes
This is my healthiest meal of the day! Protein shakes are very healthy, and nutrition packed. A good shake is chock full of vitamins, mineral and antioxidants – everything you need to continue burning fat, slim down and stay healthy.
Simply replace one meal a day with a shake or simply have it as a snack and be sure to exercise at least 3 times a week.