Well, 23 days into a 40 day round and I've been on a plateau for a week and a half. I've lost 7 pounds overall, but the scale is now stubbornly refusing to budge. What to do, what to do?
1. I am going to add exercise back in, slowly and gently. I haven't been going to the gym because of mental and emotional overload, I'd prefer to work out outdoors in the fresh air and sunshine. So, now that the warm weather seems to be coming to stay, I plan to do interval walking/running for 30 minutes every evening before bed.
2. A more fun way to spike the metabolism is the cheat day. On HCG, we take our "cheats" at the beginning in the three load days. I have heard doctors and health professionals say that one "cheat" day a week helps boost the metabolism and break a plateau. I believe I can hold out and have a Saturday cheat day this week and see if that works. (And by "cheat," it will be a full-on eat-till-I-want-to-puke load day.) That's if I don't break the plateau before then. Sometimes, too, we just can't take dieting anymore. I'm hoping the "re-load" will help.
3. Add breakfast. Something as simple as a protein shake in the morning may help. A scoop of vanilla protein, a double handful of frozen strawberries, and water, and whirl in the blender. The nice thing is that it almost feels like a cheat in and of itself. Another good breakfast if you're in a hurry would be simply to hard-boil some eggs the night before and eat them in the morning. What you want in the morning is protein - it keeps the hungries away.
I can see some differences, however - jeans fitting a bit looser, tummy feeling a bit more toned - but not the differences I had expected this far into the round. Evidently I'm not doing what I need to do So....hopefully these tweaks will help me stay on protocol, and break the plateau. I'll keep ya posted!