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What do you do when you stop losing weight? Even though I keep up with my workouts 5-6 days a week and watch what I eat, I'm having a tough time losing. I've lost 62 pounds in the last year and now I'm stuck! Maria Andrianos via Facebook


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A: First of all, losing 62 pounds is an amazing achievement, so good for you. Now, what you’re describing is a plateau. This is a metabolic issue. Your body has become accustomed to the type of diet and exercise you’ve been giving it (even if it’s a healthy diet and a considerable exercise routine), so it knows what to expect, and it’s no longer being pushed to change. You need to do two things: First, switch up the volume, frequency, intensity, and duration of your exercise routine. This is based on the scientific principle of periodization, which shows that mixing up these four elements of your workout forces your body to change to adapt to the new stimulus. The second thing you should do is get a metabolic evaluation. This will tell you how many calories you burn at rest and during activity so you can work to create the caloric deficit you need each day to lose weight. Good luck! And if you need more guidance, talk to the personal training manager at your club. He or she can help find a trainer to guide you.

— David Harris, VP of Personal Training