Day 37: Weight Loss Challenge - Breaking Through the Plateau with Cardio

Day 37: Weight Loss Challenge – Breaking Through the Plateau with Cardio

Cardio Focus: Switching from Treadmill to Elliptical Cycle

Today is Day 37 of my weight loss challenge, and I’ve decided to change my cardio routine strategically. To break through a plateau, I switched from walking on the treadmill to using the elliptical cycle. With this change, I aim to incorporate more fast-twitch muscle movements, reduce the impact on my joints, and burn more calories efficiently.

Understanding a Plateau

A weight loss plateau occurs when your body adapts to your current exercise and diet routine, causing your progress to stall. Despite consistent efforts, the scale remains stubbornly at the same number—in my case, 171.1 pounds for a week and a half. Plateaus can be frustrating, but they’re a standard part of any weight loss journey. They often happen because:

  • Metabolic Adaptation: As you lose weight, your metabolism slows down, requiring fewer calories to maintain your new weight.
  • Exercise Routine Adaptation: Your body becomes more efficient at performing the same exercises, burning fewer calories over time.
  • Caloric Intake: You may unknowingly increase your caloric intake, or your body adjusts to the reduced calorie intake by conserving energy.

Breaking Through the Plateau

To overcome a plateau, it’s essential to make changes that challenge your body in new ways. Here are some strategies:

Change Your Exercise Routine:

  • Switch to the Elliptical: I’m engaging different muscle groups and incorporating more fast-twitch movements by switching from walking on the treadmill to the elliptical cycle. The elliptical also provides a low-impact workout, which saves my joints for more intensive resistance training sessions.
  • Increase Intensity: I can adjust the resistance and speed on the elliptical to increase the intensity of my workouts, ensuring my body continues to burn calories efficiently.

Adjust Your Diet:

  • Monitor Caloric Intake: Track your meals and snacks meticulously to ensure you’re not unknowingly consuming more calories than needed.
  • Incorporate High-Protein Foods: Protein helps in muscle recovery and growth, which can boost your metabolism.

Add Variety:

  • Cross-Training: Incorporate different workouts like swimming, cycling, or HIIT to keep your body guessing.
  • Strength Training: Building muscle through resistance training can increase your resting metabolic rate, helping you burn more calories even at rest.

Stay Hydrated and Get Enough Sleep:

  • Hydration: Drinking plenty of water can aid metabolism and help you feel full, reducing overeating.
  • Sleep: Ensure you get 7-9 hours per night to support recovery and overall health.

Today’s Routine


  • 5 minutes of dynamic stretching

Cardio Session on the Elliptical:

  • 60 minutes of moderate to high-intensity elliptical cycling

Cool Down:

  • 5 minutes of light stretching and deep breathing exercises

Nutrition and Fasting

I maintained my intermittent fasting schedule and closely monitored my diet to complement my new cardio routine.


  • Coffee: A cup of coffee to boost my energy and performance.
  • Blueberries: For a quick, natural energy boost.


  • Greek Yogurt and Fruit: Mix Greek yogurt with cherries, grapes, cranberries, and mango for a nutritious and satisfying meal.


  • Chicken Drumsticks and Air-Fried Potatoes: Two chicken drumsticks and air-fried potatoes provided the necessary protein and carbs to fuel my day.

Intermittent Fasting:

  • My eating window closed at 12 pm, allowing my body to enter a fat-burning state for the rest of the day.

Reflecting on the Journey

Today’s changes felt invigorating. The switch to the elliptical was a refreshing challenge, and I’m confident it will help me break through my plateau. I stay committed to my weight loss goals by continuously adjusting my routine and diet and ensuring consistent progress.

Stay tuned for more updates as I progress toward better health and fitness!

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