Fitness plateaus – we’ve all hit them before and they are nearly impossible to break. Did you know that health journals may help you get past a plateau or move back toward unhealthy habits?

Logging food intake and exercising seems tedious; however, Jenn Zerling, MS, CPT, the author of Breaking the Chains of Obesity, 107 Tools shares the importance of a health journal:

Make it simple! Food diaries and activity points allow you to see common threads of repetition which cause the body to become stagnant in weight loss. The body needs to be SHOCKED; therefore, switching up healthy foods and exercise programs will end stagnancy and help you reach your goal.

The lost ages: August – January! Don’t lose sight of fitness goals after the summer. Most Americans gain between 5 to 15 pounds during fall and winter.  These are the most dreaded pounds to lose as they are more “vanity” weight.  Get into the same game of New Year, New You all year-round by logging food intake and activity points.

Demolishing the need to attempt weight loss from February through May: keep good track of the optimal behaviors needed during the “lost ages” time frame and you won’t worry about meeting your weight goals.

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Jenn Zerling, an athlete her entire life and 13-year fitness expert, holds a Master’s degree in Kinesiology and multiple national certifications.