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Cross-train your diet

cross-train your diet
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By Wendy Schmid for

As comforting as routine can be, doing precisely the same workout day in and day out is a surefire way to stall your progress. And, according to experts, the same can be said of your diet: “Just as the body adapts to the same exercise routine and stops improving, it will adapt to the diet it’s fed,” says nutritionist Haylie Pomroy, author of New York Times best-seller The Fast Metabolism Diet.

To sidestep that dreaded plateau, Pomroy suggests dietary cross-training. “It’s a confuse-it-to-lose-it strategy. You wouldn’t lift heavy in the gym every day, so just as you cycle between periods of burn and rest in fitness, you can cycle different foods to keep your body guessing and rev your metabolism,” she says. “If you eat like this over the course of a month, it helps reverse the biochemical patterns that slowed your metabolism in the first place.”

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