Thursday, November 24, 2016

Weight loss plateau: What it means and how to overcome it

Experiencing a weight loss plateau is a normal part of losing weight.
Reaching a weight loss plateau is simply a way for your body to tell you that losing weight means you're losing a little ...
Reaching a weight loss plateau is simply a way for your body to tell you that losing weight means you're losing a little muscle, too.


You've been exercising daily. You've improved your diet. And you've seen the number on the scale decrease. Not only do you look better, you feel better, too. However, you reach a point where you no longer are seeing results, despite the effort you are making to do so.

Throughout your weight loss journey, you may find yourself at a dead end. Although frustrating and sometimes discouraging, experiencing a weight loss plateau is a normal part of losing weight.

Instead of giving up on your goals, realise that experiencing a weight loss plateau doesn't mean you've reached the end of your weight loss journey. Reaching a weight loss plateau is simply a way for your body to tell you that losing weight means you're losing a little muscle, too. As a result, your metabolism starts to slow down, which is a key factor in weight loss.





"Even if you're eating the same amount of calories that helped you lose weight in the first place, your metabolism will most likely slow down after you lose fat and muscle," says Mary Green, Mayo Clinic Health System family nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife."When your metabolism slows, a weight loss plateau is expected."

Experiencing a weight loss plateau is a normal part of losing weight.

 If you're committed to losing more weight, try these tips for getting past the plateau:
  • Reassess your habits. Look back at your food and activity records. Make sure you haven't loosened the rules, letting yourself get by with larger portions or less exercise. One study found that off-and-on loosening of rules contributed to plateaus.
  • Cut more calories. Further cut your daily calories by 200 — provided this doesn't put you below 1,200 calories. Fewer than 1,200 calories a day may not be enough to keep you from constant hunger, which increases your risk of overeating.
  • Rev up your workout. Increase the amount of time you exercise by 15 to 30 minutes and possibly the intensity of your exercise to burn more calories. Adding exercises such as weightlifting to increase your muscle mass will help you burn more calories.


A great way to add intensity to your workout is by adding weightlifting.

A great way to add intensity to your workout is by adding weightlifting.


  • Pack more activity into your day. Think outside the gym. Increase your general physical activity throughout the day by walking more and using your car less, or try doing more yardwork or vigorous spring cleaning.


If these tips don't help you push through your weight loss plateau, talk with your doctor or dietitian about other possible solutions to help you achieve your goals.

Even if you continue having a hard time seeing the desired number on the scale, remember the lifestyle changes you've made so far are going to impact your health significantly in a positive way. That's something worth celebrating.

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