Fat Loss Plateaus are almost unavoidable. You’ll discover some of our “insiders secrets” here. Some of them will even seem counterintuitive at first…
Imagine what it would be like if you could avoid ever again having a weight loss plateau? Kind of like a get-out-of-jail-free card for weight and fat loss?
It’s actually easier than you think, but it does take some effort and action. You definitely can’t just “wing it”.
Here are some of the key reasons for weight loss slow-downs or, for some people, outright screeching halts in their progress…
Tip: As you read through these and absorb this information, start thinking about where your progress might have hit a roadblock or where you may run into challenges ahead.
1. You have lost weight and your metabolism has slowed down to the point where your body has entered into “starvation mode”. Sounds scary right? If you are still in calorie defecit mode you will continue to lose weight but your progress will very likely slow way down.
This is called adaptive thermogenesis and it is your body’s way to conserve energy. It happens to all of us but it can be frustrating.
2. You have maintained your eating pattern/habits that you were using effectively earlier on in your weight and fat loss program. Now that you have lost weight, your caloric demands have decreased and your progress has slowed or even stalled. You are on a plateau.
Again, this is normal because your body requires less calories to maintain your weight and even less calories to keep losing weight.
3. With your lighter, smaller body you will be burning less fuel (calories). You’d be surprised at how many extra calories per day are needed to haul around a bunch of extra weight. Imagine if you carried around a 25 pound dumbbell in each hand all day long. You would need many extra calories of energy to get through the day.
Just the opposite is once you have lost those pounds, your body using less calories and you’ll need to recalculate your needs as you lose weight.
4. It has been our experience that many people aren’t as accurate as they need to be in keeping track of what they eat and drink. This seems to happen more often as we make progress and have lost weight and gained some muscle. In a word, we get sloppy and forget to log everything we eat and drink (Guilty as charged!).
Or maybe we keep track of our eating for Monday through Friday but then let things slide on the weekend. We go out to a restaurant on Saturday night and have friends over for a cookout on Sunday…
You get the picture. This can add up to hundreds of extra calories – or more. When you add up your calories for the entire week, you may find that your have consumed enough to completely stop your weight loss progress.
5. Then there are those last 5 or 10 pounds that are so darned hard to lose. That is almost never your fault. It’s like that for almost all of us – especially once we are over 35. This is the point where you need to get really committed to eating super clean and sticking with your exercise routine.
And…this may not seem to make any sense, but once you have been eating clean and working out consistently for 90-120 days it is a good idea to take a break from your diet and eat at your normal or “maintain weight” level to recharge your leptin levels (hormone that tells your brain how the fat levels in your cells are doing).
You probably already know this…you can get back on track with your weight and fat loss and muscle building progress.
And even shed those final 10 pounds (and see your abs!) by getting back to doing the things you started out with…calculate your basic caloric needs to maintain your weight and then figure out what it would take to be at a caloric deficit with your new, current weight. Keep track of what you eat and drink and continue your workouts…you’ll be right back on track.
Best of luck to you in your fitness quest.
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