Ever wondered why those first few kilos come off easily then all of a sudden the weight loss comes to a screeching halt? You ask yourself, “What I’m I doing wrong?”. The answer is nothing at all. It’s normal!
Unfortunately, when the plateau hits many people give up and convince themselves they have a slow metabolism or something is wrong with their new healthy lifestyle changes and then they QUIT.
Don’t quit! This is a normal part of any weight loss cycle. Most people who have lost a significant amount of weight and reached their goal, they have likely experienced 2 – 3 weight loss plateaus.
It’s important to understand the leaner you become the slower the weight loss will be. The positive changes are happening and within a few days or a few weeks weight loss will resume at a normal healthy pace.
Age, weight, length of time you’ve been overweight, and gender all influence the frequency and length of time a plateau can last. Other factors that influence weight loss plateaus are increased visceral fat. As your body replaces the organ fat with healthy tissue this will also be a period where weight loss may not occur. During weight loss insulin and leptin sensitivity will be improving as visceral fat is replaced with healthy organ tissue. This is a very important step for long-term weight management.
Here are some suggestions to help you through your weight loss plateau:
Change your type of exercise
Just like our bodies can grow accustomed to our eating plans they can also be accustomed to our exercise plan. As an example, if you always walk, try running for short intervals, riding a bike or going for a swim. Light weight bearing exercises can also give the metabolism that extra boost.
Think healthy rather than thin
Remind yourself of all the wonderful good you are doing for your body and your long-term health. The weight will follow.
Picture yourself at a healthy weight
Mind over matter. Think, believe and picture yourself healthy and at your desired weight.
Stress can have a negative impact on your weight loss as cortisol a stress hormone can slow weight loss down.
Stay strong and motivated and know that just because the scale isn’t moving as fast as you want it to, your body is achieving greater health which in the long run means a more sustainable weight loss goal will be achieved.