The weight loss plateau is one of the toughest challenges facing those on a weight loss journey. It is so disheartening to feel like you have been doing everything right – eating healthy, staying fit and avoiding temptation – and yet the scale has stopped moving. What is going on here??
As Allan Borushek explains, “A plateau is nature’s way of making sure that we don’t waste away too rapidly during times of famine. By slowing down the body’s metabolism we are given a chance to survive until food becomes available.
At one point in our history, being able to store fat during times of famine gave us a survival advantage when food was scarce. The problem is, now that was have access to food all the time, it becomes a decided disadvantage when we try to diet.”
So what can we do to get over the hump and hit your goal? Here are a few tips to keep in mind:
Are you still logging?
Stop and think for a second. Have you been logging your food or are you relying on your memory? You may be suffering from “calorie amnesia” and not recording everything you take in. Make sure you are still accountable. If you are logging, have you changed anything recently? Make sure you read food labels and check serving sizes.
Break up your exercise routine:
Have you forgotten that you’ve become more fit? It could be your body is getting used to your exercise challenges. Evaluate your routine and consider changing your cardio plan or try shifting to a new fitness class. Or, consult a fitness trainer to see if there is a new routine that suits your new level of fitness and weight given you are more fit and lighter than you were at the start. You might just need to amp it up or add weight training. Read More »