How to Bust a Weight Loss Plateau
Experiencing a time where your weight loss decelerates to nothing is a normal biological phenomenon. You’re consuming way less calories than you did before, so your metabolism is going to slow down in order to save them. This is admittedly a tough phase to overcome, but the good news is, it can be done.
The following are pointers to keep you moving on the road to weight loss:
Starting a diet and fitness program, you make dramatic changes, such as giving up softdrinks; your body responds to the drop in calories and makes you lose weight fast.
To keep losing weight, you have to create a constant calorie deficit, which means you have to pay attention to what actually matters — the calories you consume and the calories you expend. The only way you can do this accurately is to count calories every time you eat.
Yes, this can be burdensome, but it’s extremely effective as studies have indicated repeatedly.
Calorie Shock Method
When their weight loss plateaus, some people cut even more calories or increase their time at the gym, which will not work.
Because that will only slow your metabolism and set your body off in starvation mode. Believing it is indeed in a state of starvation – caused by a calorie intake below 1,800 for women and 2,400 for men – your system will cling to whatever little calories you give it, making it harder for you to lose weight.
The idea is to trick your body into thinking it’s going to get more food, and then you “shock” it by giving it less food that it is expecting. That way, your weight loss can be sustained.
Workout Shock Method
Using the principle behind the caloric shock method, you will be able to produce the same result through your workout. The first time you jog a mile, it will be tough. But if you’re on your 50th one-mile jog, it will have been much easier, right?
As you get used to certain type of exercise, it becomes less difficult, and, as a result, it doesn’t work as much as it did. That’s where you need to apply the “shock.” Swap your weights from time to time — heavy and more reps now, light and few reps the week from now.
Change your routine for every muscle. For one week, do chest flies, then do chest presses the following week, and then push-ups on the third week. They all involve the same muscles, but in distinct ways.
If you believe you’ve done everything and yet your weight still refuses to come off, there’s one last you need to check: your hormones. Examples of conditions that may be behind your weight loss resistance are plycystic ovarcy syndrome, thyroid disorder and insulin resistance.
But it is not for you to assume that hormones are the problem just those extra pounds aren’t going away. What you must do is see an endocrinologist who will assess you and tell you what’s really going on.