Wow, this sure was frustrating. I got on the scale this morning and it hadn’t moved even a decimal. Have I reached a dreaded diet plateau? I’ve heard of it before, I remembered it happened a few times when I was on other diets. And I admit, it’s the big reason why I’ve lost motivation in the past. Well, this isn’t working so might as well have a big muffin with my morning coffee. I hate my body!
I was really sinking into a bad mood when I thought, why don’t I turn this into a “what woud happen if” moment and do some research on hitting a plateau while dieting.
I’ve lost a good 10 pounds so it is working and I am NOT giving in.
When I googled “weight plateau” a lot came up! So apparently this isn’t just happening to me but is very common in people trying to lose weight and get healthy. Here’s what I learned and where to learn more.
- occurs when you no longer lose weight despite continuing with exercise and healthy-eating.
- eventually happens to everyone who is trying to lose weight.
- occurs because metabolism — the process of burning calories for energy — slows as you lose muscle. You burn fewer calories than you did at your heavier weight even doing the same activities. Read more of this article by the Mayo Clinic.
Another article I found explains that when dieting, your body is naturally resistant to the idea of losing weight and will fight to maintain the status quo. What to do? Change your diet, change your exercise, eat different foods, raise your calories slightly, and then reduce them again. Keep your body off balance so that it cannot adjust to your efforts. Read more here.
And here’s some more good tips I learned to push through this plateau.
- I need to examine my diet to make sure I’m being honest with myself – am I tracking ALL the carbs? And even though I am cutting carbs, I need to take a close look at portions – that has certainly gotten me in trouble before. I need to measure and weigh everything!
- Add to and vary my exercise. Time to dust off that bicycle in the garage! Also, with warmer weather coming in – now’s the time to take advantage of the pool in my back yard! Be more consistent with my weight training (It’s dropped from every other day to 1 or 2 times a week at most).
- Drink even more water! I learned that if I’m not drinking enough water, my body may be retaining water which adds to the numbers on the scale. The Institute of Medicine determined women should drink about 9 cups of total beverages a day. I’ll start making sure that is the case with me.
Okay, I feel much better. Onward….