Weight Loss Plateaus And How To Deal With Them

Weight loss plateaus can and are one of the most frustrating things that happen to most of us at one time or another.  Even here at “One Pound Ago” and the philosophy of loosing at least one pound a week, this is a real occurrence and does happen.  I will be going along fine and maybe even have had one of those 2 -3 pound weight loss weeks, and then all of sudden, I get on the scale after a few days and “what in the world!”, I see that I’ve loss nothing or maybe even gained a few pounds and I swear that I’ve not changed a thing!

So what do we do when that happens?  Firstly, if you don’t already use one, I highly recommend getting a program that you can track your weight loss with, such a Calorie King, or Diet Power, or one of many others available on the market.  While I don’t believe in precise calorie counting as I’ve already said in a previous post, the fact remains for all of us that to loose weight, you have to burn more calories than you have taken in.  That’s a simple fact of any weight loss program.  The reason I say to use one of these programs is because it provides you with information on how you are doing that is easily accessible and could be helpful to you in this situation.

Sometimes, a weight loss plateau is a change in your metabolic rates, which can come from a change in diet, rate of exercise, and many other things.  No matter what your cause is, the first thing to do is “don’t panic” about your lack of weight loss in the short term.  Remind yourself that these are normal, stay on track, and check in another week or so and see where you are.  If you know that you are staying on your regimine and not cheating, the weight loss will resume in most cases within a week or so.  Also, this is where keeping track of your measurements is also important as I’ve had periods where I have lost “inches” but not “pounds”.  I suspect this happens with muscle being denser than fat and sometimes the muscle addition “outweighs” the fat loss.

My suggestion to speed up the process if you really want to try, is not to reduce calories as many people try to do first, but to increase you exercise level a bit more.  Walk an extra couple of tenths of a mile or add 5 -10 minutes to whatever your daily workout currently is.  If you know you are doing everything right and your lack of weight loss extends out for a month or more, a trip to the doctor could be called for.   There can be other problems that prevent weight loss related to diabetes, thyroid, and other things, that may need to be checked by a professional. 

But again, don’t get impatient as most of the time these things will correct themselves.  Before you know it, you’ll be on track and thinner “one pound ago”!

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