Take a plateau as a NEW STARTING POINT. Because your body has changed and now more changes need to be made to continue back on the right path! It’s totally normal so don’t freak out!
Consider an example: You weigh 162 pounds and eat 1,900 calories a day. To lose a pound a week, you’ve got to cut between 500 and 600 calories per day. So you restrict yourself to 1,400 calories, and the weight comes off. But suddenly, after week six, the scale refuses to budge. This is because with the weight loss, your BMR has also declined (say, from 0.95 to 0.75 calories per minute), and where your body used to burn 1,368 calories per day, now it’s using only 1,080. At this weight, there’s also less of you to move around, so you burn fewer calories working out and waste fewer calories as heat. All in all, your daily calorie expenditure is now pretty close to what you’re taking in. You’ve hit a new—and probably very annoying—equilibrium. Now that you know why it happens, here’s what to do:
1. Hang in there.
You may feel stuck, but you’re probably still losing weight—just not enough to register on the scale. But even dropping a third of a pound per week means that in a year, you’ll be down a whole 17 pounds.
2. Avoid fuzzy math.
It’s common to overestimate calories burned and underestimate calories eaten. Look for places where calories may hide—dressings, spreads, sauces, croutons, and condiments. Are you tasting a lot while cooking? Finishing what the kids leave on their plates? Absentmindedly grabbing handfuls of nuts, chips, or candy? You might try keeping a detailed food diary. Remember that for each pound you want to lose, you need to cut at least 3,500 calories—and if you don’t want to eat less, to lose the same pound you’ll have to add about ten extra hours of brisk walking or the equivalent.
3. Put up some resistance.
Increasing physical activity is particularly useful for moving beyond a plateau because exercise both uses calories and builds muscle. The more muscle you have, the higher your BMR, which is why working out with light weights or doing some kind of resistance training can be especially helpful. In fact, increasing your muscle mass as you lose body fat can compensate for the decline in BMR induced by weight loss.
4. Mix up Your Supplements
Have you been using the same supplements for 1-3 months? As we use supplements our bodies can build a tolerance. If you’ve been using the same supplements for a few months a few tips would be to either mix it up or do a cleanse. A cleanse is a great way to get that body primed again for another shocking round of body weight loss. If you have questions of where to move to next this is when you can get in touch with me and i’ll be glad to point you in the right direction. If you want to do a cleanse please look up Throttle 15 Day Cleanse on our website www..bee-xtreme..com
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Toni Sweeney is a Triple Certified Ketogenic Diet and Primal Health Coach and weight loss expert who personally lost 80 pounds while making a total lifestyle change. The founder of TS Transformations, her formulas and plans has helped thousands of women lose weight and keep it off forever.