How to Break a Weight Loss Plateau
- Possible Pat
- August 24, 2017
Do you think you’ve hit a weight loss plateau? I hear all the time from people on social media and that I meet in my personal life that they think they aren’t losing weight because they have hit a weight loss plateau and they want to know how to get past it. If you’re dieting and you hit a “plateau” and don’t know what to do, then this post is for you.
In this post, you’ll learn…
> What is a weight loss plateau?
> How you got into a weight loss plateau
> Breaking your weight loss plateau
What is a plateau?
A weight loss plateau is when you have been losing weight, and suddenly your progress stops. When you first start a diet you’ll, you’ll find yourself having a lot of success.
What you are doing seems to be working great! And because it is working so well, you keep doing it, and you keep having success. But before long, your progress slows down, and you stop losing weight. You haven’t changed anything, so why did your results stop?
The truth is, you aren’t seeing results because you haven’t changed anything.
I don’t believe in a weight loss plateau in the way that most other people see it. When you are losing weight, you don’t ever hit a point where your body just won’t lose any more pounds. Yes, you may stop losing weight, but it is not because you can’t lose any more weight. Instead, it is because you are doing something wrong.
If you haven’t changed anything, chances are you leveled out and need to readjust your eating habits because you are now taking in the same amount, or more calories than you are burning off.
Why am I in a weight loss plateau?
To break your “plateau,” you need to ask yourself a few questions:
- How are you cooking your food? I find that many people stop losing weight because they aren’t cooking their food as clean as they could be and so they are actually eating more calories than they think they are. Are you frying your food? Overusing oil and butter? Re-evaluate how you are preparing your food and see if you are consuming more fats than you should be.
- Are you cheating? I see too many people stick to their nutrition plan all week. They are eating clean, cooking clean, and avoiding all the foods they shouldn’t be eating. They are also eating appropriate amounts and should be seeing tons of success! But then, when the weekend comes, they feel like they deserve a cheat meal, which turns into a cheat weekend and they over consume the wrong foods they shouldn’t be eating. If this is you, then there is a big chance you are destroying all of the hard work you did all week long by making up for the calorie deficit you were in all week.
- What are you eating? What you eat can make all the difference. Are you eating processed or whole foods? If you are eating processed, then chances are you are not providing your body with the nutrition that it needs. Even if you are eating within limited calories, if you are eating processed foods that contain artificial ingredients, added sugars, and unhealthy fats, then you may be wasting your time. Move to whole foods and not only will you feel more full because you will be eating more, but your body will be getting the nutrition it needs to run properly.
- How much are you eating? If you have stopped losing weight, then you could be over eating, or even under eating! If you are over eating, your body is taking on more calories than it can get rid of every day. And, if you are under eating, your body could be trying to hold onto fat because it thinks it won’t be fed properly. Yes, not eating enough food can make it difficult to see results.
How to break a plateau?
If you feel like you are in a weight loss plateau, then you are doing something wrong. You are either over eating, under eating, not cooking your food correctly, eating the wrong food, or you are cheating and sabotaging any efforts you are trying to put in.
Knowing what to eat and in what portions to continually see progress can be really tricky, particularly since you make your way through your journey. There will be times when the portions and foods you have been eating no longer bring you the progress you have come to expect. This is because as our bodies change, so do our needs. Not everyone requires the same about of calories and macronutrients and the person you were 100 lbs ago, is not the same person you are now. This new person that you are becoming needs a different approach to nutrition than the person you were before.
The best way to know how much you should be eating is to sign up for a Custom Meal Plan and have an expert figure out how much you should be eating and the foods you should be eating for the greatest success… And don’t worry, these plans are made up of the foods you already love.
Another solution to breaking your plateau is to switch up your training or exercise. If you have seen progress on nutrition alone, chances are it is time to add in exercise to continue to see results. If you have been doing light exercise, like walking, then it may be time to develop a workout routine. And, if you are already working out and going to the gym, then it is time to step up your game to the next level.
Exercise is 20% of your results, and it can be just as difficult to figure out the as nutrition. If you are having trouble figuring out the proper training level for where you are at in your journey, then it may be time for you to sign up for a Custom Training Plan. When you get a Custom Training Plan, you’ll have an experienced personal coach create a 3-month training plan just for you, based on your goals and your history.
By combining a Custom Meal Plan and a Custom Training Plan, you will be sure to break your plateau and get back to your results!
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About Possible Pat
Hi, I'm Pasquale Brocco and I've lost A LOT of weight. When I started my journey to lose weight, I weighed 605 pounds. After visiting the doctor, I realized I had to make a change. I started with a simple plan and within 60 days, I lost 100 lbs. So far, I've lost over 307 pounds. Now, I'm sharing a simple message with you, "Anything is possible." If you can put on the weight, you can lose the weight.