Is it a Plateau?

You can count on hitting 4 to 8 plateaus during your weight loss depending on how much you have to lose with at least one significant plateau typically occurs in the second half of the protocol that often lasts 4-6 days. These plateaus are just your body’s way of adjusting to the new composition. Just stick with your diet plan and don’t panic. The first and foremost thing you can do is RELAX! I know this is easier said than done but it is essential. Everyone at one point hits a stall. Your body needs time to readjust to the massive amount of weight it has shed. The more you stress and fight it the more your body is going to hold on to that stall.

Often you lose inches if not pounds, I recommend keeping a set of tight clothes to try on regularly to see if they are fitting better. This will help give you a better reference than just using a weight scale.

You may have reached a stage where the reduction begins to ‘stair step’ or weight loss occurs only every other day or two. This is typical after the first week or so and no cause for alarm.

If you begin to gain weight (more than a few pounds) then you need to reevaluate things. Many people believe that there are such things a metabolic setpoints. These are like memories your body holds onto of where you maintained a weight in the past. For example, if you once spent a few years around 180 pounds, then your body retains a memory of this weight and will create a setpoint at this weight. It’s theorized that when you are losing weight and hit one of these metabolic setpoints, your weight loss may plateau or even stall at the setpoint in an attempt to maintain this weight again. But there is no concrete evidence to support this theory. So if there is any truth to it, you might use this info to prepare in advance for these points and up your diet regime at these setpoints to prevent a stall from happening.

You may not be consuming enough water. It is imperative that one consume at least half your body weight in ounces daily. You may be consuming more than the recommended calories daily. This is why I recommend using Fitbit.com to calculate your daily consumption.

If you are not following the Protocol menu, this can cause major interruptions in progress. No cheating! Exercise beyond what your body is used to can result in a stall, or even a gain.

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Posted on June 13, 2011, in Plateaus. Bookmark the permalink. Comments Off on Is it a Plateau?.

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