Hit a plateau?

I've copied this from the MFP Fitness blog because I think it's a really useful point being made:

"Most people lose a little bit of weight, hit a plateau, then immediately give up when things aren’t going as quickly as they were before. Most people gain that weight back and then some! This whole phenomenon of quitting when things are going more slowly is a bit like hitting traffic on your way home from work and abandoning your car on the side of the road because you’re not driving as fast as you wanted. Or getting a flat tyre and slashing the other three!

When you hit that first plateau and you’re not improving as fast as you were before, congratulations — you’re no longer a beginner! Weight loss can be fast in the beginning because the more weight you have to lose, the faster it comes off. The closer you get to your goal weight, the slower things get. So it’s not a sign you’re doing something wrong; it’s a sign you’ve done things right. It’s a sign that you’re completely normal and have hit a point that everyone hits on their weight-loss journey. A plateau is a mark on the road, letting you know you’re heading in the right direction, and that you’ve made a lot of progress.

So now it’s up to you. When most people hit a plateau, all they can think about is that things aren’t going as quickly as they were before, so they quit. The weight comes back on and they’re further away from their goal than they ever were. But plateaus are just part of the journey — a slight bend in the road that is still going to take you where you want to be. Do you turn around to go back? Or do you keep walking?

When you focus on the journey instead of the destination, the plateaus come and go. If you keep tracking, keep making little improvements to your diet, keep walking every day and getting some exercise, then the weeks when things aren’t going as quickly as you want them to will give way to the weeks when everything seems to fall into place.

And before you know it, another year will go by. The average American gains 1 pound a year. The average dieter gains back more weight than he or she loses. So all it takes to be better than average is to keep moving forward."

Read the rest of this interesting article on the MyFitnessPal blog about the benefits of hitting a plateau:



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3 Replies

  • Great article 😀 Thank you for sharing

  • Thank you I will definitely give it a read 👍🏻😊

  • If you keep doing what you've always done, you'll get what you've always gotten. As we lose weight, something has to change to keep the weight loss going. However, we can only cut our energy intake so far and our body will respond by slowing the metabolism. Similarly, we can only do so much activity before we impair our ability to recover.

    Rather than succumbing to a plateau, plan your own, regular maintenance breaks to facilitate homoeostasis, adjust to a new set point, then you will be able to make the necessary changes to instil further fat-loss.

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