When you reach a plateau in your weight loss process
It very often happens that people well engaged in their transformation and their weight loss are confronted with a plateau in their evolution.
By that I mean that despite all their efforts and the fact that they respect their planning, they no longer lose weight as before.
It is not uncommon to see people get discouraged and sometimes even turn back.
I agree with that. It can be disheartening.
But there are explanations for this plateau. And most importantly, most importantly, there are ways and tricks to get through and continue this great development.
Here’s what it’s like.
According to the dictionary, figuratively, a Plateau is the horizontal, elevated part of something like the Plateau of a graph.
This is exactly what happens with weight loss. At some point, it stops or it decreases.
The curve goes up and up, but at some point, the number of pounds lost stagnates.
It’s normal and everyone goes through it.
When we talk about weight loss, we mostly talk about loss of fat contained in adipose tissue, that is to say the fatty cells called adipocytes.
But the whole organism undergoes and participates in change.
Also, since the human genome is programmed to store energy (fat) in case there is a great famine, the loss of this energy is, as it were, unnatural.
I’ve talked about this in a recent column.
Does that mean that if my weight has not changed in two weeks, I will not lose weight anymore?
Plateaus are common.
It’s like a landing in a stairwell. A compulsory passage a little longer before another evolutionary climb.
But it is still true to say that one day you will stop losing weight because you will have reached your healthy weight or your goals.
Losing overweight is a process that has an end.
This is what we want. This is what it takes.
The elements of weight loss to remember
– Weight includes the weight of fat, muscles, bones, organs, etc.
– Regular measurement at regular and planned intervals is essential in order to make reliable follow-ups. It could be the (ideal) scale or the waist size, for example.
– Reassess your energy intake.
– Analyze the number of calories ingested.
– Maintaining the process and not giving up.
I will start with an example.
A car that carries one person and a delivery of 500 pounds of ground meat (I know, that’s a lot) will use more fuel than if the trunk was empty.
If you apply the same principle to someone who is overweight by 30 pounds, they will use more energy (fuel) when exercising than if they were only 5 pounds overweight.
So, for the simple pleasure of trying, calculate the number of pounds you have lost since the beginning of your process and do your training with an equivalent load that you will carry in a backpack.
You will use more energy with an overload, guaranteed.
Please note here that variety is one of the principles of training.
Do not forget. And this is very important:
– The more weight you lose, the more the weight loss slows down.
– Weight loss becomes more difficult as you get closer to your ideal weight
In a few weeks, I will write an article that will give tips and tricks for weight maintenance after weight loss.
This is where we have fun with planned physical activity and training.
Pleasure and freedom !!!