Have you been ever so consistent with your training and nutrition and still not seen a difference in your weigh ins? Well, not to worry. This is a very common problem faced by many and it is bound to happen to most people at one point or the other. The reason for this can be many, tracing back to an unhealthy lifestyle, diet mistakes, hormonal imbalances, medical conditions etc.
This blog is going to discuss some of the most common reasons why a weight loss plateau usually happens.
#1 – Your Metabolic Rate Has Plateaued
If you’re someone who has followed a diet and exercise regime for a good period of time, your body gets accustomed to the regimen causing a weight loss plateau. At this point, there’s nothing to worry about. The first thing you can do is increase our activity levels instead of cutting down on food sources. Observe your weight trend for a while and see if the plateau breaks.
#2 – Your Lifestyle Is Not As Good As It Should Be
The first thing that needs to be looked into if your weight is stagnant during a weight loss program is your general lifestyle. See what’s going wrong and develop permanent fixes for these problems. Following a balanced diet, an exercise routine, managing stress and getting adequate sleep are the most important factors and an imbalance in any of them has the potential to throw you off your goal.
#3 – Hormonal Imbalances Or Underlying Medical Conditions
Underlying medical conditions like PCOS, thyroid, blood pressure or other ailments could be reasons why you’re unable to lose weight further. However, there’s no need to worry again. The best thing you can do is continue following your training and nutrition regime as that’s the best way to overcome these ailments even though it may take longer.
#4 – Processed Foods / Cheat Meals
With current lifestyles and the general trend of rushing for everything we try to save time on things like eating and therefore end up eating more processed foods than natural or home made foods. These processed foods cannot be tracked as good as foods made at home because we know exactly what goes into making foods at home.
At the same time, it’s easy to make a cheat meal into a cheat day. Even when you have a cheat meal, learn to control portions and keep it within limits so you don’t throw off the progress you made the entire last week.
If you follow the principles of healthy living like a balanced diet, regular exercise, good sleep & an active lifestyle your chances of hitting a weigh loss plateau significantly reduce. If your weight is stagnating for a long time, get help or get some expert advice and know that you will definitely break that plateau.