Why Did My Weight Loss Stop After A Few Weeks Of Dieting

October 27, 2010

Health & Motivation

Probably you’ve hit a weight loss plateau. Nothing to be scared of. Just something that will test your weight loss desire and motivation. This is where most people fail miserably at losing weight. You have to have patience and take your time. I bet you didn’t get all that excess weight in a couple of weeks. So be reasonable and don’t expect to lose it in just a couple of weeks.

A weight loss plateau is actually an old survival mechanism that we all have inherited from our ancestors. A long time ago food was scarce. So to survive our ancestors evolved a safety measure that slows down our energy consumption drastically when it feels hunger setting in. In short the purpose of the weight loss plateau is that of saving our lives.

When you reduce your caloric intake your body doesn’t know that you are trying to lose weight. It actually thinks you are starving. That the food resources available around you are disappearing. Thus it takes the appropriate counter measures which slow down or even put an end to your weight loss progress. Don’t you hate it when your body just doesn’t want to cooperate with you.

Many believe that the way to bust out of the weight loss plateau is to reduce even more the caloric intake. Hey, cutting calories helped me lose weight, cutting even more will help me lose weight again. Wrong! It will only make the weight loss plateau worse. That is why serial dieters find it increasingly more difficult to lose weight as time passes. Starving yourself isn’t a healthy way to lose weight.

The best way to get off a weight loss plateau is to actually eat a little more food. You’ve heard it right. Increase your caloric intake slightly and start exercising more intensely. If you haven’t been exercising, start doing some light exercises. That should be enough for starters.

Once you get passed your first weight loss plateau don’t believe that you are home safe. The more weight you plan to lose the more weight loss plateaus you will encounter. Don’t be afraid of them and don’t give up because of them. Keep doing the right things and the weight will come off.

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