If you’ve been on a diet for a while, at some point you would stop losing weight. No matter how little you eat or how much you work out, the scale will eventually get stuck on the same number for weeks or even months. This can be very frustrating as well as demotivating, but it’s not impossible to overcome. I got inspired to write on this topic after reading Hollie’s Weight Loss Blog and how many other people with the same problem were commenting on it.
Such scenario usually occurs when your body gets used to your new routine. When you decide to change your lifestyle, eat healthy and work out, it works really well in the beginning. This is because you put your body in a shock. You’re giving it all that low calorie food that it’s not used to and putting it to work at the gym. It struggles to keep up with your new lifestyle until it finally gets it. By suddenly depriving your body from what it’s craving, you’re sending it a signal that “hard times” are coming. In other words, it thinks that you no longer have access to certain foods and soon might even stop eating at all. Once your body catches on to your new routine, it starts saving everything it can, preparing itself for worse days to come. It slows down your metabolism so it could preserve energy instead of wasting it. It doesn’t want you to let go of your fat for your own good. Some people get frustrated and start eating even less. You should do quite the opposite. As I always say, you should never go on a diet, but if you decided that that’s what you really want to do, then at least don’t stick to the same menu for too long. You have to send your body a message that everything is ok. That you are not trying to starve yourself and that there is no need to start saving energy. You should change up your routine. Include more types of food. Make sure you are getting enough protein, carbs and even some fat. Don’t be too strict on yourself and your body will finally let go of the unwanted fat.