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How to Break Through the Weight Loss Plateau

by SlimCare Patient Services
June 7, 2021
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How to Break Through the Weight Loss Plateau

When you’re trying to lose weight, you may come across a situation where you’re no longer losing any fat, no matter what you do. This type of situation is called a weight loss plateau.

You can say that you’ve hit your weight loss plateau when your weight hasn’t changed for about two weeks. This can be very disheartening when you’re really working hard to lose weight. However, it is actually very common, and you should expect a weight loss plateau to happen to you. Usually, the more weight you lose, the harder it gets.

In this article, our dieticians at SlimCare Medical will inform you on how to break through the weight loss plateau and start losing weight again. So, without further ado, let’s begin:

Do a recalculation of your daily caloric target:

When your body starts to lose weight, your metabolism also slows down. This is because your body does not require the usual energy to maintain your now-slimmer body. So, if you don’t adjust your calorie intake to your weight, you may hit the weight loss plateau.

One great way to avoid this is by re-calculating your calorie intake or target after every stone you lose. Your calorie intake will start going lower when you do this.

Try to take control of the hidden calories in your diet:

One of the main reasons that cause weight loss plateau is the hidden calories in your diet. Most of the people who are following a strict weight loss diet do not realize that there can be some extra calories creeping into their diet. Combine that with your slow metabolism, and you’ll experience a guaranteed weight loss plateau.

Extra calories can creep into your diet in a number of ways. It can be from snacking, eating out from a restaurant, or even drinking alcohol. The fact is that extra calories of just about 200-300 are just enough to cause weight loss to plateau. So, to overcome this, you need to take complete control of your calorie intake.

Increase the intensity of your cardio exercise:

If your diet is perfect and there’s no calorie creep, you might want to increase the intensity of your cardio exercise. This can be a great way to overcome the weight loss plateau. You can add another day of cardio or add more time to each session.

Embrace your cheat day:

Many people won’t believe this at first, but cheat days can actually help you during the weight loss plateau. First, it can work by giving you a psychological boost, which in turn keeps you motivated and happy. The other way is by boosting your metabolism rate. Based on studies, binging on food can increase your rate of metabolism by around 3 to 10%.

Lift Heavier Weights:

Lifting heavy weights has tons of benefits. One of the best benefits of lifting heavier weights is that it can help speed up fat loss. Based on a study done by some Greek sports scientists, men who trained with heavier weights had higher metabolic rates than men who trained with lighter weights.

So, if you’re having a hard time with your weight loss efforts, you may want to hit the heavier weights. This will increase your metabolic rates, which will, in turn, help you with your weight loss.

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