I've been on a semi-plateau since Thanksgiving. I haven't stayed the same, instead I've lost/gained/lost/gained, etc. When I gain, it's usually less than the amount that I originally lost, which provides for an overall weight loss. The only way to verify this is by plotting my weight chart. overall there is a decrease in the chart, though not very dramatic.
Plateaus are a normal part of losing weight, and there are numerous reasons for them, which is why I think they are good, though frustratingly evil.
I will point out that I haven't done an in-depth scientific study, instead these are just my observations.
Why do I think plateaus are good?
- Plateaus show an ability to MAINTAIN a certain weight
- Plateaus happen when the body adjusts to a new weight after a weight loss
- Plateaus happen when a body loses weight and stabilizes at a previously stable lower weight
Plateaus are evil and frustrating.
. . . er, YES.
Eventually, if you maintain your low/balanced healthy diet along with exercise, you will eventually start losing weight again. But the problem is we want it NOW. Humans don't have the patience to wait.
So when you reach a plateau and you want off it, then you need to do something to jump start it.
- exercise--increase time or intensity
- diet--track, track, track, and decrease the carbs and add more fiber, which means more fruit and veg while decreasing refined grains.
- Overall eat less food
I should track better, but I don't want to go there again at this point in my weight lose journey.
I have a goal to reach my goal weight (130 lbs) by the end of February. And I think I can do it, but if I don't seem to be getting there, I'll kick it into gear around Feb. 14th.
I REFUSE to regain the weight I've lost. PERIOD.
Plateaus happen. It's how you deal with them is what counts. If you freak out and start eating, then you need to buckle down and rethink your plan. Or you can learn from them, realizing that plateaus happen and if you keep to the program eventually you'll start losing weight again.