How To Break a Weight Loss Plateau – Without Starving Yourself

Weight Loss

The Plateau

The human body is incredibly adaptive, and will do its level best to maintain equilibrium (homeostasis).

The plateauing effect is the biggest motivation-killer there is.

Unfortunately many popular diet books are strangely quiet on the issue — weight loss plateaus don’t make good testimonials.

What You Must Do Now

Don’t make the mistake of doing the same thing over and over expecting a different result (Ben Franklin’s definition of insanity).

What changes can you make?

1. Alter Macro-nutrient Intake: Flexible Dieting

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Although it sounds complicated, once again, the idea is to change what you are eating.

If (for example) you are eating a moderate diet that is higher in carbohydrates – try eating less carbs and more protein. There is no need to get super-technical over the whole thing.

If you have a carbohydrate snack every day at morning tea time – change it to a protein snack.

This is known as flexible dieting or If It Fits Your Macros (IIFYM), which tracks macros instead of just calories. People like it because it isn’t restrictive and encourages people to eat according to what their body needs instead of just a generic calorie amount such as 1200 or 1500.

Eating too little can actually stall your weight loss.

Some examples:

  • Instead of eating a fruit snack, eat a handful of nuts.
  • If your diet is heavily bread-based, try reducing this and increasing the protein (say a tin of tuna, or chicken.)
  • Don’t be afraid to eat fat, it’s not the enemy.

Whatever you are doing consistently – try mixing it up a bit. However if you want to get technical, use our macronutrient weight loss calculator here.

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