You’ve been exercising daily. You’ve improved your diet. And you’ve seen the number on the scale decrease. Not only do you look better, you feel better, too. However, you reach a point where you no longer are seeing results, despite the effort you are making to do so. Throughout your weight–loss journey, you may find yourself at a dead end. Although frustrating and sometimes discouraging, experiencing a weight-loss plateau is a normal part of losing weight.
Instead of giving up on your goals, realize that experiencing a weight-loss plateau doesn’t mean you’ve reached the end of your weight-loss journey. Reaching a weight-loss plateau is simply a way for your body to tell you that losing weight means you’re losing a little muscle, too. As a result, your metabolism starts to slow down, which is a key factor in weight loss.
“Even if you’re eating the same amount of calories that helped you lose weight in the first place, your metabolism will most likely slow down after you lose fat and muscle,” says Mary Green, Mayo Clinic Health System family nurse practitioner and certified nurse midwife. “When your metabolism slows, a weight-loss plateau is expected.”
Luckily, Green provides some helpful tips to help you revamp your weight-loss journey:
If these tips don’t help you push through your weight-loss plateau, talk with your doctor or dietitian about other possible solutions to help you achieve your goals. Even if you continue having a hard time seeing the desired number on the scale, remember the lifestyle changes you’ve made so far are going to impact your health significantly in a positive way. That’s something worth celebrating.