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Weight loss is never linear – you tend to get a burst where you lose weight quickly, followed by a plateau. But what if you could eliminate these plateaus, and lose weight constantly?
We’ve all been there – you step on the scale for your weekly weigh in, certain that the needle will have moved down from last week, and you’ll hit a new low, only to find that it reads exactly the same as before.

Not only is this frustrating, it’s downright infuriating. You feel like you’re doing everything right – your diet is on point, you’re training hard, keeping active and avoiding any junk food, yet nothing seems to be working. At his stage, most people hit the nearest candy store for a sugar binge, or decide to give up on dieting for good.

Weight loss is never completely linear.

You will have weeks when you don’t lose quite as much as you’d hope, and other weeks where your results rival that of a Biggest Loser contestant.

Most people also have weeks where they lose nothing at all, or even put on weight. Wouldn’t it be great if you could eliminate these scenarios for good?

The good news is, you can. All you need to do is understand the potential reasons for weight loss plateaus, and what you can do to overcome them, or even avoid them altogether in the first place.

Your Calories Are Too High

When you start a diet, you’ll usually lose weight pretty quickly. This is simply down to your body being in shock at such a drastic change in your lifestyle. If your diet for the last few years consisted of pizzas, burgers, fries, chips, and all the usual junk, just by cutting down the quantity you eat and improving food quality can have quite a drastic impact in a very short space of time. However, after a while, your body gets used to these changes, and you stop losing weight.

Metabolism Changes

Your metabolism rate determines how many calories you burn each day. There is some truth in the idea that some peoples’ metabolisms are slower than others, but you can’t use a slow metabolism as an excuse for being over-weight. In fact, the opposite is true.

If you eat a high number of calories, your metabolism is working over-time to process and digest them which gives you a high metabolic rate. However, when you cut your calorie intake, you also start slowing down your metabolism. If your calorie intake is still the same as when you started dieting, it’s likely your body has gotten used to this new lower intake, and has regulated your metabolism accordingly. You may be taking in the same number of calories, but you’re burning fewer.


Do you really put 100% into every training session?

If not, you’re selling yourself short. When you begin a new healthy lifestyle and training plan, it’s easy to be enthusiastic about going to the gym. But after a few weeks, the initial commitment you had, and the pleasant feeling of waking up with aching muscles, and getting a sweat on three or four times a week can start to wane. Even if you still go to the gym, you can find yourself making your workouts easier, leaving sooner, and not giving it your all.
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