Question by Miss Casey: How to beat a 2 month weight loss plateau?
I lost 30 pounds from January to May. Since then, I haven’t lost any more weight and been the same weight since May. I am still drinking tons of water, work out an hour about 6-7 days a week, and I have good healthy eating habits. What is going on? Why am I stuck on a weight loss plateau? Does anyone have any suggestions?
Answer by ClickMaster
There is no natural phenomena known as a plateau and no reason why everyone can’t burn fat continuously from start to goal. There is one principle in fat loss which has absolutely no exceptions.
**** If you take in fewer calories than you burn, you have to burn from your body. *****
That’s a simple law of thermodynamics and has no exceptions. Now, here are some reasons why people hit plateaus.
1. Hidden calories (alcohol, condiments, sauces, breath mints, creamers, etc.)
2. Failure to estimate portion size correctly
3. Waste and water retention
4. Miscalculating BMR (Using the fat weight instead of goal weight in BMR calc’s)
5. Improper weighing (poor scale repeatability, paralax error, etc)
6. Miscalculating energy output (BMR + activity + thermic cost of digestion + heat loss)
7. Impatience (assuming no loss in one or two days is a plateau)
Your plateau is probably because of one or more of the above reasons.
As long as you’re energy output exceeds your energy input, you must burn fat or lean tissue or both. There are no exceptions to that fact. Don’t listen to anyone who talks about the “starvation mode” myth or suggests you’re metabolism is the reason. Those are clues they don’t know what they’re talking about.
Good luck and good health!!
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