You are doing everything right, counting calories, working out an hour daily, but one day you realize you have suddenly stopped losing weight. How annoying is that, no longer can you fit into smaller clothes, moreover the scale has stopped shaking for days or weeks. This can be very frustrating, believe me, I have been there.
Re-calculate your daily calorie intake
Your metabolism slows down as you lose weight because your body doesn’t need to exert as much energy to maintain its now-slimmer physique If you don’t adjust your calories to account for this, you may hit a plateau. The easy way to avoid this is to re-calculate your daily caloric target after every 5 kilograms of weight loss. As you’ll see, the target creeps lower and lower. For example, when I weighed 81 kilograms I needed 1500 calories, but when I weighed 74 kilograms I need only 1300 calories.
To become a healthier person you want to be, you may sometimes need to act like that person even when you don’t feel like it. That may mean going to the gym every day, even if you don’t want to, or eating an apple when you’d much rather have a piece of aloo paratha, cake. But consistently making healthy choices – especially when it’s difficult – will speed you on your way off the plateau and toward the healthy lifestyle you are hoping to lead. Because if you expect to follow a thing only once and expect it to show results, then think again.
Hormones are chemical signals that body cells use to communicate with each other and basically tell each other what to do. Hormones Like thyroid, PCOS can all lead to these problems. So do have a look if your hormones are holding you back in your weight loss goals by fixing an appointment with your doc. To promote good hormones make sure you are eating plenty of vegetables.
Cut back on salt and sodium
Water is attracted to sodium like a magnet, so when you down a little more salt or sodium than usual, you may hang on to extra fluid. Five cups of water weigh one kg, so a shift in the fluid will have an immediate impact on the scale. The best way to slash sodium is to skip the saltshaker or seasonings with sodium and eat fresher unprocessed foods.
Indulge once a week
Losing weight is pointless if you don’t enjoy your new body and celebrate. That means indulging every once in a while not every day ? and forgetting your strict healthy regime. That’s why many nutritionists recommend a cheat once weekly meal to boost your metabolism, followed by healthy eating for the remainder of the week. Often the closer we are to reaching our goals (i.e. that last 5 or 10 pounds); the more difficult it will be to shed. Patience really is the key. Stick with your diet and exercise regimen and eventually, you will reach your go
Be patient and stay strong and motivated and know that just because the scale isn’t moving as fast as you want it to, your body is achieving greater health which in the long run means a more sustainable weight loss goal will be achieved.