Weight Loss Plateau’s are experienced by many people when losing weight or dieting. Unfortunately they often herald the end of a good start for too many people. Regardless of your program or plan, you will probably hit a plateau in your progress – a point where you don’t lose anymore weight.
This isn’t an excuse to quit! Your program probably works. It’s just that your body now needs a little more help and planning in order to keep heading towards your goals. There are a number of reasons for a weight loss plateau and I’ll discuss several of them here so you can adequately plan to overcome them.
Try one of these and see if it breaks your weight loss plateau. More often than not you just need to do a little more work, because now you are an awful lot fitter and trimmer. Remember a plateau isn’t the end of your program, it is recognition of your success at the basics – now tweak your program with a few advanced techniques and see continued progress.
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Advanced individuals such as fitness models, bodybuilders, and pro athletes require more detailed and complicated techniques like carb tapering, carb cycling and mixing food ratios to break their weight loss plateau when they need to lost those last few pounds. For the most part you won’t need to do these your self, but I might as well let you know more about two of them now;
Low Carb – this is probably the most popular advanced method. Unfortunately it has been over popularised and misused by low carb diets such as Atkins. Basically this involves the drastic reduction of carbs in the diet to bring about a state known as ketosis. This isn’t particularly pleasant and should only be used under strict supervision. There a couple of nasty side effects, like headaches, nausea and fatigue and constipation.
Carb Cycling – this is can be done in two ways – on a daily diet basis or on an overall week basis. The first method involves structuring your carb intake throughout the day so that your first meal has the most carbs and you gradually reduce the amount to a very few carbs or even none at all by the end of the day. The second version of this involves the alternation of high and low carb days. The theory behind this is that the carb depletion burns fat stores and then the increase promotes muscular development.
These two methods above are often employed by models looking to get extra lean for a photo shoot or bodybuilding competitors looking to achieve the best look for the judges. You don’t have to worry about using these now, but small variations on these themes in conjunction with the points given above could help you break that weight loss plateau and move on to the next stage in your fat loss.