If you are experiencing a stall or plateau in your Atkins weight loss efforts, you are not alone. This occurs from time to time. However, you first must make sure that you have actually reached a plateau point.
A plateau means that you have gone an extended period of time without losing weight or inches. It’s important to take your measurements before you start your weight loss plan, in addition to your weight. On some weeks it may not seem like you are losing any at all on the scale. But a quick look at your measurements will prove otherwise.
This diet removes fat and introduces muscle and as we know it is heavier and therefore it is conceivable you will go up in weight as you build muscle and the fat is removed, so it is a good thing. So an increase in weight but your sizes will go down, thinner and fitter but maybe the same weight.
You need to measure those important places before you begin, you know all the flabby places. Without measuring those important places, you don’t know what is disappearing or appearing!! And your body will get bigger and thinner and so on as you move through, hopefully with a downward trend. And don’t forget this is a big deal, you are reshaping yourself and will take a while. So check those dimensions on a weekly basis no more!!
There may be periods of 3 to 4 weeks where you have a stall in weight loss, but a loss in inches. Or vice versa. And you have to keep a tally of both to ensure you are on top of your progress. These stall periods are not a reason to quit or to give up, it is what it is and is part of the process.
As you get closer you will slow down for sure as there is less and less to lose, this is normal. As you have been on a high protein and carb low diet, the muscle has increased. As your muscle mass grows your smart body will resist and stop you losing more fat, so you can then set another weight target. Perhaps your body is trying to tell you something and its time to start maintaining your weight loss rather than trying to lose more.
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There are always differing reasons that weight loss stutters on the long journey that is losing that nasty old fat. Don’t fret if you are 3-5 weeks in and you ain’t anywhere try new stuff. Check out your level of carbs is cool, consuming too many carbs you will not lose weight.
Check out carbohydrates that may be stowed away in packaged foods, dressings and sauces to make sure they aren’t the culprits in your plateau.
Look at your water consumption, you need to drink a lot and if not the body keeps water to look after itself and stops weight loss and also you need to flush nasties away.
Undereating can also be a cause for weight loss plateaus. Make sure not to let yourself go hungry and eat smaller, more frequent meals. Don’t forget, you are on a reduced eating plan, not a calorie-restricted diet. Ensure you have some protein with every meal and snack. Never go more than 5 hours without eating something (except overnight of course). Also, eat freely from the acceptable foods. Don’t try to count calories or restrict your calorie intake.
The body has a defence mechanism and shuts down the metabolism when it fears it isn’t getting fed, so holds onto all that lovely fat, so you have to eat.
Increasing your exercise level can help get you through a plateau as well. Your muscles are smart they work out what is going on so you have to confuse them and switch it up to keep your body guessing and working. Mix it up, you have to or experiment with more weights, keep it guessing or is it a he or a she, a him or a her?
Trying one of these methods will most likely get your weight loss back on track. Remember that occasional stalls are normal, but they do not have to last.