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March 28, 2020
Dr. Jamie Grainger
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Getting Around The Weight Loss Plateau


Among diet experts, there is a rarely mentioned adaptation of the body that prevents a diet program from achieving the maximum results. This adaptation, the weight loss plateau, can be tackled in a variety of ways. Because of this adaptation you will need to make changes to your training or diet regimen. Getting around the weight loss plateau and metabolic rate can be a difficult process, it can be done.

A typical human form is capable of achieving many incredible feats. Some feats seem to suspend or defy the way science tells us things work. Athletes can end up lifting something that their bodies should not be able to without suffering anything worse than muscle spasms. People can adapt to extreme physical trauma caused by a car accident and defy predictions that they’ll never walk again. In general, these amazing feats are useful in several situations. There are physical reactions that some people look upon with quite a bit of disfavor. Among these “disfavored reactions” is something known as a “weight loss plateau.”

What is the “plateau” effect?

Essentially, the “plateau” is a term used to describe a situation where the body becomes incapable of losing any further weight. Usually, this is due to developing a tolerance for the weight loss pills and methods we use. Usually, the plateau hits when the body produces an understanding of the regimen’s limitations and practices. Because of this understanding the body will not allow the metabolic rate to adjust. Most diet books decidedly ignore the existence of the plateau. Primarily because they see it as negating the purpose of the diet and is, therefore, bad for marketing. There are, however, ways to counteract the human body building a tolerance for training regimens and weight loss pills.

What about metabolism?

The human metabolism, when presented with a pattern, will eventually adapt to that pattern. It is this natural adaptability of the human body that can cause weight loss plateau. Notably, if the person’s diet and eating habits stay the same, it is difficult for weight loss. As such, changing the pattern will, once a sufficient amount of time has passed, allow your diet plan or weight loss pills to become useful again. This trick mainly involves confusing the human metabolism. Often taken as a rather drastic way to get the body back in “diet mode”. There are, of course, several ways to effectively alter that pattern without causing permanent harm.

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Exercise can help change the metabolic rate

Adding strength and weight training and modifying one’s exercise program can also help someone get past the plateau, in most cases. The body will still burn through nutrients during physical activity. Though the digestive system’s metabolic rate can adapt such that more weight is retained rather than burned during exercise. Increasing the difficulty of the tasks, or changing the movements to target less-developed muscle areas, can effectively force the body to re-adapt. While the body is busy adapting to the changes, it can also start losing weight again. This method is best when using alterations to the person’s diet, however, to maximize the effectiveness.

Changing your meal schedule

Another trick used to circumvent the problem of the plateau is to make changes to the time frame between meals. The internal clock that the human body’s digestive system operates on is altering to suit one’s purposes provided one executes the proper alterations to one’s diet and eating habits. A simple action, like changing the schedule of the meals, can have a considerable effect on altering the metabolic rate. The fundamental concept of this method is to fool the body into burning the food faster, thus getting one’s weight loss program and diet back on track.

Are you ready to change?

Above all when considering the options, it is helpful to keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for another person. Some slower metabolisms may require a combination of diet program and exercise regimen modifications. Furthermore, others can get by with merely shortening the break between meals. The critical point is to find a method that works and is sufficient for a specific metabolism.  Finally, it is important to realize this can be a time-consuming process.


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