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18 April 2011

Keep going when you're plateau-ing

You've started your diet and things have been going well for a few weeks. But then you suddenly get stuck and it feels like you've stopped losing weight forever. Sound familiar?

You've started your diet and exercise programme and things have been going well for a few weeks - the kilos have slowly but surely melted away. But then you suddenly get stuck and it feels like you've stopped losing weight forever. What on earth have you done wrong?

If this sounds familiar, don't despair. It's completely normal and called reaching a plateau. It may be very frustrating and can go on for weeks but it won't last forever.

Here's what happens:

The initial per day kilojoules reduction is no longer effective for losing more weight, because the body no longer identifies a kilojoule deficit. There will always be an adaptation to match any lowered kilojoule intake because the body needs to preserve energy for continued existence. 

 
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