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What Causes A Weight-Loss Plateau?

Everyone who has ever tried to lose weight has experienced a weight loss plateau. At the starting of weight loss journey a higher amount of weight loss is experienced but after a certain amount of time the weight loss stops or the rate of weight loss is reduced.

After days or even weeks of efforts u will see the exact same value on the scale which can be really disappointing. It can make your efforts and hard work seem like a waste of time. In order to overcome the weight loss plateau we must understand why it happens.

WATER WEIGHT LOSS RETURNS

A rapid weight loss is commonly experienced in the first few weeks of weight loss. But what most people don’t know is that it is the water weight lost due the water lost as the body uses up carbohydrate stores in the form of glycogen. And as carbohydrate intake fluctuates the water weight is regained, which can offset the fat loss and causes a plateau.

YOUR BODY BURNS MUSCLE TOO

During weight loss the body doesn’t just burns fat it also breaks down muscle. Unlike fat muscle burns calories, so loosing muscle will slow down your rate of fat loss. This is why it is not recommended to cut down to very few calories. You should also include protein in your diet as protein helps in building muscle.

THE LESS YOU WEIGH, THE LESS YOU BURN

As the weight decreases the amount of calories required by your body also decreases. When your weight is high the calorie deficit we create by consuming lesser calories is very large. But as your weight decreases the and the calorie intake is the same then the calorie deficit reduces as the calories required by your body to complete the day to day tasks also reduces which causes the reduction in weight loss. This is the weight loss plateau.

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HOW TO OVERCOME THE WEIGHT LOSS PLATEAU

In order to overcome the weight loss plateau you should increase the workout intensity with time and should also concentrate on building muscle as it automatically burns calories and improves the body’s metabolism. Carbohydrate intake should be reduced, fiber intake should be increased and water intake should be increased.