“I have reached a plateau stage”. Please help me come out of it?
You have started to eat right, moving more and losing weight when you suddenly reach a plateau and see that your weight has stopped going down. The reason for this could be that as your weight goes down, your body requires lesser calories to maintain itself.
This could be achieved by recalculating your calorie requirements for the present weight. This is achieved by multiplying your present weight with 30 kcal and it will give you your new calorie needs.
When you are losing weight you are losing both muscle as well as fat which especially is true if your daily calorie deficit is more than 500 calories. This is because muscle burns 5 times more calories than fat, loss of muscle lowers your metabolism which in turn brings about the weight loss plateau. The best way to overcome this stage is to increase your activity levels either in the form of cardio activities or weight bearing or a combination of both to increase your muscle mass.
To counter the plateau stage, check whether you are eating the right quantity for the new weight or are you still eating the same calories that you started eating for weight loss. Recalculate your calorie needs for the present weight with upping your physical activity levels and you should be able to come out of the plateau stage soon. Check if you are eating too less, as eating too little causes your body to protect itself from starving by using hormones to create hunger and
prevent fat loss.