Should I do anything about a weight plateau? And if I don’t, how long will it take to lose weight again? The answers are more important that you might think.
Will a weight loss plateau go away on it’s own? Yes it certainly will.
No, you should DEFINITELY NOT , OMG, do anything to break through your weight loss plateau.
It’s going to take three to six weeks, depending on your program – but hurrying this will make things bad for you.
Do not be tempted by the urge to rush through a weight loss plateau
It’s just going to damage your metabolism and freak your body out further.
Besides, if you are in a hurry, you are doing it wrong. You think you can go back to 3500 calories a day when you hit your weight target? Of course not. The reality is that you will go from 1600 to 1900, or whatever.
Eat your current target calories and don’t worry about it.
The problem is that your body has a “lizard brain” that thinks it’s going to starve tomorrow, so it’s totally freaking out on you. We’re talking some serious stress here.
Obviously, weight loss is healthy, but the stress on your body during the weight loss plateau is unhealthy and even dangerous.
Plus, increasing a calorie deficit now is only going to mash up your metabolism even more.
Be patient – don’t make it worse. There’s no hurry.
How long will my weight loss plateau last?
It depends on your body and your program, but the simple answer is three to six weeks.
Yes, I know that this messes up your goal of getting down to bride’s maid’s weight (I’m talking to them men reading this. Just kidding. Sort of.), but that’s going to be OK because if you hit a plateau, that means you’ve done a great job and suffered through a long and slow road already. And you ar probably looking pretty fly.
Am I right?
When you first started “losing weight” and exercising, you actually gained weight (but you looked better). Remember that? Then you lost some weight (and you looked slightly even better than when you first started working out), now you are stuck (and you are still looking pretty good as compared to here you started.
Just go out there and rock it.
Your lizard brain and metabolism will come around soon enough, and then you’ll have even more to rock.
But if you hurry – you could suffer health problems and/or screw up your metabolism for even longer. In most cases, this results in looking worse than before you even started. How do you rock that? You can’t.
Settle in and enjoy your active time and you current calorie intake.