Have you ever hit a PLATEAU in your weight loss or physical training?
Perhaps you didn’t even realize you had hit one of these so-called plateaus.
- As an amateur dieter/exerciser, you may have given up.
- As a novice dieter/exerciser, you may have banged your head against the wall a few times and called all your friends asking them, “how do I get past this?!”
- As a professional, you expect it and plan for it.
Turns out that the government may have hired a few professionals to take a look at our national weight-loss guidelines.
It was previously thought that dropping 500 calories per day from our diet would achieve a weight-loss of a pound a week. Here’s the thing though, if you do that all at once, your body may jump into “starvation mode,” which means that it has switched to a much slower metabolic rate to preserve it’s current weight. Think of back in the day – you know, like the Oregon Trail – when our forefathers and mothers couldn’t catch enough food. Their bodies shut down and burned as few calories as possible to keep them healthy and keep their organs functioning. (So THAT’S why crash dieting NEVER works!)
The same thing happens after a long fitness and diet regime. Our bodies become accompanied to a certain weight and caloric requirement and our metabolism adjusts accordingly to maintain that weight.
Anyway, the good news is that, according to this article, governments including the UK and US have been urged to revisit existing guidelines and programs for weight-loss in an attempt to curb unrealistic expectations and give real guidance to seriously overweight or obese people. Rather than having people think they can lose twice as many pounds in a year as is actually possible, researchers are coming up with real-world numbers that account for this metabolic shift.
But, as a rule of thumb, your doctor knows you better than any article you can dig up on the internet. So discuss any plans to alter your diet or exercise routine with your physician and get his or her “OK” before you begin.