Pushing Past Plateaus
After weight loss surgery, don’t get held up at a weight loss plateau. Know what to expect and how to push past these common obstacles before they halt your progress.
A weight loss plateau refers to the experience of hitting a barrier in your weight loss progress, where despite continued dietary practices and exercise habits, you are no longer losing weight.
Hitting a weight loss plateau is actually a sign of weight loss progress. The reason your body hits a stalemate in its weight loss progress is because you’ve already lost weight, causing your metabolism to decline. So now, eating the same amount of calories as you did when you were heavier has less of an impact.
There are five tell-tale signs that you’ve hit a weight loss plateau. These include:
- Your weight loss progress stops, even though you are eating exactly what you were before when you were experiencing progress.
- You are no longer sore after you work out.
- You’ve been doing the same exact workout routine and following the same daily diet plan for 4-6 weeks.
- You are starting to feel hungry more often.
- Your motivation level begins to drop.
These are common obstacles that can happen during even the most effective weight loss programs. The best thing you can do when you encounter a weight loss plateau is to identify the signs quickly and take action to put yourself on track for further weight loss success.
Overcoming a Weight Loss Plateau
Revamping your dietary and exercise habits can kick-start the weight loss process all over again. Here are a few tips for managing a plateau effectively:
- Track your progress closely. This puts momentum in your hands, as the faster you act, the less time is lost.
- Look into different workout methods. In the early days after weight loss surgery your exercise choices are typically limited. Now that you’ve lost weight, new doors may be open to you. This might be a great time to meet with a personal fitness trainer to re-boost your weight loss.
- Talk with your weight loss surgeon. If you’ve already lost a lot of weight, now might be a good time to talk with your weight loss surgeon about new strategies to get your metabolism moving again.
Before making any of these changes to your weight loss program, make sure that you talk with your weight loss surgeon. Weight loss plateaus are less common after weight loss surgery, but they still happen. Maintaining motivation and believing that you can power through a short stall in weight loss progress is essential, so if you find yourself reaching a plateau, stay positive and whatever you do, don’t give up!