Why Hitting A Weight Loss Plateau Is Actually A Good Thing

Why Hitting a Weight Loss Plateau Is Actually a Good Thing

The dreaded weight loss plateau: You were doing so well on your weight loss journey and then, bam, the scale won't budge any further. Don't despair, however:

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MyFitnessPal reminds us that this plateau is actually a good sign:

Plateaus happen. We know they're going to happen. In fact, when we plateau, it means that we've made progress! It's the perfect time to look back and see how far you've come because no human endeavour is linear. Learning a language, a musical instrument, how do date, or how to write well all takes time, with improvements coming in waves of easy progress, then stagnation, followed by bursts of more progress.

Diane Fu is a weight lifting coach in San Francisco who tells her athletes, "When you hit that first plateau and you're not improving as fast as you were before, congratulations! You're no longer a beginner!"

The same is true with fat loss. Weight loss can be fast in the beginning because the more weight you have to lose, the faster it comes off. The closer you get to your goal weight, the slower things get. So it's not a sign you're doing something wrong; it's a sign you've done things right! It's a sign that you're completely normal and have hit a point that everyone hits on their weight-loss journey. A plateau is a mark on the road, letting you know you're heading in the right direction, and that you've made a lot of progress.

Also, there are things you can do to get past that plateau with minimal effort.

The Upside of a Wight-Loss Plateau [MyFitnessPal]


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