What's happening? There are a few reasons you may have gotten stuck. Here are 3 of the main reasons for hitting a weight loss plateau - and what you can do to get unstuck.
#1) Medical Reasons
Now this is not the same as saying you're genetically programmed to be overweight. That is hogwash. In fact scientists estimate that even if you do have a genetic propensity to gain weight, your genes only account for 15 - 25% of your current weight. So forget the genetics excuse.
But there are medical reasons that some people can't lose weight. Low thyroid, adrenal exhaustion, insulin resistance and other medical conditions can cause your body to hold onto extra weight.
That's why before starting any weight loss plan, you should talk to your doctor first. Have a full workup and make sure that you don't have any health issues standing in the way of your weight loss.
There's nothing more frustrating that trying to lose weight, doing all the right things and not losing an inch - all because of a medical condition. Get the medical condition cleared up first and then address the weight (in fact, the weight may just go down on its own once you get the medical condition addressed).
#2) Emotional Eating
I recently read an article where a nutritionist estimated that 75% of overeating was due to emotions. Can you imagine what would happen if you learned to eliminate emotional eating and cut out all those calories? What a weight loss impact! The weight would be falling off.
Unfortunately, in today's world, emotional eating is on the rise. Most people today are feeling the pressure of an increasingly hectic lifestyle. We hardly have time to tie our shoes, never mind deal with our emotions.
Because of this, our emotions get stuffed down and ignored until finally they explode and we're face-down in a bowl of Rocky-Road ice cream with extra chocolate sauce.
Here's the bottom line: you are human and you have emotions. Your emotional needs are important and need to be addressed properly with love. You need emotional nurturing and proper emotional care.
There are also weight loss programs like Shrink Yourself that specifically help you deal with emotional eating. When you learn to deal with emotional eating you often find that your weight starts to come off again.
#3) Mismatched Diet Plan
There are many different ways to lose weight and dozens of diet programs to choose from. Some plans emphasize a change in diet, others emphasize a change in exercise, others focus on the inner reasons for overeating.
Every person is different and will lose weight in their own unique way. If what you're doing now isn't currently working, it may be a simple case of personality-plan mismatch.
Maybe instead a labor-intensive diet (where you have to do all the food preparation yourself), you'd do better with a diet meal delivery service since you have such a busy lifestyle.
Maybe instead of a strict calorie-counting plan, you'd do better with a plan that lets you 'cheat' once in a while or eat chocolate. There are lots of plans to choose from and you deserve to take your time and find one that fits your personality and lifestyle best.
If you think this is the case, take some time to review different diet plans. Find one that you can get excited about, one that makes sense to you and that fits your belief system and personality.
By changing to a diet plan that suits your lifestyle and personality better you may just shake off that weight loss plateau and reach your goal in no time!