Weight loss plateaus can be frustrating
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The Albany Herald-Aug 25, 2012
Fat loss plateaus and lack of progress can be very frustrating. What makes it the most frustrating is when you feel like you're consistently putting in effort in the gym and reducing calories, but you are not losing. The first response is often to blame the lack of fat loss on something other than not being in a caloric deficit. It is amazing how many excuses we find for not losing fat weight. Some examples are “I’m just big bone” or “I’m retaining water” or “my metabolism has slowed down as I’ve gotten older” or “it’s heredity, everyone in my family is overweight.” One of the most common I hear is, “I’m hardly eating anything and I’m not losing weight, so it can’t be calories, it must be my carbs!” I think the best one I heard was from a prospective client who said she was trying to lose her “baby fat.” When I asked how old her baby was, she sheepishly replied, “Twelve years old”! The fact is, you will always lose weight in a caloric deficit, even though genetics, hormones, and other factors contribute. The laws of thermodynamics and the calorie balance equation still apply. The question is not why does a calorie deficit not work, but instead why has it changed?