Struggling to move that weight after your early success?
Getting Around The Weight Loss Plateau”
Among experts, there is a rarely mentioned adaptation of the body that prevents a diet program from achieving the maximum results. This adaptation, the , can be tackled in a variety of ways, most of which involve changes to the training or diet regimen of a person. While circumventing the metabolic rate can be a difficult process, it can be done and its key to sustained successful fat loss.
Do we need to go over the difference between fat loss and weight loss?
Just so we are clear, fat loss is what everyone is chasing. Its the thing that makes your body look better and your clothes fit nicer.
Weight loss can be confused by an effective training regime. Fit people, weigh MORE than unfit people with the same dimensions because muscle is a denser substance than fat.
Its why we at Beckenham Gym, give you a Personal Progress pack so you can chart the progress of your bodies shape change. You could technically be getting smaller in size but heavier on the scales.
Any way back to the main point of the article….
The typical human form is capable of achieving a number of incredible feats that seem to suspend or defy the way science tells us things work. Athletes, through sheer willpower, can end up lifting something that their bodies should not be able to without suffering anything worse than muscle spasms. People can adapt to extreme physical trauma caused by a car accident and defy predictions that they’ll never walk again. While, in general, these amazing feats are useful in a number of situations, there are physical reactions that some people look upon with quite a bit of disfavor. Among these “disfavored reactions” is something known as a “weight loss plateau.”
Essentially, the “plateau” is a term used to describe a situation where the body has become incapable of losing any further weight, usually due to developing a tolerance to your training regime and diet being used. Essentially, the plateau is hit when the body develops tolerance for the regimen’s limitations and practices, thus allowing the metabolic rate of the body to adjust to whatever techniques were being used. Most diet books decidedly ignore the existence of the plateau, primarily because it can be seen as negating the purpose of the diet and is, therefore, bad for marketing. There are, however, ways to counteract the human body building a tolerance for training regimens.
The human metabolism, when presented with a pattern, will eventually adapt to that pattern. It is this natural adaptability of the human body that can cause the weight loss plateau, particularly if the person’s diet and eating habits have been altered for weight loss. As such, changing the pattern will, once a sufficient amount of time has passed, allow your diet and exercise plan to become effective again. This trick essentially involves confusing the human metabolism, and is often taken as a rather drastic way to get the body back in “diet mode.” There are, of course, several ways to effectively alter that pattern without causing the body permanent harm.
Adding strength and weight training and modifying one’s exercise program can also help someone get past the plateau, in most cases. The body will still burn through nutrients during physical activity, though the digestive system’s metabolic rate can adapt such that more fat is retained rather than burned during exercise. Increasing the difficulty of the exercises, or changing the movements to target less-developed muscle areas, can effectively force the body to re-adapt.
At Beckenham Gym we ask you to complete a simple programme card after each workout so we can monitor when you reach this plateau and we can step in and provide the change in exercise plan that you need to fire up the metabolic rate again. That’s the big advantage of hiring the very best fitness team in the area and why tyou should use us if ypu want to achieve sustainable shape change.
While the body is busy adapting to the changes we’ve made to your programme, it can also start burning fat again.
Here’s “the rub” – This method is best used with alterations to the person’s diet, however, to maximize the effectiveness.
Just for the avoidance of doubt heres something you must understand, if you train too hard and get too hungry – you will eat like a dog and mitigate any benefits your training is delivering !
This is why we recommend short hi intensity training sessions at Beckenham Gym. 45 minute sessions 2 to 3 times per week. That’s all it needs to get the results if its high intensity.
Another trick used to circumvent the problem of the plateau is to make changes to the time frame between meals. The internal clock that the human body’s digestive system operates on can be altered to suit one’s purposes, provided one executes the proper alterations to one’s diet and eating habits. A simple action like altering the schedule of the meals, such as adding more meals but reducing the bulk of each, can have an appreciable effect on altering the metabolic rate. The key concept of this method is to fool the body into burning the food faster, thus getting one’s fat loss program and diet back on track.
When considering the options, it is helpful to keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for another person. Some slower metabolisms may require combination of diet program and exercise regimen modifications, while others can get by with merely shortening the break between meals. The critical point is to find a method that works and is effective for a specific metabolism.We deliberately set you up with a range of personal progress measurement tools to ensure we find the “key to the door” for you.
Why not chart a weeks eating habit on our Beckenham Gym food diary – If you’re not a member yet, shout up when you come to visit us and we will send you one to complete for 7 days.
Bring it back in and our nutrition specialists will look over it and provide any advice if it’s needed.
So there we are…. If you are struggling to get the shape you want, take the easy solution and call Beckenham Gym.We’ve got the expertise, and the equipment to get you where you want to be in double quick time.