Why did I suddenly stop losing weight?
Asked by tempestadesm on Apr 23, 2009
in Weight Loss
Why have I stopped losing weight for the 3rd week in a row? I am trying hard here, I have no idea why I have stopped losing. So far, I have lost incredibly 10 kg since I have started to diet and it was so far so good, but now scale does not move from where it was. I haven’t done anything wrong, I swear!!!
People usually reach a weight loss plateau after losing around 10% of their weight, which describes you. The body simply adapts hormonally to burn fewer calories in an attempt to protect itself. You could try to:
- Wait it out for several months before starting to “diet” again (which actually increases your chances of long-term success).
- Re-set your calorie requirements to match your new weight. Your calories dropped from 1650 to 1450 a day for weight loss.
- Increase your activity level to 60+ minutes every day, which is even more effective if you split it into two sessions (one in the morning and one in the evening). It helps to add interval- and strength-training too. Read more about weight loss plateaus from the Guide to Exercise at About.com.