Some of you may have read my previous blog entry, "If nothing changes? Nothing changes.": www.sparkpeople.c
. This is sort of the sister post to that.
This is about denial, as well. It ain't just a river in Egypt, folks. Oftentimes, someone will ask about how to break a plateau. What is a plateau? Well, simply put, it's when you stop losing, but you aren't gaining, either. It's also not something that happens in a week; I'm sorry, but two weeks isn't a plateau. :) Generally, a plateau is something longer than that. Usually something like a month or more.
It's also not a very long time. I've heard people say a few times "I've been on a plateau for a year" or even more. I read one post today that said they'd been on a plateau for three years!
That's not a plateau, my friends. That's maintenance. You're not losing, you're not gaining. If it's been three years, you're just maintaining your weight.
Plateaus happen to all of us. The reasons are varied. For me, my last plateau was caused by overtraining; I was lifting weights three or four days a week, often the same muscle groups, and when I stopped, I started losing again. Some people find they have to shake up their routine.
Sparkpeople has a great series of articles that will help anyone who's struggling with a plateau: www.sparkpeople.c
But what it all comes down to is pretty simple: If you aren't losing weight, you have to CHANGE SOMETHING. If your weight loss stalls for months, or god forbid, years, why not change? What do you have to lose? The weight? Lord, I'd hope so.
Don't play games with semantics. Don't call something a "plateau" when you haven't tried anything new to lose weight. Call it what it is. You're maintaining. This isn't a bad thing, I mean, you're not gaining right? But you have to ask yourself something: do you want to maintain the weight you're at, right now, for the rest of your life?
So if you're stuck, and you haven't tried something new for a while... do. Eat something different. Eat more. Eat less. Workout more. Workout less. Try a new workout. Get out of the gym. Get INTO the gym.
Just don't sit there. An object at rest tends to stay at rest... and if nothing changes, nothing changes. Right?