Why Do We Experience a Weight Loss Plateau?
As mentioned above, a weight loss plateau us our body’s way of adjusting to the lifestyle changes you make in your fitness journey.
Overtime however, our bodies need to “reset” in order to lose weight again. This is because everybody has a natural ‘set point’. This is the weight that our body hovers at when we’re eating healthily. Our set point is determined by our DNA and the environment around us.
When you approach your set point, it means your caloric expenditure is equal to your caloric intake. Since you’re burning calories at the same rate as you consume, you’re pulled out of a deficit, so you stop losing weight.
Reaching a weight loss plateau is crucial for sustainable weight loss because it allows your body to adapt to a new set point. Given enough time and some important lifestyle changes, your body will have a lower set point and you can continue to lose weight.