Hello fellow bloggers, writers, sisters, brothers, creators, influencers, or whatever title you go by. Welcome to today’s blog. This topic is on something that I have researched a lot lately because I’ve been going through it. And that is weight loss stalls. Blah.
*DISCLAIMER: I am not a doctor. What I’m saying here is based on my own personal experiences and what I have learned from others along the way. *
With that being said, there are many reasons you could be in a weight loss stall and for the purpose of this blog and my scope of knowledge I am solely going to talk about the reasons I know and feel confident writing about.
Now on to the content.
One question to ask yourself is how long you have been dieting? For me personally, I have been dieting since August of 2016. That’s just short of a year now. *Insert loud, obnoxious groan.* In other words, I have been in a caloric deficit for that many months. And looking back, this is a ton of stress on my body. What I’m now looking to do is start a reverse diet. Essentially this means raising my calories to just about maintenance level to give my body a break and get my metabolism up higher. Your body needs variety. If you eat the same amount of calories for too long with no variation, weight loss is likely to slow down and/or stop.
Imagine you’re a college student. You come back January 14th-ish and are ready to start the spring semester. You get through it. Month after month. Then finally in
May you take finals and yessssss you’re done! That after finals feeling is so stinkin’ spectacular.
But what if you weren’t done? What if the day after your last final started 4 new classes? And the whole class/study/no sleep process immediately continued. It would suck. Just writing this sounds miserable.
Well your body is the same way. It needs that summer vacation if you’ve been dieting for too long! So maybe raising your calories for a few weeks and simply appreciating your body and what all is amazing things it does for you is the key. Then after this reverse diet, you can choose to go back to a cut phase (aka caloric deficit).
If this is you I would definitely go online and check out some articles on reverse dieting. It is a very real and magnificent concept. I will post more blogs along my journey to let you know how it goes for me!