Among diet experts, there is a rarely mentioned adaptation of the body that prevents a diet program from achieving the maximum results. This adaptation, the Weight Loss Plateau, can be tackled in a variety of ways.
Most of these involve changes in your training or diet regimen. While keeping your metabolic rate elevated can be a difficult process, it can be done.
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 disfavour. Among these “disfavoured 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 for the training and diet you’re on.
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 training or 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 and weight loss diets.
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 plan or weight loss pills 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, or sprinting instead of long distance runs or prolonged Taekwondo sessions can also help you 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 weight is retained rather than burned during exercise.
Increasing the difficulty of the exercises, or increasing the intensity of your training for short sharp burst, can force the body to re-adapt.
While the body is busy adapting to the changes, it can also start losing weight again. This method is best used with alterations to your diet, however, to maximize the effectiveness.
Another trick used to get around 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.
By changing the time you eat, and eating small regular meals, you can change your metabolic rate. You’re body will be forced to re-adapt itself to this habit, and in the process burn more calories doing so. The key concept of this method is to fool the body into burning the food faster, thus getting your weight loss program and diet back on track.
When looking at the options, you need to keep in mind that what works for one person may not work for you. Some slower metabolisms may require a combination of diet program and exercise changes, while others can get by with merely shortening the break between meals.
What you need to do is to experiment and find out what works for you. This is a process you need to be doing throughout your training career, whether you’re doing Taekwondo for fun and fitness or if you’re plan is Gold at the Olympics.
Keep an eye on what works for you, and also what doesn’t work and adjust your training and diet accordingly.
If you have ways that you’ve overcome your weight loss plateau, or want more specific information, let me know in the comments box below. 🙂