As you lose weight, your metabolism declines, causing you to burn fewer calories than when you were at your heavier weight. The slower metabolism will slow your weight loss, even if you are still eating the healthy foods and working out like you did at the beginning. You have now reached a plateau, where the calories you eat equal the calories you burn.
This is a huge concern for someone like me, someone who has hypothyroidism. Hypothyroidism is when the body lacks sufficient thyroid hormone. Since the main purpose of thyroid hormone is to “run the body’s metabolism,” people with this condition will have symptoms associated with a slow metabolism.
What does that mean?
It means that because of this I will have symptoms of fatigue and struggle with not only losing weight but GAINING it! When you are on a constant journey to get to your healthiest it is extremely difficult to do that when your body is in a constant battle with you.
Do I concede the battle?
Oh hell no! I will continue to battle it out with my body. I will continue to work out and eat healthy even if the scale and inches have a mind of their own and refuse to cooperate.
But with a plateau, it does not matter if you are struggling with your thyroid or not, it can be very frustrating. To work out, to eat healthy and to see little to no results, well it is understandable at times why people give up at this point.
But I am telling you NOT to give up! Don’t quit on yourself! Keep going! Over the next ten days I am going to give a Break the Plateau tip to help not only you, but also myself, to break through this part of our journey so we can continue on.
Take out your before photos! Yup you heard me, it’s time to take out those dreaded photos. You know the ones I mean, the ones you took what seems like ages ago and then stuffed away somewhere where no one, including yourself could see.
Post them on your fridge, on your bathroom mirror. Post them wherever you will be sure to see them everyday. Me? I am going to not only post them on my fridge, gulp, that means the hubby will see them too, BUT also on the screen of my phone.
Yup on my phone. I have it with me at all times, it’s kind of glued to my hip so to speak so what better place?
When you have completed step one let me know! ❤
Sending strength, hope and love.