Why am I stuck on a plateau and how do I get out of it?
is the word from the Hellers themselves as well as one of
who think that they are not losing weight quickly enough or
think they are at a plateau, are making one of three errors.
First, use only weekly weight averages to determine if your
weight loss has truly slowed down or you are at a plateau
(check your book for easy guidance). If you have not lost
at least 1/2 pound for several weeks (based on weekly averages),
there are two possible errors you may not realize that you
are making. The first and most common reason is carbo-drifting
at your daily carbohydrate-rich meal. It is essential to balance
your daily carbohydrate-rich meal properly. It is not meant
to be a carbo binge; it must be properly balanced for ideal
health and for ideal weight. You can get guidelines for balancing
your daily carbo-rich meal by reading the info in the FAQ
entitled "Carbohydrate Meal Balance" (go back to the main
FAQ index or go directly to: http://www.carbohydrateaddicts.com/rmbal.html).
reason for slowed or halted weight-loss, is the consumption
of hidden carbohydrates, carbohydrate act-alikes, or trigger
foods during your low-carbohydrate meals. Carefully examine
the foods you have been eating at your low carbo meals against
the list of low-carbohydrate foods in your book. Also, remove
carbohydrate act-alikes including sugar substitutes (artificial
sweeteners) and monosodium glutamate (under all the names
it can be listed, including natural flavorings and hydrolyzed
food starch or hydrolyzed plant protein). For details on the
impact of glutamate and artificial sweeteners and info on
medication's effects as well, see The Carbohydrate Addict's
LifeSpan Program. Remember that even small amounts of high-carbo
foods at low-carbo meals or the consumption of carbohydrate
act-alikes can slow or stop weight loss, even if you don't
notice a craving rebound.
nothing more frustrating
stuck in a plateau for 6 weeks right after Christmas. For
a long time I expected my weight to drop eventually, so I
didn't change my habits at all. But after a while, I started
experimenting with my daily plans and exercise to see what
would kick-start my weight loss. I ended up finding out that
I needed to cut out my CarbSolutions Bars that I used to have
for breakfast every morning. After I did that, my weight dropped
really all about experimenting. You just have to find that
key thing that is causing a stall and get rid of it -- or
add to it (if it happens to be a lack of exercise).
you luck. There really is nothing more frustrating than "doing
everything right" and not losing.