How to Overcome a Weight Loss Plateau in Under 48 Hours
April Weight Loss Weigh In
I know I said last month was hard, but if I really step back and look at it, I was just frustrated with things not coming off as quickly. This month I had to learn a few hard lessons and I want to let you in on some secrets I learned along the way. I’m going to share the trick that helped me bust through a plateau in under 48 hours. Give you a little insight into eating for your body type. And talk to you a bit about bullies.
April was a big ol’ dose of reality. This new lifestyle didn’t feel so much like a “diet” anymore and we really settled into a groove. In some cases that felt amazing because it allowed me to focus on other things and give my business more attention. But it also left me feeling distracted and distant from the process. As if I wasn’t doing enough - moving my body everyday and preparing nearly every single meal.
I had to get some thick skin and do it in an emotional way rather than resorting to food. It wasn’t easy, but I’m so glad I kept pushing through.
The Dreaded Plateau
Y’all have been there. That yo-yo feeling when you just see your weight go up and down seemingly for no reason in this same little range. I felt stuck. It didn’t seem to matter what I ate, all predictability was out the window.
I was nearly two weeks into the month and things hadn’t budged and I finally crowd sourced some help.
Everyone had a tip. Drink more water (literally how?!) Maybe you aren’t eating enough, maybe you are eating too much. Change up your exercise.
While I definitely could do all those things it didn’t feel like what my body needed. Then I got one of the simplest suggestions ever.
Brittany from Instant Loss suggested I flip my meals upside down.
I literally had no idea what she meant. So I pressed for more information.
“Eat in reverse,” she said. “Have dinner for breakfast and breakfast for dinner.”
The basics were easy. Dinner was now a meal replacement smoothie - my go to breakfast. And Breakfast, well it was dinner.
I decided to dive in immediately. I still prepped and made dinner as normal to keep the husband at bay and my sanity straight, because preparing dinner at 8am sounded awful.
I then would sip a smoothie and wake up to an easy breakfast I just had to reheat. After 24 hours I dropped back to my low weight in my plateau window. After 48 hours I was at a new number, just about a 2 pound drop. So I flipped my meals back to normal the following day.
Eat for Your Body Type
Given two weeks into the month I had barely budged, I felt like I had a lot of time to make up for. And everything about this process felt slower. I mean I knew this wasn’t an episode of the Biggest Loser with epic weight loss and 12 hour days at the gym.
I knew it would slow down, I wasn’t naive. But I wanted to also be mindful of what else I could be doing.
I didn’t really know where to start. I didn’t want to massively adjust how I was eating - i.e. transition to Keto or another super specific regime.
I wanted to stay in my lane, continue with what I was doing, but also shake it up a bit.
It all really happened on accident. I had an event this month that made my only dinner option Pizza - I mean come on, you have to celebrate the Junior League’s 105th birthday. Did I mention there was also cake?
I was nervous about it the whole day before. And did what I could to have a super light lunch without completely starving myself.
Two pieces of pizza, one big piece of cake, a night sleep and I was down 1.5 pounds.
I figured there had to be something there, but didn’t think much of it.
Within 24 hours I was targeted for a weight loss advertisement, and normally I scroll on by, but he specifically referenced eating for your body type. He hooked me.
I spent 40 minutes going through his webinar after taking a body type quiz. He took a Western approach and dubbed me an Endomorph. If you were to look at Eastern Medicine I’d be a Kapha. Both have similar characteristics.
It’s hard to lose weight.
Not for lack of effort either. Our bodies (meaning these types) were literally meant to hold body fat during times of famine. Our metabolisms adjust to shifts in our diet quickly and tend to get stuck.
The solution - Metabolic Confusion!
A quick google will take you down a rabbit hole of information. The basic jist. You have to surprise your metabolism. While you have to lose weight by having a caloric deficit, since our metabolisms want to store fat, simply reducing calories isn’t enough.
You could look at it a couple ways - carb or caloric cycling. Quick shifts between different macros with a similar shift in calories.
While you could 100% google this and follow a meal plan floating on the internet. My goal at heart is to make this a lifestyle. So instead of a strict plan or measuring all the macros, I have spent the last week switching my meals up a bit. Instead of being so strict about no carbs at dinner. I had a helping of quinoa. The next night I had a salad with WAY more veggies.
It’s working. I’ll keep reporting back. For the exact meal plans I follow check out the FB group here.
Haters Gonna Hate
This experience has been incredibly rewarding. The stories of people getting started and taking their health seriously because I inspired them, put me in tears. The powerful stories of heartache and insane victories, they keep me going.
But friends, the haters have started.
I knew it would come. It was inevitable. The moment you start succeeding, people want to tear you down.
I’ve gotten comments like:
“You have saggy skin because you are losing weight too fast”
AND like legit
“Wow, you looked WAY bigger than that.”
All the various opinions on how I should eat, exercise and how so and so tells you to do it.
Frankly, some of them dug deep. Some of them made me question how I was doing this or how I was talking about it with you.
Sure, I’m not a trained nutritionist. But I have tried and failed over the last decade with different approaches. I’m sharing with my heart what is and isn’t working for me. If that’s not your cup of tea, just ignore me. I won’t be hurt.
Anyways, on that note, I think it’s time to look at our progress!! I’m pretty proud of us.
Here are our numbers at the end of April:
-5.7lbs for April (-40.0lbs Total Since 1/1/19)
-6.25” for April (-47.0” Total Since 1/1/19)
Completed 114/365 Day Workout Challenge
-1.7lbs for April (-27.0lbs Total Since 1/1/19)
-3.75” for April (-31.5” Total Since 1/1/19)
(Note: This is a true test of weight loss from someone who is not super active and has a sedentary job).