You have evaluated your diet and exercise habits and made the necessary changes to your lifestyle. Your weight loss was moving along at a pretty exciting pace until…it stopped. Or slowed down markedly. What happened? Do you need to re-evaluate your plan and make changes? Are you doing something wrong? Maybe, but not necessarily. More than likely, your body has just become accustomed to your eating and exercise habits. When this happens, your weight loss is bound to slow a little as the body readjusts to your new habits.
When you first commit yourself whole heartedly to a weight loss program, the weight can drop off rather rapidly. It can be exciting to move at this pace but try not to get used to it. In the beginning, a lot of the weight you are losing is water weight. This weight comes off quickly which can lead to big numbers on the scale, but once your body adjusts the weight loss will slow down. This is totally normal but understandably alarming to those who are working hard to shed those extra pounds. You are moving along at a great clip and all of a sudden you slow to a crawl. It is normal to wonder if you are doing something wrong or if there is something else you should be doing, but don’t automatically think you need to overhaul your entire diet and exercise program. More than likely, your body has adjusted and slowed to a more long term pace.
While it would be nice to continue losing big numbers each week, that is not how the body works. Losing about 1-2 pounds a week is right where you should be after a few weeks of hard work. When you first start a major change to your diet and exercise, your body freaks out a little – which is why you will see big numbers on the weight loss charts. As your body gets used to the new routine it will adjust and lose weight at a more slow and steady pace.
That having been said, it is not a bad idea to periodically evaluate your weight loss plan to see if there are any adjustments you need to make. Feel free to check with your doctor or trainer to see if there are improvements that can be made anywhere. But it is totally normal for your weight loss to slow down after a few weeks of weight loss.