One of the most common issues we encounter in the fast metabolism diet is weight plateau. Although, we have valuable tips on how to beat weight plateau, there are still some of our challenged dieters whose weight wouldn’t budge even though they’ve tried almost everything. No matter how many times they try to mix up their diet and exercise, it’s not working anymore. What could be the reason behind it? Let’s find it out here:
There are many factors as to why we’re hitting a weight plateau. Years of chronic dieting and unhealthy lifestyle is the top reason behind it. Aside from that, our body is highly adaptable to the changes so after a few weeks of doing our routine, our body get used to it. That’s why mixing up our routine was recommended to confuse our metabolism. Specific conditions like Inflammation, Digestive Issues, and Hormonal imbalance was addressed in The Burn. In this blog post, we will tackle another factor that contributes to weight plateau, your water weight.
The weight gain you see on the scale doesn’t necessarily mean you gained fats, but it has something to do with water retention. Water retention is a condition where your body holds those extra fluids in your cells. This in turn causes your weight to increase on the scale. Here are the following factors that causes your water weight:
Excess sodium content in your body is the main culprit of water weight. If you have too much salt in your body, the kidney will be forced to hold the water in order to dilute the salty imbalance ratio in your body. The moment your salt/water ratio is already balance, only then the kidney will release the water in your cells and flush off the toxins in your body.
Recommendation: If you suspect that salt is the culprit in your weight stall, try to minimize cooking and flavoring your foods with salt. Use herbs and healthy spices instead!
Processed foods are not only composed of chemicals, pesticides and GMO ingredients, but it is found that they have high sodium content (this includes canned and frozen foods). It is recommended not to consume these type of foods.
Recommendation: Purchase fresh foods (stay organic as possible) and vegetables. You can also make your own homemade foods like chips, crackers and pretzels rather than buying them in the supermarket. In this way you are assured that the ingredients you put in your food are clean and healthy.
These drinking beverages are dehydrating drinks that makes your body retain more water. When you are dehydrated, the salt/water ratio in your body will become unbalanced, causing your kidney to hold on your bodily fluids until the balance is restored.
Recommendation: Never drink these beverages in an attempt to rehydrate yourself. Instead, drink more water or herbal teas that don’t have caffeine content in it. If you can’t really give up drinking these beverages, balance them out by drinking more water as you take every sip.
Women’s Monthly Period
Women’s monthly cycle can also contribute to water weight. The progesterone levels in our body will fall once we have a period, since there’s no fertilization that occurs. The side effect of this phenomenon causes every cell in your body to retain the water.
Recommendation: Do your best to do your phase-specific exercises and eat a lot of fruits and veggies to even out your salt/ratio imbalance.
Please keep in mind that increase in weight scale doesn’t mean you’ve gained fat. Don’t aggravate the anxiety with what the scale is telling you. Learn how to identify the cause of your weight gain and apply the right tips to lose those extra pounds and get back on your fast metabolism diet track again!