Zach, i’m tired of the diet yo-yo and hitting plateaus after a few weeks on a plan. I’ve tried every diet I can think of and had mixed results with all of them. What is the best diet for never plateauing?
Carla – Minneapolis, Mn.
Hey Carla, there are a ton of diets out there that work. Just count how many of these diets you’ve heard of being the holy grail over the years. South Beach Diet, Abs Diet, Atkins Diet, Low Fat Diet, Weight Watchers, Jenny Craig, Nutri-System, Mediterranean Diet, Slim-Fast, Zone Diet, ENOUGH already. Follow any one plan from A- Z and you should lose your fair share of weight. If you throw in a combination of developing your goals to keep you focuses, resistance training and cardiovascular exercise and the results can be outstanding (for more on these 3 essential keys read this). The diet will work for weeks, many for months. We’ve seen results compile over a year even. So let’s address your question, why are “diets” ultimately doomed to fail or plateau?
I usually give a talk about living a lifestyle nutrition plan and never “dieting.” In recent days I take this explanation a few steps further. Hang with me because I am going to work at not being long winded, but being verbose enough to really answer the question.
The body is a wonderful chemistry set. Between all of your wonderful hormonal processes it’s ultimate goal is reaching a state of the easiest path for survival or homeostasis. Since your body is constantly looking for the most optimal route to keep a baseline it will react to different stimulus that you put into it before eventually adapting to that stimulus. This means we need to take into consideration much more than a “diet” missing a macronutrient to keep the body consistently changing. You are hardwired by God to plateau.
Let’s take a simple philosophy approach to this and say we consistently change the stimulus we put in our bodies. For instance let’s say we consistently eat a certain way, but we do a different type of exercise every time we go out to workout. What if we cycled our calories and put in a different number of calories through out the week and the body had no idea what was coming while we exercised 3 days per week? Both of these approaches would work because we don’t get locked into just one way of doing things.
So considering the last example, let’s answer the question. You need to consistently reintroduce new stimulus into your program (which is the lifestyle you have commited too) in order to consistently get results. If you do the same thing over and over again your body will eventually figure it out and plateau. Thus, go into this journey with the mindset that you follow 1 program through to completion for 3-6 months and then change something up in the process so your body has to adapt.
Here is the cool thing! I’ve done all the hard work for you with the Weight Loss Plateau Busters program. I’ve developed every essential key that it takes to ensure you never diet plateau or weight loss plateau again.
I hope this answers your question. If you haven’t gotten the Weight Loss Plateau Busters program then i highly recommend it. It lines out a 4 week program and educates you on how to never plateau again.
I answer these questions on here about once or twice a month guys. If you need a question answered please hit me up at email@example.com and I am more than happy to help!