By Dr Matthew Chircop
Your “diet” becomes more controlled. You start “training”. Once again, you lose another 5 kg – but this time it took some effort. So far you’ve seen some dramatic changes in the mirror, and your non-elasticated pants are falling off you. You might have started out slightly overweight, but now you are within the normal weight range. Now you decide to really go for it, and aim for an athletic physique. You train like a demon, diet like you’re in a famine, and the result is? Your weight and waist circumference barely change. At this rate, you’ll be lucky to lose 5 kg in 6-12 months, instead of 6 weeks (like you originally thought). What is going on?
There are several likely reasons for this “plateau”:
So what’s the antidote?
The main thing to do is to reduce your stress levels. There are several ways to achieve this.
To minimise bloating, you could also ensure adequate water intake, reduce salt consumption, and get quality sleep (at least 7-8 hours every 24 hours – preferably going to bed and waking up at the same times every day).
You can’t run a marathon the same way that you run a sprint. If you try to, you just won’t finish the race. For most of us, it doesn’t really matter how long it takes to lose the last 5-7 kg anyway. I am sure most of us would be happy with simply achieving that goal and maintaining it. So, you get there when you get there, however long it takes. You might as well not be stressed about it along the way.
Contact us if you would like to learn more about our meal plans to help your lose those pesky last few kilos.
We design personalised meal plans that contain recipes with food that you tell us you like - you don't have to deny yourself of the tasty food you love (help to reduce your STRESS).
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At Body Sculptors Australia, we believe in NOURISHING YOURSELF from the inside out! Because YOU are worth it. And good health, happiness and confidence comes from within.
Understanding your own nutritional requirements can often be confusing, especially as we age and our hormones change. I am in my 40s, a single mum to a 6yr old daughter, whom has boundless energy and I want to keep up. So I understand how difficult it can be and how time-poor we all are and therefore put ourselves last, especially as parents.
With my experience, I can help you understand your body and what nourishment it needs to feel happy, lighter, & confident in your own skin.
I am also a keen sportswoman, and have extensive knowledge of sports nutrition. So, if you are looking to up your performance to achieve your best, reach out.
Dr Megan Chircop
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