Happy Friday folks!
Hope to see some of you all for support group today, our topic will be "Plateaus."
If you've been losing weight after weight loss surgery and the numbers on the scale stop moving do not fret. Right after surgery we do all the things right, we hydrate like we are supposed to, cut out the snacks like we are supposed to, wait that half an hour on either side of the meal and we feel great and get great results.
Plateaus are often a result of our body adjusting and developing a tolerance to whatever fitness and dietary regimes we have been trying. Just because the scale stopped moving remember that is not the only way to measure your success. If the scale isn't moving but you are working out and building up muscles and your clothes are fitting better then keep on doing what you are doing.
If you are indeed in a period of no progress, determine why you are in that state. Are you lacking motivation and aren't eating to your benefit? Are you exercising and not breaking a sweat? Are you doing the same regime you have been for months and not reaching any new results? This is when a change in your regime might be necessary. Switch up your exercise regime. Our muscles will develop a tolerance and make our regular routines less successful. Change up your workout and introduce a higher intensity if you seem to not be breaking a sweat. Make sure you are controlling your portion sizes and limiting snacking and grazing. Weigh your food to check the ounces, buy smaller plates if you have to so you are able to make sure your portions aren't exceeding your pouch. If you are still snacking 5-6 times a day to boost your protein like early on in your post operative diet, limit yourself to 1-3 snacks and make sure they are optimally healthy choices. Lastly, make sure you are getting your protein in before your fats and carbs. Fats and carbs are necessary to have a balanced diet but in moderation so make sure you spread out your protein levels and eat a minimum of 20-25 grams during each meal.
Hope you all have a fantastic weekend and to see some of you during support group!