I stopped losing weight; what’s wrong with me?

Updated: Oct 29, 2021



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Clients become frustrated for not making progress after enjoying amazing results. “I did everything you told me to do; is it my metabolism?”, one client said. After few talks reminding me about physical activities and calorie intake my client recognized about forgetting to tell myself the extra calories from dessert and alcohol and sitting all day instead of staying active.


Plateaus are not a bad thing, since you have to make progress to hit a plateau. It may be tempting to blame your metabolism for weight gain. But research suggests that the scale's lack of movement has less to do with your body composition and more to do with slipping into old eating and exercise habits. "It would take the body three years to reach a metabolic plateau," says Kevin D. Hall of the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. "If you stick to a diet exactly, you should expect your weight loss to continue for years, albeit not at the same rate."


When people are seeing a plateau, their habits are practically back to where they started – putting back on the weight they lost. Like success, dieting is 90% mental and only 10% physical. Try to revisit your goals each week. Make a to-do list of activities that work to help you achieve your goal and become more mindful of your behavior

Although your metabolism influences your body's basic energy needs, it's your food and beverage intake and your physical activity that ultimately determine how much you weigh. More often than not, we're going to backpedal, sometimes unconsciously, and undo some of our dieting success. Accept that you're going to have a few slip-ups, but be honest about where those pitfalls lie. While you don't have much control over the speed of your metabolism, you can control how many calories you burn through your level of physical activity. The more active you are, the more calories you burn.


Jon Ponce

Personal Trainer/Owner, Bench Gym Personal Training


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