How to Break a Weight Loss Plateau

You’ve lost a lot of weight, but your weight loss has hit a plateau. What can you do to restart your weight loss?

Here’s an interview with the physician and low-carb expert Dr. Eric Westman.

Table of contents

   0:27  Things to consider if your weight loss hits a plateau
  1:15  The definition of a plateau
  2:02  The importance of calories
  4:08  Don’t eat when you’re not hungry
  5:23  Protein amount
  8:47  Physical activity
10:21  Drugs and weight
12:03  Other causes of plateaus



Dr. Westman’s entire 5-part guide to LCHF

All five parts can be watched on the member site (free trial available).

Interview – Eric Westman Part 1
Dr Westman’s Guide to LCHF 2/5: How to Become a Fat-Burning Machine
Interview – Eric Westman Part 3
Interview – Eric Westman Part 4
Interview – Eric Westman Part 5

More With Dr. Westman

 How to Do an LCHF Diet – Dr. Eric Westman
LCHF Treatment of Obesity and Metabolic Syndrome – Eric Westman
Heal Clinics presentation by Dr. Eric Westman
LCHF and Diabetes – Dr. Eric Westman

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  2. Tony
    I suffered an extensive plateau a few weeks ago. I was 114kg (I'm naturally a big guy and very solid) and began LCHF and lost 5kg in the first two weeks. (Woohoo!) Then, in the following 5 weeks I only managed a loss of 1kg (Aghhhh!). I asked Dr Fong on his page what to do and he made a number of recommendations but what I've found most effective is this...

    (Okay this is easier for me because I'm retired) I exercise 5 days per week and on those days eat 'brunch' at around 11am. (16:8 fast) The other 2 days I eat brekky as usual, around 7am. With some of the suggestions of Dr Fong in mind I changed my eating pattern...

    BREAKFAST example... For breakfast 2 rashers of bacon, 2 fried eggs, fried mushrooms and tomato all done in copious quantities of butter. All this topped off with fresh baby rocket and salt to taste. 2 mugs of espresso topped up with 'double' cream and a tad of Xylitol for sweetener.

    NO LUNCH, just water during the day and due to the protein load at breakfast I'm never hungry.

    DINNER, A large serve of vegetable (above ground of course) with olive oil and an egg and mayonnaise dressing. A cup of tea and a handful of macadamias as an after dinner treat. Occasional whisky or wine.

    This makes sense to me because I'm eating the bulk of the protein and fat for breakfast which reduces hunger and I easily manage to get through the day. To ensure I don't overdo protein each day as mentioned earlier, just vegetables for dinner.

    Works for me because in the past 2 weeks I've lost another 3kg. (Woohoo)

    I hope this may be of help to some.

  3. Marilyn
    Wow, this is really helpful coz am always over with my protein intake and under with fat intake. Thanks for the advice and guide
  4. Dirk
    During recovery of the latest surgery I decided to start cycling again on my home-trainer to counter the weight loss plateau I have experienced in the last 4 months. My shoulder can keep up with the training and does not really hurt any more. I started on Monday 27/6 with cardio vascular exercises and it feels great. But the most amazing or intriguing part is that I don't have that "stiffness" after cycling which I previously always experienced. I practice 40 minutes each day and my performances go up every time but still no signs of "stiffness" of the leg muscles show up.
    Could this be a result of the ketosis or "fat burning" status I am in now ?
  5. PhiAlpha
    It would be helpful if Dr. Westman or Dr. Eenfeldt could provide some more specific examples of the medications that could cause a plateau. At least the classes of medications.

    I specifically wonder if metformin, which many of us are on, can cause a plateau.

    And beyond beta-blockers, which classes of meds for high blood pressure?

    thank you

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