Take A Diet Break To Lose Weight Faster

If you’re moving along quite well on your diet but all of a sudden the scale seems to have stopped moving, it can be highly frustrating.

Unfortunately, this is something that many dieters deal with - on a rather frequent basis.

Usually, the plateau hits, and the dieter is quick to do one of three things.

1.Decrease calories even further. You thought you were eating like a rabbit before, well now you’re eating like a bird.

2. Increase cardio training more. At this point, that treadmill is starting to look a lot like home.

3.Really hit yourself hard and do BOTH. Now those are the true dieters!

Sadly, after progressing through one or all of these three steps, they unfortunately find out that they are no further ahead and that damn scale still ain’t moving.

Now what?

Decrease food more? That may not exactly be an option. Unless of course you like feeling exceptionally hungry all day.

Increase cardio more? You may have to quit your job to find time.

It’s a nasty cycle to get in and one that far too many people are wrapped up in today.

The better solution here, is actually taking a diet break.

What A Diet Break Is

Essentially a diet break is where you take a specified amount of time off your diet in order to both give your body physically time to recover from being in a low calorie state, as well as give you some psychological relief.

If you’ve ever been on a strict diet before - which I’m guessing many of you have, you likely know how draining turning down food even when you’re feeling the hunger pains can be.

By taking this break, you will really put yourself in a better place to keep going and prevent future binges from taking place.

What A Diet Break Does

Now, speaking more in terms of what a diet break is going to do for you physiologically speaking, you need to understand what happens when you diet.

Essentially, in order to lose weight, you must consume fewer calories than your body needs to maintain itself.

In doing so, the body is going to sense that its needs are not being met and start taking action to slow the metabolism down, to prevent further fat loss from taking place.

For you this means a reduced metabolic rate, making further fat loss harder.

In walks that nasty plateau.

At this point, your body has slowed its metabolism enough to compensate for your reduced calorie intake and this is why you are no longer losing weight.

If you just reduce your food intake further, basically you’re just making the problem worse - sure, you’ll lose weight at first, but then it’s just going to slow even further.

Likewise, you can increase your exercise to help boost your daily calorie expenditure, but unfortunately there does come a time when too much cardio is really going to hinder your ability to recover, especially on a low calorie intake, and you’ll wind up overtrained.

So, the much better solution is to bring the calories back up to maintenance, accept that you will have to take a week or two off of losing weight, and then get that metabolism going again.

By doing so, once you get back on your diet, the weight will once again start coming off.

Diet breaks really are the better answer. There are times when pain does not equal gain - this is one of them.