How to Determine A Weight Loss Plateau

One thing that many dieters will experience at some point is a weight loss plateau.

At times though, it can be hard to determine if you are actually suffering from a weight loss plateau, or if you just need to be patient or bring the calories lower.

You do need to keep in mind that as weight progresses, you will need to lower the calorie intake to continue to lose weight; it's when you lower the calorie intake but nothing happens that the real problem begins.

That said, here are some hints that you might be on a weight loss plateau.

1. You've been dieting for more than four months straight without taking any time off the diet.

2. You are eating at a calorie intake rate of 10 times your body weight (or lower).

3. You are currently doing at least three hours of cardio total each week.

4. You are losing less than 1/2 pound per week.

5. You are feeling constant fatigue, hunger, or maybe even starting to show signs of depression.

6. You're gym performance is also starting to noticeably decline, and you may even be losing muscle mass.

7. You are making sure you are getting at least eight hours of sleep at night, but that's still not making a difference in energy levels.

If you notice three (or more) of these symptoms, then there is a good chance you have hit a diet plateau and may be in need of a break.

While many people think the key is to just push harder, often times it's a complete diet break that's necessary.

This will help to reset the hormones in the body that help keep the metabolism higher and help you burn fat at an elevated rate, showing much better weight loss results.