The Weight-Loss Plateau

There’s nothing more frustrating than hitting a weight-loss plateau, particularly when you’re still doing everything right — eating right, exercising, passing up the ice cream and doughnuts. So what gives?

First, you should know that it’s not your fault. Weight-loss plateaus are perfectly normal and easily explained. Your basal metabolism, or the energy your body consumes just to survive, accounts for about 70 percent of all calories you burn — and it depends on how much you weigh. The less you weigh, the lower your basal metabolic rate (BMR). Lose enough weight, and boom! Your metabolism slows and you hit the weight-loss plateau. The only way to lose more weight is to decrease the amount of calories you take in, increase the amount of calories you burn through physical activity, or both.

You can boost your basal metabolism, but only indirectly, by building muscle. Muscle tissue requires more energy than fat does, even when you’re at rest. In fact, every pound of muscle you add burns another 30-50 calories a day.

Best bets for building muscle? Walking will help a bit, but resistance training (such as lifting weights, doing push-ups, or using exercise bands) will help more.

  • Republished from:

    Stealth Health

    buy NOW$31.96

Want to stay smart and healthy?

Get our weekly Health Reads newsletter

how we use your e-mail
We will use your email address to send you this newsletter. For more information please read our privacy policy.

Funny Jokes

Some people like to travel by train because 
it combines the slowness of a car with the cramped public exposure of 
an airplane.

Dennis Miller

Funny Jokes

I think my pilot was a little inexperienced. We were sitting on the runway, and he said, “OK, folks, we’re gonna be taking off in a just few—whoa! Here we go.”

Kevin Nealon

Funny Jokes

“I can’t wait until your vacation is over.” 
—Everyone following you on Instagram


Funny Jokes

A man knocked on my door and asked for a donation toward the local swimming pool. So I gave him a glass of water.

Comedian Greg Davies

Funny Jokes

Just found the worst page in the entire dictionary. What I saw was disgraceful, disgusting, dishonest, and disingenuous.


Funny Jokes

Client: We need you to log in to the YouTube and make all our company videos viral.


Funny Jokes

My cat just walked up to the paper shredder and said, “Teach me 
everything you know.”


Funny Jokes

“Just because you can’t dance doesn’t mean you shouldn’t dance.” 

@yoyoha (Josh Hara)

Funny Jokes

My parents didn’t want to move to Florida, but they turned 60 and that’s the law.

—Jerry Seinfeld

Funny Jokes

Q: What do you call an Amish guy with his hand in a horse’s mouth?

A: A mechanic.