Cambridge Diet is based on dramatically lowering calorie intake for an extended amount of time. At the start of the program all clients experience fast weight loss but that process slows down after a few weeks and weight loss of about 1 to 2 pounds per week becomes the average which is very normal. But at some point in their weight loss journey, most of our clients hit a ‘plateau’ and weight loss becomes stalled. Hitting a plateau is very frustrating and can lead to giving up the diet, and that is exactly what should be avoided.
What causes the plateau?
Rapid weight loss after the start of the diet is caused because the body gets its energy from releasing its storage of glycogen, which is a carbohydrate found in muscles and liver. But after a few weeks the body adjusts to the new situation and starts burning less calories because you have also lost muscle. And muscle burns calories. So your body has adjusted to your reduced calorie intake and now uses the same amount of calories as you are eating.
How to overcome the plateau?
So when you hit a plateau and you are still eating the reduced amount of calories, your best option to lose more weight is by increasing your activity. For Cambridge Diet users that means continuing with consuming three to four shakes per day with a light meal which adds up to about 800 – 1200 calories per day. You will need to increase your muscle mass to help you burn more calories. If you were already exercising regularly consider adding more resistance to your exercises or increase muscle building exercises.
If this still doesn’t produce the weight loss you are looking for, consider increasing your calorie intake for about three days to 1500 to 2000 calories and then drop back to the 800-1200 calories again (men a little bit more, say 1200 to 1800 calories). By doing so your metabolism is triggered again and increased weight loss should follow.