Many of us have heard the stories of exploding batteries, and most of us know someone who has had a diet blow up. So what do Lithium batteries and diet fails have in common?
Inconsistent battery charging practice can lead to RESISTANCE LEVELS building up in lithium batteries, which in turn can reduce conductivity, increasing the heat load in the battery, which is a factor in them exploding.
Inconsistent weight activity can also build up RESISTANCE LEVELS in our metabolism. Eg training for a seasonal sport, then gaining weight during the off season, or getting into a failed diet cycle. Studies have shown that there is a 10% to 15% lower metabolism rate in people who have inconsistent diet activity.
Why? Effectively the body is confused and errs on the side of caution by burning less calories to give you a better chance of survival. This resistance level (or memory) in our metabolism has been developed over years, and unfortunately usually takes years to reset.
Where this becomes critical during a weight loss program is after the initial metabolism adjustment period of around 8 weeks. During your first 8 weeks, most dieting will work well, and your exercise routine will burn more calories as your metabolism is still running at a rate to match your initial starting weight.
Then as the body starts to adjust to your New U it will compensate by lowering your metabolism level. Accordingly after 8 weeks you will start to plateau, and the mental questions as to why this isn’t working anymore will start to nag you. In turn, lowering motivation levels and increasing the risk of failure.
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Now you know this is going to happen, you have a much better chance of success. There are really two options.
- Go extra hard for the first 8 weeks knowing you’re going to hit a wall and then try to maintain the plateau for a month afterwards by matching the requirements of your lower metabolism rate. This then gives you the best chance of a reset to move into a more gradual Stage II after 3 months.
- Option 2 – Put in place a steady measured pace with the understanding that in month three you are going to have to up your game to keep the trajectory in place. A lot of credible weight loss programs suggest you don’t try to lose more than .5kg to a max of 1 kg per week. This is to try and counter the rubber band effect that snaps you back hard after 8 weeks.
The important takeaway here is that regardless of how you approach weight loss you are going to hit a plateau at around the 8 week mark, knowing this takes away any element of personal blame and we can help you plan to overcome it.
The other point to note is that metabolism rates vary widely from individual to individual and there are a large number of factors in play, many of which are generic. Each person’s experience and rate will be different. Some are going to be luckier than others in terms of how their body handles weight loss. So be it. The important message is that you measure and monitor to determine what works best for you.