Having a plateau in your progress during a lifestyle change is a very common occurrence – so common you expect it happen at some stage in the process. It can be quite a blow to your motivation if it becomes prolonged, so here a few tips from the Doc to help push through this stationary phase and get moving again on you journey to better health.
Are you losing lean muscle mass?
When you lose weight, you often lose muscle mass, which can be counterproductive to continuing fat loss. The Doctor’s prescribed weight loss meal program uses biometric scales to monitor your muscle mass and metabolic rate – showing which type is tissue you are losing as you lose weight.
If you lose too much muscle, your metabolic rate drops, which means your body needs less fuel (calories) to survive each day. If you need less energy to live, you need to eat even less to be in calorie deficit and lose fat, hence losing muscle is what we try to avoid.
Seeing one of our prescribing Doctors will enable you to measure your biometrics and track muscle mass and metabolic rate. This allows our Doctors to make changes to you plan to prevent muscle loss and maximise your metabolism, hence kick starting your fat loss again.
Find your nearest prescribing Doctor to kick start your weight loss.
Are you having enough protein?
Muscle is the key to your metabolism, and therefore fat loss and long term maintenance of your health goals. Muscle is made from protein, so having enough protein intake is essential to promoting muscle health. A low calorie good quality protein shake is an excellent option to help boost your protein intake, while also helping to curb those hunger cravings.
The Doc’s Protein has around 100cal per serve, and gives a boost to your protein intake for maximal muscle health.
Are you eating too much, or enough?
If you're not getting your body in calorie deficit, you will not lose weight, so it is extremely important to follow your Doctor’s calorie prescribed meals to maximise your health goals. People are very good at underestimating how much they eat, so you may be eating more than you think – keeping a food diary can help identify these issues.
Sometimes, if you are in extreme calorie deficit, your body will burn muscle to provide energy, and we’ve seen above, this loss of muscle can have significant impact of your metabolism and your overall health. You Doctor will sometimes need to increase your calories to help with muscle health, and balance this with keeping you in calorie deficit – not always an easy task!
But, that’s what our expert Doctors are here for, to help you though these complicated situations, to help you reach your weight loss goals and get healthier.
If you only have a small amount of weight to lose, struggling with your weight, or have a lifestyle-based condition (diabetes, heart disease, cardiovascular disease, sleep apnoea, obesity, fatty liver, high blood pressure or cholesterol) our Doctors have the tools to achieve your weight loss, transform your health and improve your lifestyle.
Check in with a now Doc to break your weight loss plateau!
Checking in with a prescribing Doctor enables them to understand your body composition (body fat, visceral fat, muscle mass, metabolic age, and BMR (the number of calories your body burns at rest)) and guides them to recommend a meal plan that is personalised to accelerate your weight loss and improve your overall health. You can find your nearest prescribing Doctor online or book in a video call with a prescribing Doctor to get started.
Alternatively, you can start changing your habits and transform your health with the Doctors approved weight loss meal plans now, without seeing a Doctor. These meals plans are now available across Australia including Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Tasmania, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Newcastle, Canberra, Sunshine Coast and just about everywhere in between!