Two things are required for weight loss – a calorie deficit and hormonal balance. One without the other just does not work. You can cut calories and you might lose some weight, but if your hormones are all over the place you will probably struggle to reach your ideal weight and keep what you have lost from returning with interest. On the flip side, your hormones could be the picture of perfection – but stuffing your face with too much food (even the healthy variety) will prevent you from losing the flab.
You have lost a significant amount of weight and feel wonderful. Others have noticed and their compliments have really boosted your self-confidence. The fat has just melted away revealing collar bones that had long been forgotten. You visualise effortlessly reaching your goal for the first time ever. It almost seems too good to be true. Until one day the weight loss stops, dead in its tracks like a stubborn donkey with a bad attitude. You realise something has to change, because what worked before is not working now. You have hit the dreaded plateau, but please don’t panic. There are solutions to this frustrating yet very normal phenomenon. It will require patience, perseverance, and an experimental approach. Most importantly you will need to be brutally honest with yourself about your eating habits and lifestyle.
Last month I received some news. Now, depending on which way you look at things it can either be good news or bad news. I will first focus on why this news was “good” and then I will very honestly share the part of my heart that can’t help but think, “well that is pretty crap news!” Last month I was diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome). It is basically an endocrine disorder which results in a hormonal imbalance in your body. I am not going to go into any huge amount of detail – that is what Google is for – but I want to share my personal experience and how this relates to my own struggle to lose weight. Read the rest of this entry