By Ashley Neglia
You’ve plateaued. Or have you?
The widely held assumption is that the body adjusts to a caloric reduction fairly quickly, making it harder for dieters to maintain a steady weight loss, ultimately resulting in the dreaded plateau — i.e. the several-week-stretch six to eight months into your diet when the needle on your scale refuses to move and you question whether or not it’s broken (or simply just plotting against you).
This is typically when you start to blame your body for adjusting to your new weight loss routine and either throw in the proverbial towel or double your efforts.
But according to new research published in The Lancet, the scale’s homeostasis has less to do with your body composition and more to do with slipping into old eating and exercise habits.