I get a lot of emails about weight loss plateaus. I’ve covered them in Dear Mark after Dear Mark. I’ve personally written countless emails to readers about beating a stall. Friends, colleagues, and peers frequently come to me for assistance with their slowed weight loss. If you type “weight loss p” into Google, the first autofill suggestion is “plateau.” Not “plan” or “program.” Clearly, weight loss stalls are a big issue for people. But they’re also usually inevitable. On any diet, weight loss stalls just happen. Our bodies are always chasing homeostasis, and once we get comfortable at a new weight, it can be hard to progress any further without making major changes to our diet and lifestyle.
Perhaps surprisingly, Primal folks arguably have it even harder because the initial weight loss comes so easily, making those little slowdowns even more conspicuous. We notice them. We grow desperate for solutions, for a return to the easy weight loss. And so we just do exactly what worked before, only harder. We go even lower carb. We exercise six days a week instead of four, even if it means losing an hour or two of sleep. We eat even more fat and we reduce protein to make room for it. And sometimes, this works. But not always. What worked before won’t necessarily continue working.
That’s the thing: weight loss is easy until it’s not. And when what used to work no longer seems to, we have to change course. How do we know which course to take? How do we avoid going in the wrong direction, trying something new and ending up worse off than when we started?
This is why weight loss ultimately fails people. It’s why people regain weight after losing it. It’s why we all have perpetually dieting friends who can’t lose weight no matter what they do. Most people simply don’t know what the heck they’re doing, so even if they get lucky and stumble into an effective weight loss plan, once that plan stops working they’re out of luck.
So rather than continue to answer individual queries (which I’ll continue to do when warranted, of course, so keep those coming), I decided to write a timeless resource for easy dissemination to interested parties.
In case the name doesn’t give it away, it’s a simple framework for tackling weight loss plateaus and slowdowns. The guide explains the 23 weight loss stumbling blocks I see most frequently trip people up (and how to overcome each one), describes the eight most common weight loss plateau archetypes (and how to figure out which one you are), and shows you how to use the information from the previous two sections to construct a weight loss plan that will work for you.
Rather than speak in generalities, the eBook explains exactly why most people have trouble losing weight. Many of the solutions are self-evident, consisting of identifying the stumbling block and then doing the opposite. For these, the power lies in identifying them. But you’ll also get prescriptive advice for overcoming the roadblocks whose solutions aren’t so intuitive.
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About the Author
Mark Sisson is the founder of Mark’s Daily Apple, godfather to the Primal food and lifestyle movement, and the New York Times bestselling author of The Keto Reset Diet. His latest book is Keto for Life, where he discusses how he combines the keto diet with a Primal lifestyle for optimal health and longevity. Mark is the author of numerous other books as well, including The Primal Blueprint, which was credited with turbocharging the growth of the primal/paleo movement back in 2009. After spending three decades researching and educating folks on why food is the key component to achieving and maintaining optimal wellness, Mark launched Primal Kitchen, a real-food company that creates Primal/paleo, keto, and Whole30-friendly kitchen staples.