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Ask the expert: I’d like to lose more weight

It seems like you’ve hit a plateau, but the good news is that there are ways you can overcome it

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2 May 2016 | 12:45 pm

I’ve been following an 800-calorie diet over the past two months and lost five kilos. But, for the past three weeks, my weight hasn’t reduced at all. I’d like to lose another five kilos. What should I do?

It seems like you’ve hit a plateau, but the good news is that there are ways you can overcome it.

But I’d like to mention a few important points before you do. Firstly, I am concerned about you meeting all your nutritional requirements if you have been consistently consuming 800 calories only. It is not advisable to follow such low-calorie diets for a prolonged period of time. They may give you short-term results, but in the long run, the poor nutritional content will have a negative effect on your hair, skin and metabolism.

Secondly, please get a body fat analysis done. It will show you how much of the weight loss has been fat loss and how much you’ve lost is muscle and water. It is important that you preserve your muscles and don’t compromise on it in order to weight on the scale.

Now, to get over the plateau, you should start taking a day off from the diet once a week and spike your calorie intake by gorging on healthy food to the point of sickness. This causes a lot of hormonal changes, which initiate fat loss. Plus, the psychological benefits always outweigh the metabolic benefits of such binges!

Enjoy loading up on calories once a week and you’ll break your weight plateau.

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Rashi Chowdhary

is a nutritionist, an inch-loss expert and a certified diabetic educator. She can be contacted on 050 181 5030.