When is a plateau a GOOD thing?

Let’s face it, nobody likes feeling stuck.

When it comes to a transformation of any kind, lack of progress can be defeating.

But, what exactly is a lack of progress?

Let’s take weight loss as an example…

Most people lose and gain the same weight over and over and over again and they always end up weighing the same in the end.

I’m going to go out on a limb (based on a TON of experience) and say they ride the weight loss/gain roller coaster BECAUSE they never actually truly plateau…

Without getting all sciency, there’s something called “set point theory.”

Set point is the weight range in which your body is programmed to function optimally. Set point theory basically states that your body will fight to maintain that weight range.

That’s why you can go off the rails a little on vacation, gain some weight, but within a week or two you’re back to normal.

But, what about people who are actually trying to lose a significant amount of weight?

Why do they lose it temporarily but always find themselves back at their starting weight?

Now, back to all my experience…

Most people never establish a NEW SET POINT at the lower weight because they get frustrated when they perceive their results aren’t coming fast enough or even stall.

Then they jump ship to the next “thing” or they just give up entirely.  Naturally, the body finds its way back to the original set point.

You see, it’s being able to hold that plateau that actually locks in the new set point!  But, if you don’t stay there long enough it never gets established!!

Make sense?

So, long term results actually work like this:

  • Progress
  • Plateau
  • Progress
  • Plateau
  • And so on…

Can you see how not embracing the plateau is the reason that so many people never achieve the transformation they want?

One other thing real quick…

There are going to be times in your life when maintenance is actually a HUGE WIN because of outside stressors your facing.  Not gaining a bunch of weight during those times is actually a good goal, and yes, it can take just as much discipline in your training and nutrition to achieve that goal!

Let me know your thoughts on this.  Are you “stuck” right now or is maintenance a more ideal goal for you right now?


Justin Yule

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About the Author:

Husband. Dog Dad. Author. Coach. Entrepreneur. Transformation Specialist. Justin Yule is the founder, president, and chief transformation officer of The Transformation Club. In addition, he serves fitness professionals worldwide as a business coach and subject-matter expert. Justin is the co-author of the best-selling book, The Transformation Book, as well as the author of the fictional tale, The Transformation Path. He is also the co-host of The Transformation Show podcast. Justin has a bachelor of science degree in physical education with a concentration in adult fitness and holds multiple specialty training certifications in fitness. He has been educating, motivating, and inspiring clients to become the best version of themselves since 1997.

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