Persevering with weight restoration

I was speaking with a friend the other day about weight restoration, and one of the topics we discussed was hitting a plateau. By this, I mean that feeling of not progressing or reaping any benefits from restoring your weight. So in today.s post, I want to explore both why that may be, and how we can stick with weight restoration when it seems “pointless”.

NB. I am not qualified, and I merely speak from personal experience. If you are struggling, I highly recommend seeking professional help.

The initial stages

When I first began restoring my weight back in January, I remember feeling exhausted the whole time. If anything, I felt more tired than I had prior to increasing my energy intake and availability. This seemed incredibly paradoxical, because if I was eating more, then surely I should immediately feel more energised? Unfortunately, the reality is that, at the beginning, this energy will be used for other physiological functions, and so you wont notice a huge increase in energy levels at first.

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Kick-starting bodily functions

The reason for this (as I understand) is that, after a prolonged period of energy deficiency, numerous bodily functions will have been shut down. As a result, when you first start consuming more, the “extra” energy goes straight to kick-starting these functions. Amongst these may be hormones, digestive system and your circadian rhythm. Once these have begun to regulate themselves again and your body is no longer in “survival” mode, and only then, will you begin to reap the rewards.

Persevering despite this

I know it’s hard to keep pushing when you seemingly get nothing in return. I know because I went through this myself. However, educating myself on why this is the case really helped to put it into perspective. Subsequently, it made me more inclined to push through this tough period of stagnation, so to speak, and get through to the other side. Obviously I’m no dietitian, so if you want to do your own research, please do!

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The light at the end of the tunnel

After a period of sufficient – if not “surplus” – energy intake, your body will begin to trust you. Because I definitely think that weight restoration is a process in which your body is re-acquiring trust in you. It needs to feel safe and not in danger of another “lean” time. Otherwise, it will remain in a survival mode, distributing and utilising the energy differently than normal. But, know that by persevering, you will reach the light at the end of the tunnel. Your energy levels will truly soar, your sleep will massively improve and you’ll hopefully (if you have a uterus) regain your periods. Along with this, your athletic performance will begin to improve again, and you’ll be stronger than before.

Trust me, but more importantly, trust your body. Only then will it trust you and allow you to reach your goals.

I know this is a pretty short post (by my standards), but I hope you’ve found it useful nonetheless. If you’re struggling, keep fighting – we’re all rooting for you!

Emma ♥♥