Welcome to the 5th installment of our 6 part series on troubleshooting stalling fat loss efforts. Just a warning, this one is pretty long… but hopefully it will educate you a lot about one of the most popular “diagnoses” in the fitness industry these days.
In parts 1 through 4, we took a look at some of the most common reasons that a fat-loss program would not be providing you the results you were expecting—namely, that either:
- You’re not really in a deficit (for a variety of possible reasons)
- You’re unintentionally sneaking in calories (thus, causing point 1)
- You’re “gettin’ DEM GAINZ” (in non-idiot speak, gaining some muscle mass and/or water retention which is masking your simultaneous fat loss)
- Your workout and/or nutrition program is an embarrassment to mankind and is worthy of a slow, painful death for whoever came up with it
All joking aside, sometimes we find ourselves doing everything correctly for a long enough time that lean mass/water weight gains continuing to mask fat loss is unlikely—particularly when the stall in weight loss is combined with a lack of change in inches or what we look like in the mirror.
The final two parts of this series will delve into these potential snagging points and how to address them.