On Feeling Stuck

Reaching a plateau sucks, but you must change to avoid adaptation.

Good morning!

Have you ever felt like you’ve just gotten stuck and can’t really go anywhere?

When it comes to dieting and weight loss, there’s something people have to watch out for: plateauing. It’s what happens when your body gets too used to your dietary changes and/or exercise habits, and all weight loss is put on pause.

Our bodies are absolutely fascinating, not just in terms of external beauty but even more so when it comes to our biology; they adapt to their circumstances and situations. Walk barefoot for long enough, and your souls become thick enough that you no longer even need shoes; diet long enough, and your body actually gets used to the lowered calorie intake and adjusts its metabolism to compensate. The problem arises when you want your body to stay away from adaptation, as that quickly ends any progress when the ideal goal is change.

In the weight loss community, the number one piece of advice to counteract plateauing is to mix things up. While I wholeheartedly believe and agree that “Routine, in an intelligent man, is a sign of ambition” (W. H. Auden), I must admit that routines can get people stuck, and sometimes a change of pace is required, and that goes both for our bodies and our souls.

I don’t know which aspects of your life you are feeling stuck in, but I would highly suggest that you shake things up. Try doing things a little differently; introduce just a slight bit of change here and there and see if that helps at all.

God bless you, have a great day!