Having said that, after an initial big weight loss in the first few weeks, it has really slowed down, sometimes not losing anything for consecutive weeks. I know her training is spot on, because she trains with me and I have written her programs to do at home, which she does. Her diet is also good, I go through her food diary every week with her making little changes if necessary, so I was struggling to understand what I was missing. There is always a reason for not losing weight, the tough thing is being able to identify it.
After a few sleepless nights I finally realised what she was doing wrong. She wasn't having a cheat day . A cheat day, if you don't know, is where you can eat whatever you want and as much as you like. Pizza, ice cream, chocolate, wine, even all four, it's up to you.
Now I know that sounds stupid. Eating more, especially Domino's and Ben & Jerry's can't help you lose weight surely, but it can.
When you're dieting you are consuming less calories that you need, it's not quite as simple as calories in vs. calories out though, as the nationwide study set up by the government in the 80's has shown us. Since their 'Healthy Eating' guidelines came out, the Great British public have become fatter and sicker than ever before. Bad news for us, great for the government and drug companies. The sicker we are, the more medication we are given, which may fix one problem whilst creating a host of others, but do not fear there is more medication to fix the side effects. It's best I say no more because I can already feel the heat from a snipers laser in the middle of my forehead.
Anyway, after a while of eating a low amount of calories, your body will start to down regulate the amount of calories it uses, so eventually it will match the amount you consume, resulting in a plateau. If, when you reach that plateau you go out and spend 6 hours straight at the Red Hot Buffet, your hormones will go into overdrive burning calories like there is no tomorrow.
So when you get back on your diet (ideally the Optimum Nutrition Diet), your body will still be up-regulating hormones, which will kick start the weight loss again.
Your body strives for equilibrium, it likes balance and whether you are trying to gain weight or lose it, you need to upset that balance. I am currently trying to gain a bit of muscle. So for the next 4 weeks I'm going to be trying hard and eating till I'm sick at the sight of food. If my gains plateau though, the first thing I will do is a 24 hour fast. I may lose a bit of weight during the fast, but the gains I get after will far outweigh (literally) what I have lost.
So if you have hit a plateau, and you know your diet is spot on then go treat yourself, it might be exactly what you need.