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Why Losing Weight Gets Harder As You Get Thinner

Why Losing Weight Gets Harder As You Get Thinner
Losing weight is substantially easier when you have more weight to lose. This goes for the HCG diet or any other diet or weight loss method that you may be trying. As you start to lose more weight and get closer to your ideal weight, you can expect some resistance.

You may not be able to lose weight as quickly as you were losing it when you started your weight loss plan. You may think that you've hit a weight loss "plateau" and that you aren't going to reach your ideal weight anytime soon.

The key is to stick with your weight loss plan even when your weight loss starts to slow down. There are plenty of reasons why  losing weight gets harder as you progress,  but you definitely still can  lose the weight that you want to lose by sticking to your diet.

The more you weigh the higher your resting metabolic rate

For most people, the more that you weigh the higher your resting metabolic rate will be. Several studies have found that the more weight you gain the higher your resting metabolic rate is. Many overweight people have relatively high resting metabolic rates, and as a result when they start decreasing their calorie intake they often start to lose weight relatively quickly.

There are exceptions to this rule, however, and some people have lower metabolic rates even though they are overweight. For example, older adults may be overweight but if they have a low lean body mass they are likely to have a slower metabolism. There are also many health conditions that can slow metabolism down even if you weigh more.

In spite of this, most people who are heavier have a higher metabolism, and as a result they tend to lose weight much more quickly when they participate in a low calorie diet. This effect diminishes as a person loses weight in part because their basal metabolic rate starts to decrease. This is one of the main reasons why weight loss can start to become more difficult as you become thinner, but it is not the only reason. Your body may start to become resistant to the weight loss method that you are using as well.

Your body may start to become resistant to your weight loss method

Whether you are using a diet like the HCG diet, or a different diet, or trying to exercise, your body can become resistant to the particular method that you are using. For example, you can become resistant to the HCG hormone, and as a result you may find that it's more difficult to lose weight if you prolong the HCG diet.

That's why you are limited to three or six weeks on the hormone, and you should also take break of six weeks before starting another round of the HCG diet. The break helps to ensure that you don't become resistant to the hormone and that you can start another round without any weight loss problems.

The same effect occurs when you try just one particular type of exercise, such as jogging or bicycling. You may lose weight and you can even sculpt your body by doing just one particular exercise, but it can start to get more and more difficult to lose weight.

You may find that you have to exercise for longer and longer periods of time in order to lose the same amount of weight or maintain your weight. As a result of this, it's important to change up the type of workouts that you do in order to lose weight, and the more that you alter your workouts the more likely that you are to lose weight faster.

Overweight people have more muscle mass which can be lost with weight loss

Another thing to consider is that overweight people have more muscle mass simply because they are carrying around more weight. When weight loss occurs, some muscle mass can be lost, resulting in a lower rate of weight loss. That's why it's essential to participate in a weight loss program or diet that minimizes muscle loss.

Overweight people can maintain their muscle mass to a large extent while they lose weight, and they don't have to lose lean muscle mass when they lose weight. Weight loss can definitely lead to a large amount of muscle mass loss and the effect can be substantial on some very low calorie diets with poor protocols.

The HCG diet is one of the few very low calorie diets that can preserve lean muscle mass while resulting in weight loss. Several dieters experience rapid weight loss without having to sacrifice muscle, and although some muscle loss is always inevitable, most dieters will lose a smaller amount than they would on other diets. The hormone helps the body rely primarily on fat reserves for weight loss rather than other sources of energy.

This makes a major difference and helps with weight loss significantly, and most people find that they can lose a large amount of weight with just a little bit of effort on the HCG diet. It's one of the few very low calorie diets that can preserve your muscle mass which helps to maintain a higher metabolism, and most people lose a significant amount of weight on it.

Once you get close to your target weight you have to maintain it

Once you've started to reach your target weight you will start to lose weight more and more slowly most likely, and you'll encounter resistance but it's important to not get discouraged and to continue with what you're doing. On the HCG diet you may have to transition to Phase 3 before you reach your target weight, but you can always repeat the diet if necessary.

Repeating the diet is not dangerous for most people and you can talk to your medical provider about your weight loss goals to help determine whether or not the HCG diet will work for you. To learn more about how the HCG diet can help you achieve your ideal weight, click here to speak to a medical provider at Nu Image Medical now.

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Dr. Constance Odom, MD

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