Almost everyone who wants to lose weight tries to follow a rigorous routine, both in terms of diet and exercise, in the hope of achieving their ideal weight. Many, however, come to a halt in their weight loss journey as they are unable to alter and optimise their lifestyle choices. If you too have been following a strict routine but have lately stopped losing weight; before opting for weight loss surgery, go through this blog to know about the plateau effect, its three different stages, and the ways to overcome this roadblock.

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What is the Plateau Effect?

Plateau effect refers to the tendency of an activity that is effective in the present but loses its efficiency with time. This effect can be applied to a variety of subjects, such as strategy, economics, diet plans, exercise routine and quality of life. That is the reason many people, despite following a strict routine, stop losing weight after a while. It is, therefore, important to know about the plateau effect and ways to overcome it.


“Moonwalking with Einstein” by Joshua Foer, one of the bestsellers of 2011, gives an insight on the three stages of the plateau effect: cognitive, associative and autonomous. Let’s take a closer look.

1.    Cognitive Stage

Cognitive stage, the first stage of the plateau effect, refers to a stage wherein an individual intellectualises a task at hand and analyses different strategies to achieve the goal with high proficiency.

2.    Associative Stage

Associative stage, the second stage of the plateau effect, refers to a stage wherein an individual improves his/her concentration, makes fewer errors, and becomes more efficient in achieving set goals.

3.    Autonomous Stage

Autonomous stage, the final stage of the plateau effect, is a stage where an individual gets used to a specific routine and sticks to it, waiting for the final, defined results.

After reaching the last stage, if there is no significant change in your weight even after following a diet and exercise routine, you may have fallen prey to the plateau effect. Now the question is, how to overcome this effect and reach your optimum weight with ease?

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Ways to Overcome Plateau Effect

There are a number of steps you need to take in dealing with the plateau effect, with the key aspect being the ability to embrace change. A constant change in your exercise or diet routine goes a long way and affects your weight in the long run as well. Below are three most effective ways to overcome the plateau effect.

1.    Pay Attention to Your Diet

Following a stringent diet plan is crucial, but it is also important for you to keep altering your intake of carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins. Don’t stick to a specific diet everyday and incorporate different sources of nutrition. In addition, it is advisable to have a number of small meals, rather than three large meals.

2.    Create a Exercise Routine

Altering your exercise routine is also important in overcoming the plateau effect. Instead of sticking to a specific set of weight loss exercises, opt for a workout plan that maintains your overall fitness and includes muscle and body-strength exercises.

3.    Miscellaneous Considerations

There are a number of things you can incorporate in your routine to help ensure your weight loss journey doesn’t come to a halt. Opt for alternative avenues such as yoga and meditation, get ample sleep, and seek new experiences.

In A Nutshell

If your weight loss journey has come to a standstill, try the tips mentioned in this blog. If you are still unable to shed those extra kilos, weight loss surgery can be a possible way out. We, at Perth Surgical & Bariatrics, have years of experience in providing world-class treatment for obesity and helping individuals live a healthier life. To consult with our lead surgeon, Dr. Ravi Rao, fill out the appointment form or simply call 0865581901.

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