Many people who attempt to lose body fat fail to account for
one major factor, a stumbling block to long-term success. They
approach fat loss and fitness with great enthusiasm and
determination and, with this attitude, they lose body fat and
feel great. Even so, they just can’t seem to get rid of all the fat
they want to. They lose fat successfully for a time, but ultimately
get stuck just before all of the fat is completely gone.
This is commonly known as a plateau, and this phenomenon
causes many people who were previously successful to lose their
enthusiasm and return to their old ways. When old habits take
over again—and this happens to the majority of dieters—the
body fat comes back with a vengeance. This is due to
programming of the fat cell. Each time you try to lose body fat
again, it seems to take longer and require more effort.