Weight loss has stopped

I’ve been hurling and been on a fairly downward trend weigh wise.

However, since I started cycling to work (which is killing me, by the way) my weight has just remained exactly the same for 2 weeks. Anybody got any helpful suggestions as to why this would happen? It seems totally counter-intuitive.

How long have you been on a diet?

Being in a calorie decifit for a long period of time, cause your metabolism to adapt a bit. Depending on how long, you’ve been on a diet, it might be time for a refeed. Meaning to up your calorie intake for a week or two. And then lower it again.

I’ve only been on for about 4 weeks. Last time I tried losing weight from Huel I found I didn’t reach that stagnation point until 6-7 weeks in (and about 2 stone lighter than I currently am).

Probably time to review your stats.

  • Have you rechecked your TDEE now you’ve lost some weight? You are likely to need fewer calories to maintain or lose now.
  • Are you tracking what you eat other than the Huel? Weighing portions or guessing?
  • Are you tracking calories in drinks (soft drinks, fruit juice, milk in tea or coffee, booze)?
  • Is cycling to work meaning you are being less active the rest of the day? How long is the cycle ride? Maybe you are overcompensating during the rest of the day for this increased activity.

Could be lots of reasons, but maybe worth starting by looking at the above.

I use Myfitnesspal to track my weight and calories.

I don’t drink anything except for huel and water. My diet is about 95% huel. Any food is weighed and calculated on Myfitnesspal.

It’s possible that I’m subconsciously less active. The bike ride is only 35 minutes each way but that’s really tiring me out because I’m unfit.

Perhaps you’re busy building leg muscles.


I suppose that is a possibility. I’m pretty sore.

Put the saddle back on.


If you want to exercise and monitor weight accurately you will want to buy some analyser scales. These will analyse your body fat percentage and then you can see if whilst maintaining the same weight you are still losing fat, thus, you are gaining muscle.

I’ve never heard of analyser scales…

Thanks for the link. Surely all the scales actually measure is your weight though? Doesn’t it need all your measurement and stuff for body fat and lean mass?

Also, won’t be able to get something like that until I have a new phone. My current one is rubbish and trying to get apps to download is near impossible.

Do you have any studies?

Isn’t this proven bro science?

I don’t understand either of your questions.

Dan, I think GTIPuG’s questions were for my comment :slight_smile:

Do note I wrote “adapt a bit” - not break or stop.The latter I would agree is bro science and rubbish.

(Long-term persistence of adaptive thermogenesis in subjects who have maintained a reduced bodyweight by Michael Rosenbaum et al. is the first reference that pops into my mind).

But others in the thread have given more likely causes of the current plateau in weightloss. Musclegain from cycling, changes in TDEE, less activity the rest of the day. I would definately consider those options first.

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You enter your body stats into the scales. Measuring body fat is a different process to measuring weight. From memory, a small electrical current is passed into the body and used to measure body fat.

You can get ones which you don’t need an app for but they are a faff as it means you have to write down the measurements and track them yourself each time.

That’s cool about the body fat thing. I always thought you had to do a bunch of measurements to calculate body fat percentage.

Those scales may well be something to look into for me later in the year when I replace my phone.

They’re hideously inaccurate, you get some hilarious threads on here and Reddit where people are like “I’m 18st and 5ft2, but scale says I’m 10%??” :joy:


Those scales really are inaccurate…
Some gyms have body scan machines which are slightly more reliable

The BIA scales only measure your legs and the bottom of your torso then guesses at the rest of your body. They are also less accurate with obese people according to some.