6 Ways to Bust Through Your Weight Loss Plateau  

6 Ways to Bust Through Your Weight Loss Plateau
It happens to all of us at some point – the dreaded weight loss plateau!

Trust me when I say I know what it’s like. I remember thinking, “I’m NEVER going to lose this weight!” I was so fixated on the number on the scale and that only kept me frustrated, discouraged, and worst of all STUCK. Can you relate to that? I finally took a step back and realized I needed to change my mindset and my focus if I ever wanted to move forward.

YES, I wanted to lose the weight I had gained, but the most important thing for me was to be healthier and feel better. I knew a quick fix was not the answer because I didn’t just want to lose the weight – I wanted to keep it off so I didn’t have to focus on losing the weight ever again!! I knew it needed to be a lifestyle change. I wanted to look and feel healthier, not just be thinner. 

There are many reasons for hitting a plateau or getting off to a slower start than you’d like. Everyone is different at the rate they lose weight and where they lose it, and it’s really easy to get discouraged.

The bottom line is that if you continue to keep your new healthy habits in place, you WILL see results. Most people get discouraged and give up too soon before they ever have a chance to see the results they want. “I just can’t lose weight” or “I’ll never reach my goal weight” are things you tell yourself. But it’s not true – you just tend to give up when it doesn’t happen within your desired time frame.

If you can change your focus to getting healthier, making better food choices and exercising smarter you will do more for yourself than obsessing over the number on the scale. For example, if you aren’t getting enough sleep, have a high level of stress and you’re eating a fair share of processed or high glycemic foods, you’re going to have an uphill battle losing weight.

By addressing it from a ‘taking better care of yourself’ perspective, the rest tends to fall into place.  Besides, who wants the scale to control your life?! Focus on how you feel and how your clothes fit. Getting into those jeans or dress that’s been in your closet just waiting for you will having you feeling super stoked & ready to conquer the day.

Focus on this being a lifestyle so you will get & keep your results. In the long run, you will get what you want – a healthy, happy life and you will Look Your Best. Feel Your Best. For Good.

6 strategies to bust through your weight loss plateau:

  1. Don’t skip meals. This is a biggie! Clients of mine that skip breakfast and/or eat a small portion for lunch actually find that they start losing weight when they start eating regularly. That’s right – you get to eat more food! This balance makes perfect sense because our bodies keep track – so if by late afternoon you haven’t had enough to eat, you’re going to be really hungry and make less healthy choices. This is what happens when you ‘diet’ and you feel like you’ve done great until around 3:00pm and then you’re starving, eat everything in sight and don’t understand why you can’t control your appetite. Your body needs real food on a regular basis. Eat about every 3 hours & don’t wait until you’re too hungry to have something to eat.
  2. Focus on eating the healthiest, most nutrient-dense foods you can. Think ‘REAL’ food here, not foods with a list of ingredients you can’t pronounce. The more healthy whole foods you eat, the less room you’ll have for higher calorie processed foods. Focus on balancing protein, low glycemic carbs mostly from veggies and healthy fats. When you give your body what it truly needs, you’ll have fewer cravings for empty calories, sweets and junk food.
  3. Reduce stress and get enough sleep. This is a big deal! When you’re under stress and/or you’re not getting enough sleep, the stress hormone cortisol is elevated and this can hinder weight loss. When you’re tired, you’re also more likely to eat more (studies show people consume up to 25% more calories when they’re tired). Do you notice how you reach for a quick energy fix when you’re tired? This usually comes in the form of sugary snacks and drinks and/or processed foods.
  4. Mix up your workouts. Adding resistance training is key if your goals involve reshaping your body. Avoid doing the same routine week after week. Our bodies adapt rather quickly to new stresses put on it, so by switching things up you will see results quicker. Doing cardio-only exercise is not going to work long term and can actually stall your weight loss efforts.
  5. Food Journal or tracking. While I don’t focus a lot on calorie counting, it can be helpful to have an approximate calorie goal range. More importantly keeping a food journal help us see if your balance of foods needs to be adjusted. If you’re stuck with your weight loss progress, this is a good time to evaluate your food intake and choices. It’s not always that your calories need to be lower – if you’ve been eating too few calories, weight loss can stall too. If you go too low, you’re going to lose muscle, which is NOT what you want as that will affect your metabolism negatively. Perhaps you haven’t been eating enough veggies (good carbs) & too much protein…
  6. Hydrate! Be sure you’re drinking plenty of water every day. Water helps with digestion and elimination. Water intake is an important element of our overall health and it can be helpful for weight loss too. Shoot for a minimum of 64 oz evenly spaced throughout the day.

BONUS TIP: Supplements – we can’t get everything we need from our food, even if we were eating all organic from the ground. Make sure to take a high-quality multi-vitamin at minimum. Probiotics could be super helpful as well. I get my products here. Email me if you’d like me to customize a supplement program for your specific needs.

If you’re feeling a little discouraged, focus on the positive and how you’re making better choices. Do the best you can for your health each day and you WILL see and feel changes. Be patient and just keep moving forward, one healthy choice at a time. Slow and steady is the way to go for long-term success.

Promise yourself you are not going to give up…you are in this for the long haul and You Are Worth It!   

Which of one of these is an aha for you? Are there any you’re struggling with?
Leave a comment, you most certainly aren’t alone.

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