Overcoming a Weight Loss PlateauPosted: Aug 12 in Lifestyle by Staff
Sometimes it seems like we’re doing everything right, but we still don’t see the results we want. Even if you’ve been steadily losing weight by following your medical weight loss diet and staying active, you may find that your progress slows with time, or even comes to a temporary standstill.
If the scale stops moving but you’re sticking to your healthy habits, you may have reached a weight loss plateau. Though this can be a frustrating experience, it happens to many people who try to lose weight. When it does, it’s important to not only stay dedicated to your program, but also assess your habits to make sure you’re following your program to a tee.
We’ll do everything we can to make sure that your weight loss stays on track, and can help you modify your program to keep up your results. However, if you find yourself stuck on a weight loss plateau, you should do your best to:
- Keep yourself from slipping backwards. No matter what, don’t let yourself revert to old behaviors. Though a weight loss plateau can be frustrating, going back to old eating and exercise habits will only cause you to regain the weight you’ve lost. Don’t give up—regardless of how you’re progressing now, remember how far you’ve come already.
- Introduce more activity. Every little bit of movement helps. Any kind of physical activity will add up throughout the day, so look for opportunities to include more movement wherever you can. Spend more time working in the yard, cleaning and doing anything else that keeps you on your feet. If you’re ready for the challenge, you can also try making your workouts a little more intense.
- Take a closer look at your habits. Sometimes we can unintentionally let bad habits slip back into our lives. If you aren’t consistently doing so already, start keeping a food and activity journal to help you identify places where you may be loosening the rules. This can help you see patterns you missed before that explain why your progress has slowed down or stopped.
Weight loss plateaus are frustrating, but they don’t mean that your healthy habits aren’t working. For many people, a weight loss plateau is simply a bump in the road on their journey to long-term success.