Need a Weight Loss Plateau Breaker

Weight Loss Plateau

Looks to me like I need a weight loss plateau breaker. I am glad to have lost nine pounds in two months, but not so glad to be seemingly stuck on the dreaded weight loss plateau. So.. what to do?

What about you, are you here with the same issue? I have ideas for both of us…

[1] Evaluate what you have been doing so far and how it has been going. In many cases, you have really been perfectly good.  Well, I have gotten more casual about how I follow the plan I had decided on. I know that the South Beach diet works, but I have been a little  too lazy, just cooking my usual recipes with more veggies thrown in, instead of trying any South Beach recipes. So evaluating what you have been doing–and NOT doing–is a great first step. Best done on paper!

[2] That leads into the next suggestion. Write down what you eat. Count calories or anything else only if you want to, but just keep a log going. Notice your snacking particularly. I got this idea from a blogger who does it faithfully; you can read about her in my article Keep Pounds Off Permanently.

[3] Think about whether you are dieting or are creating a healthy way of eating for the low term. If you have gotten tired of dieting, maybe you just need to take a short break before resuming more vigorously.

[4] Exercise! How are you doing on that? It becomes more important as you get further along in your weight loss process.

What is a Weight Loss Plateau?

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Here is a bit from the Mayo Clinic which explains it:

“A weight-loss plateau occurs when you no longer lose weight despite continuing with your exercise and healthy-eating habits. Being stuck at a weight-loss plateau eventually happens to everyone who is trying to lose weight. At that point, losing additional weight becomes more difficult. Although hitting a plateau is common, most people are surprised when it happens to them, believing that if they just maintain a reduced-calorie diet, they should continue to lose weight. The frustrating reality is that even well-planned weight-loss efforts can become stalled.”

This is a tiny part of an excellent two-page article. Click  on the Mayo Clinic link above to read the rest of it.

In my case, I wondered if my metabolism had dropped in the way that this article  from a fitness website describes:

“Now when you go on a lowered calorie diet, your body naturally thinks that it’s starving. It does not care about you wanting a flat belly and a six pack. All it cares about is survival that is it. So what happens is your leptin levels will decrease, therefore your metabolism will decrease. This is dependent on the amount of calories that you cut out of your diet and the length of time. The longer you go without food, the worse this scenario becomes.”
But I kinda doubt that’s my problem, as my weight loss has been quite slow, on purpose to avoid this. Also, I can pinpoint some changes I need–more careful eating, more exercise. I’ll blog later about how it goes.

What about you? What weight loss plateau breaker will you try?

Need a Weight Loss Plateau Breaker
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