Hitting a Plateau

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This week, Kathy is addressing the dreaded plateau, which causes trouble for many people trying to lose weight.

Losing weight is very rewarding when you see results.  Whether the scale is changing, your clothes fit better or friends and family notice a change, it makes you feel good and helps keep you motivated.  Eventually, most of us get to a point where we hit a plateau.  When it happens, it is a challenge.  Here are a couple of ways that I fought through them.

Sometimes a change in your diet and exercise can jump start weight loss again.  Switching up your exercise routine is a good start.  Our bodies get used to the same thing.  If you walk the same distance in the same amount of time everyday, you may want to mix it up.  When you first started exercising what you are doing was a challenge.  Now your body has gotten used to it.  Try sticking in a few minutes of jogging or running with your walk.  For instance, you can walk 1/2 mile, run a little and go back to your walk.  Change it up everyday.  You can also stick in an exercise dvd as a change.  Strength exercises, if you are not doing them already, are a nice change.  If you are doing them, add another set of reps or a little more weight.

Make some changes with your food and how much you are eating.  First of all, think about what you are eating. Re-evaluate you meals.  Make sure that you are not adding extra foods that are not on your plan.  Go back to your basics.   Make sure that you are eating all of your food groups.  Many times we think that if I am not losing with the food that I am eating maybe I need to cut back.  I can’t eat as much.  That isn’t a good idea.  Your body can go into starvation mode and if it isn’t getting enough food, it will try to hold onto that fat for later.  In fact, if you think that you have not changed anything, you may want to eat a little more.  At least for a few days, add some extra calories.  Make sure they are foods that are on your eating plan but sometimes you need that little change to get going again.

Remember if you are eating the right foods and exercising, the weight has to come off.  Be patient.  You have made healthy changes in your life and regardless whether the scale is changing or not for a few weeks, know that you are getting healthier.  Think of all of the positives that you have seen with your new way of life.

Kathy has been posting with us every Wednesday and sharing her story and ideas for weight loss and a healthy life. Miss any of the previous posts?

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