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How To Stay Positive During A Weight Loss Plateau

Aug 17, 2007
Have you hit a plateau in your weight loss which is when your scale seems to be stuck at the same weight for days or sometimes weeks? If you are there right now, don't panic! It's only a temporary condition and you will be losing again if you just keep your cool, your courage and your will to reach your healthy weight! Now is not the time to give up!

Congratulations on your weight loss so far! What you're experiencing is common, as many successful dieters find their weight remains static for several days or some stay put for a week or two. Why this happens isn't clear but it seems to be the body's way of 'catching up' with its sudden change in size.

Although it's disappointing when you don't lose weight steadily, this is a crucial time for you. It's at this point that many people give up, fail to reach their goal and pile the weight back on. In contrast, most people who get through this difficult patch go on to reach their goal, and then stay slim forever.

There's never been a more important time for you to stay motivated so look back on your success to date, whether that's checking out your journal or comparing pictures of yourself before you started losing weight, with pictures now.

You might also find it motivating to measure your vital statistics, even though the scales don't show a loss, you might still find you're losing inches. I always suggest that you weight only once a week, first thing the same day of the week and also try on the same pair of jeans to see how they are fitting. If you haven't already done so, you should make sure you update your goals Chart with your current weight.

So, what do you do? Well. Please don't stop your program!

1. Make sure you are staring your day with a Medifast meal! With in the first hour of waking, fuel your body with highly nutririous shake, oatmeal, or capacino.

2. Make sure you are getting all 5 medifast meals in daily. The easiest way to guarantee this is to eat every 3 hours.

3. Be honest, are you measuring your lean and green meal to assure the proper calories and carbs? Remember that the meal should be around 33 calories and 10 carbs.

4. Begin an exercise program that will help to boost your metabolism. Simply walking at a good pace (can still walk and talk) is a great way to start. Add weight training and more vigorus aerobics as you feel fit to do so. Building muscle is important to your maintenance program because as you increase your muscle mass you'll increase the amount of calories you burn on a day to day basis.

5. Change your workout if you have been doing the same thing for awhile. For example, Change out the elipticle for the treadmill or bicycle. Begin swimming or choosing different weight machines or exercise tape.

6. Ask for Help. Chances are your Health Advisor has been through a plateau and can give you some great tips and motivation!

7. There may be some stress in your life that is causing your weight loss to slow. Make sure you are getting enough sleep.

8. Make sure that you are drinking enough water. You can take your current weight divide it in half and that will give you an approximate amt of water needed/day.

9. Strengthen your will power. This is the time to reflect on how well you've done so far, how you like your new found body and self, the control over food and choices that comes with this program.

10. Do not be hard on yourself! It happens to almost everyone, no matter what weight loss program they choose. The difference will be whether you stick it out or quit. And remember, the feeling and empowerment you will feel when you reach your goal not to forget the lifestyle you will have (able to do a lot more activity) once you've gotten those unwanted pounds off is so worth the wait and continued effort!
About the Author
Glenn Freiboth is a Certified Health Advisor lives in Illinois and has helped many overweight and obese people lose weight and keep it off. Get weight loss products and support at http://www.GetYouHealth.com/SupportInMotion.asp
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