Biggest Losers! Woo-hoo! Only 2 weeks LEFT!!
I’ve heard some of you say the weight loss is starting to slow down. I know for some it’s because your motivation has dwindled. And for others, you’ve been pressing forward and you’re hitting what’s commonly referred to as a plateau. Fear not! Here are a few tips that will hopefully re-motivate you and encourage you to press through. You may not have lost as much as you wanted these last 10 weeks, but make the next 2 weeks count for more!
How to Overcome a Weight-Loss Plateau
By Mayo Clinic staff
If you’re at a plateau, you may have lost all of the weight you will given the number of calories you’re eating each day and the time you spend exercising. At this point, you need to ask yourself if you’re satisfied with your current weight or if you want to lose more, in which case you’ll need to adjust your weight-loss program. If you’re committed to losing more weight, try these tips for getting past the plateau:
- Reassess your habits. Look back at your food and activity [habits]. Make sure you haven’t loosened the rules, letting yourself get by with larger portions or less exercise.
- Cut more calories. Reduce your daily calorie intake by 200 calories — provided this doesn’t put you below 1,200 calories. Fewer than 1,200 calories a day may not be enough to keep you from feeling hungry all of the time, which increases your risk of overeating.
- Rev up your workout. Increase the amount of time you exercise by an additional 15 to 30 minutes. You might also try increasing the intensity of your exercise, if you feel that’s possible. Additional exercise will cause you to burn more calories.
- Pack more activity into your day. Think outside the gym. Increase your general physical activity throughout the day by walking more and using your car less, or try doing more yardwork or vigorous spring cleaning.
Maria Ali, RD, LD/N