Friday, October 28, 2011

Have You Hit a Weight Loss Plateau?

If you've been losing weight and feeling great about it only to suddenly hit a plateau where the scale isn't budging, here's exactly what you need to know to jump start your fitness again...

Health writer Ashley Neglia took a look at this phenomenon, and it's a smart reminder for everyone: "While it's easier for our psyches to blame a waning metabolism than a lack of willpower, [findings and research] showed that most people who experience a weight loss plateau six to eight months into a diet are reverting back to pre-diet behaviors," she writes.
How to beat the mind game? Instead of focusing on the weight you want to lose, focus on how you're going to do it. Make a to-do list of steps like a.) swap fast food at lunch for a salad, or b.) go to yoga class after work three nights a week, and then cross these items off your list as you complete them.

Another thing that always helps me is newness. Whether it's a new pair of running shoes or a new fitness class, or even a new cookbook of healthy recipes--novelty helps me get excited about my fitness goals.

Have you hit a weight-loss plateau? Do you need to jump-start your fitness goals again?

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