This post was created as part of a relationship in which I was sponsored by Weight Watchers and given a free three month subscription to try their new Personal Coaching product and write about my experience. Though I was compensated for my time and commitment, all views, positive and negative, are my own. #WeightWatchers #WWsponsored So, you’ve started out on a diet or making healthier lifestyle choices. Everything is going great. You might struggle at first, but then you’re in the swing of things. You’re feeling more confident; you’re feeling healthier; you’re dropping some pounds. And then it happens. That blasted scale doesn’t move. A week goes by and it doesn’t really move again. Another week goes by an it doesn’t really move again! Ahhhh! I KNOW the frustration. That’s actually been happening to me recently. So, I thought this would be the perfect time to talk about some weight loss plateau tips!
1. Celebrate the positives and “non-scale victories”!
When you are trying to lose weight, that number on the scale is indeed really important. But, don’t make it your only focus (easier said than done, I know). Instead of focusing only on the fact that the scale hasn’t budged (which might lead to negative feelings and some bad eating decisions), try to focus on the positives. Do your clothes fit better? Are you losing inches? Do you feel better? Are you healthier? Have you consistently been making some better choices? If the answer is yes to ANY of those, then celebrate that!! For me personally, I haven’t had a soda in 2 months (today!!) and I’m now working out consistently!!! YAY! These are HUGE healthy improvements for me to be proud of, even if the number on the scale doesn’t say what I want it to!
2. Assess your motivation & STAY THE COURSE!
Obviously, you want to lose weight. But, have you been staying on track? Has your day-to-day, moment-to-moment motivation waned? For a lot of people, that’s a big part of the plateau. You’ve had some success and now you’ve eased up. Or, it’s gotten harder and you’re seeing some of that moment-to-moment motivation fade. Try to pick yourself up and find some of that motivation again. Write yourself some reminders & motivational notes in key places. Or, print a motivational quote & have it displayed in the kitchen! 3. Rally your support system.
If you don’t already have a support system, NOW is definitely the time to find one. And, if you have one, now’s the time to seek some help! That is one of the great things about signing on with Weight Watchers, especially with their all-new Personal Coaching Program! If you’re struggling, all you have to do is set up a time to talk with your personal coach. You can discuss what’s been going on and work together to find some solutions to get the scale moving again. It really is so nice to have all these tools at your fingertips and know that a coach is just a phone call away.
4. Move more!
It might be time to up your game! If you’re not already working out, it might be time to start (if you’re cleared to do so with your doctor of course). And, if you already are, maybe it’s time to do some more. I’m excited to say that I’m doing SO much better in this department. A friend of mine (Kelly from Eclectic Momsense) and I have been regularly going to a great local primal workout/boxing gym! We just started 3 weeks ago and I can already see (& feel) a huge difference. And, now, we’re trying to up our game & increase the number of days a week we’re going to see if it will help move that scale! In fact, just this week we actually stayed for a double workout session – boxing, flipping tires, lifting sledgehammers, oh my!! 5. DRINK MORE WATER!!
Water is SO key to weight loss (and just being healthy in general). Yet, SO many of us struggle with this. Many experts recommend drinking half your body weight in ounces of water during the day (so for example, if you weight 200 pounds, drink at least 100 ounces of water). Then, keep in mind that if you have started working out more, you are sweating more and need to drink even more water. Ever seen the guys at the gym carrying around gallon jugs of water?! There’s a reason for that! So, start tracking the amount of water you’re drinking (if you haven’t already) and set a goal to increase that!
Have you ever struggled with a weight loss plateau? What are your weight loss plateau tips?