A weight plateau is difficult to get over if you are dieting. Often, it seems like you’ll never lose another pound. A weight plateau occurs when you are no longer losing weight despite exercising and dieting with regularity. But with a little creativity and some hard work, you will begin to see a positive change in your weight. Be sure to keep some basic guidelines in mind when dealing with a weight plateau.
Keep a Journal
One of the best ways that you can get over your weight plateau is by keeping a journal about your diet. When writing in your journal, be sure to keep an accurate record of all foods that were eaten that day, as well as the time of each meal. After keeping the journal for a week or so, go back and examine what you wrote. You may begin to notice a trend. For example, you may be snacking in the evenings without being entirely aware of it. By having a written record of your diet, you’ll have an easier time recognizing what changes need to be made.
Change What You’re Eating
Another great way to get over your weight plateau is to change what you’re eating. This goes along with the journal. As discussed above, you may notice that you are eating late in the day, or are eating a lot of highly caloric foods. But it also means that you should eat a wider variety of foods. Research has found that often, people who are dieting tend to create one meal plan, and then stick to it for a number of days. While the foods in this diet may be very healthy, eating the same foods every day will not only result in possible vitamin deficiency, but can also wreck havoc with your metabolism. Your metabolism starts to recognize the fact that you are eating the same foods day in and day out, and therefore doesn’t have to work as hard to metabolize them as it initially did when the foods were a surprise.
Start (or Change) an Exercise Routine
Starting an exercise program is a guaranteed way to help you get over a weight plateau. For best results, participate in at least 30 minutes of cardiovascular exercise most days of the week. If you are already on an exercise program, you may want to consider shaking it up. Like the foods you eat, your exercise routine must be changed from time to time or your body will get used to it, and therefore, won’t respond in the same ways as it initially did. If you are currently walking, try biking. If you’re biking, try yoga. The possibilities are endless.
Consult with a Registered Dietitian
Finally, if you have tried all of these tips and are still having a hard time, you may want to consult with a registered dietitian. An RD can really help you pinpoint where your diet is going wrong, and help get it back on track.