Think about what triggered you to want to lose weight. It could have been health related or to fit into your favorite jeans.Whatever your original intention, once you start losing weight a new motivation takes over. It is a huge motivator to see the numbers go down on the scale, but what happens when a weight-loss plateau threatens to kill that motivation?
The dreaded weight loss plateau is inevitable. It is not a sign of failure but rather a sign of progress. Do not just focus on the number on the scale. Here are some other signs so that you can stay motivated.
This depends on where you started. For some individuals it is being able to walk up the stairs without losing their breath and for others it may mean running a mile without stopping. Be proud of all the activities you could not do before but can do now.
Changed Body Composition
If you are exercising regularly to lose weight, especially if strength training is involved, you may see a scale that is not moving due to losing fat and gaining muscle. It may be wise for you to invest in a smart scale or a set of body calipers. These instruments can help you measure body fat percentage and document improvements better than on a scale.
Despite the weight-loss plateau, you have lost weight. Even modest amounts of weight loss can lead to major health benefits like lowering blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol. Better looking labs mean that you are at a lower risk for chronic illnesses like heart disease, type 2 diabetes and cancer.
Tracking steps is more popular than ever. Whether you invest in an activity monitor or use your smartphone, tracking your steps is easy. As you lose weight it becomes motivating to monitor your step count and see a steady incline in the number. Perhaps you will start making trade-offs like taking the stairs instead of the elevator or parking the car further away at the store.
Your Clothes Fit Perfectly
How much weight you have on your body (# on the scale) and the location on the body (belly vs. thigh) can have an impact on your health. If your weight loss has come to a halt, turn to important indicators like how your clothes fit. Visceral belly fat is the easiest to lose with regular exercise.
Workouts are Less Dreaded
“Showing up is half the battle” is a very true statement. Strategize on how to get to the gym vs. what you do when have arrived. You may need to use some self-motivation plans and maybe work out with a buddy that will hold you accountable. Overtime, going to the gym will become a habit and not feel as hard anymore.
There is no such thing as perfect eating. We all have that one favorite food that makes our mouth water and we feel powerless against it. If you are able to practice restraint and reject your favorite food, give yourself a pat on the back!
You Feel Less Stressed and More Energy
A positive outlook will keep you better focused and enhance energy levels. You may experience these benefits despite a weight loss plateau.
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