'I've Interviewed Dozens Of Women About Weight Loss—Here Are The Best Ways To Push Through A Plateau'
12 months ago, 12 Jan 02:34
As a health writer, I've had the opportunity to interview dozens of women about their weight-loss journeys. Over the years, I've heard from women who were up against so many different weight-loss challenges—from being a new mom to traveling all the time for work. The reasons these women finally decided to get serious about their health run the gamut. For one young woman, it was to take control of her prediabetes. Then, there was a singer who got her revenge body back, with a little help from Khloe Kardashian. But despite the diversity of their stories, there is one common theme that I see popping up in profile after profile: hitting a plateau. So many stories start out with fast results. Week after week, these women see progress. Then one day, a few months or so into their weight-loss journeys, the scale starts to stall—even though they're still sticking to the same eating and workout habits consistently. And that can be beyond frustrating. What do you do when the diet and exercise plan you've stuck to—the same one that helped you get results for months—is no longer cutting it? The good news is that with a few changes, it's possible to break through weight-loss plateaus and get the number on the scale moving again. Here are a few big things I've learned from women who have pushed past their plateaus to reach their goals. "That first stage of weight loss often comes from ditching foods loaded with sugar, salt, and fat, and swapping in foods that are rich in nutrients and are more valuable to the body," explains Bonnie Taub-Dix, R.D.N., creator of BetterThanDieting.com and author of Read it Before You Eat It —Taking You From Label To Table. However, eating healthy foods doesn't always guarantee continued weight loss in the next stage... especially if you're an overeater, she says. For example, when Amanda Jeane saw her progress plateau, she tracked her calories and realized that, even though she was eating all of the right foods, she was eating far too much of them. Getting her portions and calorie counts in check helped her lose over 40 pounds. Try tracking all of your food for a few days and see if you're overeating. After all, a cup of olive oil packs about 2,000 calories per cup. Sure, you're not pouring an entire cup of oil on your salad—but fry your morning eggs with it, toss it in your lunch salad, and sauté some vegetables for dinner, and you're getting up there. Watch out for these "healthy" foods that are actually bad for you: For the first few months of a weight-loss plan, you're likely following guidelines telling you when and what to eat. But once you've lost the weight, are you just snacking because it's snack time—even if you aren't hungry? You may have needed those extra snack calories at a higher weight to keep your body functioning, but those needs change after losing a few dozen pounds. Many women who have pushed past plateaus have ...
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