What is a Weight Loss Plateau?

For the past year or so, instead of continuing to drop pounds, I’ve been gaining weight. I’ve gained back about seven of the pounds I’ve worked so hard to drop during the past three years.

I know I’ve hit a weight loss plateau and, discouraged by that, starting eating more again. Partially that’s because the alternatives are so difficult. Here’s what the Mayo Clinic advises when you hit a weight loss plateau, I’d encourage you to read the entire article as well:

* Reassess your habits. Look back at your food and activity records. Make sure you haven’t loosened the rules, letting yourself get by with larger portions or less exercise.

* Cut more calories. Reduce your daily calorie intake by 200 calories — provided this doesn’t put you below 1,200 calories. Fewer than 1,200 calories a day may not be enough to keep you from feeling hungry all of the time, which increases your risk of overeating.

* Rev up your workout. Increase the amount of time you exercise by an additional 15 to 30 minutes. You might also try increasing the intensity of your exercise, if you feel that’s possible. Additional exercise will cause you to burn more calories.

* Pack more activity into your day. Think outside the gym. Increase your general physical activity throughout the day by walking more and using your car less, or try doing more yardwork or vigorous spring cleaning.

Good luck.
John

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