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What tips do you have for overcoming plateaus while dieting or exercising?

Hi everyone,

Recently, I have been struggling with losing weight even though I have been consistent with my diet and exercise routine. I feel like I have hit a plateau and I don't know how to overcome it. I used to see results every week, but now my progress has stalled. I am feeling a little frustrated and demotivated right now, so I would really appreciate it if anyone could give me some tips on how to overcome this plateau. Thank you!

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ohackett

Hey there,

I completely understand the frustration of hitting a weight loss plateau. It can be demotivating to put in all that effort and not see any progress. When I faced this problem, I found that changing my environment was my key to success.

I joined a fitness class that was completely new to me. This helped me sweat in a new way, and I found that I was pushing myself more than I was doing before. I noticed that it was easy to fall into complacency in the previous environment where I was working out. The new class and people were not only fun, but they also kept me engaged and drove me to challenge myself to do better.

Another thing that helped me was to undershoot my calorie intake. Often, we underestimate the amount of calories we consume. By trying to fit in extra snacks or treats, it is possible to undo all the hard work. By undershooting my calorie intake, I discovered that I was able to avoid overconsumption and could even be surprised on some days how I didn't even reach my calorie limit.

Lastly, I tried a week of fasting which reset my intakes, and I got back on track soon thereafter.

Hang in there, and good luck.

melyssa.pollich

Hey there,

I completely understand how frustrating it can be to hit a plateau, especially after working so hard to reach your goals. When I hit a plateau during my weight loss journey, I found it helpful to shake things up a bit. This meant incorporating new exercises, trying out different healthy recipes, and changing up my workout routine.

I also made sure to track my progress with photos and measurements instead of just relying on the scale. Sometimes, even though you're not losing weight, you're still making progress in other areas.

Another thing that helped me was to increase my water intake and make sure I was getting enough sleep. These two factors have a huge impact on weight loss, and often times we underestimate their importance.

Finally, I tried not to get too discouraged and remember that weight loss is not a linear journey. Some weeks you may lose a lot, while other weeks you may not lose any weight at all. Just stay consistent with your diet and exercise and trust the process. You'll eventually come out of the plateau and continue to see progress.

Hope this helps!

connelly.drew

Hello,

I've been through this situation before and I understand how demotivating it feels to keep putting effort into your diet and exercise routine, but still see no results. When I reached a weight loss plateau, I found that reviewing my diet thoroughly helped me to overcome it.

First, I tracked everything I ate in a food journal or app. This made it easy for me to see which foods were high in calories and not providing much nutritional value. I discovered that I was consuming more calories than my body needed, due to hidden ingredients in some of the foods I was eating.

The next thing I did was to eliminate added sugars and processed foods from my diet. This helped me to not just lose weight but also feel healthier overall. I replaced processed snacks with healthier options like fruit, veggies, and nuts.

Another thing that helped me was to increase the intensity of my workouts. If you're doing the same thing every day, your body gets used to it and it becomes less effective. So, I tried to incorporate high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and strength training into my workout routine to increase my body's metabolism.

Remember, weight loss is a journey, and it takes time and effort to see results. Don't get too frustrated and keep pushing yourself. You got this!

kylee02

Hello everyone,

I have been in a similar situation before, and I know how frustrating it can be to hit a weight loss plateau. The tips shared so far are all great, and I would like to share my experience as well.

When I hit a plateau, I realized that I was repeating the same meals and workouts too often. I started to mix things up and try new healthy recipes every week. This not only kept the variety in my meals fresh but also made it easier to stick to my diet. I also began to research and experiment with new types of cardio and strength training exercises.

Another change that helped me was to increase my protein intake. Protein has been shown to help with weight loss, by making you feel full and helping to build muscle. I added more protein sources like tofu, beans, and lean meats to my diet.

Additionally, I found that joining an online fitness community or having an accountability buddy made a big difference. The encouragement and support of others can help you stay motivated and push you past any plateaus.

Remember, everyone's body is different, so it may take some trial and error to find what works for you. Keep trying new things, stay positive, and trust the process.

kieran14

Hello,

I understand your frustration, but hitting a plateau in weight loss is a common problem. When I was struggling with this same issue, I found that setting new goals helped me get past the plateau. Sometimes the body gets used to the same routine and needs a little push to continue to see results. So, instead of focusing on the number on the scale, try focusing on increasing the amount of weight you lift or increasing the amount of time you spend on a particular exercise.

Another thing that helped me was to switch up my food and try different things. I found new healthy recipes and tried new fruits and vegetables that I hadn't before. This kept my meals interesting and varied, which made sticking to my diet easier.

Also, don't forget to give your body time to rest and recover. Overtraining can cause a plateau too. Try incorporating some restorative yoga or stretching into your routine to help your muscles recover.

Lastly, don't get too fixated on the plateau. I found that staying positive and celebrating the progress I had made thus far helped me get through the tough times. Keep in mind that weight loss is not just about losing weight; it's about feeling better and becoming healthier overall.

Hope this helps!

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