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7 Ways to Break Through a Weight Loss Plateau

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So your weight loss has stalled and you're not sure what to do. Welcome to the reality of almost every woman I know. We lose weight, we do great, but then it stops. We freak out, get depressed, and start eating crap food again. So then we gain the weight back, and figure “what's the point?” — okay, maybe it's just me? But if you've lost weight, plateaued, and/or gained the weight back, you know what I'm talking about. While it may be tempting to cut corners (and calories) to get through your plateau, there's no need. Let's talk about ways to break through a weight loss plateau… without starving your body!

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Ways to Break Through a Weight Loss Plateau

7 Ways to Break Through a Weight Loss Plateau

Real quick, before we talk about ways to overcome a weight loss plateau, I want to make sure you understand that weight loss is a mindset thing. STAY POSITIVE! It's a marathon, not a sprint. You've gotta be in it to win it or it's not going to work. Everyone's body is DIFFERENT so what works for one person won't necessarily work as well for the next. But if you're seeing huge numbers from your friends and your numbers are small, you may get discouraged. Try your hardest NOT to get discouraged. Just keep pushing through. It will work if you work it! Weight Watchers is perfect for literally everyone, and I have a free support group you're welcome to join!

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Drink more water.

I'm known as the “water police” in the Weight Watchers group because “how much water are you drinking?” is the first thing I ask when someone says they've hit a brick wall with weight loss. Usually, they respond “a ton!” but when it comes down to it and I have them track ounces, they're way off. It can FEEL like we are drinking a “ton” of water when we really aren't, especially when we are used to Starbucks and soda instead.

While Weight Watchers says 64 ounces of “fluids” a day is sufficient (including juice/coffee/etc), I disagree. Ask your doctor before making huge changes, but mine says to drink half of my body weight in ounces of water each day. Coffee, tea, diet soda, and juice do NOT count. Water is water. Everything else is everything else. Read more about water intake here! 

If you set a goal of drinking half your body weight in ounces of water each day, get this cup. I have to refill it 8 times, which isn't a lot in the grand scheme of things. I usually only drink about 5 a day (so 100oz) but the goal is 8.

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Increase fiber intake.

Fiber and water have to work together. If you up your fiber intake but don't drink enough water, you'll get constipated. If you're constipated, you won't lose weight!

Watch your carbs.

I don't believe in low carb diets. Let me say it again:

I don't believe in low carb diets.

I'm not saying you should decrease your carb intake drastically when I say “watch your carbs”. I'm simply saying, keep an eye on your carb intake if you hit a plateau. Perhaps it's too high and you should cut back a bit.

Cut back on sodium.

I would say at least 50% of the time when someone says they “can't” lose weight, it's because their sodium intake is through the roof and they aren't drinking enough water. Combining those two things is a disaster. If you're struggling to lose weight, start tracking your sodium. Are you salting your foods? If not, there are other places to look – spices and seasonings (like garlic salt), pre-made frozen dinners like Lean Cuisines, or even eating out.

Check your calories.

Are you eating too few calories? Too many calories? While we don't count calories on Weight Watchers, if your weight loss stalls, it's a good option to try for a few days. You need to make sure you're fueling your body. If you notice you're only eating 1,000 calories, that could definitely be a cause for a weight loss plateau. Fewer calories does not mean you will lose weight faster; if you do, it won't be in a healthy way and it will come back. Nourish your body.

Increase your protein.

I was a vegetarian for several years, so I'm not going to go on a rant about people “not getting enough protein”. The truth is, you're probably eating enough protein to sustain your body – without even thinking about it. However, if your weight loss has slowed down or stopped, you may need to increase your lean protein intake. On the Weight Watchers Freestyle program, there are over 200 0 point foods. Most are lean proteins that will fill you up for very few calories. The list includes (but is not limited to) chicken, fish, veggies, beans, and tofu. The key to balancing protein intake is eating until you're full, but not stuffed. Eating lean proteins like chicken and fish will fill you up faster than if you're eating crap food like chips and Hot Pockets. You'll stay full longer, and will consume fewer calories (and points).

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Move more.

It doesn't take a rocket scientist to know you should be moving your body every single day. Ideally, I say you should be working out 3-5 times a week, 30-60 minutes each time. This all depends on your ability obviously, but barring any health problems or injuries, I see nothing wrong with taking a brisk walk 5 days a week for an hour. Without OrangeTheory Fitness, I wouldn't have lost much weight at all. When I work out, I eat better for the rest of the day, which helps even MORE with weight loss!

If you've been walking but aren't losing weight, try jogging or try something like the elliptical, bike, etc. Mix it up. Add weights. Make it fun.

Use a fitness tracker! Many underestimate the amount of exercise they actually do in terms of losing weight! My husband upgraded me from a FitBit to an Apple Watch, but both are AMAZING for tracking steps, exercise, heart rate, etc.

Stop being a slave to the scale.

I weigh myself once a week if that. For a long time, though, I was a slave to the scale. I weighed every day, sometimes a few times a day, and it was never good. I always got angry or depressed, and then I'd eat more… and weigh more. It was a horribly vicious cycle that I'm so proud to have finally beat. Below is the scale I use, it also measures BMI!

Sleep.

I've been binge-watching Grey's Anatomy for hours (and hours) at a time after the kids go to sleep. I noticed my weight loss wasn't what I expected it to be one week and sure enough, once I started going to sleep earlier, the weight started coming off again. Sleep is an important part of your weight loss journey.

What else?

Let me know what else you do to get through a weight loss plateau by leaving a comment below! Another great way is to join a support group or find a buddy.

 

Come find me and JOIN my Weight Watchers Air Fryer & Instant Pot Facebook Recipe Group. We all know how hard it is to do it alone. We are a community of people who post recipes, share tips and ideas and inspire one another every day! We can't wait to meet you!!

Check the bottom of this page to Download my FREE WW Cookbook & Tips Guide. You will LOVE it!!

This is my ZERO Point food list. Book mark the page and refer back often. Loading your fridge and pantry with these ZERO point foods is tip #1 for weight loss success.

Meal plans help me stay on track. Here are some of my favorites!

Instant Pot Printable Meal Plan
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You simply MUST try my ZERO points Cheesecake Recipe

Have you made up a batch of my 2 Ingredients Dough yet? It's AMAZING stuff!! Use it to make low point bread bowls, pretzels, bread sticks, bagels, pizza crust, cinnamon rolls & more. Check out the Recipe Guide & Individual Recipes below:

To entice you, watch this Video for the 2 Ingredients Bagel Recipe – you will LOVE it – total YUM!!

2 Ingredient Dough Recipes

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Make sure you check out and grab our printable shopping lists below to make it easy when you are in store to grab the best WW FreeStyle friendly foods and snacks!

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7 Comments

  1. Hello I’ve read your tips for a plateau and I’m going to incorporate them into my program. Its been three days since I started drinking 96oz of water each day. I think it helped I lost 1lb this week.

  2. I joined Weight Watchers a week ago, I have gone from sitting all day to walking a minimum of 6 miles everyday this week. I have only used less the half my points everyday and I’m not losing, my first weigh in is tomorrow’s and I’m so discouraged! I have 15 pounds to lose please help me!

    1. My guess is you are actually trying too hard this early in the game. You are upping your activity which is great but only using half of your daily points may be that your body is fighting to survive the radical change and hanging on to every bite that you are consuming. I would keep up the walking and make sure to eat a nurishing balanced daily intake of points(trying not to waste points on any sweets, etc.). Relax, follow the plan and enjoy the results.
      Good luck,
      Jim T (Down a total of 80 lbs, been at or close to goal for 15 years now)
      Still weighing in monthly and getting new ideas every time.

  3. I am a bit older and have lived life from size 3 to Size 10 (Mostly size 6). On my last trip up the scale (SNUG 10) I needed help, so I turned to Weight Watchers smart points. I have lost 9 lbs in 2 months but have done so at a snails pace! -0.4 here -0.1 there … now I appear to have hit a plateau and don’t know if I should add more food (I always have roll over points) or should I eat less?? My “Older” body certainly doesn’t do weight loss like my “Younger” body did. I have been told I have not been eating enough. We even went on vacation and stayed within the right amount of points AND walked 5 mi EVERYDAY – the result … NOTHING no gain/no loss. One week later … no gain/no loss. Not sure where to turn! PS – I go everywhere with a water bottle. I’d appreciate any suggestions!!

    1. Have you asked your group leader for suggestions? Sometimes cutting back on carbs can help.

  4. Yes I’m At a standstill going too drink more water and track it it t 8 glasses a day

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