No matter how diligently you exercise or how dedicated you are to your diet, at some point you are going to hit a weight loss plateau. If you step on the scale several days in a row, and you’re disappointed that the number hasn’t changed, there are a few things you can try to get that number moving downward again.
Bust your diet boredom. It could be that you’re bored with your diet. If so, you may be sneaking a few more treats than usual, or eating slightly larger portions in an effort to find some enjoyment in your meals. Try some new recipes and shake up your old meal routine.
While you’re at it, change up your exercise routine. Your body works harder and burns more calories when you’re doing unfamiliar activities. It could be that you have exercised yourself right into a rut. No one is saying that you should abandon a routine that has been working for you, but adding a new activity here and there is a good idea, too. Choose something fun that you have always wanted to try.
Clean out a closet or organize the pantry. It may sound silly, but when you feel in control of your environment you will also feel in control of your personal life and habits. Take a day to clean and organize your home, and you will feel empowered and refreshed. When you experience inner calm and clarity, you are better able to stay true to exercise and weight loss goals.
Focus on today. Stressing out over a theoretical number on the scale leads to a cycle of disappointment and negative thinking, and can actually cause you to fall off the wagon. Stop focusing so much on finally seeing a certain number on the scale, and focus more on daily goals. Did you exercise today? Did you eat a healthy diet and keep your calorie intake under control? Then you are successful! Aim to succeed every day, and you may reach those long term goals sooner than you think.
Focus on your overall health rather than one arbitrary number. Even if the scale doesn’t change for a few days, you’re toning up, your heart is healthier, and you’re wearing a smaller clothing size. Spend less of your time worrying about the scale, and more of your time celebrating your success!