Your weight-loss plateau checklist
It’s tough to keep going when you’re not seeing results, but start with these five questions:
1 IS YOUR WEIGHT STABLE?
Take comfort from the fact that plateaus are a normal part of losing weight, and that the longer you are on a plateau, the more comfortable your body is becoming with its new weight.
2 ARE YOU EATING ENOUGH?
Following a very low-kilojoule or low-carb diet for extended periods may have pushed your metabolism to breaking point. So to kick-start things, try increasing your kilojoules slightly.
3 HAVE YOUR PORTION SIZES CREPT UP?
It can be surprising how portion sizes grow without you realising it — an extra serve of pasta or rice, or a larger piece of steak. Try cutting your portion size back by about 10 per cent.
4 DO YOU NEED TO CHANGE YOUR TRAINING INTENSITY?
As fitness improves, you have to go harder for additional weight loss. Try changing the type and duration of your training. Keeping your body guessing is key to leaving the plateau.
5 IS YOUR WEIGHTLOSS GOAL REALISTIC?
This is perhaps the most important question to ask yourself. Do you feel fitter, stronger, happier and healthier, despite what the numbers on the scales say? Make health gain your goal — and weight loss the added bonus.