Your weight-loss plateau check­list

It’s tough to keep go­ing when you’re not see­ing re­sults, but start with th­ese five ques­tions:

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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 WEIGHT‡LOSS 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.

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