how to handle a plateau

If you’ve ever tried to lose weight before, you’re probably familiar with the dreaded plateau. You’re cruising along, headed toward your goals and feeling great, and then suddenly, your progress seems to stop dead.

Plateaus may not be fun, but they are a normal part of your transformation. If you find yourself encountering one, here’s how you can handle it!

Be patient.

First things first: don’t panic! While it’s frustrating to see the number on the scale hold steady while you’re working hard, don’t let it defeat you. Remember, you’re not just working to lose weight—you’re working to transform your life. Stay focused and continue working toward your goals rather than giving up!

Track your other measurements.

If you’re encountering a plateau with your weight, keep in mind that your body may be changing without the number on the scale dropping. A lot of people lose inches overall during a weight-loss plateau, so focus on the measurements of your waist, hips, thighs, and arms. The 28-Day Transformation brochure that came with your Transformation Kit has a place for you to write down your measurements, so take advantage of it!

Focus on your overall health.

Plateaus may be frustrating, but they’re a good time to check in with your overall health instead of focusing on your weight. Creating healthy habits may be exactly what you need to get over the plateau, but they’re great for your wellbeing overall!

For example, are you getting enough sleep each night? Most adults need 7-9 hours of sleep each night to function at their best. Research has shown a correlation between a lack of adequate sleep and weight gain. This study suggests that insufficient sleep leads your body to make more ghrelin, a hormone that signals your brain that it’s time to eat, and suppresses the amount of leptin, which signals your brain that you’re full. That can make it harder to lose weight. Even if it’s not the reason you’re encountering a plateau, you’ll feel much better if you’re getting enough sleep!

The same goes for other healthy habits. Stay physically active, stick with the meal plan, drink plenty of water, and make time to relax and recharge. Doing so can help you break out of the plateau, and you’ll feel better either way!

Plateaus can be frustrating, but these tips will help you handle it. For more tips for your transformation, subscribe to the blog and check out our Facebook page!