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Have you hit a weight loss plateau?

Siski Green / 07 May 2015

If you've hit a weight loss plateau and can't seem to lose any more pounds, use our guide to find out why and unlock further weight loss.

Have you hit a weight loss plateau?

A diet plateau occurs for one reason – you’re no longer burning more calories than you’re eating. It’s really that simple.

Read the points below to find out why that’s happening to you and how you can fix it.

Once you’ve pinpointed your problem it’ll only take a day or two before you’ll be right back on track, revealing a new even leaner, fitter you.  

You started out very overweight

When you’re obese or very overweight your body has to work harder to simply keep you upright and walking – an overweight leg is heavier to lift than a slim one.

So at the start of your weight-loss plan, a simple 30-minute walk would have burned more calories than for someone who weighed less than you. And now that you’ve lost some excess weight the same exercises just aren’t blasting those calories.

Read our guide to turning your walk into a workout

You’ve lost track

We all start out with good intentions but as time goes on it’s easy to think you’ve got a handle on how much you’re eating, without making a note of it, when in fact you’ve let bad eating habits creep back in. Here’s how to get back on track:

  • Keep a detailed food diary for a week to make sure you’re not overeating.
  • Keep checking those figures on the labels.
  • Keep monitoring portion sizes.
  • Keep an eye on calories in drinks.

You let yourself get hungry

When you’re salivating at the sight of doughnuts or sausage rolls it’s hard to say no to your body and dieting becomes a painful experience, which can mar your success. So don’t let yourself get hungry, fill up on foods that keep you full for longer without adding too many calories.

Choose high-in-water-content foods with plenty of fibre, such as vegetables, oats, beans, wheat pasta and brown rice. You’ll be amazed at how much willpower you’ll gain – next time you see a doughnut it’ll still look tasty but you won’t be drooling over it in the same way.

The opinions expressed are those of the author and are not held by Saga unless specifically stated.

The material is for general information only and does not constitute investment, tax, legal, medical or other form of advice. You should not rely on this information to make (or refrain from making) any decisions. Always obtain independent, professional advice for your own particular situation.