4 Ways to Break Through a Weight-Loss Plateau

While it may be frustrating, it is not uncommon to reach a weight-loss plateau on Phase 2 of the South Beach Diet, especially as you get closer to your goal weight. While slow and steady weight loss is best for long-term success, there’s nothing more discouraging than not seeing any change on the scale. So if you feel you’re in a weight loss slump, try these strategies to get back on track.

  1. Try eating different foods. Sometimes people get into a food rut, eating the same things day in and day out, which may lead to overeating as a result of feeling bored. An easy fix? Add more variety to your diet by including different veggies and seasonings in your meals. And also experiment with new recipes. Changing things up may be just what you need to start losing again.

     

  2. Rev up your fitness routine. Try a fitness program based on interval training, during which you alternate bursts of intensive activity with periods of slower recovery. Twenty minutes of interval walking, swimming, or bike riding every other day will rev your metabolism and burn more fat and calories than working out twice as long at a steady state. In addition, you’ll develop more lean muscle mass, which helps to further boost metabolism and that, in turn, could help you finally break through that weight loss plateau.

     

  3. Write what you bite. In general, the South Beach Diet does not require you to count calories, carbs, fat grams, or anything else. But you may inadvertently be eating too much of certain foods that are known to stall weight loss. Keep tabs on everything you eat in a journal, so you are aware of what you’re consuming each day. SouthBeachDiet.com's nutritionists recommend taking a close look at the amount of nuts and reduced-fat cheese you're munching on.

     

  4. Return to Phase 1. If you have plateaued for several weeks and still have a fair amount of weight to lose, it's fine to return to Phase 1 until you see the number on the scale start to head in the right direction again.
 
Finally, it's possible that your weight loss has stalled because you've already reached your healthiest weight — even if it's not what you imagine to be your ideal weight. If your cholesterol and blood-sugar levels have normalized, your desire to lose weight may be a matter of cosmetics. In this case, rather than focusing on the number on your scale, focus on how your clothes fit, how much better you feel, and how much healthier you are.

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