Breaking Through Your Weight Loss Plateau

If you’ve been dedicated to losing weight and you suddenly hit a standstill in progress, then you know the frustration of hitting a weight loss plateau.

Or maybe you got a little sidetracked with your diet and you’re trying to get the weight loss going again, but it doesn’t seem to be working. Any time we get stuck at a point where we aren’t losing weight, it’s so easy to want to give up. Luckily, I have some tips on adjustments you can make in a week to break through a plateau.

1) Eat kale and broccoli.

My main focus when trying to break a weight loss plateau is the amount of dark greens I consume. They’re high in nutrition and fiber, which will leave you feeling full, allow you to eat less, and will get your digestive system moving. I opt to eat these raw or only slightly cooked. Overcooking them can take away too many of their benefits.

2) Drink lots of water.

Make sure you’re keeping your body well hydrated. It cannot get rid of toxins and waste without having the proper amount of water in your system to do so. Shoot to consume 7 to 8 10 oz. glasses a day. If you’re doing intense workouts, increase the number of glasses by 1 or 2 glasses.

3) Eat citrus.

One of the best ways to detox your body naturally is to eat citrus. Incorporate citrus in your diet for the week by adding fresh lemon juice to your water, having an orange for lunch, or half of a grapefruit for breakfast. My favorite is to cut up orange and grapefruit sections and mix them together for a quick snack. The sweetness from the orange balances out the tartness of the grapefruit.

4) Cut out the carbs.

Often, I notice I’m hitting a plateau again because I’ve gotten a little too liberal with my carb intake. Sometimes when you’re in the groove of losing weight, you slack up on your diet and let a few too many treats and cheat meals slip back in. Make sure you’re being mindful of cutting back on the breads and pasta, and swapping them for more fruits and vegetables. And stay away from processed foods that are full of fat and sodium.

5) Make your food spicy.

A great way to rev up your metabolism is to add spices to your foods. Spicy foods raise your body temperature, causing you to burn more calories. Add jalapeños to your morning eggs or a quinoa salad. Spice up your chicken and fish with a little hot sauce.  The added bonus is you’ll end up drinking more water to cool your mouth off as well!

Try these tips for a week along with exercising 3 to 4 times during the week and you should be able to demolish your plateau. Always remember to continue to monitor your progress and pay attention to the things you are doing to lose weight. When the time comes to make any adjustments, you’ll know exactly what to do to get back on track to a happier, healthier you.

Reneé DuBose is a Chicago media professional who was bitten by the health and fitness bug a few years ago. On her journey to get and stay fit, she started a health and wellness blog to share her tips with friends, family and anyone needing help. Visit The Fit Print and keep up with her on Instagram @theFitPrint.