How to Overcome a Weight-Loss Plateau

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You were in the perfect rhythm! Your workout routine and diet were dialed in, and you were losing a little every week, then BOOM — you hit a weight-loss plateau. If you’re getting close to your goal weight, weight-loss plateaus are totally normal, but that doesn’t make them any less frustrating.

Before Marci Nevin, a NASM certified trainer, shares her nine suggestions for how to overcome a weight-loss plateau, make sure you’ve actually hit one. Has it only been one or two weeks? Have a little patience and give it at least four weeks, because changes can take time. Also be mindful that there are many ways to measure progress without hopping on a scale. Maybe the numbers aren’t moving (or maybe they’re even increasing), but check your body composition, body measurements, how strong you feel, and how your clothes fit. You may have decreased your body fat percentage and increased muscle, and a scale won’t measure that.

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