Sunday, July 18, 2010

Can Plateaus Help You Lose?
Article By: Melissa Sperl

We'll help you overcome your plateau and get back on the losing path.

If you've been with Weight Watchers for a while, you've probably heard Success Stories talk about their plateaus — the times in their weight-loss plan when they couldn't lose, no matter how hard they tried.

Sounds like a bummer, right? After all, you want to see results for all the hard work you're doing!

But look at it this way: Plateaus are like resting spots. When you've been going, going, going for a while, there will come a time when you have to stop, rest, and take a look at the map.

Weight loss is much different when you have a lot to lose than it is when you're working on your last 10 pounds. Doesn't it make sense that you should need to take a break and reassess your plan?

Plateau power

The next time you get to a plateau, think positively and proactively: "This means I have to try something new now. What is it?" Try different things until you find an approach that gets the scale moving down again.

You've probably heard your Leader or other meeting members talking about the kinds of things that can get you through a plateau and moving again. Things like:

*Attitude is everything. Do you need to re-motivate?
*Recheck your daily POINTS® Target.
*Look at portions with a fresh eye.
*Commit to your POINTS Tracker.
*Get moving!
*Try some zero POINTS value foods.
*Check your medications. Are they affecting your weight loss?

A plateau is a good time to get prepared for the road ahead. It's the perfect time to reassess your skills, knowledge and behaviors. At your next meeting, ask the friends around you if they've been through plateaus, and what they did to get through them.

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