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20 Ways to Overcome a Weight-Loss Plateau

Eat This, Not That! Logo By Dana Leigh Smith of Eat This, Not That! | Slide 1 of 24: It's not something people like to admit, but we all get into ruts on occasion. From refusing to trade in giant 80s bangs for a more modern style, to hanging around far too long with a no-good significant other, people just get stuck—despite their best efforts to move forward. We're creatures of habit, no doubt about it, so it should come as no surprise that when we try to lose weight it's no different. Sometimes the scale just stalls and we're stuck. When this happens, you've hit what diet and exercise experts call a weight loss plateau.This stall happens because our bodies are smart and extremely adaptable. After every workout, the body not only becomes stronger but also a more efficient calorie-burner. And after you start to lose weight, your body adjusts yet again, requiring fewer calories than it did before. It's a constant game of Jenga to find the right balance. If you take a wrong step, everything can collapse, halting your flat belly progress.Thankfully, there are a number of simple ways to boost your metabolism and nudge the scale in the right direction. Here are our top 20 strategies to break through a weight loss plateau. And to keep weight off for good, don't miss these 20 Ways to Lose Weight And Keep it Off Permanently.

20 Ways to Overcome a Weight-Loss Plateau

It's not something people like to admit, but we all get into ruts on occasion. From refusing to trade in giant 80s bangs for a more modern style, to hanging around far too long with a no-good significant other, people just get stuck—despite their best efforts to move forward. We're creatures of habit, no doubt about it, so it should come as no surprise that when we try to lose weight it's no different. Sometimes the scale just stalls and we're stuck. When this happens, you've hit what diet and exercise experts call a weight loss plateau.

This stall happens because our bodies are smart and extremely adaptable. After every workout, the body not only becomes stronger but also a more efficient calorie-burner. And after you start to lose weight, your body adjusts yet again, requiring fewer calories than it did before. It's a constant game of Jenga to find the right balance. If you take a wrong step, everything can collapse, halting your flat belly progress.

Thankfully, there are a number of simple ways to boost your metabolism and nudge the scale in the right direction. Here are our top 20 strategies to break through a weight loss plateau. And to keep weight off for good, don't miss these 20 Ways to Lose Weight And Keep it Off Permanently.

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