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What Should I Do When The Scale Won't Budge?

Posted on July 2, 2008 by Glenny's There have been 7 comment(s)

Hi Glenny's,

scale.jpgI've hit a plateau with my diet. For the last month or so, no matter how strictly I follow my diet the scale won't budge! It's the same number every day. What can I do? Thanks.


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7 Responses to What Should I Do When The Scale Won't Budge?

  • dri
    dri says:

    Hi there,
    First of all, don't get frustrated. This happens to everybody at some point.

    I've heard that water retention and other physiological factors related to an adjustment in your blood-sugar metabolism may be keeping your weight from dropping after you've been on a diet for awhile.

    However, Hang in there! Your body should soon adjust to your new regimen, and weight will start coming off again.

    Good luck.

    Posted on July 2, 2008 at 9:08 am

  • Kris
    Kris says:

    Hi Betty,

    If you don't already, add some exercise to your routine. Anything will help, even just walking a few times a week. If you already exercise, kick it up a bit and add another day or a little more time.


    Posted on July 3, 2008 at 3:20 am

  • Shirley
    Shirley says:

    At one of my Weight Watcher's meetings, I heard that eating a few vegetarian meals during the week will help. I've done this several times myself successfully. To get the protein I need to feel full, I use protein powder in my salad dressing. MOST IMPORTANT -- Hang in there. Never give up. Don't beat yourself up. Think kind thoughts about yourself and your body. Have faith. If you follow your program, the pounds will eventually drop.

    Posted on July 3, 2008 at 4:07 am

  • Beth Goble

    well pray that always works

    Posted on July 3, 2008 at 6:38 am

  • Barbara Jenkins

    When I hit a plateau I add an extra distance to my walk routine, increase my water intake and extend much grace to myself. I know that I must give my body time to adjust to the new routine and be very patient. I have had a history of yo-yo dieting and my body thinks I am starving it again so I give it lots of time to learn to trust me again. Just don't give up and be true to yourself.

    Posted on July 3, 2008 at 10:51 am

  • Nicole : )

    Great advice above! I add an extra mile to my running and walking routine, which I do every other day. And I drink more water (about a .5 liter more per day... easy to track in 1 standard water bottle) -- while the first day it seems as though you are retaining it, soon your body will get the message and will become more efficient.
    Also reducing added sodium in salt and condiments and purchasing reduced sodium soup helps... soups are LOADED with sodium -- read the label and you may be stunned! Replacing one meal with fresh, raw vegetables is another healthy trick (for a few days).
    Personally, I recently added a glass of milk to my daily intake, in the evening, along with an evening 'dessert' of organic or other fat free yogurt. Both provide added protein and stelve off late night cravings. Hope you see some results and feel better soon!

    Posted on July 3, 2008 at 8:13 pm

  • Wilma
    Wilma says:

    Try adding some good fats into your diet. Believe it or not good saturated fats feed the metabolism. Learn to use Young Thai coconuts and incorporate them into your daily diet. You tube offers great help with how to open them. Buy them at asian market by the case. After you open them, drink or pour off the water and scrap out the coconut meat with a spoon or hard spatula. Use the water for whatever you want. Very good just by itself. Use the meat for anything you want as well. I add it to smoothies, cut it up for salad, oatmeal, cold cereal, or just eat it right out of the coconut. Also you can use avocado, seeds and nuts !!!
    Fats are wonderful. Eliminate the crappy carbs only. We all know what they are these days!! Use some fat with each meal however, do not overeat it just add small amounts !
    Use the overall calorie and exercise rule. It is not as important to figure out which kind of calories as it is to really be aware of how many. Calories in vs. calories expended = weight loss or weight gain!

    Posted on July 4, 2008 at 6:08 am

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