How to Avoid Weight Loss Plateaus or Fails

Not to rain on your New Year’s resolution “to lose weight”, but if you want to be successful, keep these culprits in mind:

Unintentional Non-Compliance

Defined as a perception that you are following a diet better than you actually are. Usually the first two weeks you are very motivated and adhere strictly to the diet. After about 2-4 weeks you stop looking at your written plans and believe you know the details. This is when you start making small errors that add up over time.

The BLT’s

Otherwise known as the “Bites, Licks and Tastes.” For example, you are eating your salad with grilled chicken but you start sneaking a few bites of your partner’s pasta, your child’s ice cream cone and a taste of dessert when out with friends. More often than not, a few French fries and a big bite of molten chocolate lava cake is all that you need to stop your weight loss.

The Cockiness Factor

The Cockiness Factor sets in when you have lost a significant amount of weight, feel more confident and are receiving compliments. You feel better and start thinking, “I’ve worked so hard I deserve a treat!,” or more commonly “Let me see what I can get away with.”

Successful weight loss means maintaining you new weight for a least a year and establishing a new weight set point.

(Ref: Dr. Laura Lefkowitz)

Recipe of the Week:

Wow, it finally feels like soup season. Keep your healthy start to the New Year on track with this Pureed Winter Squash and Red Lentil Soup.

Quote of the Week:

“Know the rules well so you can break them effectively.”

  • Dalai Lama XIV

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