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When you have hit a weight-loss or fitness plateau, how do you shake up your program and start seeing results again?

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Change it Up

My body had gotten used to my usual walks. 40 minutes a day, but the same old same old wasn't getting the same results. So I had to bite the bullet and go back to the gym. Since I've added just two workouts a week of higher intensity, I've been able to start the downward trend again.

- Submitted by ZELLAZM 8/15/2015 in Breaking a Plateau | 0 Comments

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Brewed coffee refills

I love specialty coffees when I go out with friends, or for a break at work. But they're all calorie laden, and they cost a lot too. But those specialty coffee places always have brewed coffee available with special treats you can add. For me, I like to dress mine up with a little soy milk, one packet of sugar, and either cinnamin or unsweetened chocolate powder. And if the place offers a discount for using one of their mugs, so much the better.

- Submitted by BARDIC_GRRL 4/17/2015 in Breaking a Plateau | 0 Comments

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Turn off teh TV

I have decided to not watch TV during the summer months by disconnecting my TV. I am doing more walking & outside activities by not watching TV. This way I am hoping this will break the plateau I have been on for the past six weeks.

- Submitted by GEORGIANA9 6/2/2014 in Breaking a Plateau | 1 Comment

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Plateau or Unmotivated

I've been on a plateau for months -- up and down the same 15-20 pounds.

- Submitted by _RANDY_ 5/20/2014 in Breaking a Plateau | 3 Comments

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Kick start your metabolism with a short morning workout

Break through a plateau by kick starting your metabolism in the morning with a short workout. After a frustrating plateau, I started riding the stationary bike in the morning for 15 mins, in addition to my regular workouts. Within days my weight started going down again. Plus, a 100 kcal workout every morning adds up to an extra full days workout by the end of the week.

- Submitted by ALINAAR 3/21/2014 in Breaking a Plateau | 6 Comments

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One day at a time

I take baby steps walk one extra round around your kitchen.Pick the books and keep them after reading.Get up and change the channels.Take 10 deep breaths while waiting to pick kids from school.

- Submitted by SHELLYCHAWLA 1/26/2014 in Breaking a Plateau | 0 Comments

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Start Fresh!

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- Submitted by DUSTYPRAIRIE 11/11/2013 in Breaking a Plateau | 0 Comments

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Reduce your sodium intake

Track and reduce your sodium to 1500. Add an extra cup or two of water. Try this for a week. Too much sodium in your diet could be making you retain.

- Submitted by DEB_NC 9/22/2013 in Breaking a Plateau | 2 Comments

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Patience

Plateaus can feel like getting "stuck" but it may be your body is just resetting itself. Keep doing what you know you need to do and be patient. In time, you will move forward again, better than ever!

- Submitted by MADEIT3 9/13/2013 in Breaking a Plateau | 2 Comments

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crave busters

No bread and no beef after lunch...this also cuts down on my cravings. Be aware of body's signals to keep it simple. When it's supper time stir fry veggies. emoticon

- Submitted by PRETTYGMA6 8/13/2013 in Breaking a Plateau | 1 Comment
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