Weight Loss as Easy as 1-2-3
A guide to the 3 stages of the WebMD Weight Loss Clinic plan
Stage 2: Getting Comfortable
After several weeks of adjusting to your new and improved lifestyle, you
should be developing a healthier relationship with food. Eating nutritious
foods and getting physical activity have become part of your daily routine.
Friends and family have started to notice the new you. Your clothes are
looser, and the numbers on the scale and tape measure are going down. You have
more energy, and you're feeling pretty good. Pat yourself on the back; you
deserve kudos for a job well done!
But even as you congratulate yourself, don't get too comfortable. It
is so easy to slide back into old habits. After an initial burst of energy and
enthusiasm, you can become lax about portion sizes, exercise, and/or
journaling. That's when you hit a weight loss plateau.
Stage 2 is the time to figure out what works for you and what doesn't.
Remember that your goal is to find changes that you are comfortable with and
can sustain. If in doubt, ask yourself these questions:
- Do you like your eating plan?
- Does it keep you feeling full between meals?
- Are you eating plenty of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, healthy fats,
and lean protein?
- Are you still losing weight?
If the needle on your scale remains stuck, you may need to decrease the
calories in your eating plan and/or increase your physical activity. Consider
adding strength training to your fitness routine. Increase the intensity or
duration of your routine; walk faster for a block, or increase the incline on
your treadmill. A few tweaks should get you off that plateau.
Don't let Stage 2 turn into a slippery slope. If you find yourself in
trouble, turn to your friends on the message boards. We're there to
support you, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
This stage can be tough, but it's also critical to your success. Think of it
as a hill to climb; when you get to the top, you'll be thrilled to see how easy
it will be going forward. At some point (exactly when differs for everyone),
sustaining a healthier lifestyle becomes easy.