Getting the scale unstuck
You’ve been dieting for a while and steadily losing, but now you’ve hit a plateau. It happens to everyone, and it will pass in time, but until then it can be quite discouraging. If it happens too soon in your weight loss journey, it may even cause you to give up.
The following 3 tips will help you get the scale unstuck and moving once again. Do them all for 1 week.
Eat high-water-content foods.
You will fill up on volume, but will still be eating fewer calories. Eat them 3 times a day for 1 week. Virtually all food has some water content, but natural, whole foods have the most. Fruit and vegetables are 80 to 98 percent water, and as an added benefit, it’s the most nutrient-rich water you’ll ever consume. Try cucumbers, watermelon, tomatoes, carrots or celery with your meals and as snacks.
Replace carbs with sweet potatoes.
They’re healthier, they’re sweet, and they have fiber. According to Wikipedia, the Center for Science in the Public Interest has compared the nutritional value of sweet potatoes to other foods. Considering their fiber content, complex carbohydrates, protein, vitamin A and potassium, the sweet potato ranked highest in nutritional value. And when baked, it actually raises their beta-carotene content! Eat a bunch of them for 1 week. Cut them into fries, add your favorite seasonings, and bake them. Mash them up and eat them with your meals like mashed potatoes. Just don’t drench them in butter and sour cream!
We’re not talking about bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwiches, we’re talking about biting, licking, and tasting. Those calories will add up fast! So watch yourself and don’t do it for 1 full week. This is also an old Weight Watcher’s trick, which, if you’ve ever been to a Weight Watcher’s meeting, you’re sure to have heard.
Overweight people burn more calories than thin people. But they also take in more calories than thin people do. To take advantage of this extra calorie burn, do all of the above for 1 week, and you should see that needle begin to move down again.