What to do when you've hit a weight-loss plateau

Weight loss doesn't always happen in a straight line. Dr. Joey Shulman has tips for getting over a weight-loss plateau.

Weight loss doesn’t always happen in a straight line. While, on average, you’ll lose two pounds a week on the Cityline weight-loss program, along your journey you may hit a week when you don’t lose any weight. The first step is not to panic! This is normal and due to the body’s ever efficient way of adapting. In order to break the plateau, the body needs to feel change. Here’s how you can do it.

1. Change up your workout. Intensify your workout, change it up and do interval training routines.

2. Zig-zag your calories. Do this every other day. Lower your caloric intake by about 10 per cent. This does NOT mean you have to be hungry. However, it does mean you have to focus on water-dense, nutrient-dense and calorie-light foods.

3. Check your gut health. Recent research shows a healthy gut flora can actually help with weight loss and burning belly fat. Yogurt, probiotic supplements, miso soup and other fermented foods such as pickles, sauerkraut and kefir all help your gut flora.

4. Track your food. You may be eating more than you think! Little snacks at the wrong time of day can add up. If you’re not already tracking your food, download my food journal and track for a minimum of 30 days.

5. Look at the big picture. Remember how far you’ve come, how much better you feel and the inches you have lost!