We want to help you handle your plateaus and setbacks in the best, most positive way as you’re trying to lose weight. Here are some great tips from Buzzfeed that will help you stay motivated:

1. Make sure you’re eating enough.

When your workouts are super intense, make sure you’re adjusting your diet to make sure you’re getting enough calories. You need them to fuel your body and stay energetic!

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2. Stop weighing yourself so much.

Stop obsessing over those numbers on the scale! You can tell when you’re healthy without looking at the numbers. Obsessing over these numbers can give you unrealistic expectations and negatively affect your mood.

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3. Replace stress-eating with stress-reducing activities.

Identify triggers that make you want to snack and find alternative ways to respond. Take a walk around the block, do deep breathing exercises, or call a friend.

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4. Learn the difference between hunger and cravings.

Hunger means your body needs fuel. Cravings are what you want to fuel it. Did you just eat a healthy meal but now you think you want donuts? Chances are you’re probably not still hungry.

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5. Set lifestyle goals that have nothing to do with weight loss.

You can avoid weight loss plateaus altogether by setting goals that don’t have to do with losing weight. For example, you can set a goal to be able to run a 5k before a certain date. This way, you are less likely to obsess over the amount of weight lost, and you are making a healthy choice that’s great for your body.

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6. Write down the positive reasons you’re trying to lose weight and refer to it often.

Stay on track by reminding yourself why you’re doing this!

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7. Don’t deprive yourself.

Do strive for balance. Nobody’s perfect, and you deserve to eat a piece of cake every once in awhile! It doesn’t detract from your goals- in fact, it makes it easier to achieve them.

 

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8. Keep the whole thing in perspective because you’re actually crushing it.

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Even if you’re not meeting your weight loss goal, chances are you’re doing a lot better than you were before. Celebrate the positive changes you’ve made, no matter how small!

 

9. Actually- measure fat loss, not weight loss.

 

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Take pictures to document fat loss! Sometimes, when the numbers on the scale aren’t budging or you feel like nothing is changing, you have proof through pictures or measurements that there are changes occurring.

 

10. Drink less alcohol.

Think about it: Alcohol has a lot of sugar. Cut down on it and your metabolism will change, you’ll sleep better, and feel better overall.

 

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11. Learn about nutrition and exercise and experiment to see what works.

If you’re stuck at the same weight for a long time, adjust your nutrition levels and workout plans. Experiment and see what works best for you!

 

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12. Make sure to change up your workout!

If you’re stuck in a rut, mix up your routine. Try an outside-the-box workout, like martial arts, swing dancing, or ultimate frisbee!

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13. Register for a race.

Push yourself outside of your comfort zone. Scared of passing out on the ground during the race? That will make you stick to your training so you know you’ll be ready!

 

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14. Take it one healthy choice at time and before you know it you’ll be on autopilot.

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15. Join a community that holds you accountable.

Whether it’s a workout class or a group of friends, you’ll greatly benefit from their support and motivation.

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16. Most importantly, remind yourself who you’re doing this for- yourself!

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This is for YOU! Ignore all negativity and desire to quit, because in the end, looking at yourself in the mirror and smiling is more important than what anyone else thinks.