Define your goals
You can’t reach the finish line if you don’t know when you’re there. If you’ve hit a weight loss plateau, there’s a chance that you’re already at a healthy weight or don’t have an actual plan to reach your goal.
“If you start a new exercise routine with your personal mission something along the lines of ‘getting in shape’ and not much else, it’s time to go back to the metaphorical drawing board. That’s too broad,” Cox says.
Instead, set a SMART goal. One that’s specific, measurable, attainable, relevant and time-bound. “I want to lose 10 pounds before July 1 and will do action steps X, Y and Z to get there” is one example. Select your end game, then write it down.
If you need inspiration about how to do this—and what’s possible when you follow through— check out the National Weight Control Registry website, says Hyman.
“The registry consists of people who have lost at least 30 pounds and kept it off at least a year. You can read about success stories and research findings, including that 78 percent of members eat breakfast daily and 90 percent exercise an average of one hour per day,” she says.