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30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 19: Your Plateau Is an Opportunity

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Deborah Day is a lifestyle and entertainment writer and editor. Former editor in chief of and executive editor of, she has been published on,,, and other media sites, as well as in Maxim, Interview and Time Out NY magazines.
30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge Day 19: Your Plateau Is an Opportunity
Push through your plateau — a little harder, a little longer, a little less ice cream. Photo Credit: Gracie Wilson/LIVESTRONG.COM; Adobe Stock

You've been diligent about eating right and working out. You've been faithfully tracking your progress, but suddenly there's no more progress. You're not seeing the numbers on the scale drop. "What the heck is going on?" you ask yourself. It's no mystery — you've hit a plateau.

How to Bust Through a Weight-Loss Plateau

Don't worry, it happens to the best of us. It's a natural part of the weight-loss process. Your scale shouldn't fool you or rule you. It's not the boss of you. Though it's a good tool to measure your progress, it does have its drawbacks. For example, the scale measures total weight — it can't tell how the weight is distributed between muscles, fat and water.

If your scale is at a standstill, don't panic. Whatever you do, don't get discouraged. Instead, take your current measurements to get a more accurate view of your progress. Track your measurements and compare them to your most recent stats. You might just find that, although the numbers on the scale aren't moving, you're actually losing inches off your body!

This plateau is temporary. Stay focused and stay on track. You've come too far to let this derail you. Make this a call to action and a chance to reaffirm your commitment to your transformation plan. Plateau, schmateau! This, too, shall pass.

In the meantime, you have our entire team and community behind you. Join our Facebook Challenge Group.

You have your goals as motivation. You have the tools you need. You have this!

The MyPlate app helps keep you on track!
The MyPlate app helps keep you on track! Photo Credit: LIVESTRONG.COM

MyPlate Calorie Tracker Can Help You Lose More Weight

Documenting your food and activity might seem like overkill, but it’s not. People who track their calories and physical activities enjoy greater success losing weight and keeping it off for good!

Tracking everything honestly is essential to making the 30-Day GET LEAN IN 2017 Challenge work for you. Sometimes you’re not even aware of everything you consume, but once you start tracking it you’ll think twice before you make poor choices. And that’s a good thing.

With LIVESTRONG.COM’s free MyPlate Calorie Tracker — available on desktop and for iOS and Android devices — you can track it all:

  • Daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) and snacks
  • Exercise and activity
  • Weight
  • Water/hydration
  • BMI (Body Mass Index)

Find Out More on Getting Past Weight-Loss Plateaus

Readers — Are you joining us in the 30-Day Get Lean in 2017 Challenge? If so, what's your weight-loss goal? Have you ever done a weight-loss challenge group before? How did it go? Have you joined our LIVESTRONG.COM Challenge Group on Facebook? Leave a comment below and let us know.


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