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    16 Weight Loss Tips That Will Actually Get You Results

    Don't let the dreaded plateau cramp your style (or your progress).

    We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us how they handled plateaus and setbacks while they were trying to lose weight. They told us some of the actual nutrition and fitness strategies they used to kick their weight loss back into gear as well as what they did to stay motivated even when things got tough.

    1. Make sure you're eating enough.

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    "I went from eating 1,500 calories [per day] to eating 1,700 because my boot camp–style workouts were so intense. Only when I did that did I start losing weight again."

    —Jen T.

    Learn more about eating enough to fuel your workouts here, and more about calories and metabolism here.

    2. Stop weighing yourself so much.

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    "In the first few months, I would constantly check my weight every few days to see if there were any significant changes. My mood would depend on these numbers on the scale. When my mom voiced her concerns about this obsessive checking ... she told me that I can tell changes in my body without having to see the numbers.

    Mom was right. I saw that I have more endurance and my body was getting more toned."

    —Chris R.

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

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    "I've also identified the triggers that make me want to snack and found alternate ways to respond (take a walk around the block, keep apples and carrots in the house instead of snack foods, deep breathing exercises).

    And sometimes I just have to call a friend and vent for a while, have a cheat day, and then get back on track."

    —Enid B.

    Get more info on ways to reduce stress here.

    4. Learn the difference between hunger and cravings.

    5. Avoid plateaus altogether by setting lifestyle goals that have nothing to do with weight loss.

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

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    "I've been using cognitive behaviour strategies. ... I have my lists of why I am doing it, and my cards to read through when I'm feeling setbacks coming up. I stop myself from having the setbacks — or at least [set myself up for] getting right back on track."


    7. Don't deprive yourself. Do strive for balance.

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

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    "When I have setbacks and spend several days eating mostly trash, I remind myself that even on my bad days now, I'm still doing better than I was on an average day before.

    Who cares if I go 500 calories over and hit 2,000? It's better than the 2,400 I was easily consuming daily in the past."

    —Cheri H.

    9. Measure fat loss not weight loss.

    10. Drink less booze.

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    "I love beer. However ... it's just not healthy for me to drink once a week. I sleep better, I feel better, and I really do think this has changed my metabolism, too. I never thought I'd be able to do without my happy hours, but it's better this way for me."

    —Kortni M.

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

    12. And be sure to change up your workouts regularly.

    13. Register for a race.

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

    15. Join a community that holds you accountable.

    16. And most importantly, remind yourself who you're doing this for. (You.)

    "There will be times you want to quit, times you want to just let yourself go again, and times you will face negative people.

    Ignore all of it because at the end of the day, looking in the mirror and smiling at yourself is more important than looking at a stranger and wondering what they think of you."

    —Aaron M.

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