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Why am I not losing weight? Have I hit a plateau?

On the standard Nutrisystem plan, you can expect to lose one to two pounds per week. However, please note that weight loss will vary from person to person and can be influenced by other factors like diet plan, plan adherence, weight to lose, prior diet, etc. We recommend weighing yourself just once per week on the same day of the week and at the same time of the day for the best way to track your weight loss results. Seeing small fluctuations in weight (or no change at all) from one day to the next can be normal, and is usually not an indication that you’re following the weight loss program incorrectly.

There are a few common reasons why you may not be seeing the weight loss results you want: You’re skipping meals, not drinking enough water, or not getting enough sleep, to name a few.

We recommend making sure you are eating all of the Nutrisystem® meals and prescribed grocery additions each day as outlined in your NuMi app for the best results. Logging your food in NuMi can help you stay on track with your daily meal plan. Research suggests that people who track food intake tend to have better weight loss success. Try to track your diet at least 80% of the time or about 5-6 days out of the week to help with overeating, skipping meals and proper portion control. You can download the FREE NuMi app on your Smartphone’s App storeGoogle Play, or access it on desktop at numi.com >

Always read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on your grocery add-ins. Just because a food says “healthy” on the label, that doesn’t mean it’s a smart pick! Try to choose PowerFuels and SmartCarbs that are higher in protein and fiber. (The more, the better!) You’ll burn more calories eating a high-protein food compared to something higher in carbs and fat. Fiber isn’t fully digested, so the calorie contribution is less than other carbs.

We also recommend 30 minutes of activity per day, or 210 minutes per week. Try a mix of strength and weight training. If you’re already meeting the 30-minute goal, try stepping it up by increasing the length or intensity of your workouts. If you’re using NuMi SmartAdapt, revisit the activity level you selected when completing your questionnaire to ensure it’s accurate. This is factored into your daily calorie goal. Keep in mind that if you’re hitting the gym, you could be losing fat and gaining muscle. Muscle takes up less space and weighs more than fat, so try to find other measures of success such as your energy levels or how your jeans are fitting.

Read this full article for additional advice: Are You Really in a Weight Loss Plateau? 10 Reasons Why the Scale is Stuck! >

If you’re following the Nutrisystem® plan and have questions or concerns regarding your weight loss, the Nutrisystem Coaching Team is here to help! Connect with a coach to review a typical day on the Nutrisystem program.

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