I helped loads of  clients lose weight , & I can tell you that I have seen it all. Here’s what I’ve learned: The clients who do hit weight-loss plateaus al l have one thing in common — they’re no longer giving a 100-percent effort.

When you first start a weight-loss program, you’re excited and eager to make these great changes in your life. But weeks later, that enthusiasm and discipline can start to diminish. Let’s face it: It’s hard to be excited and eager to work out and eat right every day. However, it does take that kind of mental and physical commitment to keep shedding the pounds.

If you feel like the readout on your scale won’t budge, ask yourself if you are truly giving it your all. Are you skipping workouts? Are you eating a little more than you might be logging? or eating too much of the wrong kind of foods?

How can you reinvigorate that enthusiasm and get back on track? Here are a few ideas that have helped my clients:

1.Define Your Goal. Write down what your weight-loss goal truly means to you and how it would benefit your life. Putting it down on paper can be a great daily reminder for you.

2. Switch Things Up. Change your workouts. Try a new routine at the gym, try a class at the gym you have never tried before.

3. Set a Short-Term Goal. Sign up for a race — it could be a 5K or a  half marathon. Perhaps you have a school reunion in 6 weeks from now & you would like to look your best for it.

4. Check Your Calories. Find out if you’re eating the right amount of calories &/or eating the right amount of macronutrients. It’s possible you need to eat less than you originally thought. Or you might not be eating enough food, which can cause your body to go into starvation mode.