Help! I’ve Hit A Weight-Loss Plateau! After a winter of counting calories, I dropped 23 pounds. Now I’m just 10 pounds shy of my goal. But in the past month I haven’t lost a single pound. I’ve heard that people have a set weight and that, once it’s reached, it’s impossible to lose any more. Am I destined to be a little chubby?
While it’s true that progress stalls when your body reaches its genetically programmed “set weight,” it is possible to shed a few more pounds. I recommend trying a three-day “S diet”: Eat one salad, sandwich or bowl of cereal (preferably whole-grain) per day. These healthy carbohydrates up production of leptin, a hormone that converts fat-storing cells into fat-burning ones. Plus, many salad veggies are rich in magnesium, which improves cells’ ability to utilize leptin. After the three days, resume your previous eating habits and expect to see a drop in weight within a day or two.