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Why Can’t I Lose Weight?
Finding Your Trouble Spots

by Jacquie Craig, MS, RD, LD, CDE

A plateau may be a good time to reassess your goals and your action plan for reaching them. For example, you may decide that you’re willing and able to increase the intensity or amount of physical activity you do. Or you may decide that maintaining the weight you’ve already lost for the next several months is a more realistic goal than losing more weight right away. Meeting with a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator may be helpful for moving forward at this stage.

One step at a time
Many possibilities have been presented in this article, and not all of them will apply to everyone. To avoid getting overwhelmed, think carefully about which of these possibilities is (or are) most likely to be affecting you, and focus on actions you can — and are willing to — take. Then come up with a plan for how you’ll carry out those actions. In some cases, you may need the help of your diabetes care providers to diagnose a problem or come up with a solution, so making an appointment with one of these professionals may be the first step in your action plan. Whatever the plan, break it into manageable chunks, take time to evaluate the effectiveness of each step before you go on to the next, and give yourself a pat on the back for making the effort to control your diabetes and improve your health.

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