Does the following scenario sound familiar?

For weeks your weight loss program is on fire! The pounds are melting away and you’re feeling like nothing short of a weight loss superstar! But then, for seemingly no reason, your weight loss efforts come to a screeching halt. The scale won’t budge, no matter what you try.

If this scenario does in fact sound familiar to you, take heart. Such “weight loss plateaus” are perfectly normal—and more importantly—perfectly surmountable. By incorporating the following five weight loss plateau busting strategies into your daily routine, you’re sure to set your weight loss efforts back on track in no time flat.

1. Visualize Your Success.

It’s been scientifically proven that people who visualize themselves succeeding have a much greater chance of actually achieving what it is they desire. Such powerful visual imagery is particularly helpful when it comes to reaching weight loss and fitness goals. Try closing your eyes and seeing yourself fitting into your skinny jeans, or visualize yourself on a beach in your favorite bikini. Not only is it fun, but it really is effective in helping you move past your weight loss plateau!

2. Record Your Food Intake.

All too often, we think we’re following a diet plan effectively, when in fact, we’ve simply forgotten about the cookie we snagged from the break room or the handful of tater-tots we ate off our kid’s dinner plate. In short, if you’re leaving your daily calorie count up to memory, your weight loss plateau is likely caused by “forgotten calorie syndrome”. By keeping a record of your daily food intake, you’ll automatically be held more accountable for how much you eat by “remembering” all of those otherwise forgotten calories.

3. Eat a Protein-Rich Breakfast.

Protein in the morning is key to revving up your metabolism and getting your weight loss efforts off to a great start. If you’re a chronic breakfast skipper, eating a protein-rich snack mid-morning can also help you overcome your stalled weight loss efforts.

4. Limit Sugar and Alcohol Intake.

Are you perhaps attending more social functions where sugary treats and alcoholic beverages abound? If so, the excess calories from the sugar and alcohol may be what’s contributing to your inability to lose weight. Sugar and alcohol interfere with your body’s ability to metabolize fat. They also raise insulin levels, which can cause you to stop burning fat as well.

5. Drink More Water.

Did you know that lack of water can stop your body from burning fat just as quickly as sugar and alcohol can? Failure to drink adequate amounts of water can cause you to hit a weight loss plateau faster than most dieters realize. If you find it difficult to drink water because, quite frankly, it’s boring and tasteless, feel free to add a few drops of our acai and pomegranate-flavored Water Enhancer to your glass or bottle to help make drinking water tasty and easy to do.

Ultimately, no matter what the reason may be for your weight loss plateau, it’s important to remember that stalling, re-starting, gaining and losing are all part of the weight loss cycle. While everyone wants to lose weight in a linear fashion, this rarely ever happens. Most successful people lose weight in spurts; losing, re-gaining a bit, then restarting their weight loss achievements once again. The key to successful weight loss is to accept this natural rhythm, set a stop point for yourself, and get back on the program with these helpful tips any time you find yourself moving away from your goal.

Disclaimer: This article is designed to give tips to readers about how they can improve or augment actions in their life that may lead to a healthier lifestyle; it is not meant to be all-inclusive or to be used in place of medical advice.