Want more tips and tricks for reaching your health goals? Join Lark!

Take our 2-minute survey to find out if you’re eligible to join Lark which includes a smart scale and the chance to earn a Fitbit®.
Start now
*Terms and conditions apply
Close icon

Interested in more health & wellness content from Lark? Let’s stay in touch.

Sign up below for more information from Lark
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.
Close icon
< Back to Resource Center
< Back to Member Blog

When Weight Loss Stalls

November 6, 2021
When Weight Loss Stalls - Lark Health

Are you at risk of prediabetes?

Lark can help lower your risk for Type 2 Diabetes through healthy habit formation, and data tracking.
Height: 5 ft 4 in
4' 0"
7' 0"
Weight: 160 lbs
90 lbs
500 lbs
Risk Level
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

What could 15% weight loss mean for you?

Feel more energetic and significantly reduce your risk of chronic conditions like diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

By clicking the button above, you agree to the Lark Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, and SMS Terms.

Current Weight: 250 lbs
120 lbs
500 lbs
Your weight loss could be*
- - lbs
Your new weight: -- lbs
Am I eligible?

By clicking the button above, you agree to the Lark Terms & Conditions, Privacy Policy, and SMS Terms.

*Results may vary. Based on the average weight loss in three, 68-week clinical trials of patients without diabetes who reached and maintained a dose of 2.4mg/week of GLP-1 treatment, along with a reduced-calorie diet and increased physical activity. View study here.
Thank you! Your submission has been received!
Oops! Something went wrong while submitting the form.

Session Focus

Taking action when your weight loss stalls can help you prevent or delay type 2 diabetes.

This session we will talk about:

  • Why weight loss can stall
  • How to start losing weight again

You will also make a new action plan! Tips include:

Meet your eating and fitness goals.
Set new goals that match your lower weight, if needed.
Build muscle.

Roxanne's Story

Roxanne is at risk for type 2 diabetes. Her goal is to lose 22 pounds. So she starts eating well and being active. During the first six weeks, Roxanne loses 12 pounds. That's an average of two pounds each week. But she loses just half a pound during week seven. And she doesn't lose any weight during week eight.

Before she lost weight, Roxanne weighed 168 pounds. She needed 1,750 calories a day to stay at the same weight. Now that Roxanne weighs 156 pounds, she needs just 1,650 calories a day to maintain her weight. That means her daily calorie needs have dropped by 100 calories. Since Roxanne's daily calorie needs have changed, she decides to set new eating and fitness goals. She makes small changes in her lifestyle to cut 100 calories each day.

These days, instead of drinking a 16-ounce coffee with whole milk with breakfast, she has a 12-ounce coffee with skim milk. Plus, she now uses resistance bands while she watches TV. This burns calories and builds muscle.

These small changes add up. Roxanne is now losing one to two pounds each week.

Roxanne's Weight Loss

Roxanne's Weight Loss1
Roxanne's Weight Loss2

Here are 25 snacks around or under 100 calories:

  1. 13 whole almonds
  2. 1 small oatmeal cookie
  3. 2 medium kiwis
  4. 3 tablespoons hummus
  5. 1/2 cup fat-free yogurt
  6. 1 slice raisin bread
  7. 1 medium apple
  8. 1 orange
  9. 1 cup strawberries
  10. 1 stick low-fat string cheese
  11. 8 baby carrots with one tablespoon dip
  12. 1 mini can of cola
  13. 1 cup blueberries with 2 tablespoons whipped topping
  14. 1 block dark chocolate, or three small squares
  15. 1/2 frozen banana dipped in two squares melted dark chocolate
  16. 1 cup oat cereal
  17. 1/2 cup sunflower seeds
  18. 20 pistachios
  19. 1 small latte with skim milk
  20. 6 cups microwave popcorn
  21. 1 small nonfat blueberry smoothie
  22. 1 cup tomato soup
  23. 10 baked pita chips with 1/4 cup salsa
  24. 1/2 apple (sliced) with 1 teaspoon natural peanut butter
  25. 1 mini sliced avocado

Ways to Take in Fewer Calories

1. Use less fat

To keep food from sticking, use:

Cooking sprays

Nonstick cookware

Water or stock

To replace butter and oil in baked goods, use:

Ground-up veggies or fruit with no added sugar

Nonfat plain yogurt

Veggie or fruit juice with no added sugar

Replace fatty sauces with:

Hot sauce


Lemon juice

Low-fat gravy

Low-fat salad dressing


Nonfat plain yogurt



2. Replace sweet drinks with:

Low-fat soy milk

Smoothie made with nonfat plain yogurt, skim milk, and frozen fruit

Sparkling water with a splash of 100% fruit juice

Tea or coffee with no cream or sugar

Veggie juice with no added sugar

Water with lemon, lime, or mint

3. Control portion sizes

Don't skip meals.

Measure food.

Pay attention to serving sizes.

Plan your snacks and meals.

3. Other ideas

Start with non-starchy veggies or a broth-based soup.

Drink a cup of water before each meal.

Use small plates.

Ways to Burn 100 Calories

Each of these activities burns at least 100 calories.

Household Chores

Garden for 30 to 45 minutes.

Rake leaves for 30 minutes.

Shovel snow for 15 minutes.

Wash and wax a car for 45 to 60 minutes.

Wash windows or floors for 45 to 60 minutes.


Bike 5 miles in 30 minutes (6 minutes/mile).

Dance fast for 30 minutes.

Do water aerobics for 30 minutes.

Jump rope for 15 minutes.

Play basketball for 15 to 20 minutes.

Play touch football for 45 minutes.

Play volleyball for 45 to 60 minutes.

Push a stroller 1.5 miles in 30 minutes (20 minutes/mile).

Run 1.5 miles in 15 minutes (10 minutes/mile).

Shoot baskets for 30 minutes.

Swim laps for 20 minutes.

Walk 1.75 miles in 35 minutes (20 minutes/mile).

Wheel self in wheelchair for 30 to 40 minutes.

About Lark

Lark helps you eat better, move more, stress less, and improve your overall wellness. Lark’s digital coach is available 24/7 on your smartphone to give you personalized tips, recommendations, and motivation to lose weight and prevent chronic conditions like diabetes.

Read more

Get healthier with Lark & earn a Fitbit®

Lose weight, get more active, and eat better.
take 1-minute survey

See if Ozempic® is covered by insurance

Curb cravings and reach your weight loss goals!

Similar posts

Be SMART About Preventing Diabetes - Lark DPP - Lark HealthBe SMART About Preventing Diabetes - Lark DPP - Lark Health

Be SMART About Preventing Diabetes

SMART goals can be your guide on your health journey. Here is how to set SMART goals to help yourself succeed.

Learn more
Modernizing Care Management with Predictive Insights - Lark HealthModernizing Care Management with Predictive Insights - Lark Health

Get More Active

Learn more