Dear Alice,

I read your article a while ago about someone who hit a plateau and I decided to write to you as well. I have been following your plan almost perfectly but I haven’t lost weight in a month. I am back to my pre-corona routine so I don’t believe that this plateau is due to sleep, stress, or schedule changes. I do sometimes nibble on my kids’ dinner, have a few extra nuts, and have a bit of extra challah every Shabbos, but other than that I am nearly perfect. Can these small extras really halt my weight loss?


Feeling Stuck

Dear Stuck,

Let’s talk science and math for a moment. It takes a cut of 3,500 calories to lose a pound. Therefore if one cuts 500 calories per day, they will lose a pound a week. The reverse is also true; let’s discuss the little extras that you are having every day and attach some approximate calorie counts to them:

½ cup of pasta with cheese (a few large spoonfuls) = 200 calories

¼ cup farfel with 1 tablespoon of oil = 225 calories

15 glazed almonds = 175 calories

1 slice extra challah = 150–200 calories per slice

1 tablespoon extra dip = 100 calories

As you see, it is extremely easy to eat an extra 500 calories a day, mindlessly, while still feeling “on track”! So be careful with those little nibbles and extras and see if your weight loss resumes. If, after making sure not to add in small extras here and there, you are still not losing weight, it may be time to readjust your plan.



Alice Harrosh is a nutrition counselor and manager at Nutrition by Tanya, with 14 locations including a branch in Five Towns right on Elderd Lane (behind Jildor Shoes). Alice knows that making healthy choices is not always easy as she has been through the struggle herself. For more information on Nutrition by Tanya or the TAP (Tanya approved products) food line, please visit or call 844-Tanya-Diet (844-826-9234). For daily tips and inspiration, you may follow @nutritionbytanya on Instagram. Our beautiful and healthy new cookbook, Cooking with Tanya, is now available in Judaica stores or through the Menucha Publishing website.


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