When Cortland West hits a weight-loss plateau, she knows exactly what to do. "I look back at my old photos of myself when I was at my biggest," she says. "I was completely miserable at that time in my life. I felt awful physically and emotionally." That reminder of how far she's come keeps Cortland, who has so far lost 36kgs, moving forward.

No one ever said losing weight was easy. (And if they did, they were lying!) But no matter how prepared you think you are for the ups and downs of weight loss, the frustration of seeing the same number on the scale - over and over again - can’t be underestimated. These eight women hit their fair share of plateaus on their way toward healthier, happier weights. Here's how they powered through.

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