I plateau if I leave out my strength training. I am not a big fan of it, but I see better results with it. As far as the chips and other goodies, my darling hubby is rail thin and loves these treats. i will not deny him, but he is great at putting them out of my reach ( I am 5' 1" and he is 6') as he knows I don't like to climb up on my step stool. Good Luck!