Frustrated: Hitting a Plateau

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

Plateaus are SUCH a bitch! I hit a major plateau when I went from 173 to 122. I stopped at 140 for almost a year!

Then I picked up running, and the last 18lbs melted off in the next two months!

The high intensity cardio definitely helped me wake up my system and got it moving again!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

@Cynderbug:  First off, congrats on the weight loss!

When yousay you don’t at a lot of meat, do you mean red meat or protein in general? In order to lose weight you need to eat more protein with every meal, especially when you are working out.

I don’t think restricting yourself to 1000 calories is the answer and can actually be way worse on your body in the long run.

Another idea is to stop using the scale so often and focus more on incehes lost and how your clothes fit since a lb of muscle is not the same as a lb of fat 🙂

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Congrats on your weight loss. But perhaps getting to your grade 12 weight is unrealistic.

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Cynderbug:  Please do not restrict yourself to less than 1000 calories! Super unhealthy and you will not maintain the loss. 

Also it is hardest to lose the last five lbs due to your body evening out. Sometimes it is helpful to increase your caloric intake when you stop losing weight- it increases your metabolism. Also maybe try a different workout routine- ie swimming if you are a runner, maybe take up yoga ect.

 

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Cynderbug:  🙂 yup! Gotta love cheat days 🙂 my mom is a dietician and says when you restrict too much, your body tries to hold on to as much fat as possible (goes in to starvation mode)- so sometimes upping your intake will help you body relax and lose the last few 🙂 It sounds counter-intuitive but it kinda makes sense! Good luck 🙂

Post # 10
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Upstate NY

Running and unprocessed foods has really helped me lose 20 lbs (took a long time though)! Nothing with a shelf life, no processed wheat or carbs and low sugar.

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2014

You mentioned ketosis in your post from restricting calories to <1000 per day, but have you looked into actual keto diets? Keeping daily carb intake under 50 g (roughly, I’m no expert) can drive your body into actual ketosis without restricting calories to that dangerous level. This is a super helpful way for me to blow through a nagging handful of pounds that crop up after a stressful month of poor eating habits. Maybe give that a look, there is a great community and helpful FAQ on keto on reddit.com/r/keto 

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