Post # 1
Since January 1 2014 I’ve lost 25 pounds, which is huge and amazing and awesome… but I’ve totally plateaued. 25lbs is the mid-point for me and I reached it beginning of March, and since then I’ve been on this horrible see-saw of gaining one pound, losing one pound, gaining two pounds, losing two pounds… I just can’t seem to get past this number on the scale. Worse than that, because I’m not seeing any progress on the scale I’ve been getting frustrated with counting calories and working out non-stop and I’ve been slacking a bit. I’ve still been working out, and I’ve found that I truly enjoy going to zumba, which has been a lifesaver… but I’d really like to see more progress on the scale! Any suggestions as to how to get past a weight loss plateau?
Post # 3
switch something up. Plateaus are a normal part of weightloss, and usually happen when you’ve been working out and eating better, so your metabolism speeds up. So eating the same thing and doing the same exercise ends up putting you at more of a calorie deficit than before. Which means you could be hitting the threshold where you need to add 200-300 calories of lean meats & veggies to your diet each day to help kickstart your body into burning energy rather than conserving it.
Here’s a Jillian Michael’s article that goes about looking at plateaus http://www.jillianmichaels.com/fit/lose-weight/break-through-weight-loss-plateau
Post # 4
I would say add some weight lifting and up the protein in your diet. Building more muscle will help you get through the plateu. Adding weight work outs made a huge difference for me!
Post # 6
Depends on what you are doing, but I find that most people who are exercising are doing group classes and cardio and not enough weight lifting. It would be good to add in weights if you haven’t already. Just keep in mind that you still may not see the numbers on the scale move much as your muscle replaces the fat, which weighs more. But you will see differences in how your clothes fit, how strong you feel, and how your body looks.
Post # 6
nadnuk: Very interesting! I hadn’t considered increasing my intake. Thank you!
MrsP_bee: MsJ2theZ: We’re already lifting–a friend and I do Strong Lifts three times a week and then do hand weights twice a week, in addition to other strength training and cardio, so I don’t know if increasing the amount of weight lifting would do very much at this point. 🙁 Thank you though!
Post # 7
Wow 25lbs is amazing!!!! I’m not looking to lose weight, but just maintain a healthy lifestyle and maximize my workouts. I am going to start the Advocare 24 Day Challenge which is an amazing way to get back on track. Private message me if you want to learn more, I’d be more than happy to help you out with your goal! You can also look here for more information: