Post # 1
So, i’ve lost 14 pounds since February (started at 162lbs., currently 148lbs.), and i’m committed to doing it all natural, no pills or anything, and i have 11 more to go. Not only am i trying to look smokin’ hot for my wedding, but i want to get down to a healthier BMI (i’m so close!)
Anyone have tips for getting past the weight-loss plateau? I work out between 6-10 hours a week, eat 1200-1500 calories a day, drink water, green tea, and the occasional coffee. I’d appreciate any input! 🙂
Post # 3
i wanna know too!!!! Im at like 160 from 181 about the same time frame and feel like ive been stuck here for about 2.5 weeks. (and i wasnt great about working out this week 🙁 oops)
Post # 4
@Melissa.erin: Great job!!! That’s wonderful progress!!!
I’ve been talking to some friends that are more athletically inclined than me, and they suggested incorporating more strength training, resistance training, and intervals to my workout plan. They also suggested doing 6 small meals a day instead of the 4 reasonable meals I’ve been doing. They said it’d help speed up my metabolism. I’m adding on an hour of strength training along with my hour of cardio five times a week, and kettlebell training three times a week.
I’ll be doing the 6 meal a day thing, and i’m hoping the strength training stuff will help define and tone while still losing weight. I’m also going to invest in doing protein shakes as one of the 6 meals. I’ll keep you updated, hope you will too! Good luck!
Post # 5
Plateaus are normal and if you keep it up, you should begin to see loss again. The other thing to remember is that your ‘losing’ calorie budget when you were 162 is now going to be lower at 148. And you lose more calories with exercise the larger you are, so the lower your weight, the less calories you’re burning with the same exercises. Make sure you’re making the adjustments every once in awhile…but remember, this is a great thing!
I’d also recommend being sure to change up your exercise type frequently, as the longer you do the same exercises, the more ‘efficient’ your body becomes at performing them, and so it takes less work/calories to run 5 miles once you’ve been doing it for 3 months in a row.
I think the most important thing is to stay motivated through the plateau, and you may naturally start seeing the loss again in a few weeks. The plateau is a dangerous place, because many people are motivated by seeing loss and can get discouraged and give up during this period. Stay strong, it sounds like you are doing a wonderful job!