Post # 1
Anyone else experiencing this? I was 160 and lost 20lbs in the first three-four months. Then I took a bit of a couple month break and then dropped 3-5lbs. Now I’m at 135-137 for the last two months and I just can’t seem to drop those last seven pounds. During the weekday I eat around 1200-1400 calories and exercise about 5-7 hours a week. I also have a fairly active job. I’m 5′ 4 and in my late 20’s
I never used to get hungy with the initial weight loss, but now I feel so hungry during the mid day (around 4) so I have a bowl of soup or some pretzels.
Does anyone have any tips? What did you do when you experienced this?
Post # 3
@collieblueeyes: I’m in the same boat! Any help would be appreciated!
Post # 4
By plateau, what do you mean? How long has it been since you’ve seen weight loss?
For me, I hadn’t seen weight loss in 7 days and I was all fliustered because I lost weight EVERY day for the last month (18 lbs in January!). After a reality check from my ladies from MFP that what I was in was NOT a plateau, I stopped weighing myself every day, which helped. I upped the protein, decreased the sodium and simple sugars (while keeping the complex sugars) and started lifting weights. Guess what. 2 lbs down this morning. (I know it’s water weight but it was reassuring, since I was getting frustrated knowing that I was eating right and exercising my tail off).
If I were you, I would change your mid afternoon snack from something purely carb to a protein snack like lunch meat or jerky – at some gyms or health food stores they have something called Os-Trim which has 80 calories, very low carbs, 15 grams of protein. That’s what I would have for your midafternoon snack.
What are you doing for exercise? I would throw in 2 days per week of serious lifting… I am doing ChaLEAN Extreme from Beach Body (the same people who do Insanity and P90X) and I really think that is what is making the difference! Interesting little statistic I heard recently: 2 lifting workouts per week, with regular exercise, over 10 weeks, can reduce body fat % by three percent. Period. So try it!
Post # 5
@collieblueeyes: Oh, PS, I started having a Fiber1 brownie (90 calories) in the morning and it has not only helped keep me regular but it has seriously helped keep me feeling not hungry in the afternoon because it delays gastric emptying.
Things like reduced sodium chicken broth (5 calories, 2 grams of protein) also TOTALLY help me with not feeling hungry as an afternoon snack because it is a space filler without that many calories.
Post # 6
Totally agree with upping your weights and upping your protein. And protein helps soo much with feeling full. For me, a couple poached eggs always do the trick