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I seem to have hit my breastfeeding plateau. Ugh. It happens after every baby. I get to a certain point and hold on to the rest of the weight until I wean. This unfortunately happens to be 5 lbs heavier than my last plateau. I was hoping to get down at least 5 more lbs, but it seems to be holding on. Does anyone else tend to do this?
Has anyone found a way past the breastfeeding plateau? I'd love to continue losing 1 lb a week if I could find a way past this. I'm currently counting calories and I work out at least 30 minutes every day. I've been running 3 times a week, walking occasionally, and doing 30DS. I cook from scratch, rarely eat out, and we don't eat anything from a box. No sweets. And I do not drink hardly any calories. I give myself 1200 calories as a base, plus an additional 500 calories for breastfeeding, and depending on my appetite, I will eat back my exercise calories.
I'd love to have any input from you all. I want to beat this plateau!
Since this is my first, I have no advice...just wanted to say good luck! I do know a friend of mine plateaued, and then added C52K and went on to lose a lot. She also was breastfeeding and didn't affect her supply.
Here is a formula for figuring out what calories you need based on your activity. It works pretty well. You are probably the second one.
The simplest method is to base your intake on a standard 'calories per unit of weight (usually kilograms)'. Typically:
- 26 to 30 kcals/kg/day for normal, healthy individuals with sedentary lifestyles doing little physical activity [12.0-14 kcal/pound]
- 31 to 37 kcal/kg/day for those involved in light to moderate activity 3-5 x a week with moderately active lifestyles [14-16 kcal/ pound]
- 38 to 40 kcals/kg/day for those involved in vigorous activity and highly active jobs [16-18 kcal/ pound].
For those involved in HEAVY training (eg: athletes) - the demand is greater:
- 41 to 50 kcals/kg/day for those involved in moderate to heavy training (for example: 15-20 hrs/ week training) [18.5-22 kcal/ pound]
- 50 or above kcals/kg/day for those involved in heavy to extreme training [> 22 kcal/ pound]
I don't know what I did differently but I've lost 4 more lbs! I guess the plateau only lasted for a couple of weeks this time. I've stayed in the 1700 calorie range. I haven't been working out as much the past two weeks because I got sick and then I've been busy with Halloween stuff. I guess I really need to make sure to eat back my exercise calories when I work out, because that's the only thing that has been different the past week.
Me me me! After I had Doc I was running and doing pilates and the weight was falling off. I plateaued right around the holidays and said screw it until the New Year then DH and I did the Five Factor for a month and I lost the rest of it. Ater Harper I didn't exercise and I plateaued at the same weight. It stuck around until the next summer then I guess by chasing a toddler and a pre-schooler around and naturally not eating as much because it was hot I lost the rest of it.