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February 8th, 2012, 08:07 AM
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Sorry to be a Debbie Downer (wahh-wahhhhhhh), but I was wondering if any of you have had to deal with a plateau yet or have had lack of progress in weight loss?

I stepped on the scale this morning and had only lost one dadgum pound!!! I expected more since I had worked out more this week and did pretty good on my eating. Sigh...

Maybe I'm not drinking enough water or something. My appetite is rather small, so I have to force myself to eat meals. I have coffee for breakfast, a Lean Cuisine for lunch, and a decent dinner (last night was grilled tuna and rice). If I snack, it'll be fruit, a few animal crackers or a yogurt.

Do you ladies have any advice?
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February 8th, 2012, 09:47 AM
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I've only lost about 2 lbs. but haven't been super serious.

Are you bf'ing? Maybe you're not eating enough calories and it has slowed your weight loss?

Strength training mixed with cardio helps me shed pounds a lot quicker than cardio alone...also upping protein intake on days you workout. Just a thought
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February 10th, 2012, 05:45 AM
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Yes, it most definitely sounds like you are not eating enough and that could be a huge factor. I feel like I'm constantly eating, but that's what you have to do. In order to lose the weight AND keep it off you need a spot on diet, burning calories and most importantly CONSISTENCY!!! Without all three, you will have many ups and downs, but with all three combined you can lose the weight. It's really about how many calories you are taking in vs how many calories you are burning. So you first need to figure out how many calories you are taking in.

Good luck and keep us posted on your progress.
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February 19th, 2012, 10:02 PM
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I didn't lose at all this week I didn't haven't had as much time to work out
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February 20th, 2012, 07:30 PM
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I haven't lost anything in weeks! I started working out but still haven't lost. It's pretty depressing. I feel like I'm eating all the time and drinking tons of water so I don't know what's up.
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February 21st, 2012, 06:37 AM
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^^well, what are you eating and how much? It's all about how many calories you are consuming vs how many calories you are burning. It takes 3500 calories to burn off 1 lb of fat!!!
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February 21st, 2012, 03:03 PM
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I've been eating oatmeal and a fruit for breakfast then a snack like hummu and veggies. Lunch usually a sandwich with tempeh and some veggies or a salad. Snack yogurt and granola or a banana. Dinner varies but usually some sort or protein like tofu or beans and veggies. An all fruit smoothie in there too.
Someday I don't get around to eating snacks. In sure once I go back to work I will have to remind myself to eat because I will be so busy
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February 25th, 2012, 06:51 AM
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Its all about finding the balance! I have to track or I dont really know. Eating smaller meals and snacks all day keeps the metabolism burning. Make sure to eat a good breakfast with protein in it and a small workout in the am gets everything burning all day too.

Everyone hits plateau's that is when u have to make small changes to kick your body out of it. Sometimes the best way to get out of it is have a super cheat day then go back to super healthy to trick ur body!! It works!!
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February 25th, 2012, 10:02 AM
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Your diet sounds pretty good. Maybe you just aren't eating enough?? Any clue how many calories you are consuming? Are you working out too? If so, how much?


My one piece of advice is stay consistent!!! That's huge in breaking through a plateau!
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February 28th, 2012, 02:02 PM
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I'm not sure on the exact calories. I should keep track one day to figure it out. I was working out just doing the Jillian Michaels 30 day to shred but we went on vacation and I stopped. Hopefully when I go back to work I will be able to get a schedule and become consistent! Thanks for the advice!

Does anyone know how it works that you need to eat more to be able to lose it? I feel stupid that I don't get it
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February 29th, 2012, 03:10 PM
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Caitlin...here's my rudimentary understanding of that concept.

Every person has a metabolism rate, which is governed by several things: genetics, amount of activity, and even what you eat or drink. The metabolism can be raised or lowered several ways, but normally stays around a certain range unless something drastic and long-lasting happens. When a person starts to diet and "under-eats", the metabolism sometimes slows because it thinks the body is starving and it begins to store everything just in case.

What Christine said has been true in my experience also...sometimes, when you're on a diet for a while and keep things super steady your body gets "used" to your program and can get kinda stuck. You may need to give your body a cheat day to rev the metabolism and then get back on track so that it's still revving while you're eating less and as a result, it burns more.
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February 29th, 2012, 06:21 PM
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Oohhh that makes sense! Thanks for explaining it
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