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Need advice--four month plateau!

So I've been on these boards a few times posting about my plateau but I am back for more help as I still haven't broken through the wall.

I've been at the same plateau for 4 months now--constantly regaining/gaining the same 3 pounds. The first month I was eating about 1500 calories a day and doing 240 minutes a week ofcardio and two strength training workouts. After the first month of the plateau I begain trying every plateau buster possible--eating less calories (1300/day), eating more calories (1600/day), cycling calories (ie high day/low day but averaging 1500/week), cutting out processed food, cutting out sodium, working out harder/switching up workouts, even drastically upping/downing my calories (11/day or 1600/day during different weeks)--you name it, I've tried it for at least 2 weeks at a time (so my body has time to adjust to the changes). I RELIGIOUSLY journal and measure every, single solitary bite I eat. Yet no matter what I try the scale won't budge--nor am I losing inches either. I've even gone to my doctor to confirm there is no medical reason (thryoid, etc.) I'm not losing weight. Its so frustrating I end up crying every week when I weigh in from the frustration.

As a last ditch effort I'm looking for someone with stats similar to mine that can tell me EXACTLY what they are doing each week to lose b/c no matter what I try it just isn't working. Again, I'd really appreciate someone who has similar stats telling me EXACTLY how many calories they eat per week/day and how much they work out so I can break this plateau (Although helpful, advice such as eat less sodium, journal every bite have already been tried so I really just want real world examples of calories/activity levels from someone at my weight/height who is successfully losing).

My stats: I'm 5'6 and currently at 155 pounds. I do cardio 4x a week for an hour (treadmill/elliptical) burning 600 calories (6 APs validated by a HRM) and strength train 2x/week for 30 minutes. The rest of the day I'm very sedentary b/c I'm a student.

Thanks in advance for your help!


Sun. Apr 13, 7:07pm

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You don't have a sleep disorder where you get up and eat in your sleep do you???



Sunday, April 13, 2008, 7:44 PM

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ha, I am no help - I am in the same boat. Hopefully someone out there can help us.
5'7'', f, 150-152 depending on the day (size 8)
I have been here for 3 months and can not figure out how to make it end! I am very active both go to the gym and do outdoor activities, restrict cals, etc.
I am just working on strength training so I will look more toned at the size I am. In my head I want to be 5-10 lbs lighter though.

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 7:47 PM

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OP here. No, no sleep disorder.

Sunday, April 13, 2008, 8:02 PM

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women tend to carry their weight in the hip and thighs. the best way to lose any inches is working your core and lower body. get a experience lifter to show you how to squat and deadlift. max out those 2 exercises and your inches will melt away in 6 weeks at the most. please dont worry about "bulking up" its impossible for women. i see women all the time in the gym pushing weight thats less than the kids they carry out of the daycare. trust me max out those 2 moves and the weight will fall off, of course to balance it out, the other days in the gym max out your back shoulders and chest, and just do 1hr cardio a week tops. yes im a bodybuilder i know what im talking about, and i ask women all the time (who ask) how much cardio do you ever see lifters do? as far as your diet, just like training
yo yo it, some days high carbs other very low carbs. the idea behind that is to continue to trick your insulin levels. which is the key to losing once you start stalling. the other thing you can start doing (women love their cardio) is to circuit train. which is maxing out on a set, and zipping on the next without resting. by the summer i promise 15 lbs will be gone quick

Monday, April 14, 2008, 12:46 AM

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Thanks for the advice--unfortunately I have an atypical body for a woman and carry all my weight in stomach/chest (I'm an apple), so working my lower body doesn't seem like the best solution as its my smallest spot...

Monday, April 14, 2008, 2:02 AM

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