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How do you make it past plateaus?

I've been stuck at a plateau for two weeks or so, I'm wondering what other people have done to break free from it?

Tue. May 29, 12:22pm

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Lol, unfortunately for me, I've only broken through plateaus, really, when I've been sick! But, each time that's happened, I've lost a chunk of weight and successfully kept it off when I got healthy again. I'm sure that's not what you want to hear though!!!

If you want better advice, let us know who you are, and we can look at your logs and what you've been doing; then we'll have a better idea of what good advice to give you! You're probably either eating too much or too little, but it's impossible to tell without seeing the log.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 12:24 PM

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I have been stuck in plateus before. they can be aggrivating I know. when I am stuck I mix things up. if I walk. I hit the gym. cut down on carbs eat more veggies instead. just changing your routine . even the simplest thing as what you eat and do for exercise can shake up a plateu. I wish you luck. be patient it will pass. your body just may need to be shocked a bit by doing something different than your usual routine.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 12:26 PM

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OP here-

let's see, i eat 1200 calories a day and workout 6 days a week. i do cardio every day and add weight training in 3 of those days. my foods consist of mostly fruits and some veggies, i eat my protien in the form of fish and chicken with the occasional lean steak. maybe i eat too many fruits? i've mixed up my workouts with making them more intense. i mix up my 50 min of cardio between three machines. i've started using the bike instead of elliptical to work my leg muscles differently, i'm consistantly increasing speeds and inclines on the treadmill and i'm increasing speeds on the treadclimber too. not sure what else i can do... i would definately take getting sick over what i've got (or don't have) going on now.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 12:53 PM

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I think you're not eating enough! Do you get any fats? You need some for your body to properly function. And with so much exercise, and only 1200 calories, it's likely that your body thinks it is starving, and such tries to hold onto everything it can!

It sounds totally counterintuitive, but, for a week, don't exercise. Eat like you are now, but don't exercise. Then go back to your routine, but add some healthy fats to your diet. I can almost guarantee you that you'll break through the plateau.

Or, if you don't want to stop exercising for a week, then just add more food, including healthy fats. Ask a doctor or nutritionist if you want to know exactly how much to add. But unless you are extremely short and small-boned, 1200 cals a day is not enough if you exercise intensely, as you do. I am 5'1", and weigh 113 lbs, and aim for 1300 cals a day. My exercise is walking my dog, and walking to/from the subway. I'm not losing, but I'm most definitely maintaining. And if I did a better job of actually sticking to my 1300 cals/day, I'd probably lose even more!


Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 1:10 PM

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I agree with the above poster. You're body needs more fuel, try upping your calories to 1300-1500 and i'm sure you will see results! Good luck! Let us know how it goes:)

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 1:51 PM

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I have found that my body gets used to me eating 1400 calories a day. When I hit a plateau, I eat 1800-2000 calories for ONE day only, and it kicks my metabolism back into gear. Only do this when you truly hit a plateau and your body will respond by kicking up your metabolism.

Tuesday, May 29, 2007, 7:39 PM

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really look at your logs. Make sure you do not have a piece of choclate here and a cookie there. Lots of people get confused when they are not losing weight and feel as if their diet is right when really it is terrible from all the little things

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 2:33 AM

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Add taking your measurements. Some weeks I don't lose on the scale, but inches come off. Or get your body composition tested fairly regularly. Also, just shake things up. Maybe not doing cardio on the same days as strength training. It does sound like you're doing a bit much for the 1200 intake. Do you have a public log? We could make better suggestions then.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 3:03 AM

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I spoke to my Weight Watcher's leader about my plateau. She suggested eating different things, because if you eat similar things daily, you're body gets used to things. Mix things up, different lunches, change what you're eating for dinner. You seem to be excersizing alot.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 6:33 AM

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1200 calories could be way too little for you. If you're not getting enough calories, your body will go into starvation mode, and hold onto any and all fat in your system, and burn the muscle instead.

You need to figure out how many calories your body uses in a day, (including your excercise) and calculate your calorie deficit based on that.

a 5'1 24 year old female weighing 140 pounds with an active lifestyle may be using more like 2400 calories a day. To lose a pound a week that person would need to shoot for approx 1900 calories a day.

There are tools online where you can figure out what your body needs. You may find that adding more calories will speed up your metabolism, and you'll get better results.

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 11:39 AM

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