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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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