Plateau So Soon?

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Posted: 20 Jun 2014, 09:14
Look at these numbers:

20 Jun 14: 154.4 lb
19 Jun 14: 154.4 lb
18 Jun 14: 154.8 lb
17 Jun 14: 156.2 lb
16 Jun 14: 154.8 lb
15 Jun 14: 154.4 lb

I'm working with a calorie deficit of 800-1000. I'm expecting weight loss at a rate of 2lbs/week. I've been getting those results so far, but not this week. I should be closing in on 152. (I started this diet June 2, and my initial weight was 160.4.)

If I've hit a plateau, 5 f--cking pounds in, I'm just going to have to give up. I will not be able to function if I eat any less. What gives? Could it be water retention from my period?
Kenni Z.

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Posted: 20 Jun 2014, 09:16
Your body's probably in a rest mode, let's wake it up! Can you have like a high carb or fat day? Sometimes a bump in cals gets it moving....

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Posted: 20 Jun 2014, 09:34
What's rest mode? And that sounds terrifying...
Kenni Z.

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Posted: 20 Jun 2014, 09:43
I guess the easiest way to say it is your body grows accustomed to what you're you kinda have to give it a bump to get it past having a high calorie day or have a really intense workout...sometimes even a subtle change works...I was in a rest mode and added 20 grams of carbs to my diet and poof, back to losing...

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Posted: 20 Jun 2014, 11:14
I don’t see any Plateau when I see your weight history.

You start at 160 and you are currently at 154 or 6 pound weight loss in 3 weeks or 2 pound weight loss every week on average.

You need to be more patient.


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Posted: 21 Jun 2014, 12:53
Others in this thread have pointed out that diets will fail if you eat too little. If you enter the starvation mode (too few calories to fight disease or maintain a healthy life) your body becomes super efficient. In this survival mode you will always be starving and your basic core instincts will not allow this if there is available food. After a period of starvation, you will gorge yourself and you will not be able stop this eating, no matter your will not too. This type of dieting will fail. It not you, it's a million years of survival training that is buried in your thinking process. It is good.
Solution: Add a couple of hundred calories to your RDI and exercise a couple of hundred less. PLUS, accept this is a long term (Months, repeat, Months) process and a life long plan.
Good luck

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Posted: 21 Jun 2014, 14:52
Do you have an iPhone? If so, download the free Body Weight Simulator to give you a good idea of your ideal RDI to lose what you want over time. is an awesome alternative but I think the BWS is even better if you can get it. I agree with all, but especially Corifeo. You are doing great. Check out the links on, especially the article on Dr. Carson Chow, where he talks about the body's resistance to weight loss.
Bill Pratt - Links to calorie calculators and IF info

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