What worked for you @ a plateau?

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Vibesgirl

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Posted: 16 Jul 2010, 09:17
I know this topic comes up a lot, but I'm hoping to collect a list of all the positive experiences people have had with plateaus. I've been on a plateau for 2 weeks and I'm extremely frustrated. I'm keeping track of every single bite I take, I'm exercising 1-2 hours a day, and I've cut almost all sugar and carbs out of my diet. After losing 26 lbs in 7 weeks, I've stalled completely. I'd still like to lose another 40-50 lbs, so I can't stop now.

So, my questions:
1) When you have plateaued, how long did it last?
2) How did you stay motivated during your plateau?
3) Did something specific seem to help you break through the plateau?

Thanks!
anapdc

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Posted: 16 Jul 2010, 09:24
Well, when I feel my loss is going slow, I raise my cals and carbs for a day or two and I start losing again. I never plateaued actually (thank God), but I feel it slows me down if I keep at the same level of carbs and cals for a long time.
Do NOT quit! The universe always bows to persistence - Tom Venuto
TheChunkyOne

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Posted: 16 Jul 2010, 09:26
anapdc wrote:
Well, when I feel my loss is going slow, I raise my cals and carbs for a day or two and I start losing again. I never plateaued actually (thank God), but I feel it slows me down if I keep at the same level of carbs and cals for a long time.


I agree. I also think that taking a break from the gym for a few days would help too. Your body is used to the routine. Give yoruself a few 'lazy days' to let your body rest, then pick up where you left off.
justbreathe

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Posted: 16 Jul 2010, 20:09
I haven't reached a plateau yet, but I evaluate my progress weekly, and adjust accordingly.
In the past, I would change my workouts and my diet, and that was effective.
I can't imagine increasing my calories and especially carbs--for my body, and weight loss, they inhibit my progress.
Every body is different. You'll find your bast match through experimentation.
Exercise is like meditation. The more you do it, the easier it becomes.

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sunnydelight

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Posted: 16 Jul 2010, 21:10
Hey Vibesgirl,

Don't give up. Keep your spirits up because this is only temporary. Since May I've hit a plateau about twice. Each time it lasted about two weeks. I managed to break out of them by doing the following:

1) Shorter, more intense workouts. I switched to HIIT and that really did the trick
2) zig zag my calories

Like you, I do not eat sugar and I do not eat starchy carbs. I do eat vegetables though. But I do not stick to a set number of calories per day. I started zig-zagging the calories. For example, I would eat 1000 one day, 1300 another, back down to 1150, then 1350, then 1200. Like that.

It seems like your body's figured you out and decided to hold on to the fat. Try something different - in terms of what you eat and how you exercise. I would not recommend taking off exercise completely, but you may be over-training by going 1-2 hours a day. Make it shorter but go harder. Like justbreathe says, experiment. See what works for you.

I hope this helps.
anapdc

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Posted: 17 Jul 2010, 02:01
Forgot to mention what keeps me motivated: my resolve! Im committed, I dont care, it is for life now. Never again will I sabotage myself, I love myself first Smile
Do NOT quit! The universe always bows to persistence - Tom Venuto
skb2010

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Posted: 22 Jul 2010, 12:35
Ugh. I've been stuck for a week. I haven't had a day without a deficit, and I don't think I've gone over my RDI any day. I don't exercise every day, and I've raised my calories the past few days, but I don't think it's working. Today is going to be my first day of lowering my calories again. It's just kind of weird. It was going so well, and now it's just kind of stopped. Oh well. It'll start again soon.
6-11: 230 lbs
8-2: 218.5
Goal for 3-1-2011: 160 lbs
Nikitawells

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Posted: 23 Jul 2010, 06:13
I had a plateau for two months.....what kept me motivated is knowing I would find the solution. I believe I am a great problem solver in all areas of my life. Why not weight management! I lowered my calories. I made sure everything I ate was nutritional. And when I have a plateau again I give myself a veggie day. No oils, butters, salad dressing. Just veggies..unlimited amounts..all day.
~(I Believe God)~ Everything I'm not...made me everything I am!



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