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TaZ1988

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 03:38
Sooo I've lost 4kgs by changing my eating habits and exercising. Unfortunately I cant seem to lose any more.
How do I break through this horrible barrier?
eshny

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 03:43
Stuck,

The first pounds are always the easiest. It seems then that the body gets used to taking in fewer calories and the weight doesn't come off as easy.
Just stick to it, even if you just lose 1/2 lb a week, its ok.
This is the first time I swore I wouldn't get discouraged and gain right back what I lost by starting in with my bad habits.

It took a few years for 30 plus lbs to come off, but who cares?
I'm around 130 now and still need to lose more, hard, but I'm still in "watching myself" mode.
TaZ1988

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 03:53
Thank you Eshny... Im currently 114 pounds and wanna lose 9. I think its all in my stomach and this seems to be the hardest. I'll take your advice and continue to watch what Im eating. On the bright side, it's summer so who would say no to fruit and salad. Fergie abs here I come!!!
Diablo360x

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 04:05
The problem that most including me run into is that as you get lighter, you burn less calories doing any activity. I used to burn 800 calories during 8 hours of sleep, now it is less than 600. I used to burn 6-700 calories on a 25 minute jog, now it is 400-500. All of this adds up and makes a calorie deficit more and more difficult. People think they plateaued because of some physiological reason when it is simply the fact that a deficit is harder to achieve, especially at 114 lbs.

When I look at my diet callendar for the whole month(exercise vs. intake) I can easily see why I am not losing like before. I am eating close to as many calories as I did at over 200 lbs. but I now weigh closer to 175.

Keep it up!
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.
TaZ1988

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 04:11
Thanks Diablo ... It can become extremely frustrating when you dont see any loss. All I see is my body toning itself especially in my legs (my favourite workout).
I have a question: should I be doing ab exercises or is it pointless at this stage. Do I need to lose the fat around the muscle first?
Diablo360x

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 04:11
Posting this to show how accurate the calories in vs. calories out can be when tracked properly. I enter all activities and have not missed a day when entering what I eat.

Day 287
Total deficit 122892/3500=35.112 lbs.
Deficit weight 180.8
Actual weight on Nov 1st. 176.6
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.
Diablo360x

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 04:17
TaZ1988 wrote:
Thanks Diablo ... It can become extremely frustrating when you dont see any loss. All I see is my body toning itself especially in my legs (my favourite workout).
I have a question: should I be doing ab exercises or is it pointless at this stage. Do I need to lose the fat around the muscle first?


Any muscle that you want to keep would be advisable to target. You will most likely not build the abs in a deficit, but if you're still "pushing" them, they are more likely to stick around, haha.
Love your food or risk failure. No quick fixes, this is a lifestyle change. No extremes are needed just consistency.
TaZ1988

Joined: Aug 12
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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 04:19
HAHA nothing ever comes easy hey... persistence persistence persistence
eKatherine

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Posted: 21 Nov 2012, 08:23
The body is very devious in trying to compensate for weight loss. It doesn't want to lose weight, and if you do lose, you will have to find ways to resist the urge to eat extra and put that weight back on.

I suggest recording everything you eat in the diet journal for at least a few days, to see exactly what you are eating and what you need to eat to maintain or lose. You may need to keep tighter control over your calories.

A couple of years back I lost 30 pounds on lifestyle changes alone. After a while the changes stopped having that effect, and the weight crept back up. I put back on 15 before developing my present method.



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