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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 12:09
I have only been able to drop 11 lbs in the last 6 months, after dropping 44 lbs in my first 6 months. I have tried everything I can think of to jump start my weight loss again with no success. I've changed my diet from low carb to low fat and back. switched up my calorie intake from 1700, to 2000, to 1200. I've tried adding to my exercise program, switching my exercise program, time of day I exercise. I've done colon cleanses, thyroid therapy, drinking a gallon of water a day. Basically anything and everything I have heard of for a stalled weight loss. Can anyone help, I am so discouraged, and sick of thinking about my diet every waking hour. I have 46 more pounds to go and I am definetly not happy at this weight. Thanks for any advice Crying or Very sad

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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 12:11
How is your body changing? I know the scale says 11 lbs, but is your body saying much more?
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 12:16
How long have you stuck with the different calorie levels? It would take more than a few days to see how it works.

Log everything you eat (and measure it if you aren't doing that- a food scale got me off my longest plateau of 2 months)

Pick one amount of calories and stick with it for 4 weeks. If no results, pick a different amount.

Exercise with intensity. Make sure you are doing some cardio as well as weight training.

Are you stressed? Stress is one factor people forget about and it does make you hang on to excess weight. Try to find ways to relax and make sure you are getting enough sleep and rest. If you work out every day, start taking a rest day.
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 12:53
Everything Kate said, pick a specific calorie range and eat in that for a month, your body needs to get used to something before you can say "its not working", same goes with exercise.

Also like PantherIII said measure and take pictures of yourself. The scale only tells you part of the story, I have only lost 10 pounds since I started this journey but the other day I found out I had lost 20 inches all over, and pictures will help you SEE the actual changes.

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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 13:09
I am actually in the exact same boat as you are right now. Feels great to have lost the initial weight, but hard to be in a plateau when there is so much more to lose! (I haven't lost a single pound since Thanksgiving)

I redid my fitness test at the gym, and although the scale has not changed at all since November, I have lost 2.5% overall body fat. (From 33.5% to 31%)

However, the only thing that I am going to disagree with somewhat on Kat's response is the "exercise with intensity". yes this is definitely important, but NOT always! If you understand your heart rate zones, there are 5 of them. Zones 1 & 2 are designed for the best fat burning. Zones 3 & 4 are designed as carb burning zones. Although you burn more calories in zones 3 & 4. Zone two is your optimum zone for weight loss.

My trainer says that my 3 nights a week that I hit into zones 3 & 4 are enough...the other nights that I exercise he wants me to stay in zones 1 & 2 for an hour. (You may be surprised, this is a lot tougher to do than it seems).

It goes with the philosophy, "work smarter not harder"

There are some great articles about understanding heart rate training at


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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 15:22
weight training is vital! if you have been doing the same cardio routine for a while, totally change it and pick something out of your box. The body is an amazing thing and adapts very well, shaking it up can really help (assuming you have the nutrition in order).
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 15:30
Stacie, question for you- I'm confused as to how to reconcile the idea that you burn more calories in zone 1 & 2 with HIIT, which is always recommended as a great way to burn fat?
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 15:37
Have you tried a "Re-Feed"? Whenever you get stuck with no change in your weight...try a re-feed. Increase your calories by 50% or so of healthy food (chicken, tuna, veggies...), it will jump start your metabolism and get the weight loss moving again.
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 15:41
Though it is true you burn a higher percentage of fat at those lower levels- you burn more calories overall at higher intensity levels. I've read both ways- and there is a lot of disagreement on it. Some will say the lower intensity way is a myth and some will say just what you said. I say, if I don't sweat I'm not trying hard enough. I don't particularly pay attention to my heart rate.

Here is one article stating that the fat burning zone is a myth. you can find an article to say anything, which is why I generally don't pay much attention to those sweeping generalizations people make when giving exercise advice. I have also heard people use the "fat burning zone" as an excuse not to put more effort into exercise- and that is a mistake for sure.
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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 16:44
I have found that I stay at plateaus for many weeks, I quit stressing about it, I am eating healthy, journaling everything and very important to measure and weight things.

Keep at it and find ways to reduce your stress around eating and diets. Eat fresh only no processed food and stay at 7 calories per pound initially then gradually increase to 10-12 calories per pound for maintainance.

Believe in your ability to be successful this is a long journey. You can do it!

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Posted: 28 Mar 2011, 18:07
Somf5000 wrote:
Have you tried a "Re-Feed"? .

I was actually on The Spike Diet for a little while. The author, Russell is here on FS. The theory being to double your usual calorie intake once a week, to try and trick your metabolism. It didn't work for me at all. Being (a little) over 40Smile, I think my metabolism is at a stand still. I regularly run 4 mile stretches on my treadmil and use light weights. It doesn't help me to get the scale moving, though.

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