I am not sure where the break point is but long steady state cardio can cause stress which elicits the hormone cortisol. This hormone is a fat retainer so this may be a factor. Final note rather than monitoring your scale weight which is nothing more than the force of gravity on you at a given moment in time use your measurements to evaluate progress.
It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.
I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.
Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.
Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit
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5/14/13 7:36 A
There's a saying, "You cannot out-exercise a bad diet."
You might like to reconsider how many calories you've added to your day and track religiously to see how what you are eating and how much you are eating may be impacting your weight-loss slow down.
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5/12/13 7:04 A
A three mile walk might only burn 210 calories. Watching TV for an hour burns 80 calories.
Upping the pace is unlikely to add many more calories burned. As you lose weight you get faster but because calories burned is directly related to your weight the final effect is not many more calories burned.
The culprit is almost certainly upping your diet.
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I agree with Unident - when you start/increase a workout program, it is a common response for your muscles to retain water. In the short term, this increase in your lean mass can lead to little change in the scale, even as you are burning fat.
However, water and muscle are considerably denser than fat, and typically this shows up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative. The tape is often a much better means of tracking your progress than the scale.
Also, while higher levels of exercise can require higher levels of intake to support, this is not automatic, and depending on your circumstances, could be sabotaging your efforts. I'd recommend entering your increased level of activity into your Spark Exercise Goals (accessible from the LH side of the Start page), and seeing if Spark then recommends an increased intake.
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26 5/10/13 4:54 P
How long has it been? One week? Two? A month?
If you just did it recently, give it another week or two. You might be retaining water due to increased activity, sodium bloat, your cycle, etc.
If it's been stalled for a few weeks, then maybe switch it up with other activity for a couple weeks. Your muscles might be getting used to walking, which means your body isn't working as hard and you aren't burning as much. I've had to toss some weights and the elliptical into my routine since walking alone wasn't cutting it anymore. :)
Forgot to add: did you just start losing recently? Some people lose consistently the first few weeks and then stall for a week. This is common, even when people have been losing weight for a long time. I tend to drop a couple pounds and then stall, drop a couple and then stall, etc. I go up to four weeks without a loss sometimes.
Increasing exercise often leads to water retention. Water weighs something, so this can mask fat loss on the scale.
Keep it up. You're living healthy! :)
Deb, in New Zealand
5/10/13 4:33 P
I have upped my cardio to everyday since the weather has been so nice here and I am really enjoying my workouts. I am doing a pretty brisk paced 3 mile walk. I went ahead and upped my calories since I upped the workouts but I have noticed that my weight loss has completely stalled since I made this change. I'm not sure if this is a coincidence or not. Does anyone have any insight on this?
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