Thanks for the replies. I was down to 170 but now I am 195. Need to update that Though I know I am still wearing most of the same clothes so its not like I gained alot of inches... oh and no I am not really bored with my foods at all. I look forward to the foods I eat. I guess it means I could be lacking in some nutrients but if I were eating junk I guess I would still be lacking in nutrients but now I eat alot more veggies and fruits and protein.
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I basically eat the same thing everyday, but switch it up every once in a awhile.
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I pretty much eat the same types of things all the time. I have lost weight doing it this way. I don't get bored. I eat only the foods that I really like. No foods are off limits, but I do eat them in moderation.
Well I can say (for myself personally) that there ARE some of us who do not get bored eating the same thing all the time. I've eaten pretty much the exact same thing for breakfast for literally years. I like it, I look forward to it, and it's easy to shop for and prepare. I'm picky and don't like eggs or oatmeal, and I am not going to get out the pots and pans and cook things in the morning anyway. Plus it's portable; I can carry it to work and eat it there if necessary. I DO have a "backup plan" in case we're on vacation or visiting relatives and my breakfast stuff isn't available. But not all of us require that "variety is the spice of life" stuff. Some of us find comfort in the familiar.
I will say though that my lunch, while similar every day, is varied. And dinner is too. The biggest reason is what pp's have mentioned-- the various nutrients in different foods.
Rather than the type of food causing a plateau.... I'm thinking maybe the total calories. For example, instead of eating 1350 calories every single day.... try eating at the higher end of your range for a couple days, then at the low end of your range for a couple days. If you haven't done so.... track your exercise carefully in the Fitness Tracker, and make sure you update your calories burned, so you have an up-to-date calorie range to eat. It sounds counter-intuitive, but when we burn more, we may need to be eating more. When I lost the weight, the loss stalled for a while til I updated my calorie burn and it upped my calories to eat. Once I started eating a bit more, the weight loss kicked back in.
i think that most people who lose weight and keep it off do eat pretty much the same thing most of the time. i think there are a few key points though. having a basic backup breakfast [that's where you need it to be calorically] is great, but having backups is better. so even if your basic backup breakfast is a cup of spinach and two eggs, having the option [and knowledge] that you could have greek yogurt, fruit and granola or oatmeal with peanut butter and raisins or a sandwich or soup or leftovers for about the same calories gives you more options to succeed with. because most people will eventually get sick of the same breakfast or it won't be available. and when that happens, if all you know is two eggs one cup spinach, you'll be more inclined to head out to denny's for a grand slam or two instead of just switching to one of your other options. having more options and having played with more options means that you have worked with the numbers to figure out how each food fits in as part of the meal, which means that more of that info is a little more likely to stick in your brain. i had a spanish teacher who said that you had to hear a word 80 times before you could really remember it and know what it meant. what that basically means is that you don't retain information the first time unless it's really, really striking info. so if you ate broccoli everyday, you'd know exactly how many calories a cup of your broccoli was. but if you didn't 30, 40 or 50 would all seem like reasonable answers, especially if you've had broccoli on occasion. now you might not be able to remember the exact number, but the more you've tracked it the closer of an idea you would have and you might also know some similar foods [calorie wise] like zucchini and cauliflower. which seems a little silly when we're talking about low cal vegetables, but being able to put the foods you like and eat [regularly or not] into a degree of calorie order and being able to approximate how many calories are in each food means that you have a better chance of success. because you can approximate that a cup of that pasta has 100 cals. or that a Tablespoon of peanut butter has 100 cals. or that an egg is about 70 cals. and while it's certainly not exact if you have that rudimentary ballpark info you can make better choices about what to eat. which you would not be able to do if you only knew that your cup of spinach and two eggs was 170 cals. because there are a lot of people that stick to such a small plan so exactly that if anything isn't available they have a total meltdown because they don't know anything else but those exact measurements. and that's the issue. people that give up if their first choice isn't available or they get sick of it. it's not an issue if you can pull an ounce and a half of greek yogurt, a serving of frozen blackberries and a teaspoon of granola [also about 170 cals] out of your memory. or have half a bagel and a half ounce of cheese for 160 cals. or use 1/8 cup dry oatmeal, water and a Tablespoon of peanut butter to get to that about 170 cal breakfast number. or you could have a portion and a half of contessa shrimp stir fry with whole foods teriyaki sauce for about 170 cals.
there is also the fact that you do need to be reassessing your goals and needs about every 15lbs or so. you can support larger deficits with more weight to lose, but as you get closer to your goal, you have smaller deficits and eat closer to where you will maintain. so if you aren't adjusting your meals to match your new overall needs, you may be eating for your old needs. and 50-100 cals at a meal being off of what you need can make a huge difference if all the deficit you're supposed to be aiming for is 250 cals a day.
Eating the same things might have some nutritional drawbacks (or not, if those same things are nutritionally complete). But it's very unlikely that it's the reason for your plateau. You've reached a plateau because you're very close to your goal weight. It happens to almost everyone.
You might even be at goal-- depending on how long you were at or near your highest weight, some of your current weight might be extra bone density, skin, and other tissue that your body needed. When you get very large, it's not all fat, and the part that's not fat won't go away. It wouldn't be a bad idea to try to get your doctor to send you for a body composition/bone density scan. Even if the doctor won't order it and/or your insurance doesn't cover it, you might look into have a DXA scan and paying out of pocket-- there are ways to get it done for a reasonable price.
If you're comfortable with what you're eating, there's no need to change. You might trim portion sizes just a hair, or rotate in new veggies, etc, but there are actually some studies that suggest that eating the same thing makes weight loss *more* effective, not less. (For some people, having lots of options leads to eating more.)
Besides, this other person is "trying" to lose weight, while you already have lost a whole person's worth. Who's the expert here? You know what you're doing; don't let someone tell you you don't.
During the week, I more or less eat the same thing everyday (the weeks are different, though breakfast tends to be the same). My weight loss has slowed as I'm close to goal and am lifting fairly heavy, but I did the exact same thing through most of my loss. I live alone, and it's how I stay on track. I am fairly careful to make sure that things are balanced.
Edited by: JAMIRBLAZE at: 10/25/2013 (21:49)
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Looking at your ticker, it seems like you have already reached your goal...
Since you are eating different things for dinner, you really aren't eating the same stuff every day. The drawback to what you are doing is that you aren't getting a wide variety of nutrients, and any imperfections that exist in your diet are magnified.
Isn't it just really boring? I tend to rotate the same 2-3 breakfasts and 3-4 lunches/dinners...and even that bores me to death sometimes.
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I'd recommend changing up what you eat as a matter of nutrition, not just as a matter of weight loss. It could have something to do with your plateau just like doing the same exercise every day will cause you to plateau. But more importantly, unless what you eat every day has been planned by a professional nutritionist, chances are you aren't getting some beneficial micronutrients.
Change it up a little and I bet you'll see a difference!
My coworker who is now trying to lose weight too told me that since I eat the same thing everyday, that I have plateaued and that is why my weight loss has stopped. Is that true or possible? I do usually eat the same foods for breakfast and lunch and snacks. This makes things quicker and easier for me as I know what I will be eating and I don't have to think about it when I make it. Dinner however does usually change alot though I have my favorite meals that I eat for dinner too. Do I have to find something new to eat?
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