Giving yourself a break and finding a relaxing activity that isn't going to challenge the food beast, is always a great way to beat through a plateau. Sometimes, over working your body and lowering your calories to much makes your body freak out. It will stubbornly hold on to anything it can. Stress is huge when you are doing everything "right". However, making a naughty choice on occasion and giving yourself a day of rest and actually resting will help your body know you are ok and ready to move forward. My plateau buster, yoga, gentle but strength building yoga. I don't do the hot yoga or extreme yoga. Good luck!
Great tip about the weekly goal for calories burned. I work out between 30 minutes to an hour a day too. Somedays I can get up to 500 calories if I bike for a long time or something but usually it is about 250 to 300. Does anyone know how stress can effect weight loss? I should look that up! I am in school, work and just adopted my second child and my oldest son has special needs. I wonder if stress can keep the weight on?
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Do you have your weekly calories burned into fitness setup?
Are you sure you're burning that many calories during exercise? Do you have a heart rate monitor? I know the less you weigh the less you burn through exercise. At my size I would have to work out on an eliptical for 2 hours to burn 700 cals. Which I'm not about to start doing, I don't have the time for that. I've also heard that research suggests any more than 30 mins of cardio becomes significantly less effective.
Personally, I try to burn 2000 per week and have had no issues losing weight. I've lost almost 30 lbs in a little over 3 months. I think you can over do it too. I could not see myself having to work out for over 2 hours a day just to maintain myself. I never had to do that when I thin before. I may have to do a bit more to maintain this time around because I'm older. But you shouldn't have to burn 700 per day just to maintain. As long as you're staying fairly active the rest of the day. The more you exercise, the more you'll have to eat to compensate, doesn't it just kind of cancel itself out?
I found this on Spark's "Maintaining your new weight":
According to the Framingham Study (the largest ongoing study ever conducted on what it takes to maintain weight loss over time), here’s what the successful “maintainers” have in common when it comes to physical activity:
They spend an hour or more per day doing some kind of moderate-intensity physical activity They typically burn between 2,000 and 3,000 calories per week (on average) with exercise They watch less than 16 hours of TV per week, and usually less than 2 hours per day They incorporate a significant amount of physical activity into their daily routines, often by doing many things the “old-fashioned way,” without using modern labor-saving devices.
Yes, good point! I try and do at least 3 different types of exercise per week. Including cardio and stretching/strenght trainging. I can see a difference, but the scale just doesn't want to move. If nothing really changes in October I am thinking of going vegan, that worked in the past!
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Try shaking up your exercise routine. The body can get used to a routine and me more efficient at it. Try something different.
I understand the struggle guys. One thing I noticed is you guys said you were burning a lot of calories exercising. Are you going off of spark estimates or machines or do you guys have heart rate monitors. I know once I got a heart rate monitor certain activities I was seriously over estimating. It also makes me push harder when on elliptical and cardio type exercises. Hope that helps.
I too am in the same boat. Last year, I reached 96 pounds lost, but then it's like the exercise didn't have the same effect as it used to, then life started getting stressful and I gained about 26 pounds back, so right now, I'm working on re-losing the weight I put back on, then I can focus on the 'new weight loss'. I've been burning about 800 calories a day for the last 3 weeks, but my eating has really been terrible. I'm forcing myself to get back on it because the longer I wait, the more heartbreaking it's going to be when I finally do decide to put effort into it again.
I so know what you mean! I am in a similar boat. I lost about 35 pounds and I am trying to lose at least 10 pounds and the scale is barely moving. I am doing more cardio 2 to 3 times per week at a min, and I am lowering my calorie range by 50 points per week until 1500 calories max. But I feel like there is t could more I can do. I am trying to give up soda, I drink diet but still think that could help. I am also trying to reduce my meat intake and eat more vegatarian meals. I have no idea if any of this will work, but each week I create a new goal so that I know I am working toward something! Good luck! Amaris
I have been working very hard for the past two years to take off 80 pounds. I got there for about a day or two, but have had trouble staying there. Recently, I am needing to take off 12 pounds to get back to an 80 pound weight loss. The problem is that I am stuck. I am eating right, I try and burn around 700 calories a day through exercise. I know all of the "stuff" that I need to do...I am just not going anywhere. A little help, please!
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