go and get the most accurate bodyfat percentage reading you can. this is going to tell you if you have any weight to lose in the first place. if your bodyfat shows that you do have some room to lose, then set about losing it. remember that with little or no weight to lose, it's going to come off slowly. like 1/4lb per week slowly. 1/4lb per week translates to eating at a 125 cal deficit every day of the week. if you'll notice, that means you're going to be eating really close to where you would maintain your weight. which means that unless you have a very accurate scale, you're not going to see losses for long periods of the time. the daily +/- 5lb variations will hide them. it can take 6-8 weeks for what you do to start showing up on the scale. every time you change what you are doing, you're basically hitting a reset button for that 6-8 week start period. so however you choose to do this, you're going to need to keep steady at it for a rather long period without results.
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I had quit smoking and started exercising as a New Years resolution. I would drink either a quart or half gallon of 2% milk after working out. The idea bulk up then slim down. I weighed in at 208 pounds and my doctor told me I was obese. I was stunned. He said he was going to set me up for a stress test and to call him when I was ready' I posted my challenge right here at SP. I increased my miles on the treadmill 2 miles to 5, 4-6 days a week. I added a few reps in the gym. I didn't step on a scale till 6 weeks later and had lost 12 pounds. after 4 months I weighed in at 171. My doctor was amazed and I passť, my stress test easily. Though every one is different, diet alone gets little results. Put in the effort and I'm sure you'll see results too
Is it chemical? Is it medical? Is it spiritual? Is it emotional? Check out all possibilities and don't worry. No matter what it is there is a solution for it.
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try shaking up your workouts. I am a marathoner, and I got to a plateau although I was running 40-50 miles a week, my body was used to that. I switched to two great workouts, body combat and insanity the asylum and the weight melted off. http://beachbodycoach.com/april6678 if you want more info on them. they helped me. or if you aren't into videos just try something new....jump rope, if you do elliptical, row, if you run do the elliptical ,etc
maybe your body is trying to tell you, your at your ideal weight...hey! just a thought.
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The last 20 pounds seem to be the hardest for everyone.
Make sure you change your calorie goal so that you're set to lose about a half-pound per week. It should only be set to two pounds if you have 75+ pounds to lose.
If your calories are okay, make sure you're still eating enough to support any exercise you're doing. Never go below 1200 NET calories.
How's your sodium?
How's your water?
Do you track every single day?
When you make a change, do you give it one week or four? If you change something, you have to give it time. As women, we're encouraged to weigh-in once per month due to body fluctuations, not once per week.
What about your measurements? It could be that you're losing fat and gaining muscle. My friend did Insanity for a couple months and dropped three sizes, but her weight never changed. Are your clothes fitting any differently? If you're smaller, then ignore the number on the scale.
You should see your dr - it could be a sluggish metabolism or your thyroid - either one is correctable
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Congratulations on the success you have had so far - that's wonderful. Not really knowing the details of your nutrition and fitness choices, it would be near impossible for someone to offer you a true solution to your question. I would suggest you have a consultation with your health care provider to make sure that your body is processing as it should be.
Eating too little prevents progress where weight loss is concerned. So make sure that you are eating a balanced diet of carbs, fats, proteins and calories. If you are working out a lot, make sure to follow the guidelines provided with our resources and eat accordingly so that you have the proper fuel for your lifestyle.
Is there a chance that you are combining a healthier diet, but at the same time working out regularly or exercising more than you have in the past. An increase in exercise and a weight gain could indicate you are losing fat, but gaining muscle.
Also, is there the chance that you may be at the weight marker, where in order to lose additional weight, you may need to decrease the calories/carbs you are eating on a daily basis.
You don't say, but do you track your food regularly? It could be that you are consuming more calories than you think in order to maintain your weight loss.
I am an advocate of balanced meals, and I try to stay close to what SP pie-charts recommend (so much protein, so much fat, so many carbs). You can see these charts on your food tracker at the end of the day to see how you have done, or you can pre-plan your day and check the pie-charts out before hand. I have never done well, and tend to gain back the weight, when I've tried eating too much or too little of say, protein or carbs.
Besides, the above, could there be a medical reason? You may want to check with your doctor and tell him or her your concerns.
Wish you the best in making progress with this issue. I get frustrated too, but in my case, I know when the weight comes back on that I am being a bad girl.
Literally, I have spent the past YEAR trying to lose 20 pounds. I've done EVERYTHING, eating almost nothing.... eating a LOT... eating only fruits, veggies and a little protein... I always eat CLEAN, not processed foods.... and NOTHING. I lose 10 pounds, and without changing my eating, it comes right back on! So I change to another technique.... I'll lose 5 or 10, and it comes right back on! I don't get it! It seems like when I eat MORE, that's when it comes OFF... then without changing anything, its right back ON! So then I eat way less, and it just maintains.... I cant lose more! I tried drinking kale/spinach/apple smoothies, and the weight came back! What the??? I've gone through this for an entire year with a total of ZERO weight loss! Does anyone have any ideas??
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