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SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,228
10/3/11 2:26 P

As others said, slow and steady weight loss is the healthiest. For exercise set up a routine that you will expect to do for a lifetime. Sure, you will have days/weeks where you aren't as diligent, but it's better to not burn yourself out early by overdoing it.

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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
10/3/11 2:07 P

You're welcome to it. :)

Of course, like all good maxims, it has its limits. You can't go skipping meals. That's not the healthiest way to drop 300 cals from your diet.

Deb, in New Zealand
BRITOMART Posts: 7,682
10/3/11 9:33 A

Unident--that line about it only takes a second to 'not eat' 300 calories is brilliant. I'm stealing it!


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SCTK519 Posts: 2,085
10/2/11 9:05 P

I don't think you will know when you plateau; I don't see how your cousin can tell based on your workout. What I would say is that trying to lose weight quickly isn't a good idea; you're more likely to gain it back and if you can't maintain your workouts're better off trying to lose it in a healthy fashion, 1-2 lbs/week is considered a healthy loss.

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10/2/11 8:48 P

Thanks for all the info. The article did help alot. The example of eating 300 calories takes a few mins to eat but alot of time to burn makes all the since in the world. Thanks for ALL the helpful info

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,845
10/2/11 7:13 A

Try the Plateau Busters series of articles at


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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
10/2/11 3:58 A

Plateaus aren't definite and there's no definite path to make one happen. So relax a little.

But seriously, relax a LOT.

How much weight do you even have to lose? Losing fast isn't recommended, especially if there's not a lot to go. And if you do need to lose more quickly for some reason, the answer is WAY more in food than in exercise! Think about it - it takes no time at all to "not eat" 300 calories, but half an hour in the gym to burn it.

Aiming for about a pound a week is probably sensible and safe for most people. If you're aiming much higher than that you might not so much "plateau" as find a spot where your body rebels against losing and stops losing. That isn't a plateau to bust through - that means you're trying too hard and need to stop fixating on weight and time.

Deb, in New Zealand
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10/2/11 3:04 A

I recently just began exercising. I have been trying to drop a bunch of weight quickly so my usual day consist of 30 mins on the bike at level 10 resistance. 30 mins on the eliptical at level 15 resistance. I live downtown Chicago so I find a building and usually walk up 34 flights of stairs and take a exercise class like zumba, bellydancing, or circuit training. My cousin told me I will plateau soon if I don't cut back on my workouts. I am afraid to stop because I will not continue to loose as quickly. How do I know exactly when I am going to plateau? What do I do once I do plateau?

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