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SH9719
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9/8/12 3:21 P

That is to short a period to worry about. Last week I hit 244 and figure it would just keep rolling. This week I have not lost anything and weights have ranged up pto as much as 2 pound higher. I am not worried. I know my body has to adjust to the weight I lost quickly and will head back down as long as I stay on the plan. Funny thing is that I feel my body is still changing. My jeans litterally fell down when my hands were full.

Just stick with it. It has been said many times around here. The scale is not the only measure of success. Good luck.



MPLANE37
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9/8/12 3:09 P

I think MICHELLE is right, your weight increased because of starting your exercise program, which is good for you.

Two important points I would like to draw your attention to:
- you need to track all the food you eat, otherwise you won't know how many calories you are consuming and if you are in a mild caloric deficiency or not. Too high caloric deficiency is as problematic as too little deficiency. Both will make you lose fat too slowly, and the former actually can totally stop the fat loss. So it is important that you know your caloric intake within +/-10%.
- measure the circumference of body parts that contain large fat deposits, e.g. your belly, your thighs, your back etc. Take the measurements first thing in the morning. Always measure under the same conditions. This will allow you to know if your fat stores are shrinking or not, even if the scales says the same number (or even a larger number) as your weight. Last 3 months my body weighed the same, but I lost 1.5 inches from my belly due to heavy weight lifting and running in alternate days.

Also, as already pointed out, a week of staying at the same weight is not hitting a plateau. When you change your nutrition/fitness program, you should allow at least 6 weeks for your body to show any results. So to say that you have hit a plateau, you should be there for 6 weeks at least. So it may not even be a plateau.



MICHELLEXXXX
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9/8/12 2:42 P

Strenuous exercise breaks down muscle fibers. When the fibers are repairing, they retain water. I would bet that may be your situation.IMO, walking is the best exercise for weight loss.
What is an average menu for you?



GLH1980
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9/8/12 12:53 P

You haven't hit a plateau. A plateau occurs after several weeks of NO CHANGE in weight. You need to keep pushing forward with your good eating habits and exercise. The 2lbs is probably just water weight. Most likely it's from the exercise. Your body got used to the lack of exercise and now your muscles are retaining water. Keep at it. You will see a change as long as you are consistent with healthy eating and exercise.



JAZZY1733
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9/8/12 12:44 P

Ok so I was just writing to see if any one else has had this problem. I went on vacation two weeks ago. I didn't stick to my diet but I did keep in mind what I was eating and did take walks every day. I stayed the exact same weight throuout the whole vaca, which was good. Then when I got home I got right back on my diet. I was good and consistent with what I ate and dropped 3 pounds! Then the second week back, this week, I added my exercise back, my reg 6 days a week. When I added the exercise back I gained 2 of the pounds back and I have stayed at this weight all week, I'm a daily weight tracke. How do I get back to losing the weight?



 
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