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3/9/13 2:17 P

I plateau when I quit following SP!

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3/9/13 12:13 P

For the major plateaus and re-gains: My gradually decreasing thyroid function. Eventually the lab results get bad enough that my doctor will increase my medication -- and then I start losing again.

For little plateaus: I start to ease up a bit, eat a little more, exercise a little less, etc.

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3/9/13 11:26 A

I am not so sure - but I seemly have arrived at one.

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3/9/13 10:35 A

I think it's when I've been eating the same foods for too long. I tend to eat the same breakfast and lunch with a handful of dinner choices. I was on a plateau for a long time. When I started mixing up my food choices I started going down again.

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3/9/13 10:06 A

usually need more water and protein .

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3/9/13 8:41 A

In all the years I've been doing this, I've yet to hit a plateau. The only reason I stop losing weight is because I stop doing all the things I'm supposed to do (weigh and track all food, stay in calorie range, exercise daily, weigh myself every day, cheat day no more than 1-2 times/month). If I do all of those things, I don't plateau. I don't even know if it's possible, what with the laws of physics and everything.

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3/9/13 4:57 A

Not following the basics such as drinking water, getting sleep and keeping the sodium intake really low. Exercise is never a problem as I love it.

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3/9/13 4:07 A

too much caffine

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3/9/13 3:11 A

Stress and not enough sleep. I also don't switch up my cardio THAT much, the way I should.

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3/9/13 3:02 A

my healthy appetite!

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3/8/13 9:40 P

Eating too many extra foods that actually taste good again, instead of saving them for a special occasion the way I'm supposed to do.....................

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3/8/13 8:06 P

I believe I get complacent and add back foods that I hadn't been eating. I need to be more mindful of this and remember when I want to move forward.

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3/8/13 7:28 P

I was doing everything right; eating right, exercising regularly and I was at a plateau for almost 6 months. I just kept on exercising and I finally started losing again.

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3/8/13 7:17 P

Apathy, not eating well or trying hard enough during my workouts.

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3/8/13 4:58 P

I haven't figured it out yet. I do know I am on one now. Yuck! I am thinking I need to change my workout and get some new muscles working.

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3/8/13 4:45 P

getting off track

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3/8/13 4:09 P

I see a nutritionist/dr. for my weight loss and when I've hit a plateau, its usually been related to me not getting enough protein. Since I have been tracking my protein,fat, and carbs along with my calories on sparkpeople food tracker, I haven't had anymore plateau's in my weight loss.

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3/8/13 2:42 P

About the article quoted above:

THERE'S NO MYSTERY!!!!! Stupid, stupid headline, because the explanation of the "mystery" is right there in the second paragraph:
"....among adults, average daily energy intake rose by a total of 314 calories from 1971 to 2003, then fell by 74 calories between 2003 and 2010" and the fifth paragraph: "about 35 percent of U.S. adult women are obese, and that percentage has held steady since 1999, according to the CDC."

Three hundred calories a day is 2100 a week, enough to cause a gain of 0.6 pounds per week. If you take out the 74 calorie drop, it's still 240 a day or 0.48 pounds a week. The "mystery" is why only 35% of us are obese. At that rate, we should all be morbidly obese. Add in the fact that we're sleeping an average of 2 hours less, and it's just this enormous feedback loop of weight-gain factors.

And the national "plateau" and our own individual plateaus probably have a similar cause. You get to a point where your calorie needs have decreased a little but you can't really decrease your intake much more, so the progress slows to the point where it's not visible. You may still be creating a calorie deficit, but the change in weight is so small that it can be covered up by normal fluctuations. Most people's plateaus don't really have an identifiable cause; they just happen and the only solution is to wait. I do always think it's good to try something new if you've been on a plateau for a while-- not because it will necessarily make you lose weight, but because it lets you feel like you're doing something and you have some control while you wait.

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3/8/13 1:55 P

But by now, "people should be losing weight," Dietz said. The fact that they are not could be bad news, because it could mean people are burning fewer calories with exercise.
read more....

EXERCISE is the change I need to make.
I know I can't exercise enough to undo excess calories...but exercise does boost the metabolism...and I'm convinced that lack of enough exercise slows it down.

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3/8/13 1:37 P

Stress, primarily. I get distracted and don't get enough exercise, don't pay as much attention to what I'm eating. It gets better as I build better habits, at least with the eating. But the exercise is difficult when there's too much going on. Then I just try to remind myself that exercise helps me feel better and makes me more capable to deal with all the rest.

Also, weather. This weather is killing me. I do what I can inside, but my favourite exercise is always outside. Skiing is nice but expensive. So eager for warm weather and tennis and hiking and swimming.

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3/8/13 12:12 P

changing things, like stopping from measuring, or adding back unhealthy options (a little bit won't hurt, right)

sometimes it's just your body adjusting (plateaus not gaining)

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3/8/13 12:02 P

Cheat days. When I cut out cheat days, I stopped having plateaus.

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3/8/13 11:32 A

when you stop losing
or heaven forbid ... you start gaining
what do you blame it on emoticon

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