I am not so sure - but I seemly have arrived at one.
Fitness Minutes: (89,091)
11,876 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.
Fitness Minutes: (115,914)
5,476 3/9/13 10:06 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.
Fitness Minutes: (78,750)
2,953 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.
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.
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.
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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