I don't really plateau per se as I'm basically focused on maintaining. When I was actively losing weight, I had plateaus (lol years sometimes) but found them part of the process and didn't blame anything.
When I actively have a gain that I don't want, it is always because my calories were too high.
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I don't necessarily "blame" anything. Weight loss plateaus are normal and can happen for all sorts of reasons. I think one of the biggest causes is when you're on a calorie deficit for a prolonged period of time, your BMR adjusts as your body tries to achieve homeostasis.
So any time I hit a weight loss plateau I'd switch up my calorie intake. I've done pyramid calorie cycling, 3-1 calorie cycling (3 days -20% TDEE and 1 day at TDEE). Eating at the high end up of spark range for awhile, eating at the lower end. Eating at TDEE for a couple days in a row. Playing around with my calorie range has always busted plateaus or slowing weightloss in the behind.
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I blame food
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I see it as my body getting use to the new weight and when it is ready it will start losing again. I am happy not to gain with the 45 pound weight loss and I have done enough research to know that your body longs for the weight you were the longest at because that is it's set point. So if I am staying at the same weight I look at it as my body setting a new set point and will eventually start losing again as long as I am consistent with my exercise and eating plan.
It's nice not to worry about it as I know I will reach my goal weight of losing 20 more pounds. It will happen but may take 10 pounds a year which I am O.K. with. I am post menopause and you don't lose like you use to.
I found I wasn't being quite careful enough with my calories and I definitely wasn't exercising enough! In other words, the only one to blame was me!
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Neither, I blame myself.
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At first, I blame food and try to do better in what I eat. If that doesn't work, I blame my thyroid.
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I'm actually trying to figure this out right now. When I was younger, I could lose weight but in a very unhealthy way. Now my goal is to maintain being thin, but doing it in a healthy way. That is much harder and I feel I have plateaued. I think I am over estimating my calorie burn and eating a bit too much. I just realized I factored in weight training in my Sparks formula but haven't been doing it---that could be the problem right there!
If your food is the same, and your not getting sloppy, upping portions, etc. then that part of the equation doesn't change.
BUT, over time, your body adapts to exercise - so if you hit a plateau, that means its time to up the intensity, duration, or both.
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A bit of both. I can get into a food and exercise routine and plateau. I tend to lean towards what I am familiar with. Just moved into a new house where I will have trails to walk on, my bike and our kayaks which are now out of storage and a loft that is fitness room.
I try to no longer frustrate myself with the matter ............ I just know I am doing the best I can and leave it at that ..................
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To tell you the truth, I personally blame it on "complacency." I loose a little and think I'm in control and the next thing I know, I'm slipping back into some of my bad habits that got me where I was.
I know I just need to stay the course. I have lost weight and will continue to loose.
It's funny, I'm complaining about something that today's generation does that irks me....instant gratification.
I can't blame anything, because changes are still happening..
yes it is very very frustrating esp. going on a 5 month stretch, but the fact is as long as everything else with the working out, food, you still have non scale victories such as more strength, more energy, better focused, your body and organs are performing and healing from being diseased from eating bad, so something is still changing.
It is just one of these things that happen and I just think ( my opinion) We are awful about dealing with things because we are in a world of quick fixes, want it now, and we live in a world that does not have any patience, plus we expect things at a bigger rate than what they are happening at.
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I don't blame either one I guess. I think it is because my body (metabolism) seems to adjust easily to lower calories and great exercise expenditures. It is like it learns quickly to get by on less calories while doing more activity. My measurements aren't really changing either, despite the fact that I've greatly revamped my diet and am eating roughly 1200 calories per day (as recommended by Spark). I workout between 45 min to 1 hour a day, whereas I used to be VERY inactive. I'm just hoping that sooner or later I will outlast my body and it will be forced to give up the fat!
I think I'm just living in the wrong century - I would probably have been a hit in prehistoric times or times of great famine :).
At first I was blaming everything until I took out my measuring tape and found that I was still loosing in inches. When I plateau I usually change up my routine a bit to break up the monotony and to shock my body.
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Both and neither. It's either the fault of me not doing enough strength training, not eating enough fiber, or my PCOS. Either that or there are changes on the inside that I just can't see.
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I'm not sure what I blame. Because many of my plateaus follow a specific time pattern, I tend to blame hormones. I have also blamed my exercise regimen for building muscle at the same rate as I'm losing fat. This I can sort of "prove" because at those times my clothes were getting bigger on me even as my weight was staying the same.
I am not sure what to blame right now, but I am leaning towards food. Not because of how much I'm eating, but WHAT I'm eating. I am still staying within range, but I have been replacing some of my usual protein and veggies with bagels and buns.
In short, I will blame anything that seems like a contributing factor, but for me, getting through a plateau is not about finding things to blame, but working hard at staying on track and not getting discouraged despite the lack of movement on the scale.
I usually blame stagnant routine either food/exercise related.
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It depends how you define plateau.
If your weight loss slows down or stops, you definitely need to evaluate what's going on in your life. Has your portion size increased? Are you making good food choices? Are you getting your exercise in? Depending on your answers, maybe all you need is some adjustments to get you back on track
What about extra exercise? It's common for me to have a halt or a slow down because I've added something. I attribute this to my cells needing extra water and to my body adding extra muscle. It's a little disappointing when the scale is not budging, but extra muscle is a GOOD thing, so I convince myself to call this a win.
When the scale stops moving and I'm making good food choices and my portion size is ok and the exercise is consistent: now THAT is what I call a plateau. And they SUCK!!! I am especially prone to these "set points" where my body just seems to want to CLING to a certain weight for weeks at a time.
I described it in another post like this: think of your body as a factory where the same routine has been going on for some time. Everyone is trained to do their job and things are functioning ok. Suddenly there is a change: An increase in production or a decrease in staff or a shortage of raw materials. Whoa! Now there is no routine. Everyone has to do a little more. No one goes on vacation and nothing gets thrown out. The whole factory is "on lockdown" until management and the workers figure out they CAN do what's being asked of them if they implement a few changes. Now everything stabilizes out and it's business as usual again.
In the meantime, what's needed is patience to let your body figure out what's going on; faith that the system does work, just sometimes in fits and starts instead of straight lines, and relying on the better habits that you have created when things were running a little more smoothly to get you through.
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I usually just try and change up what I'm doing in both respects.
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It is really funny you should make this post... I just blogged about the scale not moving a day or so ago. As for me, though, I tend to examine my patterns and look at both, because it could be either, or it could be neither!
Some people plateau because they slack off or stop being vigilante, others plateau because the human body freaks out when it losses a lot of fat stores (from a biological standpoint) and tries to stop this, to adjust and regain stasis. Some plateau because they are not eating enough calories to compensate for their new levels of fitness or increased metabolism, so the body tries to hold onto fat stores and runs more efficiently to conserve energy (this is what we call starvation mode).
From all of the research I've done on weight loss plateauing, it seems that there are many reasons it happens, and many ways to combat it when it does happen.
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I don't blame either. It does make me re examine my food intake.
For a short plateau (2-3 weeks) i would blame "water" and "just how things go."
Longer than that, I wouldn't even term it a "plateau" (which to me, means a period of "weight stability" DESPITE continuing to eat and exercise at a rate that had been/should be conducive to weight loss). And in MY life, I can almost guarantee the main issue would be "portion creep."
I don't really blame anything but I do think to myself that I might need to make changes. Not that I am not exercising or eating well but maybe I need to shake things up because my body is comfortable again with me always doing the same things.
it's me and my appetite, I just think about food all the time.... it's just gotten better since last week after I saw my doctor and we discussed the lab results that came in much better but still need to work hard have them in normal range...
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For me, it's food. I can exercise a ton, but if I'm not careful and I get lax about portion control or make unhealthy choices, it will show up.
Edited by: PEEJMA at: 5/1/2013 (12:54)
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If I'm bad with one, the other usually follows. So both.
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For me it's definitely food. I think I do a poor job of reporting everything I eat or misrepresent the portion size so I'm sure I actually take in more calories that I estimate.
No, I have heard of plateaus so I was prepared. It is just a phase, but I have noticed something that works for me, but may not work for everyone, I slack just a bit to knock that plateau out of whack and then get back to business, it is like resetting the body and it isn't stuck anymore. Why this happens I do not know.
I know that when the scale stops, it's because I drift off the path with the portion control and the food choices...but I also think it's because I need to change things up from time to time.
Exercise is always a factor but I know that if the food goes off track the exercise goes with it. And often vice versa. for me Food and Exercise seem to go hand in hand to keep the scale going...if I drop one the other follows.
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Honestly, I've had a plateau for the last 1 1/2 years after regaining 40 pounds of the 80 I lost originally. About 15 of those came back since I started a new cube job in June 2012. I had periods of eating right and exercising more in varying combinations to no avail. I had some medical stuff go on about the time the weight started coming back and my body is finally getting back to normal. I hoped on the scale this morning and was down 2 pounds from my last weigh in 6 weeks ago. So, I blame my body. And I am thinking I may be headed back in the right direction...I hope.
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I blame ME!
Sometimes it's that I'm not exercising as often as I should. Sometimes it's that I'm not exercising as intensely as I should. Sometimes it's because I'm not making the best food choices.
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