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SAILOR64 SparkPoints: (19,655)
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9/30/12 11:02 A

I'm with Eric.

I think your husband has hit a plateau in his program. Many people, and even personal trainers I've known over the years, think you have to work harder to blast through the plateau. Man are they misguided. The best and fastest way to beat a plateau is to change your routine.

First, you have to understand why we hit plateaus. It's because our bodies become accustomed to our level of activity and calorie count. As our fitness increases in one area our body says "I got this" and regulates itself, hence the plateau.

Second, we need to look at consumption. What are we eating? Too much protein in a diet packs on muscle mass and will stop the body from cutting weight. This doesn't mean he isn't losing fat, it just means he isn't losing weight.

What we need to so is shake things up exercise-wise. Some trainers like Tony Horton call this theory "muscle confusion." The idea is using muscles in different ways everyday so your body doesn't get used to a predictable level of exercise.

If your husband is lifting a lot of weights and doing a little cardio on the side, maybe he should switch things up for a couple of weeks and cut back on the weight training and double or even triple-up on the cardio workouts. He can move to isolation exercises for each muscle-group once a week (he is still lifting 3 days/week, just doing 2 muscle-groups each day), then do more cardio like recumbent bike, elliptical machine, treadmill, or swimming for 90 minutes 3-5 times per week. Additionally, he can work on stretching everyday and Yoga on his rest days when he isn't lifting weights.

Sorry if this is long winded, I hope it helps. If he has any questions he can email me here at Sailor64.

JUICE to you and your husband.

Jonny Mac





JADOMB SparkPoints: (106,132)
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9/26/12 5:58 P

Eating right doesn't mean measuring and tracking, so you may want to really look into this. One can NEVER get an accurate read on what is going right or wrong if the DATA is not accurate.

And if he is truly working out like crazy, he could definitely be building muscle faster that the scales can work with and that would also throw off you figures. That is where the measurements and such are better indicators than the scale.

I stayed accurate and 95% on track with both my nutrition and exercise and lost 40 lbs in 35 weeks. Whenever I stalled or gained, I could pretty much figure out what the problems was. Like too much sodium, calories, missed exercise, etc. So in being focused and accurate I knew that the plan worked and numbers don't lie.

Now that I have reached my goal weight and am moving into maintenance and building mode, the scale is going to be less important than the measurements.

NHOYLE1 Posts: 351
8/11/12 10:08 A

You need new female friends. To suggest that he is having an affair because he isn't losing weight? That seems like a really toxic environment.

That being said, it could be one of two things. First, we all experience plateau's in out weight loss and lifting. That is just how it goes. Second, with the protein shake he may be going past his burned calories. Is he tracking his calories or just counting on "eating right".
Either way, it sounds like he is doing a great job developing some healthy habits, so be sure to praise him for those accomplishments so he does not get discouraged.

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 1,968
8/8/12 4:02 P

JUSTMYSELF333 I will agree with the trainer.

Unfortunately, we have been taught to gauge our success ONLY or predominately by the numbers on the scale.

I have only lost 5 pounds in the last month, BUT I have lost girth and measure smaller now and my clothes are too big now. For me that is success.



TURTLESDOVE Posts: 1,061
8/7/12 9:38 A

yeah, I figured it was something like that. I don't even step on the scale anymore. There are too many factors in what the number says. Could be water weight gain or loss. Could be muscle gain or loss. If only the scale told us about fat gain or loss. Good luck to you and yours.

JUSTMYSELF333 SparkPoints: (884)
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8/5/12 8:05 P

Thanks guys! The trainer tells him it will matter on the measurements. He's been trying to lose weight about 6 months now and got hard core over the summer. I'll give you an update after they are done

MANDALORE Posts: 1,251
8/5/12 6:09 P

what does his trainer say, it is probally his body adjusting, do you know for sure he is eating right?

PATTERD707 SparkPoints: (21,760)
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8/5/12 11:03 A

A couple of things to consider:

-I've had this happen to me. I find that the weight doesn't come off the first week (like when I was in my 20s), but more like the 2nd or 3rd week.

-Motivation can be tied to many other things. When I get back on the SP program (I've gone on/off a few times), I see other changes (more energy, better attitude, etc.) that are just as motivating as losing weight.

Hope that helps.

BREWMASTERBILL SparkPoints: (31,080)
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8/5/12 9:41 A

I think Eric is right. Weight loss isn't perfectly linear. There will be stalls and wooshes. This is the part where he needs to buckle down and stick to the program. If nothing works for a month or two, it may be time to reevaluate his program (as you lose weight, your daily calorie requirements go down). But two weeks is not long enough.

ERICWS SparkPoints: (8,307)
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8/5/12 6:23 A

How does a "plateau" question lead to "good for nothing, cheating" issue?

Not sure how that connects.

But, back to the initial question. Maybe he is just at a plateau.and will start to lose weight again soon. Maybe he isn't as good at his diet as you think. Regardless, if he keeps it up, and eats well, I'm sure he is facing a temporary lull in his weight loss goals.

JUSTMYSELF333 SparkPoints: (884)
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8/4/12 3:34 P

Hi Everyone,
I just wanted you guys a question... My husband has gone from 250 to 225, he's about 6'. Anyways, we are both currently losing weight; however he has been putting in hours working out (just about every day, he want's to look good when school starts back up), has a personal trainer, and has been working his butt off eating right. He seems to be getting frustrated. He hasn't lost anything the past 2 or 3 weeks. Honestly, I have never seen him try this hard and it has motivated me to lose weight. Why isn't he losing weight? He does drink a protein shake every day. When I bring this up to females it's usually a-man-is-good-for-nothing-and propobly cheating answer. However, I trust him and there has been no signs of an affair. So please, don't give "I'm going to think the worse" reasponse.

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