Hi there, I just read these posts because I am on a plateau this month, and I just wanted to say thank you to everyone for putting out such good, solid, practical information. This is such a great resource. Thank you!
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9/4/11 11:54 A
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i weigh 179lbs. and feel like it's not moving. I need a budy to stick by me and help motivate me and give feedback on their success and tips and advice on what to eat and what exercieses to do. i workout at home. no equipment
Davy, that's great! Like the TV commercials..."The more you know!" LOL
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86 9/3/11 5:20 P
I know I have the same problem. You have to really take a look at your diet and examine it. It sounds like you do a ton of excerise with work too, are you eating enough (healthy)? Good luck. If you have any tips please let me know I need all the help I can get!!
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7 9/3/11 4:40 P
it came to me in a flash....using the food tracker im consumming approx 1950 cals.....i was out shopping today with the wife ..went for coffee and split a pastry with her.....then it came to me...its the wee hidden extras (mmm lovely...lol ) thats doing the damage.....with all the sneaky little biscuits and odd sweet ...im assumming that they prob mount up to between 300 to 500...
so thats my demon......i ll have to stop the coffee mocha s and splitting the pastries.....
i ll keep you all informed....
bad news is that im going on holidays for 3 weeks now...touring England in my RV....
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1,113 9/3/11 7:20 A
Hey Dave - I know how you feel about the plateau. After losing about 70 pounds, not only have I plateaued, but I put some of the weight back on. I am eating much healthier, AND I bike anywhere from 1-2 hours a day (sometimes longer).
Two problems that I've encountered are 1) I have stop tracking my food (so I may be overeating a little), and 2) I do the same exercise, day after day after day - not because it's a chore, but actually the opposite. I love to cycle so much, that I would rather do that than any other form of exercise.
Which is actually not good, because my body has become so adjusted to my cycling, I have to go longer, and longer for any effect. So when I get back from my latest bike tour this month, I'm going to start 'mixing it up' a little with other aerobic exercises such as running, hiking, and even some strenght training. I think that should give me a big kick start again.
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7 9/3/11 2:24 A
Hi Its me again...im going to try some thing different here......instead of my usual jogging every morning , im going to just do a fast walk for an hour....and see if the change in exercise will make a difference....
Hi Dave, The Greek Gods have great advice! I was on a plateau for 3 weeks until it finally started moving again. Inside the food diary, looking at your report for your nutritional breakdown may be a great key for you! In your tracker, the two things to look at: 1) right under the date, you will see a little button "Daily Feedback". 2) at the bottom of the food tracker "see today's full report" will help you see where your intake overages and deficits are. When I'm stalling, two things seem to be there. Not enough good fat and/or too many carbs. I hope this helps.
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9/2/11 9:57 A
Hey, Dave ! Congratulations on your initial losses ! Now, have you been logging any of your food choices ? If you have, would you be willing to let us look at your food diary ? When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy. QUALITY of the food has a huge impact too.
In theory, a person could lose weight by eating at McDonalds every day as long as they were burning more calories than they took in. However, how healthy would our insides be if we ate all that junk loaded with sugar, fat and salt ? Which is the point. Weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. If you're eating right and getting some regular exercise, the weight will come off on its own.
Of course, plateaus are a normal part of the weight loss process too. This isn't the Biggest Loser where the weight keeps dropping off week after week. At some points, we will "stall". that doesn't mean something is wrong. It usual means we need some type of change. If you've been eating the same foods day after day, change up those foods. Add new fruits and veggies. Try new recipes.
If you've been doing the same workout, ditto, change it up. The human body thrives on change and challenge. It doesn't like being stuck in a rut. So, try changing up your routine. Mostly, if you know you are eating right and getting some regular exercise, you just need to be patient with your body.
Also, if you are very active, it IS possible that you're not eating enough. Now, as others have said, that doesn't mean go out and eat a piece of cheesecake every day. It means eating a couple extra servings of fresh fruit and veggies. It means eating more fatty fish like salmon. It means eating nuts for snacks or putting olive oil on your salads. There are healthy ways to increase the number of calories you eat each day.
Personally, I'm not a fan of those so called muscle supplements. A person should be getting the vital nutrients they need from the food they eat. Because if you are getting the nutrition you need, you don't need those supplements.
As Hippocrates once said,"let food by your medicine".
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46,222 9/2/11 8:40 A
When you set up your SparkPeople program did you plug in your workout data according to the amount of activity you are doing? If not, you will want to go to your Start page and in the My Goals and Progress section where it reads Calories burned per week change...you will want to change this figure to reflect the calories you are expending so that SparkPeople will generate a calorie range that will help you lose weight, but also help you maintain a greater percentage of lean body mass, too.
I hope this helps! Coach Nancy
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7 9/2/11 3:24 A
hi does eating more mean increased portion sizes or more snacks ie instead of 2 rice cakes for snack double up.....wot do you think about proteen shakes along with snacks ..would that kick start me again
my son has USN Anabolic Muscle Fuel .. its a lean muscle gainer ..if i take this with or as a snack would it help
It sounds to me like maybe you're not eating enough. If you restrict yourself too much you slow down your metabolism and it becomes much harder to lose weight. I would advise you to gradually increase your calories as I can lose weight eating more than that (if I eat the right things) and I'm only 5ft 2. Don't give up, you can do it!
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7 9/2/11 3:10 A
hi im new here so hi everyone.....i m an 43 yrs old guy....6 ft 2 .....in feb 2010 i weighted 19 st 7 ...sept 2011 now weigh 14 st 7.....was 18.5 inch neck now 16 inch...was 38 inch waist now 32 inch......my weight loss has been static now for 4 weeks , going from 14 st 7 to 14 st 12.... i jog on my tread mill for 2 sessions of 30 mins when i not working ...wen i m working i jog for 30 mins , thats every day ...i jog at 5 mph....i was joging at 6.5 mph but that just killed me ,leaving me with no energy.....for breakfast i have decafinated coffee and either 1 slice toast with peanut butter or bowl of bran flakes with warm water, no milk in ceral...lunch is a diet shake with 2 rice cakes again with a scrape of peanut botter...evening meal salad with either fish or chicken or pork...for snacks i ll eat a piece of fruit or raw vegetables....
as i said mmy weight loss has now come to a complete stand still,,according to medical charts im suposed to be around 13 st
oh i forgot to say ...i have a very active job ,walking approx 8 to 12 miles in an 8 hour shift
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