Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Plateaus can be very discouraging - esp. just starting out! I agree with the salt comments. When I travel and eat in restaurants,even though I am eating smart and watching my portions, and work out and walk, I gain weight - due to the high salt content of restaurant food. If you are eating take out or processed (frozen, canned, boxed, pre-made)
foods, you too could be having problems with sodium.
That being said. Are you sure you are measuring your portions correctly? That is another common error we all tend to make. I bought one of those little kitchen scales at Wal-Mart. About $4.00. I was very surprised how much I had miscalulated my portions!
Are you recording EVERYTHING that goes into the tiny little mouth - EVERYTHING - including gum? That too is a common fault. I had to carry a little black book in my hip pocket to make sure I caught everything.
Are you getting plenty of rest? During weight loss, your body will let you burn fat if it is sure that it is not in danger. A good nights sleep, every night will calm your body down into giving up some weight.
Are your cardio sessions burning fat? During a good aerobic work out you should be breathing so heavy that it will be difficult for you to carry on a conversation.
Finally, and this can sound kind of crazy, but sometimes you need to eat more to loose more. If your body feels deprived of nurishment, it will go into a starvation mode and will horde calories and protect against fat loss. It will fight you each step of the way. Most of us really need to eat within your calorie range, according to our spark plan.
Look, I am not an expert, just someone who has been on my program for over 8 months and has been through a lot. I have read ALL the articles in the resource center - most of them twice. I have read over 10,000 posts here in the community and have seen others helped my fellow sparkies. These others had the same problems that you are having. Some figured it out, some did not. The successful ones all had ONE thing in common, each and every one of them NEVER GAVE UP!
I wish you much success in your goal to be (more) healthy - as healthy as you want to be.