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What do you do for very long plateaus?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

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Well, I don't think I am on a plateau exactly-unless it is lasting years. emoticon

But I did find this message board very inspirational.

I have such a hard time sticking to my eating plan that a plateau while eating right and exercising scares me to death.

It would crush my good intentions.

chris
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IRONBESS 10/1/2013 1:31PM

    There's an SP start page article today that might be helpful: 8 Reasons Why You're Workout Isn't Working. It's talks about plateaus, not just workouts.

Is the eating plan you're having a hard time with Dr. Fuhrman's Eat to Live? There's lots of helpful people on that Team. If you need suggestions or an ETL buddy, try posting there.
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P.S. Also just noticed on the start page there's a Spark Cafe message board Topic on strategies for long plateaus too.

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DIETER27 10/1/2013 11:55AM

  great blog and i thank you for sharing!

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MPETERSON2311 9/30/2013 4:54PM

    thanks for sharing.

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OOLALA53 9/30/2013 1:13AM

    Until you have actually stuck to any plan, you don't know if you are on a plateau or not.

My intention was never to actually lose weight, but to stop bingeing and get over being ruled by food. I also wanted to feel more vital and peppy. I wanted to eat a few times a day and get hungry for those meals. I knew it wouldn't work to try to be too strict with my food choices too fast. I found over time that I needed to eat less and less dense food and a higher ratio of freggies to accomplish this. I've been doing this for years now and losing more as I've gone. It has happened in a developmental way, as I could feel that I was ready to adjust my intake. I did stay at some weights for months or even a year, but I doubt I could have forced the issue.

I really believe that making hunger and satiety the real focus, while working at increasing the quality of intake, and eating within regular windows of time, is the real key to long-lasting maintenance. It's been proved over and over weight loss itself is actually not a very effective motivation for people long term. If you don't give yourself a chance to eat so that you feel better and start to crave that feeling, if you are constantly feeling that you're sacrificing too much, it will be a worse struggle than it has to be.

What is it going to take for you to feel more vital while not being too hard on yourself?

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RELIBELI 9/29/2013 11:35PM

    I would say meet the fear head on! Is the fear getting you anywhere while you decide what you're next move is? Easy for me to say to someone else. Harder to take my own advice, but that's what I'm doing.

I would say, and I've heard Jillian Michaels say this many times, track your food. I hate doing this. I hate taking the time to do this, but you may be eating more calories than you are burning off, and if that's the case, you plateau or gain. You need to create a calorie deficit (more calories burned than consumed) to lose weight. The best way to figure out if you're doing that or not is to log your food. You don't have to do it forever, and you don't even need to do anything foodwise differently than you're doing now. Just eat the meal you were planning to eat and log the contents...honestly.

Then you'll be able to see if you're eating more cals than you think you really are. Just plan to log for 3 days up to a week. That should give you enough data to tweak what you're doing.

Just a thought.

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2HAMSDIET 9/29/2013 5:29PM

    I have had a year long plateau while eating right and working out. Doctor keep telling me I would start feeling better and the weight would come off. I decided that you have to be doing something so you might as well be doing it right, as sooner of later things have to change. . I did find out I have issues with dairy and gluten during this time to add on to my slowed down thyroid. I just looked to other goals to keep me working at it. I have lost 8 pounds in the last 8 weeks. I am official now just fat. emoticon

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