About the article quoted above:
THERE'S NO MYSTERY!!!!! Stupid, stupid headline, because the explanation of the "mystery" is right there in the second paragraph:
"....among adults, average daily energy intake rose by a total of 314 calories from 1971 to 2003, then fell by 74 calories between 2003 and 2010" and the fifth paragraph: "about 35 percent of U.S. adult women are obese, and that percentage has held steady since 1999, according to the CDC."
Three hundred calories a day is 2100 a week, enough to cause a gain of 0.6 pounds per week. If you take out the 74 calorie drop, it's still 240 a day or 0.48 pounds a week. The "mystery" is why only 35% of us are obese. At that rate, we should all be morbidly obese. Add in the fact that we're sleeping an average of 2 hours less, and it's just this enormous feedback loop of weight-gain factors.
And the national "plateau" and our own individual plateaus probably have a similar cause. You get to a point where your calorie needs have decreased a little but you can't really decrease your intake much more, so the progress slows to the point where it's not visible. You may still be creating a calorie deficit, but the change in weight is so small that it can be covered up by normal fluctuations. Most people's plateaus don't really have an identifiable cause; they just happen and the only solution is to wait. I do always think it's good to try something new if you've been on a plateau for a while-- not because it will necessarily make you lose weight, but because it lets you feel like you're doing something and you have some control while you wait.
| current weight: 132.0