I never really plateaued because one day a week I ate about double my calories and had one or two rest days and it kept my metabolism confused. When I was a member at Curves for 2 years, it's what they taught us. I ended up losing 121lbs that way, it was after they closed I had issues but a lot of it was mentally and due to a running injury.
current weight: 222.2
Fitness Minutes: (34,007)
5/6/13 2:12 P
I blame both, actually.It's generally because I am not eating enough and that my body has grown accustomed to the exercises I have been doing. It is then time to switch it up and do intervals and revamp my eating habits!
If i didn't track I blame the food or if I over ate , If I didn't exercise I blame that , If I did both and still no movement on the scale then I try not to blame myself or my body but its hard sometimes.
"everyone is made out of the same cloth ,its up to you if your the table cloth or the dish rag" Patti LaBelle
Pounds lost: 1.6
Fitness Minutes: (1,188)
20 5/6/13 11:29 A
When I plateau, I start measuring my portion sizes...food scale, measuring cups the whole works. It's usually because my portion estimations are off...a tablespoon of peanut butter can be the size of a softball in my mind!
Pounds lost: 76.8
Fitness Minutes: (39,695)
142 5/5/13 10:53 A
The plateau I'm struggling with at the moment is where I blame exercise. I've been so good with my food for weeks, even decreasing and decreasing my calorie intake, but exercising has been the same. I haven't changed my routine that much and that is probably where the problem is...
Fitness Minutes: (9,470)
154 5/4/13 3:19 P
I blame neither. A doctor once told me that after a loss of fat, the body can hold onto water for a while, resulting in no change or an increase in body weight. I just figure that my body is holding onto water, and it will come off soon. I make sure not to eat too much salt, and to drink lots of water.
Motivation is what gets you started. Habit is what keeps you going. -Jim Rohn
Pounds lost: 7.8
Fitness Minutes: (48,613)
5/4/13 1:47 P
My problem is always food. Although I've been the same weight for almost a year. It's not a plateau and I'm not in maintenance because I'd like to be 5-10 lbs lower. I've increased my workouts but have decreased my consciousness of what I'm really eating. I went from eating 85-95% healthy all the time to more like 70-85% healthy all the time. A definitely food!
current weight: 143.6
Fitness Minutes: (56,965)
2,083 5/4/13 1:45 P
This last plateau I blame exercise. I started regular cardio at 30 minutes a day and drinking plenty of water. I literally got on the scale and gained 4 pounds in one day. I think the new exercise regime caused water retention and that it was normal for muscles to retain water in anticipation. The scale would not budge for days. Finally I started seeing some change and then 7 pounds gone in one week. The plateaus before were food.
It could be either one. After 6 to 8 weeks you should see strength gains regarding exercise, so it might be time to increase weight or reps. I keep calories to 1200 a day, so every couple of weeks I have a 2000 calorie day, this has helped me to get off a plateau.
Sally Chula Vista, CA
Pounds lost: 52.0
Fitness Minutes: (21,738)
2,671 5/3/13 7:00 P
Actually, I think that if I stick to one thing for too long my body eventually figures out how to get around me and maintain its status quo despite my efforts. To get off the plateau I have to get sneaky and come up with a new attack: different calorie level, different exercises and exertion level, even changing when I eat and exercise. May sound crazy but I've been on a plateau for 6 months and I'm trying anything that pops into my brain.
Achieve success in any area of life by identifying the optimum strategies and repeating them until they become habit - Charles Givens
I'm in a bit of a little mini plateau right now. The first time I hit 159.8 was on April 19, which was two weeks ago. I was so thrilled to finally see a number under 160. But since then I've been fluctuating. On April 22, I was back up to 161.6, but then April 26 I was back down to 159.4. April 28, down to 159.2. Then April 30, back up to 160.8. And then this morning I was back down to 159.8.
Now, the cause of this mini plateau is neither my food or my exercise. This is a true plateau.
I wear a bodymedia fit armband, so I know all of my calorie output and I track my food religiously so I know every calorie I eat.
Over the last 14 days I have eaten an average of 1560 calories per day and I have burned an average of 2555 calories per day, giving me an average calorie deficit of 955 per day.
Scientifically speaking, this should have given me a nearly 4 pound weight loss over the last two weeks, but that is not what has happened.
Bodies do not conform to science, at least my body does not conform to science.
One of the things that I have had to learn is how to be patient with my process. I'm doing every thing right. I'm exercising, I'm eating good clean meals and I'm taking all of my doctor prescribed supplements.
I just happen to have a slow metabolism and it takes a lot of work to get the weight off me. So I will just keep doing what I am doing and eventually the weight will come off.
I think that my body is probably going through some composition changes and it's just not showing up on the scale yet.
Update 5-6-13 - yay, I just broke the plateau this morning, I weighed 157.4 this morning.
Edited by: REALRADIANT1 at: 5/6/2013 (19:07)
Fulfillment, Exuberance, Passion, Serenity and Freedom
current weight: 164.2
Fitness Minutes: (849)
5/3/13 5:26 P
I've been using calorie shifting and muscle confusion as weight loss tools and it seems to be working. I know I read somewhere if you change up your workout routine every so often it confuses your body and it breaks you free from the plateau.
Pounds lost: 25.0
Fitness Minutes: (9,938)
5/3/13 4:46 P
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