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5/16/13 11:05 A

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I try not to blame anything- Plateaus happen. If I don't lose weight or inches in several weeks (usually a month is the time frame I give it), then I change things up with both. What that means is, I will change it to maintenance for food, which ups my calorie range. I will also change my fitness, either by taking an extra day or two off, or I will increase something (usually strength training). I find that the combo of taking a few days off exercise and eating higher amounts will get things moving for me, once I go back on plan (so if I take a week off, once I go back on plan, the weight or inches will start coming off a week or ten days later).

There are no elevators in the house of success.
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You may have to fight a battle more than once to win it- Margaret Thatcher


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5/16/13 10:52 A

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emoticon Please don't drive yourself crazy over plateaus!

A plateau happens when your body needs to adjust to the weight changes that have already happened. They WILL happen no matter how much you "switch things up". Weight loss does not happen in a "straight line" so to speak. It's more like taking the stairs VS. the elevator. You drop a few steps and then have an adjustment period to get to the next set of steps downward. Plateaus can be frustrating (understandably) but have faith!!! you will NOT remain the same weight forever. You will either move up or down eventually based on what you are doing nutritionally and physically.

On that note, nutrition does play a huge part in your body's willingness to shed it's fat stores. Don't fall into that trap of "A calorie is a calorie" because it simply is not true. Your body needs nutrition to feel like it is not being starved and you are much more likely to lose weight if you eat 1500 calories of nutritionally dense food vs. nutritionally void processed junk that is edible. There IS a difference.
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5/16/13 10:47 A

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A bit of both. This tells me it's time to change things up.

Time to take care of ME!


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5/16/13 10:21 A

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I blame my complacency. I would have erred with both. but as long as I can get back on track , these minor distractions are acceptable



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5/16/13 10:00 A

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I blame ME! Food didn't make me eat it and exercise didn't say na not today! lol



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BOB_THEBOWLER Posts: 27
5/16/13 9:40 A

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Insanity is doing the same thing and expecting different results. Albert Einstein Changing my workouts and mixing up the foods I eat have broken plateaus in the past.
As I understand it a plateau is where your body rested at before and needs to change something to get away from a comfort zone!

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5/16/13 9:09 A

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its a natural thing that happens. don't blame either.

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5/16/13 9:07 A

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both

Your encouragement is greatly appreciated!


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5/16/13 8:58 A

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I try not to blame either. I have come to the idea that a plateau is a time in which the body is using itself to consume itself, or shrink. It is taking the time it needs to do to shrink the skin back down to where it isn't as saggy or loose.
How ever you want to think of your plateau though is up to you.
Add more veggies, change your work out.
Just have fun with it. emoticon emoticon



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I try not to blame either. I have come to the idea that a plateau is a time in which the body is using itself to consume itself, or shrink. It is taking the time it needs to do to shrink the skin back down to where it isn't as saggy or loose.
How ever you want to think of your plateau though is up to you.
Add more veggies, change your work out.
Just have fun with it. emoticon emoticon



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5/16/13 7:35 A

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I blame both. Is it the same food/exercise? Did you have extra high calorie snacks?

Make sure you rotate foods as well as exercise. I read this somewhere but!!!

If you're not quite doing the exercise like you're suppose to (you're still in practicing mode)
It's kind of hard to switch. Ex. 2 reps of marching band at 10 minutes each...my knee is not where it's suppose to be. Swimming is more like rolling and the cardio chair workout? How DO you get both legs that high.

Muscle is heavier than fat...hoped this helped

Yo ticker! Thank you for moving down:)
Turtle take 2 steps down...ugh! ugh!


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Usually food, but the last three weeks, it has been neither (finally broke today with 1 lb. loss). I have an Unscientific opinion that whatever weight you stay at consistently (on the upward swing), that is where you will plateau on the way down. As I said, unscientific.

Edited by: STAYINGTHIN3 at: 5/16/2013 (07:15)
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food

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5/15/13 11:25 P

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It's mostly because of my food choices.

Progress may be slow, but it happens!
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5/15/13 11:02 P

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I blame food. I haven't seen exercise effect my weight...actually, I seem to plateau more the more I exercise...strange.

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5/15/13 7:36 P

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Exercise - time to create more of a challenge.

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MARYJOANNA Posts: 265
5/15/13 1:30 P

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I blame both. Sometimes I am not as vigilant with what I eat and other times I do not exercise like I should.



 
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5/15/13 9:34 A

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I definitely blame my diet. I have never been this dedicated to monitoring what I eat, and never been this successful at maintaining my weight. If I go more than a few days without monitoring, the weight jumps back up. Exercise is important for overall health, metabolism, and keeping your body "toned", but as for actual weight-loss, when you eat too much junk, all the exercise in the world is not going to help you. How long do you have to run on the treadmill just to burn off one chocolate bar?

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5/15/13 7:34 A

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for me it is usually food - such as eating high sugar food or overeating...but sometimes I am just not getting enough cardio too.

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5/15/13 7:32 A

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5/14/13 9:13 P

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5/14/13 8:37 P

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i blame both. In reality you're usually changing measurements when you stop losing weight while keeping calories in/ calories out the same. its just difficult to believe that you're still moving forward when the scale wont budge.




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I always used to think exercise...and sometimes it is... but this time for me it was definitely food. I steadily lost 50 pounds and then just got stuck at 260 for a few months, even with adding new exercise. I've changed my diet drastically (something I never thought could or would happen... my family doesn't even believe what's going on)... so I'm actually consuming the same number of calories but in all different (and better) foods - ie, fruits and vegetables. And finally the plateau was broken. 30 more pounds gone... 75 more to go. I think I might actually make it this time.

I know it's quite controversial these days, but Fat Sick and Nearly Dead really is what changed my outlook on things. I can't get myself to eat kale, but hey - with all my experience in slamming shots I sure can drink it!



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5/14/13 2:14 A

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Both! I find that I eat better after exercising and that exercising keeps me from eating at certain times--like when I'm exercising. I guess that exercising is a twofer! It also helps me feel better so that I am happier and want to eat healthier. It doesn't have to be a lot of exercising. Just some simple fun moves on Wii Fit helps to break me out of my funk that leads to poor food choices... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

ENGINEERMOM, I really liked a lot of what you had to share. There were so great reminders in there! Thank you emoticon

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5/13/13 9:07 P

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Food.



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FOOD



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5/13/13 7:34 P

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Both!



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5/13/13 7:27 P

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Both.

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5/13/13 5:47 P

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When I plateau, I check my measurements (waist, hips, thigh, arm). I've been at the same weight since the end of 2012, but I've lost 8 inches off my body since then. Obviously, I'm still continuing to lose fat, but it hasn't shown up on the scale, since apparently training for a triathlon has caused me to gain muscle at the same time.

I would say that if someone is truly plateauing (not gaining or losing weight or muscle), that person needs to check both diet and exercise. Sometimes portion sizes can get a little out of whack after a period of not being on top of actually measuring and weighing things, or you're not eating enough and your body's gone into starvation mode and is hanging on to every last calorie.

On the exercise side, if you've been doing the same routine for months, your body has figured out how to be more efficient, and you won't get the same benefits as you did at first, so if that's the case during a plateau, the solution is to change it up. Try a totally new exercise, even if it seems like it would be "easier". If you've been running, try biking. If you've been doing land work, try swimming. If you're a weight lifter, try dancing or pilates or yoga. There's a reason many athletes cross train in seemingly unrelated disciplines. I noticed my strength in yoga dramatically improved when I added swimming laps to my workout routine - the shoulder work required for swimming gave me better stability in downward dog in yoga.

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Food...weekends are the worst for me.

Everything happens for a reason!


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Neither just need to switch things up.

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usually food



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A combination of both, particularly when traveling. I find it difficult to fit exercise in when I'm on the road and making healthy food choices are challenging.



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Both!! but I hate exercising, so I know that is probably the bigger issue!




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A bit of both.



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Honestly food and metabolism... I will eat a bit more sometimes... by it is tough to eat right and NOT see good results right away... then I lose motivation to pick high quality food.

Habit is habit and not to be flung out of the window by any man, but coaxed downstairs a step at a time. Mark Twain


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Usually food. I can always do better at food, while I'm pretty consistent with exercise



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MARYJOANNA Posts: 265
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Probably food, although sometimes your body needs to level off in weight loss. Sometimes you lose fat rather than weight.



 
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5/12/13 12:08 P

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Food, for sure. I get ticked off for staying at the same weight and then turn to junk food to ease my mind. Gotta love that logic!

Every day in every way I'm getting better and better!


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Usually getting lax on food!!!



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Both.



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so far salt is my enemy. I was down to this weight a week ago but ate salty flatbread and wine at chilis and ballooned past my starting weight by 2 lbs. Just like starting over. back to lowest point which was ahead of schedule last week...but on schedule this week. this isn't too hard since i make my own meals. learned that i am not getting enough vitamins and started to supplement.



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it is a fact of life

"Be not afraid of going slowly, only of standing still"


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Usually food, and often due to a lack of planning



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both

GO HARD or GO HOME!

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I blame food most of the time. Poor choices prohibits me from reaching my goal

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I would say sodium ...so food! (I don't exercise)!

Time passes either way! I choose to look back one day and be happy I took charge of my mouth instead of looking in the mirror and wishing I had!


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I blame food most of the time. Mostly, my portion size because I tend to make healthy choices for what I eat.

"Life has no limitations, except the ones you make." -Les Brown


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I assess both and see where I have been deficient in my adherence. If I haven't been deficient, then I know my body is adjusting some how or I am possibly holding onto extra water. Your weight can change up or down day to day or from hour to hour, for that matter. I worry more about inches than I do scale weight.

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