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ROBBIEY
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9/30/13 4:53 P

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Keep moving, make minor adjustments.



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9/30/13 3:44 P

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I looked at what my daily calorie intake amounted to then dropped 200 calories and it worked for me this past week. I also avoid artificial sweeteners and heavy sugar type foods as they each make my appetite spike.

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9/30/13 3:02 P

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I recently went through a plateau on my low carb diet. I was very frustrated. What I found is that I was miscounting some carbs and eating a ton of sugar substitutes (sugar free hard candy and sugar free pop). I had never seen those things affect me before but when I gave them up and started tracking more carefully I was able to get past it. I am not sure how may carbs you consume but I took mine down a bit more to try to shake it loose. I went to an Atkins induction level (less than 20 carbs daily ) for about a week.

I am not sure if any of that will help but that is what helped for me. Plateaus can also be totally natural with your body adjusting to a new normal. They are frustrating no matter the cause. Good luck to you

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DRAGONCHILDE
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9/29/13 10:08 A



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Sparkpeople has a great series on plateau busting. You can find the first article here:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/fitness_artic
les.asp?id=516


Basically, to get over a plateau, something needs to change... what you've been doing isn't working, so you have to shake it up. Your body adapts over time. Also remember to update your Sparkpeople goals every 15 lbs or so, as your calorie needs change as you lose weight, making what was appropriate a month ago potentially too much after you've lost a few pounds!

What's your current calorie intake? The first place to look with a plateau is your kitchen. While you may not be eating junk food, you may still be eating too much for weight loss at your current level.

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ALORTA
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you can try calorie cycling
you basically have high and low calorie days, with weekly averages at your target deficit.
There's a group here about it, but basically you have low, med and high days... usually 300 cals apart with the medium day being what your daily cal def would be (say 1200, 1500 and 1800) with a schedule where the average is about 1500 (10500 a week) if you used the above numbers.
www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculat
or.htm
this can give you your actual numbers and a sample weekly plan



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MATTHEW1414
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I started losing weight with a low calorie diet I started at 345-350 pounds and it worked until about 260lbs, so I tried a low carb and it work to 240lbs. Now I've hit another plateau, and don't now what to do, I run, workout, and am true to my diet, I don't like soda's, sweets, or other junk food anymore. When I hit a plateau I bounce between 5lbs for about a month. What do I need to do to get past this?



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