Weight loss plateaus are a bore. You may need to trick your body back into action. Here are two things you can try to get the scale moving down again.
First create a little calorie confusion by eating on your low end 2 days and then having a high end day then repeat. Google Calorie Cycling here at Spark or on the web for specifics on doing that.
Second, switch up your workout routine. If you do your workout exactly the same every time your body may have adjusted to allow for that exercise. If you always use the treadmill for 45 minutes use the elliptical trainer for an hour instead. If you always speed walk for an hour try doing a one minute burst of running every five minutes during that speed walk.
on the good work so far!
MJ From PA
"I'll have what she's having."
current weight: 173.8
Fitness Minutes: (94,670) Posts: 5,047 2/14/13 1:59 A
I've now lost 108 pounds*. While I lost 3 and 4 pounds a week the first few weeks, after 86 weeks I'm only averaging (across all those weeks) about 1.2 lbs per week. That means that despite strict continuous adherence to my diet, I went weeks and even one month without losing weight.
Hang in there; it works.
Sometimes, when you increase exercise, you create more muscle than you lose weight. Sometimes you retain water. Sometimes only the devil knows what the issue is. (Stochastic processes.)
Keep after it. You'll do it.
* Note that my weight this morning indicated a total loss of 108. However, during Sundays weigh in, I gained a pound since last week. You can't fret the "micro" variations.
Edited by: BOPPY_ at: 2/14/2013 (02:00)
May the fork (and tracker) be with you!
current weight: 10.9 over
Fitness Minutes: (0) Posts: 9,326 2/13/13 10:31 P
10 lbs that is great. Just remember it is not a sprint its a marathon. I have been at a standstill for a few months but not panicing to much because measurements are changing. Try changing up your routine , give the body a new breath air
current weight: 251.4
Fitness Minutes: (4,251) Posts: 54 2/13/13 8:47 A
Make sure that you are tracking everything you eat and exercise you do. It takes 3500 less calories in a week to lose 1 pound. If you haven't changed anything then the weight should stilll be coming off. Consider adding a few more minutes of exercise. Read the reports that Spark people gives you, 10 pounds in a month is awesome. It took me 8 weeks to do that. It fluctuates for me. Sometimes 1 pound sometimes 2. So far I have lost something every week. This program works just stick with it.
Exercise in the morning before your brain figures out what you're doing. From Spark People inspirational quotes
I was at a stand still with weight loss then I came to new york to sell my house. In two weeks I have dropped 9 pounds with all the exercise. It all comes down to exercise. I am eating more and dropping weight like crazy.
It can feel discouraging when the scale doesn't move, however not losing that pound also means you haven't gained that pound! WooHoo!
Celebrate the non-scale victories (NSV's) like your decreasing measurements, how your clothes are fitting, that you are tracking your nutrition for every meal, and drinking your 64 ounces of water a day.
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