When I hit a plateau, I change up my exercises, hoping to confuse my body. Also, as I lost weight and worked out more, sp told me to increase my calorie limit. I didn't do that, but it seems like advice from a lot of people, so i am going to try it. Good question. Thanks for asking it. Good luck to you.
Pounds lost: 36.0
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I think we all hate hitting a plateau. I try to change up my workouts when I hit a plateau in the past and it sometimes works. So maybe changing your cardio from the elliptical to a walk or jog outside or another machine if you use a gym.
But hang in there and check your measurements too you may not be throwing pounds out you might be throwing out inches instead.
current weight: 165.8
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All the advice is sooo good, and I can speak for myself that when I started using wieghts, the weight has started coming off more that only a half a pound per week... I am seeing the change almost daily!! Keep up the good work, and you will do it!!!
You may want to add a protein shake to your caloric intake, That is what mt nutritionist suggested, I have been plateauing often myself but I try not to let it get to me, as long as I am improving my health daily and stay off all the meds I was on when I was almost 350 pounds.
Your calorie intake seems on the low side especially for all the exercise you are doing. I actually increased my calorie intake when I was at a plateau. Be patient and you will gradually break the plateau. Last fall I was frustrated because I was at my lightest weight in my adult life but still felt like I was not tone. I added strength training using Jackie Werner, Denise Austin & Jillian Michaels dvd. I currently fit is size 2 pants and get compliments every day on how much weight I have lost and how great I look. People comment how athletic I look. I was never in my life an athlete. The weight did not come off overnight. I have been on sparks people for over 1 year. I never would have been this successful without this web site & my spark friends. Hang in there! You too will succeed and be the best you possible. I wish you the best of luck! You have had awesome success so far! You are a champion!
My Doctor suggested adding weight training to my cardio to keep from plateau-ing. So far it seems to be helping. If you have any concurrent conditions where it might be an issue, like high blood pressure, I'd suggest running it by your doc first.
First check with one of the SP coaches to be sure you're getting enough calories for your activity level.
After that, what worked to finally get my metabolism going was calorie cycling, drinking 1-2 cups of green tea a day, adding fresh lemon juice to my water, and adding either fresh ground black pepper or cayenne, or crushed red pepper flakes to every savory food I eat.
Pounds banished since 1/1/11: 41 GRAND TOTAL GONE: 76 pounds!
I am a new member of the group ad am looking for plateau busting tips and techniques. I have done many site and Google searches on this, but would love to hear what has worked for you.
I have lost 22 lbs since Christmas, but have been stalled at the same weight (+/- 3 lbs) for at least the past month. I have upped my cardio (elliptical for 30-60 minutes on cardio days) and started doing circuit training and cardio the other days. I am still eating between 1200-1400 cal a day and have not seen a difference on the scale in a loooooong time.
To say I am frustrated would be an understatement.
I still have about 30 lbs to go, so it's not that I am close to my goal weight. Any suggestions?
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