As one of those 'metabolically challenged' people (aka hypothyroid, adrenal fatigued, carb junkie), I feel your pain too. And there's some questions that need to be answered, which may come across as acusatory, but they're not intended that way - just stuff to look at in general that help to get to the root of the problem.
Ok, the first obvious question is: Is anything else changing? Clothes fitting looser/tighter? Measurements going up or down?
Second question: How much is the "right" amount of calories? The "right amount" according to SparkPeople, or based on your own calculations of your BMR/activity level. Do you do calorie/carb cycling?
Question 2b - what's your ratio of carbs/fat/protein?
Third question: How many calories are you burning during your cardio and weight training sessions? That goes back to the 2nd question. If you're eating at the top end of your calories according to Spark, and burning 300-500 calories a day, you're eating way BELOW your baseline (ie. you need to eat more).
4th question: Do you do any rest days? Not 'active' rest or yoga time, but real rest where you get a little extra sleep, don't go for a walk, just do what ya gotta, then go to bed early? You should have at least 1-3 of those days in there.
5th: Do you have any other issues like thyroid, adrenal, hormonal, etc.? Is there a lot of stress in your life? Do you make time to play and do things you enjoy? Those can impact the effects of questions 2-4, which shows up on the scale.
6th: What's the quality of your food? In other words, do you eat out a lot, or cook at home? Also I noticed on your profile that you've got Celiacs and also don't eat much meat - does that mean vegetarian or just don't eat much meat?
7th: Has there been another time where your weight has stayed the same for a while, then 'woosh' there was a big drop? (that's how my body tends to operate)
There's a ton more questions to ask, but think those cover the biggest bases.
Yeah, it's nice to think that this is all calories in/calories out, but that's just one piece of the bigger puzzle. Once you get a few more pieces figured out, improvments in body composition and health start be seen.
Let me know if YOU have any questions. :)
Edited by: LADYROSE at: 2/16/2011 (12:06)
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