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6/26/08 3:03 P

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I would also try cutting carbs and seeing if that makes a difference - cut out bread and pasta and up your proteins. I just read Gary Taube's Good Calories, Bad Calories and he is very persuasive that it is carbs and sugar that make more of a difference than calories. You are busting your butt, so I wouldn't drop your calories more.

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6/1/08 1:08 P

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Track your nutrition. Not just the calories, carbs and protein, but also sugar, salt etc. I just climbed off of a 3-4 week plateau; I was doing everything including increasing my cardio and strength training. I was doing my workouts 5-6 days a week as usual and I thought that training harder would work so I did. The scale would not budge -- except to move UP. I was so frustrated.

One day my SO said to pay attention to how much salt I was eating so after tracking my sodium I realized that I was going WAY over the allowed daily amount of 2300mg. In one day I had over 5000mg and I hadn't eaten anything that you would think of as sodium laden but it was in there. I adjusted my eating and began reading labels for sodium (food has an amazingly high amount in it -- I mean completely insane.) I went down 2.8 lbs after the first week of tracking my sodium and eating correctly. I was stunned when I weighed myself.

I am now down an additional 2 pounds and my next weigh in won't be for two days. It's like my body was just waiting for me to stop eating all that salty garbage. Now I am consuming between 1700-2300mg daily which is within the daily recommended amount. You could not pay me to go back -- even when the food looks harmless i'm looking it up first to find out the content before I even think about eating it.

Try this, I hope that it works for ya. Good luck emoticon

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5/31/08 11:38 P

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I think increasing your calories and adding weight training may help you lose fat. If that doesn't work, increase your cardio days and intensity. You are doing everything right and I think weight training to build muscle and increase metabolism is key to losing fat.

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5/17/08 5:05 P

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I don't have any advice but reading through this thread was really helpful to me so I appreciate your post. I haven't lost weight since the beginning of March but I'm also not really sticking with the program. I'm way too easily discouraged but reading other people's experience helps so thanks!!!!

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5/10/08 9:27 P

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Thanks. I am trying REALLY hard to get another good run in. That should put me at goal! I've just gotta stay focused!

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5/10/08 10:13 A

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TDMABRY, you have done great emoticon
Thanks for you input, emoticon

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5/10/08 7:22 A

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Sounds like you are getting tons of advice. Thought I would throw in my 2 cents. When I lose my 1lb. a week like I was doing very regularly until I "fell of the wagon" I was doing lots of the "zig-zagging" going from 1200ish to top of 1500ish. It really seemed to keep my body wondering what I was doing. For as much as you are working out I would rather see you increase the intensity for that 30 min. than drop your calories. Who knows - we really all do seem to find what works best for us. Hang in there and you are NEVER alone around here!

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Dwell on the positive.

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Just a note, if you do increase your cardio and do weight training, please make sure you also increase your calories and especially your protein.
Otherwise your body will need more fuel for the cardio and if you don't feed it, it will use your muscles as fuel. You don't want to lose any muscle!

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5/8/08 5:11 P

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the site recommend us to do strength training three days a week . for me i start see the result(size) when i did it daily .my fat is in my lower body . 1 lower 2 upper 3 lower 4 core and go on . if i was away from home and can not do any cardio i just walk . lol did you see how many cal you burned at heavy cleaning ,its hour is like aeropic(low impact) hour .
about cal i stay at 1200-1300 and on friday i go over to 1550-1600 . it is my day off .

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5/8/08 4:25 P

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FREECLOUD, wow you all have given me some great advice :D I think you are right too. I have been calorie cylcing, but I will try a more dramatic cycle like you have mentioned- I wonder since I am only staying in the 1200-1550 calorie range if I jump up to 1700 and then down to 1200 if it would be more of a shock to my system. It's just wonderful to get such great advice from people with awesome weight loss results themselves. congratulations on all your loss and thanks for you help :D

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ZEINAOP, I think you are right! I need to work harder in my cardio. I have been doing the same workouts for about a year now, and I recently raised the intensity level and began to do interval training. I will take your great advice and add strength training and do longer cardio too. Do you think I should do them on different days or could I do cardio and strength on the same days?

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MERRY.PINK That is a great article, thank you so much!! :D

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5/7/08 7:50 P

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Jess, another thing you can try is zigzagging your calories. 1200 one day, 1400 the next, 1300 the next, etc. I stayed the same weight from Nov to Feb, so I know how frustrating it is.

On the other hand, make sure you are eating enough calories for the amount of exercise you are doing. When I started running, I wasn't losing any weight. When I upped my calories, it started coming off again. I was actually able to go up to 1600-1700 calories, but still zigzagged between 1200 and 1700.

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5/7/08 5:05 P

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JESS
i take a look at your eating and workout if you do not mind .of course you will hit a plateau.you need more cardio . 30min are not enough at this stage or maybe you need to do it a little defficult .
i am looking for one show on OPRAH talking about the same (not find it yet)-you need to double your time or do someone was hard for you before . just make any change you think of .
strength training are very important never missed them .about your cal range limit it about 1200 not more .i am your hight .when i eat more i loose nothing .i do every thing right and yet if i loose something this week i will maintain the other and maybe more . good luck!

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Thank you both very much. I guess I am sad to say I am somewhat relieved we are all in the same boat. I was starting to feel very alone. I am going to try adding some strength training, because I think that is the only thing I am not doing regularly. Probably only once a week, twice on a good week? Maybe we can keep in touch and let one another know if we find something that works!!! Good luck and thanks again!!! :D

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5/7/08 2:02 P

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I am going through the same thing, since February.
I look at the positive side at least I am not going up, but I need to start losing soon.
I have been drinking more water to see if it helps emoticon also I stay busy and move around a lot emoticon emoticon to both of you great loss emoticon

Edited by: EUNICEMONTEIRO at: 5/7/2008 (14:01)
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- Nicholas Murray Butler

"A journey of thousand miles begins with a single step."

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Live simply. Love generously.
Care deeply. Speak kindly.
Leave the rest to God. :)

Happiness keeps You Sweet,
Trials keep You Strong,
Sorrows keep You Human,
Failures keep You Humble,
Success keeps You Glowing,
But Only God keeps You Going!
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5/7/08 1:53 P

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If you're already doing lots of exercise I'd drop your calories a bit more. Maybe another 100 to take you to 1400 cals per day (on average). I've found that I have to drop to 1200 or so to lose any weight, although I'm a bit shorter than you and not nearly so active. Lots of people are saying that weight training helps too, if you're not doing that already. I admire your discipline. I've been on a plateau since Jan too, but I can't say that I've been following 'the rules'.

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hey everyone- just wanted to see if I could get some advice. I am really about to give up. I have been on a plateau for 4 months now! I have been in my calorie range and exercising regularly the whole time. In addition, I changed up my cardio to interval training about 3-4 weeks ago, and also started calorie cycling 2 weeks ago. I have not lost a pound since the last week of January. I am getting so frustrated because I don't know what else to do! i drink lots of water, get 8 hrs sleep a night, I eat fiber and protein.... what am i missing? I have inspired a group of friends to work out with me too- and while they all lose 10-12 lbs. I haven't lost anything. It's becoming embarrassing! I have also been keeping track of loss with a measuring tape without any real changes...:(

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