I hope that some of these tips will help me get past the plateau I have reached. I have started varying my exercise routine quite a bit and increased reps and weights on my strength training. Going to look for other things I can do as well.
It was hitting a plateau that brought me to Sparkpeople in the first place. I had lost a "quick" twenty pounds within two months of starting a diet/exercise program, and then everything ground to a halt. Finding resources and support like this is exactly what I had hoped when I signed up here.
Okay, one month into SP and I have already hit my first plateau. Now this is when it gets scary for me because typically this is when I give up. I don't have a lot of options for working out because I live in a rural area, but I will get an exercise DVD and try that instead of walking. However, I doubt my body could have "grown accustomed" to walking in just a few weeks. I am feeling a bit discouraged today but I will not give up.
It should be understood that if you have tried all or some of the plateau suggestions and it doesn't work, then perhaps you do need other methods or need to see a nutritionist or endocrinologist. Basically these articles are offered to help those that it can help. My mom hit a plateau and I gave her the tips, she followed through and started losing weight again.
5/27/2009 8:18:54 PM
I agree with the most recent statement. I was 140 3 years ago and managed to gain 35 lbs within 2 years. I was working out 5-6 times per week 1-2 hours per day and still continued to gain weight. I eat well and watch my sugar, fat, and salt intake. The articles focusing on plateaus I've read on SparksPeople have been less than useful. I am hoping that there would be something for people who have tried everything and what they could do next. Something outside of the box, like seeing a nutritionist, or endocrinologist, looking at current health challenges and seeing if those would affect your weight. Also determing if medications are a cause and looking at alternative medicines. Please look into providing a more broad range of information for those of us who have gone through the usual steps of getting past a plateau. I plan on looking at other means of meeting my weight loss goals.
While I am glad to hear that so many people have found Coach Nicole's series on plateau busting useful, I was actually hoping for something a bit more nuanced. The information presented on nutrition, exercise, rest, and water consumption are all things we typically hear about in everyday discussions regarding weight loss. Thus presenting them as crucial pillars for plateau busting is less than useful in that it is routine and repetitive. As someone who has reached a plateau after losing more than 30 pounds and who has varied both workout routines and nutrition intake, consumes close to 3 liters of water a day and gets 7-8 hours of sleep a night-- I am looking for creative solutions that break out of the normal confines of what we are typically told about plateaus. I appreciate Coach Nicole's attempts to tackle this topic knowing that plateaus are unique to individuals, but I honestly believe there must be more innovative solutions and practices available to people to help break through a plateau. Best of luck to those who are facing a plateau! Keep on Going!
Coach Nicole, you have helped me regain momentum to overcome the plateau where I have been sitting for over two months. I will explore Exercise TV on demand to find something new to try this week. Thank you so much!
Very encoraging article. It was perfect timing that I read this article. I never get enough sleep. I'm always up until 1:00am and 2:00am, knowing I have to be at work at 7:00am. I was also getting too comfortable with my regular exercises and was thinking of only doing the two I felt best about. I didn't know that might cause me to plateau. I will be sure to change it up and try to get more rest.
wow i cant believe how helpful that article was!! i found myself nodding my head while reading!! i am defenitly in a bit if plateau right now but i am not giving up i know just how to get out of it now
Thanks for this article, because I REALLY needed to read that! I've heard that you're supposed to change your workout every so often, but I never heard WHY. Finding out that my muscles get ver efficient at doing the same exercises over and over is exactly what I needed to know!
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