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Alternating Calories




When you hit a plateau it can be very frustrating but this tip should kick start your body back on the weightloss journey. By alternating a low calorie day (ie 1200 cals) and a high calorie day (1500 cals) (for myself) you jump start your body into action again. This action tricks your body back into thinking it can burn the calories instead of hang on to them and keeps your body from thinking it is in starvation mode.

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  • Yes. I have discovered this. I have a problem that I stop losing weight after a couple of weeks dieting. Now I know to relax and eat more then cut back again and a kg can just disappear! emoticon - by CLARENZ
  • I'm going to try this. Thanks for the tip! - by SPARKPEOPLE1951
  • This sounds like interval training for your body, where it's proven that alternating high intensity with low intensity workouts is more effective for calorie burning. And we've all seen how well the first week weight loss is compared to later weeks, so maybe there is something to this and our bodies get "used to" a steady state. I'm going to try it - thanks. - by RHONDABAR2
  • Thanks for the tip, I've heard it before but never practiced it, now I'll give it a try! - by DIANEWITHASMILE
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    I do this as well and the weight is finally coming off! - by BETH243
  • I never thought of this, I'm going to try it out this week! - by KRISTINASHLEY2
  • Let's see if it works this week. - by HNYBEEAUTY
  • this has worked for me as well. Good advice! - by BELLAMEMAW
  • I did this by accident (had a horrible plateau, and then had a day of eating in a more, uh, enthusiastic way than usual), and it worked! I would never have known!! - by PUFFPASTRY
  • Great tip, thanks! - by __GIGI__
  • Thanks for the tip; it makes sense so I'll give it a try! - by SUEAZZI
  • thx for this tip....i'm going to keep it it mind - by JSPIN74
  • thx for this tip....i'm going to keep it it mind - by JSPIN74
  • This is so true! and you can also do this same thing all the time not just when trying to lose those extra pounds and it will keep your body guessing all the time. - by MICKES68
  • I hope you're right. I just came off of two days at the high calorie range. I plan to go back down TODAY. - by MIMIDOT
  • This makes a lot of sense. I've been telling people something similar. Thanks for sharing! - by LADY.ELEA
  • Thanks for this tip. I'm going to try it!
    - by RUTHAHONA
  • awesome - by KIRABETHSMOM
  • I haven't heard of this before. - by CATIEMARIE
  • emoticon - by GOANNA2

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