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SUNRISE14 Posts: 5,216
4/29/11 6:38 A

I have been on a plateau for 6 months and counting but i decided if i am eating healthy and feel better its worth it ! I LOVE SPARK ! emoticon

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4/28/11 3:17 P

Hi Ceylyn --- I'm 5'11" and started at 261 and am now down to 166. It took me about 2 1/2 years to drop that weight and many times I averaged 1 lb a week and had several plateaus in there. you aren't doing anything wrong. It's a process and a journey and sometimes it takes your body a while to adjust.

I wanted to share a blog I wrote a while back that talked about the journey:

Don't give up! You can do this and making minor modifications along with consistently working out will get you to the healthy lifestyle that you are seeking.

Best Wishes!

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4/28/11 12:01 P

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While it's important to have a goal, what you don't want to do is put your body on a schedule. Don't expect your body to lose X pounds in Y time. As you've seen, your body will lose at a rate that it feels comfortable.

And don't assume you're doing something wrong because you only lost 3 pounds in a month. That's about right. A safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds and there may be weeks you don't lose. There may be weeks you gain. That's normal. This is not the Biggest Loser. Those types of losses are just not typical.

However, you really can't go wrong with a good strength training program to increase your lean muscle. So, do start strength training and don't be afraid to lift a heavy weight. You will not look like a body builder if you do.

And do be mindful of what you're eating. When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what you eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off.

Weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle.

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4/28/11 11:51 A

Sorry, was trying to be helpful and describe what I could, and completely forgot to add my info! I feel smart :)

I am 21 years old, 5'11, currently about 245, diet started at 265, aiming for 140 (my "ideal") in about a year, so I still have about 105lbs to go.

My clothes have been fitting looser, so I believe I have been losing bulk, even though the needle on the scale hasn't budged much.

Thanks for the tip about strength training though! I'll have to give it a try :)

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4/28/11 11:44 A

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Hello and welcome to Spark People ! Can you tell us a bit more about yourself ? How old are you ? How tall are you ? How much did you weigh ? How much were you trying to lose ?

Depending on how much weight you want to lose may explain the plateau. The closer a person gets to a healthy weight for their height, the slower that loss becomes. It's not unusual for the last ten pounds to take several months to get off.

Now, if you really want to impact your health and indirectly your weight, you need to strength train. If you are not strength training, I'm going to recommend that you start. Increase your lean muscle. Muscle burns fat. the more lean muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat.

Also, muscle is dense and as such, takes up less space on your body than fat. You could maintain your current weight, but lose 1-2 clothing sizes with a good strength training program.

And depending on how much weight you want to lose (and how close you are to a healthy weight), strength training could break your plateau. Don't neglect your strength. Strength training is an important part of your healthy lifestyle.

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4/28/11 11:13 A

I started on Spark near the end of January - a couple of weeks in to my diet, which essentially started around new year's.

I had been doing a slow diet for a year beforehand (Not really counting calories, or exercising much more, but a simple "Am I really hungry? I don't want that." and cutting out a good chunk of fatty foods from my diet) and had lost 10lbs. My first month of REALLY dieting I lost 15lbs on the HACKdiet, I've been keeping my calorie count to within my range nearly every day, at the lower end of the scale 90% of the time with maybe one day a week reaching the upper limits.

Since then, I've been on what I think is a plateau, even with an increase in physical activity (moving several friends around the country, as well as several-times-daily walks with the dogs), but I've hardly seen any loss at all. My trend-line for weight loss is still slowly going down, but at maybe .5lb a week instead of the 2-ish-lbs a week I'm aiming my diet for.

Halfway through March I switched from more processed-y foods to a LOT more fresh, including apples, celery, fresh-baked goods, and the like, but I still haven't seen much loss, if at all. Only about 3lbs in a month.

What am I doing wrong?

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