Plateau or Decreased Cardio?

Saturday, March 31, 2012

I have a question. Let me give you a little history first.
I am currently in a Cam Boot for a break in my ankle and a break in the side of my foot. I have been in it since March 19th. Therefore I have to do very limited cardio exercises. I have been doing at the least 20 minutes of strength exercises for the upper body and core everyday but one. On 3/18 I weighed 154 now I weigh 150. For 2 weeks I have stayed at 150. I eat the right things and track everyday. I drink 8 to 10 cups of water everyday. I was losing about 1 to 2 lbs a week. But now I'm not losing at all.
Am I at a plateau? Can you plateau after losing just 10 lbs? How often do you plateau?
I know I should look at the accomplishments instead of looking at the not losing anything right now, but I'm inpatient, and if this is a plateau, where do I go from there?
I am new to this, I've never had to worry about losing weight but now I definitely do. I was gaining alot and becoming very unfit as well and just didn't feel good physically.
I'm just wondering what others think about this.
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  • no profile photo JANETSDESTINY
    You are bumping up my volume am going to do the dag gone thing (lose 43lbs).
    2928 days ago
    The decreased cardio is unlikely to be the only thing causing your weight to hit a plateau. Why? Well, remember that 1 pound loss means there was a 3500 differential for the week; a 2 pound loss would be 7000. Unless your cardio workouts pre-injury were burning 3500-7000 calories per week (500-1000 daily), and you were getting no cardio now, cardio alone isn't the only contributing factor.

    However, cardio isn't the only activity our body normally gets. All the random walking around we do - to the bathroom, to the kitchen, to the car, to work, to the shower, to the mailbox - adds up. And if you're off your foot as much as possible, then that is overall decreased activity.

    If you're still eating at the same calorie range as pre-injury, you might want to adjust a little lower to compensate. But not drastically so for an important reason - your body needs the nutrients to repair the injuries.

    Finally, remember that the scale measures everything. If we are 35% body fat, then the number on the scale is 65% muscle, bone, blood, tendons, unprocessed food and water, air in our lungs and blood, and so on. When our body is trying to repair itself, it is rebuilding bone, repairing muscle, and those things add weight.

    Good weight.

    It's hard to remember that all weight is not bad when we have excess fat we want to lose. But losing bone density or muscle mass is not the way we want to lose weight. So don't let the scale settling for a few weeks throw you off too much.
    2929 days ago
  • BOB240
    ps... many body builders don't do any cardio to lose weight... cardio (low intensity) is viewed as pretty inefficient) I do cardio for health benefits outside weight loss.
    2929 days ago
  • BOB240
    Weekly measurements can be bad like this.

    Last time round (in my early forties) I remember working hard some weeks and seeing no change. As you know I work pretty hard but all the same I refuse to weigh weekly now. Scales are just not precise enough. I also have a routine in the 24 hour lead up to every weigh in (same size meal the night before, breakfast the same, lunch a small snack, then exercise for thew hour then weigh). Even so one weekly weigh ins can be disappointing. If you are aiming at 1 pound a week loss, which as you know, is where you should b,e I think you're looking at three weekly weigh ins....

    Doubt it's a plateau because you're diligent. It's just a slow grind..
    2929 days ago
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