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Scale hasn't moved in two weeks....why??

Saturday, December 10, 2016

I have just a quick question.

I'm not a small size. I weighed 279 just three weeks ago. I was sent to the hospital with a high heart rate the day after Black Friday. I have a lot of stomach issues and I believe they were a connected issue. Anyway, I got home and I went to work on my diet. I've majorly cut back on sugar and fried foods. The first week I don't even think I ate about 1,000 calories daily and I lost 9 lbs within a few days.

But here I am 2 Saturdays later. The scale has not budged from 269 since then. It keeps going back and forth between 269 and 270. I don't understand. My calories are below the normal set point for my weight. The scale should still move down. I know I lost a bunch the first week but it makes no sense why it would stall at such a high number during the following weeks. Has anyone else been through this?

I will add that I had my thyroid tested last week and it was in the normal range but had a few nodules on it.
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  • UNICORN212
    If you have nodules, you may have Hashimotos. You should get your TPO antibodies checked just in case. I personally think 1,000 calories is too little. I'd be in starvation mode on that low of a number.
    709 days ago
  • MORTICIAADDAMS
    Generally when you cut back on sugar you lose a lot of weight in the first 2 weeks and then it slows. Everyone plateaus at some point. I find that weight loss often happens in spurts. If you continue to eat well and you are not losing than your set point is probably too high. I can't use those figures as I don't lose. I have to eat between 1200-1500 calories and exercise an hour a day to lose.
    709 days ago
  • MCRTBP06
    Although calories in calories out is a big part of the equation for weight loss, there are a lot of other factors (especially for women) which include hormones, bloat, pms, and metabolic rate.

    It might be that you are eating too few calories. At your weight, if you are still eating 1,000 or less calories, it is very possible that your body has gone into starvation mode. Your body essentially thinks you are starving, and will hold on to fat for dear life! In these cases, your metabolism adapts to the new caloric intake. The most important thing is to make sure that you are eating enough - eating too few calories is also not sustainable. You can still eat and lose weight!

    If I were you, I'd look up a calculator to find out what your estimated BMR is. Then, figure out how to create a deficit based on that. Nothing too drastic; ease into it so that your metabolism doesn't panic. You may not lose as quickly as you would like this way, but your body needs to learn to adapt.

    If you are eating closer to Spark's recommended ranges and still not losing, you might want to try either calorie cycling or carb cycling. Essentially, you might go three days low carb or low calorie, and then one day higher carb or higher calorie. This keeps switching things up on your body, so that it is harder for your metabolism to adjust. Because you have a higher calorie/carb day, it keeps your body out of starvation mode.

    710 days ago
  • JOANNEELIDRISSI
    And my scale didn't move for over a year. Don't give up! Please don't give up! Post for support and you'll get lots of it here! Read read read! But most of all..love yourself. 😊
    710 days ago
  • JOANNEELIDRISSI
    Get your carbs from fresh veggies and fruits and up the protein intake. And just because your thyroid levels are "normal" doesn't mean they are. Get more thyroid blood work done! I started with nodules. Ended with a thyroidectomy!
    710 days ago
  • JOANNEELIDRISSI
    Try removing all fast carbs like breads, pastas, rice, potatoes and stuff. Remove sugar. Stay away from aspartame though. That stuff is poison. I'm hypothyroid and I went gluten-free in the past few weeks. I feel better. I've lost inches too!
    710 days ago
  • STRETCHYGIRL83
    3 hours, 3 meals 3 snacks. I eat plenty of protein in chicken & turkey, tofu & beans. Plenty of good fats like fish & olive oil & never pasta or rice.
    710 days ago
  • STRETCHYGIRL83
    I have found through trial & error that losing weight is ALL about the quality & quantity of the food we put in our mouth. Think only practical & eat only food that will "work" for you. Low calorie, high quality food for meals & snacks. I eat every..
    710 days ago
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