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8/20/11 4:06 P

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It always helps to take a rest day here and there. I think you can also plateau yourself if you do the same workout over and over. Switch it up. Different types of cardio; go for endurance lifting, more stretching. Keep your body confused. You may also be switching fat for muscle. I lose very little weight now but I can tell I have gained muscle, which is heavier and more dense. How is your carbs / fat / protein balance on your nutrition pie chart?

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8/20/11 7:59 A

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Good post JRISON, do you think cardio is the same way? I'm a big dude so walking and hitting the gym are really difficult for me but i swim 5-6 days a week for an hour each time and I am considering going to twice a day. Anyways I am pretty much moving the entire time I am in the pool, my arms and legs are always going. I get some effect from the movies i do in the water I can feel the sore muscles working, I have a routine I do and some of it simulates exercises I would do in a gym. I wonder if i should take a day off here and there in the middle. Just curious if you have any advice or an opinion I'd welcome it

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8/20/11 7:41 A

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Also, watch out for over-training. After about three months, I hit a plateau. I was actually getting weaker when I lifted, and consistent weight loss just came to a halt for about two weeks. I took four days off. (It was a rough four days.) When I went back to the gym, I was lifting an average of 15 lbs heavier on all exercises and the weight loss started again.

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8/19/11 3:38 P

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Agree 1500 is low.
Set your calories burned target in the Fitness Tracker. Then go to the Nutrition Tracker and it will have a calorie consumption range for you. Stick to that range and you should lose.
Also, do on search on 'plateau' around the site as there are various articles and threads that might be of help to you.
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8/19/11 3:17 P

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I agree with Greg. If you don't eat enough, it is just the same as eating too much.
Go by the value that SP says, and you should start seeing results again.

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I am not a nutrition expert but the few things i have read do not suggest going below 1500 calories it could put your body into starvation mode.

Forget about the weight loss. If you have a solid plan in place and you have confidence in it then ROCK IT!!!! do your clothes fit better? do you feel better? who cares what the scales say.

The DR once told me the body is going to do what the body is going to do and sometimes we just have to accept it.

Frustrating? HELL YES!!!! I would say keep it up and if you are still stuck then look at adjusting something somewhere but I don't believe starving yourself or eating too few calories is the answer but the choice is ultimately and as is yours :)

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8/19/11 2:53 P

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I started eating smart and exercising (about 1500 cal and 30 min of Tae Bo 3 days and 50 min 3 days)in july. In the first 2 weeks i dropped 10 lbs, in the 3rd week i dropped 3 lbs. this is the end of week 4 and I haven't shed a single lb. to be honest i did drop my calories to about 1100 for the first 4 days of the week, and up to 1500 these last 2 days.

I'm really frustrated, I haven't dropped my exercise or diet but my weight loss has stopped.

advise please

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