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Old 10-23-2009, 05:07 PM   #1
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I have been hanging around the same numbers for 3 weeks. I needs some tried and true tips for breaking plateaus.
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:15 PM   #2
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Well, I think it's a good idea to make sure you are accurately accounting for what you eat.

Do you measure your food and count calories? If not, try it and see if you're eating too much. If you count calories but slacked on measuring (and you eyeball your portions), try measuring for awhile.

Drink plenty of water.

Make sure you are not eating too few calories... that can stall you. If you're eating too many, cut back.

What kind of exercise are you doing? Maybe if you post a general daily food intake and exercise some of the folks here can give some tips.

But we also have to accept that sometimes, we need more time for our bodies to adjust. So my advice in that case is hang in there, give it time.
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:17 PM   #3
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ditto. Been bouncing between 193-203 since Feb 2009!
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Old 10-23-2009, 05:45 PM   #4
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I found the only thing that busted me through was a big change. I broke through by speaking with my doctor about my diet and deciding to do south beach (but that's cuz of my medical condition) and then I started bike riding on weekends- that extra bit pushed the scale down.
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Old 10-23-2009, 08:14 PM   #5
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I dunno babe. I'm in the same place you have been... TOTALLY on plan and ever calorie accounted for. So I am doing calorie shifting again and starting weight training next week! (hired a personal trainer) I'll keep ya posted! Because if I have to see any variation of 222 EVER AGAIN I will kill someone.
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Good advice, Lyn. I, too, am at a plateau. Last week, I skipped 3 days of exercise and tried a lot of new diabetic foods. They were small portions but definitely added more calories than what I am used to on a daily basis. This week I am staying true to my diet and exercise guidelines. Even with a Halloween party scheduled for this weekend, I am going to be good all week. I've also got new exercise routines I'm incorporating to change things up a little. Good luck and best wishes.
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Old 10-24-2009, 02:00 AM   #7
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If I go high protein for a few days sometimes that does it. No salt and very low carbs. It's so tough to keep going when the scale doesn't move, but what is the alternative?
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up your cardio. up your calories, up you cardio keep your calories the same.

do a different form of cardio try if you jog take 2 weeks off and try swimming or cycling.

decrease the sleep you get to 6hrs if over that. this will burn calories as you are up and active longer even sitting watching tv in the morning burns more calories than sleeping.

Plateu is your body saying its happy and used to what you are doing so you need to change it 2 weeks will give the body time to start adapting to your new system then change back
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Old 10-24-2009, 09:50 AM   #9
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Well, I think it's a good idea to make sure you are accurately accounting for what you eat.

But we also have to accept that sometimes, we need more time for our bodies to adjust. So my advice in that case is hang in there, give it time.
excellent advice, when I started tracking my sodium, I was totally amazed at how much hidden sodium is in just about everything, for example, sf/ff instant pudding, just the powder, has 480mg in a 1/4 serving Look at all your labels, even those poly bags of spinach will fool you.

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I found the only thing that busted me through was a big change. I broke through by speaking with my doctor about my diet and deciding to do south beach (but that's cuz of my medical condition) and then I started bike riding on weekends- that extra bit pushed the scale down.
For me this was what I needed, to make a big change, wrote down everything and broke it down, like how much, carbs, protein, and the biggie for me, sodium, I was always tracking calories, fats and fiber, was on WW for 2yrs so that part was easy. I guess the best thing for me, was adding heavy weights into my exercise program, this has made a huge differance.

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If I go high protein for a few days sometimes that does it. No salt and very low carbs. It's so tough to keep going when the scale doesn't move, but what is the alternative?
This is also great advice, our bodies need protein, and healthy fats, to keep it running, specially if you do alot of exercising.

I guess the best advice, that was actually, already given, just be patient, with yourself, which I know is so hard to do, try to look at the bigger picture, have you measured yourself lately? how do you feel? While your body tries to catch up with the great stuff you are doing, try not to focus on that darn scale. Much success

To all that are struggling may this be just a short bump in the road for all of you
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Old 10-24-2009, 10:22 AM   #10
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I have a feeling I am going to be there as well. I started off strong but now I am slowing down - 2 lbs then 1 then 1 and this week -- scared again lol I am sure ya'all know how that feels sometimes.

Sounds like others are giving some great advice!!
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Well, I think it's a good idea to make sure you are accurately accounting for what you eat.

Do you measure your food and count calories? If not, try it and see if you're eating too much. If you count calories but slacked on measuring (and you eyeball your portions), try measuring for awhile.

Drink plenty of water.

Make sure you are not eating too few calories... that can stall you. If you're eating too many, cut back.

What kind of exercise are you doing? Maybe if you post a general daily food intake and exercise some of the folks here can give some tips.

But we also have to accept that sometimes, we need more time for our bodies to adjust. So my advice in that case is hang in there, give it time.
Yes, yes and yes. I agree with all the above.

Great advice, Lyn.
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