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Old 10-11-2010, 03:10 PM   #1
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Default Dealing with a weight-loss stall.

As I have gotten closer to my goal weight, my weight loss has gradually slowed up until I hit 149 which is quite normal. But, since I have hit 149, I have had no decreases in my weight-loss for over 2 months. I have gone down to as low as 1,000 calories a day and running 15 miles a week and my weight-loss has stayed the same.
I am fairly happy with the way I look right now, but I still would like to be in a healthy BMI. Do y'all have any suggestions on ways to overcome this?
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:15 PM   #2
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I'm no expert but for running that many miles a week, 1000 is WAY too low. Eating too few calories will cause you body to hold on to food because it thinks its starving.
I would try calorie rotating. Have a high day of maybe 1500 then dip down to 1250, then up to 1550...
Like I said though I am no expert! Just my opinion, but you have done great so far!
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:29 PM   #3
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I'd agree that you need to not restrict your calories so much. The body will hold onto every ounce it can when it feels that it is being starved. The suggestion of caloric rotation sounds good, too. I actually lose more weight on the weekends which is when I tend to exercise less and eat a little crazier (pizza, anyone?). I don't know why it works that way, but it does. For me, at least.
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I have a long way to go, but I noticed I was stalling. So I upped my calories and my exercise, and it has started dropping again. From what I have read (and I am obviously no expert) you really shouldn't drop your calories down too low. I am using my RMR as my lowest calories for the day now and it kick-started my weight loss.
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Old 10-11-2010, 04:02 PM   #5
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How often do you drop down to 1000 calories a day? How many calories do you eat all the other days? How are you tracking your calories? Are you counting every single crumb? Do you weigh/measure your food or eye ball it?

Honest to goodness (2 month) plateaus, when you are absolutely doing every thing 100% on plan are extremely rare...
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:28 PM   #6
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We shorties have a little more wiggle room around that magic 1200 mark. I too have dropped to about 1000 calories and the weight is finally moving again...when I can manage to stay there. I liked 1200...it fit my routine. And I spin 3 days a week and lift another 3 days.

I was on a two month plateau myself when I finally decided to try dipping the calories.

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I don't want the low calorie police to show up, but if I ate at the supposed target amount a number of people post, I would still be fat. Our bodies do a very good job of showing us what our calorie & carb limits are. One of my goals was avoiding a self induced plateau. Not that yours is but for me, I wanted to know I was on plan day in, day out, at cal/carb limits that allowed for 1 1/2# loss/week on average.
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I would try calorie rotating. Have a high day of maybe 1500 then dip down to 1250, then up to 1550...
I'll have to try it,I have heard from many people that it works but I have been hesitant to try it.

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How often do you drop down to 1000 calories a day? How many calories do you eat all the other days? How are you tracking your calories? Are you counting every single crumb? Do you weigh/measure your food or eye ball it?

Honest to goodness (2 month) plateaus, when you are absolutely doing every thing 100% on plan are extremely rare...
I did 1000 calories a day for two weeks,with no change. So I put my calories back up to 1,300. I do count everything, I even write down how much water I consume daily around (2 - 2.5 liters).


I have a muscular build, and a larger chest, so maybe what's considered "a healthy range" by my height is not for my body.
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