100 lb. Club - Is this "STARVATION MODE" or what ?




marigrace
02-24-2010, 11:00 AM
It is time to get out the big guns. This plateau has gone on for about 2 months now, and I am tired of waiting it out. According to my rmr I should be losing at 1500 calories, but this is not happening, so starting today I will be drop to 1300...hope that works...
Would anyone out there like to share what they have done to conquer a plateau ?


grrrkgrrrl
02-24-2010, 11:05 AM
might get me shot, but in relation to your height/weight (of course i don't know your age), try 1600kcals?

if it IS starvation mode, if you lower it more you will only be making it worse in the long run.

2cent

Eliana
02-24-2010, 11:14 AM
Egads, a debate I don't want to get into. :rofl:

BUT, I do want to offer my support! And unfortunately, no one is going to have answer for you, not really. You're going to have to experiment. Try a little of everything one week at a time.

Up the calories
Lower the calories
Eat fewer carbs
Eat less fat
Drink more water
Try fruit/veggies only for two days
Increase the exercise

OR, just wait it out. ;) Waiting it out doesn't work for me because I have to DO something. So I have the above bag of tricks. None will necessarily work but at least I'm doing something.


marigrace
02-24-2010, 11:18 AM
Eliana,thanks for the ideas. Waiting it out is no longer an option. I think I am going to cut calories first, and take it from there.

QuilterInVA
02-24-2010, 11:20 AM
How is cutting calories going to help starvation mode? Doesn't starvation mean not getting enough calories?

Sunrose
02-24-2010, 11:23 AM
It is time to get out the big guns. This plateau has gone on for about 2 months now, and I am tired of waiting it out. According to my rmr I should be losing at 1500 calories, but this is not happening, so starting today I will be drop to 1300...hope that works...
Would anyone out there like to share what they have done to conquer a plateau ?

I would recommend lowering your calories, based on my personal experience. I had been losing about 1 pound a week on 1600 calories (when I stuck to it). I stopped losing. Within the last week, I lowered my calories to 1400-1500 a day, and finally after bouncing around between 216 and 219 for the ENTIRE month, I saw 215 this morning! You are smaller than I am. I believe you need to lower your calories by about 100 per day and maybe try increasing your exercise for an extra bonus. However, I am not an expert. I am just telling you my recommendation based on my own experience. :)

Eliana
02-24-2010, 11:23 AM
How is cutting calories going to help starvation mode? Doesn't starvation mean not getting enough calories?

I think she's not sure what to do. I think she's not convinced she's in "starvation mode". Neither am I. ;)

marigrace
02-24-2010, 11:23 AM
Sorry, I guess I am prone to sarcasm today. What I mean is thatI don't think Eating more will get me losing weight again.

PeanutsMom704
02-24-2010, 11:26 AM
I'm going to wade very, very gingerly into the starvation mode question and say that personally, I don't think there is such a thing, at least not for people in normal circumstances eating a normal amount of food (and I'd personally call anything above 1000 calories normal).

However, what I do believe is that the human body is designed for to adapt, and if you regularly do the same general level of activity and the eat the same general level of calories, your body will adapt to that and operate efficiently at that level of input and output.

I think Eliana's list of things to try is good because I personally don't think it's really so much an issue of lowering OR raising calories, it's changing one of the variables. So sure, a lot of the time, people will raise calories to break a plateau and then think that they weren't eating enough and that's why they lost weight when they ate more. But there are probably just as many people who break a plateau by eating less. I personally think it's the CHANGE, not the amount, that makes the difference. Getting your body to adapt to a new routine gives it a chance to reset, and I think the reset is what breaks the plateau.

So go ahead, and just change SOMETHING! lol! If nothing else, it helps to keep life interesting.

matt_H
02-24-2010, 11:27 AM
Change is definitely the way to bust through the plateau. Eat more calories one day, less the next. Try new and different foods. Mix up your exercise routine and try something totally new, etc. etc.

If you eat the same amount of food and do the same types of activity, the body gets used to it and adapt.

evoo
02-24-2010, 11:35 AM
Definitely change something up. I think 2 months is more than enough patience. ;)

In your position I would lower my calories, but only you can really decide which way is best. I personally am another one who isn't entirely convinced a moderately restricted calorie diet will kick the average person into starvation mode, so I know I'm biased, but I would lower. I'm not saying starvation mode doesn't exist but I am saying I'm not at all worried you are in it or at risk of being in it with the plan you've proposed. :)

srmb60
02-24-2010, 11:45 AM
Just google the term starvation mode.

Here's an article I like. http://tbs-opt.com/Documents/Starvation%20Myth%20abridged.pdf

I'm a nurse and have seen folks who are soooo sick that their metabolism is very slow. They can hardly breath, their limbs are incredible weak, they don't heal, their heart rate is weak and irregular ...

Helen ready to lose
02-24-2010, 11:49 AM
I agree with PeanutsMom and others who said to make a change, get out of the routine. I have been reading quite a few weight loss stories lately where the "losers" would raise and lower their calories on various days. This months Good Housekeeping has the winner of the Biggest Loser on the cover. She does 1200 calories 6 days a week and adds about 1,000 calories to that on the 7th day. The main thing is to change something.

time2lose
02-24-2010, 11:49 AM
Susan, thanks for that link. It is very informative.

marigrace, I personally suggest you slightly lower your calories and mix things up. Also, have you had your thyroid checked? I was really struggling and found out that my hypothyroidism was not under control.

giselley
02-24-2010, 11:59 AM
Actually, taking your needed calories by something like 2-3 days, and adding them together might help. For instance you eat 1,500 per day. Why not try 2000 the first day and 1000 the next day? Just fluctuate like that. The human body is great at adapting. It also is used to living in an environment where the food source is uncertain, so giving it an "uncertain" food source might help. I was at my dieting best about 10 years ago when I always fasted for one day a week. I've been thinking of getting back into that mode again, either a fast, or a salad day each week.

marigrace
02-24-2010, 12:09 PM
So much good information ! You guys are amazing ! Matt, yes, I had to think about it for a while, but tricking my metabolism like that might work...Most agree that shaking things up can produce results.
Susan, thanks for that article, it makes alot of sense to me.Helen I like your one day a week idea !

cathydoe
02-24-2010, 12:15 PM
I'm going to wade very, very gingerly into the starvation mode question and say that personally, I don't think there is such a thing, at least not for people in normal circumstances eating a normal amount of food (and I'd personally call anything above 1000 calories normal).
.

Whoa you are VERY BRAVE! I say she quits drinking diet soda!
JUST KIDDING!

The sun is shinning and I am feeling extra bratty today!

marigrace
02-24-2010, 12:19 PM
I never touch the stuff !!!

srmb60
02-24-2010, 12:24 PM
You're all very welcome. I'll post it again if I have to ... grrr ....

There's only a couple of things that can urge me toward rude abruptness and that's one of them .... grrr ...

PeanutsMom704
02-24-2010, 12:24 PM
lololol!!!!

Naw, I value my life too much - you can tell people starvation mode is a myth but when you mess with their diet soda, you're talking bloodshed!

WarMaiden
02-24-2010, 01:54 PM
Were I in a similar situation, because of my great love for food and desire to keep my body healthfully fueled, I would choose to raise my activity level by including more NEAT (Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis) in my daily routine, rather than cutting calories.

For example, standing at one's desk to work rather than sitting may burn up to an extra 50 calories per hour. Standing for four to six hours per day, then, can make the needed difference for weight loss, so that calories do not need to be cut. Here's an article with some other details on the Mayo Clinic research on NEAT, and examples: http://www.usatoday.com/news/health/weightloss/2009-01-21-fidget-activity_N.htm

slimsilhouette2b
02-24-2010, 02:19 PM
I'm on weight watchers so I'm not sure how to relate calories to points. I do know though that when I JUST eat my daily points I don't lose. I have to eat a lot more to lose. I usually end up eating all my daily points, my extra 35 and some of my exercise points and I lose pretty strong and steady every week.


I think that EVERYONE'S body is different and what might work for one person won't for someone else. I have to eat more food to lose weight but someone else, all things equal, if they ate as many points as I did might would gain weight. Maybe I have a higher metabolism... I don't know.

I agree with those that have said to make some sort of change just to kick start your body back. Also try something atleast a week but I always try things for 2 weeks. If the cutting of calories doesn't work, try upping the calories some.

Good luck!! Platues are so frustrating!

marigrace
02-24-2010, 02:21 PM
I don't think I am as active now as I am in the summer..whenI sell at local farmers's markets, and do alot of gardening.... but even now, I don't sit at a desk all day, and I am on my feet and physically active alot....for instance I spent an hour and a half shoveling snow this morning, and yesterday I did sweaty housework for 3 and half hours. I also take stairs instead of elevators, and walk instead of driving when I do errands. While I think I need to get serious about using my free weights, I don't think I need to underestimate the importance of diet at this point.

Michelle98272
02-24-2010, 02:23 PM
I am a new newbie but how about a planned splurge day to throw your metabolism a curve ball? Nothing horrible like an all day sitdown at the all you can eat buffet or anything...just a big big healthy lunch?

There used to be a girl here a long time ago that posted that she had lost a ton of weight and never went below I'm thinking...2000 calories. She had to play with her diet to see what was her magic number but at lower calories her weight loss ground to a halt.

Just a thought.

marigrace
02-24-2010, 02:31 PM
Yes, Slim, frustrating is the operative word here lol...I used to do Weight Watchers. I don't know if it is the same now, but the plan used to add up to about 1500 calories when I did it and I regularly lost one and a half lbs per week doing their plan. I am right in that caloric range now, but I am 20 years older , so I think the calories don't get burned up as easily .

marigrace
02-24-2010, 02:36 PM
I'm thinking about that Michelle. Maybe what I can do is go for say 1,300 for 3 three days, and then ...say 1,800 for two days etc...it is worth a try.

ubergirl
02-24-2010, 02:43 PM
While I think I need to get serious about using my free weights, I don't think I need to underestimate the importance of diet at this point.

If you haven't tried Mayo's calorie calculator (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/calorie-calculator/NU00598) you might want to try it.

As one of the 100 lb clubs more *mature* posters, it was kind of eye-opening for me. I discovered that even with vigorous exercise 3-5 x weekly my MAINTENANCE weight is just 1900cals. No wonder I started having trouble losing 2 lbs a week once my BMI dropped below 35. I shoot for 1200 daily, and I also accept the fact that calorie counting is hard and that even if I weigh and measure my counts are still fairly imprecise. I don't lose well unless I stay right at the 1200 level, and even staying at that level, there are more lulls now than there were when I started.

I have a pretty good sense that most of us older folk have to cut our calories pretty low to lose-- not because we are starving, but because our metabolisms are kind of slow to start out with.

Michelle98272
02-24-2010, 02:54 PM
If you haven't tried Mayo's calorie calculator (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/calorie-calculator/NU00598) you might want to try it.



Hmmmm...I know different calorie calculators are different but when I tried that I put in my height and weight and got 1900 calories for maintenance. That doesn't sound right. Right now I'm at 2000 calories and am losing. I started out in December with 2250 calories at 273 lbs. With each lb lost, I go back to Daily Plate and update my calorie calculator. My loss is slow and not steady but the weight is definitely coming off.

PeanutsMom704
02-24-2010, 03:11 PM
I find that all of these various calculators are just a starting point - that's for estimating calorie needs and figuring out calorie burn too. There is just so much variation between all of them, I think it's impossible to say any particular one is "right."

I just got a Gowear Fit (like a BodyBugg). Today is my first day wearing it, but I'm sure even this isn't necessarily "right." But it will be a tool that I can use and adjust my target as needed once I have done some trial and error to see when I lose based on what it's telling me. I'm trying to start off with a 1000 calorie deficit a day, and then I can adjust up or down depending how things go.

I think that you have to do that with all of these calculators - when something is working for you, great! You've hit the sweet spot between activity and food. And when it stops working (as will happen both randomly and because your weight drops so needs change), then you change things up until you find the sweet spot again. Then lather, rinse, repeat......

JennyG
02-24-2010, 03:20 PM
From my own personal experience. I had a plateau at 205 that lasted approx 6 months and do u know what got me out of it? Eating between 1700-1800 cals for a couple weeks... More food, I know, scary, but its worth a try. I exercise quite heavily as well, but still. Worth a try!

marigrace
02-24-2010, 03:39 PM
Well, Ubergirl, if this is accurate, I should be eating between 1700 & 1800 per day to maintain. So, the idea of going down to 1300, is right in line with that, and should give me at least 1 lb off per week...Michelle, you are taller, younger, and are carrying more weight than I am, all factors that allow you to lose weight at higher calories...I am pretty sure that cutting back is the first thing I should try. Yes, Peanutsmom "just a starting point" I am going to give it a week at 1300, and see what happens. If it doesn't work, I will pop the calories up sporadicaly, and see if that helps.

marigrace
02-24-2010, 03:40 PM
Jenny, what was your calorie budget during the six month plateau like ?

eclipse
02-24-2010, 03:58 PM
Well, Ubergirl, if this is accurate, I should be eating between 1700 & 1800 per day to maintain.

I just want to say that that Mayo calculator does NOT seem correct. Every other calculator I've tied tells me my maintenance calories are between 700 and 1000 calories more than the Mayo one does. I'm not saying that doesn't mean that you should try to lower calorie intake, but don't base it on the Mayo calculator.

ubergirl
02-24-2010, 04:00 PM
Well, Ubergirl, if this is accurate, I should be eating between 1700 & 1800 per day to maintain. So, the idea of going down to 1300, is right in line with that, and should give me at least 1 lb off per week...Michelle, you are taller, younger, and are carrying more weight than I am, all factors that allow you to lose weight at higher calories...I am pretty sure that cutting back is the first thing I should try. Yes, Peanutsmom "just a starting point" I am going to give it a week at 1300, and see what happens. If it doesn't work, I will pop the calories up sporadicaly, and see if that helps.

Yup. That's how it works for me. My "calorie allowance" is 1200 but I do stuff like splash milk in my coffee and not count it, so I figure than I consistently stay at 1300 or below. It takes a calorie deficit of 500 cals to lose a pound a week, and I just don't get more than that anymore no matter what (taking up running and weight training... measuring everything...) that I do.

It's comforting for me to know that it's simple math.

Michelle-- I'm not sure where you're getting the number 1900. I think you should try plugging in the numbers again. I'm not sure how old you are, but when I plugged in your height and weight I got a higher number....

marigrace
02-24-2010, 04:25 PM
[QUOTE=ubergirl;3170658]

It's comforting for me to know that it's simple math.


God, I hope it turns out to be that way fo me.

Michelle98272
02-24-2010, 04:30 PM
Michelle-- I'm not sure where you're getting the number 1900. I think you should try plugging in the numbers again. I'm not sure how old you are, but when I plugged in your height and weight I got a higher number....

I had a physical recently and my 5ft9 (listed height here) has turned into 5 ft 7, so I used that. I just tried the Mayo calculator again using the 5ft9...When I put in my height 5 ft 9 inches, weight of 263, age of 42 and inactive lifestyle...I got 1950. Not an appreciable difference with the 2 inch differentiation.

oodlesofnoodles
02-24-2010, 06:40 PM
I swear, when I stay on plan for about 10 days, and I mean ON POINT, no mistakes, and then I go to my grandmas house and eat lasagna, tea cookies, and sammiches, I lose 2 pounds by the next day. It's weird, and I don't know why that happens.

Try eating MORE. I swear. Eat more cal's and more fat. Not a ton extra, just a little something something.

marigrace
02-24-2010, 07:21 PM
Natalie, if 1300 caloeies doesn't break this plateau within a week, I will be taking up residence at your grandma's house....you wait and see.

ubergirl
02-24-2010, 09:39 PM
Regarding those who think the MAYO calculator is too low, all I can say is that of course if you are losing then there is no problem.

The question comes up when you are doing everything you're supposed to do and not losing. Then, it's always should I go up or down.

A lot of people suggest going up, and that may be right for them, but when you are a perimenopausal or postmenopausal woman, your resting metabolic rate in most cases just isn't that high. I mean, that's just a fact.

I'd love to hear others weigh in, but during my time on 3FC, it seems to me that most of the big losers who are older keep their exercise pretty high and calories pretty low.

eratosthanes
02-24-2010, 10:21 PM
Wow! I used the Mayo calculator, and it said I would have to eat 2250 to maintain! And I have been beating myself over the head mentally because I haven't been able to get my calories under 2100 for over a week. Explains why even though yesterday was the first day I managed to stick to the 1800, I have still lost 11 lbs. It also explains why the binging in the middle of the night started when my doc told me to only eat 1600! I am glad he referred me to a nutritionist, so I can get real answers instead of some automated guess. Of course, I am 26 and get decent exercise, so that probably makes a load of difference. Since the 1800 seems manageable, I will stick to that unless the nutritionist tells me otherwise.

Arctic Mama
02-24-2010, 11:01 PM
I think the mayo calculator is full of crap - most other net calculators vary, but are still within a few hundred up or down of 2400 calories a day to maintain.

I am 23, and 5'2"... Even extremely sedentary I can lose a pound a week at 1900 calories a day, and lose 1.5-2 pounds a week at 1450 a day. That is with NO exercise beyond walking around the house caring for children.

I would say that you shouldn't drop your calories below 1400 a day, but instead focus on the quality of your nutrition. Are you starting every meal with at least a serving EACH of a fruit and vegetable? Are you getting plenty of lean protein? Eating only whole grains and drinking mostly water?

If you are really counting accurately and are not suffering from a metabolic disorder like a thyroid imbalance or PCOS, there isn't a logical way that you wouldn't be creating at least some calorie deficit at those levels, with whole foods.

If you aren't already doing it - keep your calories where they are for a week, but weigh every single portion of food and journal every taste and lick. Do NOT stray off plan. If, after doing that, you still haven't lost a quarter or half a pound, then drop your calories by 250 each day for another week and see if that helps.

I am losing consistently on 1900 calories a day, with a slower general metabolic rate than I'd estimate you to have. The trick is vigorously watching my calories by journalling and accurately measuring healthy, nourishing foods.

Good luck!

choirgirlhotel
02-24-2010, 11:41 PM
I'm going to wade very, very gingerly into the starvation mode question and say that personally, I don't think there is such a thing, at least not for people in normal circumstances eating a normal amount of food (and I'd personally call anything above 1000 calories normal).

However, what I do believe is that the human body is designed for to adapt, and if you regularly do the same general level of activity and the eat the same general level of calories, your body will adapt to that and operate efficiently at that level of input and output.

I think Eliana's list of things to try is good because I personally don't think it's really so much an issue of lowering OR raising calories, it's changing one of the variables. So sure, a lot of the time, people will raise calories to break a plateau and then think that they weren't eating enough and that's why they lost weight when they ate more. But there are probably just as many people who break a plateau by eating less. I personally think it's the CHANGE, not the amount, that makes the difference. Getting your body to adapt to a new routine gives it a chance to reset, and I think the reset is what breaks the plateau.

So go ahead, and just change SOMETHING! lol! If nothing else, it helps to keep life interesting.

I think this should be a sticky!

~CGH~

rockinrobin
02-25-2010, 12:40 AM
marigrace, I hate to ask you this, but never the less will - during this two month plateau, were you PERFECTLY on plan? Any splurge meals or days? Maybe even multiple ones? What about December - holiday parties, Xmas, New Years, Super Bowl parties, etc...? Are you writing down and counting EVERYthing you eat and drink? Is there any way that you're not measuring your foods correctly? Is there anyway that you're underestimating your calories?

As far as starvation mode and 1500 calories and weighing about 200 lbs? I would think it VERY unlikely. That's plenty of food provided it's nutritious and then there are fat stores to pick up any slack if need be.

And those calculators, well most of them are notoriously high and quite inaccurate.

I'd be curious to hear your answers to the above questions before I chime in. I pretty much read through all the responses, but if I missed it, I apologize. It's a tad late, so it's DEFINITELY possible.

tigger175
02-25-2010, 12:47 AM
I was uncertain about the calculators so I went to a nearby Hy-vee (a grocery store in the midwest) and had the nutritionist there perform a metabolic rate test. She took some information about me and then I had to breathe into a machine (with my nose clipped shut) for about 5 minutes after I had fasted for the night. The machine can assess your metabolic rate (I think through O2 CO2 stats) and found out exactly how many calories a day I was burning (with a small margin of error). I really reccomend doing this since its frustrating to have the online calculator be incorrect and comforting to know how many calories you actually burn.

tigger175
02-25-2010, 12:55 AM
Ah I just found what the device is called - a med gem. Here is what the website for hy-vee says:

Learn Your Resting Metabolic Rate
What if you could measure the exact rate at which your body burns calories and then determine your precise daily calorie budget? Your Hy-Vee dietitian can help with the FDA-approved Med Gem! You sit quietly for 10 minutes and breathe into a small device through a mouthpiece which then calculates your resting metabolic rate (RMR).

Maybe you can do a search and see if any local dieticians do this in your area?

marigrace
02-25-2010, 06:45 AM
Good Morning !
Here is what I eat: Home cooked whole foods.... lots of vegies, a bit of fruit, whole grains (brown rice, quinoa etc)...no bread now for a week (not even home-baked whole wheat, like I used to..just low carb wraps, and wasa) baked, steamed or braised lean proteins, Between 100 and 150 calories worth of dried fruit, jam, sugar, dark chocolate or honey, about 150 calories worth of olive oil and butter. I am weighing and measuring every morsel . Somtimes I don't get in all the water. During the holidays, I did lose my focus, but I managed to maintain...it has been 6 weeks since then, with only one day OP the whole time. Most of the calculators say I should be losing at 1,500 calories. This morning I weighed 207.4 This is why I am getting frustrated.

JackiG
02-25-2010, 07:25 AM
Good morning! I know how frustrating all of this is. I was going on 6 weeks with only 1 - 2 lb loss for the whole time. I was strict with my food (fresh fruit, veggies, lean meat, everything homemade), taking in 1600 calories a day, working out 1 hour a day, 6 - 7 days a week. This last Sunday we had a party, and I went over on my calories at least double, well let me tell you from this mornings weigh in, I will have a good weigh in on Saturday. I hope you get past this very soon! Of course it can be discouraging, but YOU are doing a great job, keep at it, sooner or later it will come off, it has too! I agree with other posters, change things up a bit, up your calories by 500 a couple days this week, and toss in a new workout, even if it is for one day. Good luck!

marigrace
02-25-2010, 07:33 AM
Thanks, Jackie.

rockinrobin
02-25-2010, 08:15 AM
I really think people put too much, ummm weight, into these on line or any other BMR and other "calculators". Don't let them mess with your head. THEY ARE ALL GUESSTIMATES. Even the breathe-y one, which I have done. They tell you something and then you think that that is the way it's supposed to be, so why aren't I losing? Because lots of things are supposed to be a certain way - and they aren't. Lots of things are supposed to be fair, yet they aren't.

I think 6 weeks is long enough to show you that you are taking in more calories then is needed to create a calorie deficit. That is the bottom line. There's no starvation mode going on here.

If it were me, I would lower those calories. I'd lower them by a good 200 calories. And I'd stick to it like glue. I'd watch that dried fruit as it is all sugar and extremely calorie dense.

There is no way that I would let myself get stuck up by "what's supposed to be". You're working very hard, kick it up a notch. Forget conventional so called wisdom. Take the bull by the horns. Take matters INTO YOUR OWN HANDS. It's time!!! I look forward to hearing of you entering into ONEderland! :)

ETA: forgot to mention exercise - what's the deal-io with that?

marigrace
02-25-2010, 08:23 AM
I have cut the calories to 1300, or under as of yesterday. The only other thing I think I need to do is make sure I am getting in 48 oz of water or herbal tea. As far as the dried fruit goes...it is minimal, and I always weigh it. I hope this works.I am giving it a week to see. Thanks Robin.

rockinrobin
02-25-2010, 08:30 AM
I have cut the calories to 1300, or under as of yesterday. The only other thing I think I need to do is make sure I am getting in 48 oz of water or herbal tea. As far as the dried fruit goes...it is minimal, and I always weigh it. I hope this works.I am giving it a week to see. Thanks Robin.

One of the reasons I mentioned that dried fruit is that if I were going to shave off some calories, that's what jumped out to me. It's not giving you much filling power or nutrients and that might be one place to scale (haha) back.

And please give it more than a week! Look how long you gave that 1500 calorie thing a try, right?

Keep us updated. I'm excited for you!!!

cathydoe
02-26-2010, 09:50 AM
Hang in there marigrace! I am rooting for you!

Is it chickens :chicken: or pigs :ink: that root?

Not a good comparison I know! So me and this little guy are rooting for you! :cp:

marigrace
02-26-2010, 10:15 AM
Thanks, Cathy !

Couch
02-26-2010, 10:16 AM
How long have you been at 1500 calories for? I personally find that if I stay below my BMR for too long my weight loss slows, but I can reignite it by eating over my BMR for a few days. I now try to have a least one day a week where I eat higher than my BMR, though generally less than maintainence level.

I'm sure you are, but are you measuring everything? It's way too easy for portion sizes to creep up, and all of a sudden you're maintaining.

Also, sleep is important, and stress can also cause you to hold on to weight.

marigrace
02-26-2010, 10:22 AM
I was at 1550 till about two weeks ago. Then I took it down to 1500, and for the last two days to 1300... I weigh and measure everything. No change as of yet....