Both of you - what is your current plan? For me, once a plateau has lasted a good while and you're sure it really IS a plateau and not just your body readjusting (4 weeks or so), there are only a couple options.
1) Change what you're eating. You can cut your calories or points, if you count those, since your body requires less calories to run when you are smaller than it did when you were carrying around all that extra weight. Since your caloric needs change, you have to modify as you go along to keep losing. Some people also try calorie cycling...eating a varying number of calories per day...to jumpstart metabolism, but I don't have much experience with that. I know there are some folks in the Calorie Counters forum who could provide some additional info.
You can also shift to a "cleaner" plan...whole grains, lean proteins, and produce with a small amount of healthy fats. Sometimes, my body just will not lose without eating a relatively clean diet at a low number of calories...this was particularly true after I got closer to goal.
2) Change your exercise. You can increase length or intensity...also, if possible, change to a different activity. Your body eventually adapts to any activity it does over and over again, so you burn less calories doing a 5k run the 10th time you do it than you did the 1st time. This is true of any activity...your muscles become more efficient at doing the movement, and stop using as many calories. So changing the activity, length, or intensity could help.
You also might consider taking up strength training, if you haven't already. Building muscle via lifting weights or other strength training causes your body to burn more calories all day long, awake or asleep, sitting on the couch or walking on the treadmill (It takes more calories/hour than other body tissues to fuel muscle)
Goal Met - 10/28/07
- My Progress Picture Collage - My Goal Story
- Where Have I Been?
No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!
Maintained Oct 2007-Sept 2011, then got pregnant. Our baby boy was born in May, 2012...now to lose the baby weight!!
Last edited by mandalinn82 : 02-11-2008 at 03:04 PM.