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OK, so many of you know I have been a big weightloss journey this year. I was tired of being 20+ pounds overweight my whole life. I was tired of eating crap all the time. Pancakes for breakfast, hotdogs for lunch, way too much food at dinner, etc etc.<br><br>
I drastically changed the way I ate. Way more whole foods, eating more often with much smaller portions. I have done great since January 1st going from 167lbs down to 151lbs.<br><br>
So, my question is, I have lost no weight in over 10 days and I am guessing I have hit a plateau. I have heard about weightloss plateau but don't know much about them or how to get over them. Any suggestions?
 

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It is your body's survival mechinism kicking in from caveman days. Just keep on doing what you are doing. Also, have you measured target areas. You can loose inches and stay the same weight by adding muscle.
 

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1! I've pretty much stayed the same weight for a while now but my clothes keep getting smaller. Go figure.<br><br>
I don't worry too much about what the scale says these days. I'm happy with my body image and that's really the important thing.
 

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Dude, 10 days is nothing. It will get harder (I'm sorry to say) but 10 days doesn't even count as a plateau.<br><br>
During my journey down from 322, I've had some biatch's of plateau's, but you need to measure progress in weeks and months. 10 weeks, that's a plateau. 10 days, that's just life.<br><br>
Lots of stuff can cause a slow down including stress, female hormones and water variation, constipation (no I am not kidding) even if you don't realize you are, and so on. Muscle gain is another. You're still shrinking but your scale doesn't move.<br><br>
Worry not about 10 days. STAY THE COURSE.<br><br>
But at some point and maybe that point is now, you need to look forward and say "what next" to keep it rolling. For me, some things that help<br>
1. Begin logging my food again. I then realize that I am a pathalogical liar and I have been cheating, but the little cheats add up. Like adding beer back into my diet... hmmm<br>
2. Vary heartrate. I found when I was ONLY doing Low HR stuff, weight loss stalled every time. Every week, I need HR variety.<br>
3. Make sure I AM doing low HR. If I don't and I only slam it, I won't loose<br>
4. Metamucil. Nuff said <img alt="smile.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/smile.gif"><br>
5. Wait. Wait. and Wait some more. Have faith in your training - heard that? Well, same deal. Have faith in what you're doing. It takes time. My first "big" plateau was 10 months @ 275lbs. I was so frustrated. SO frustratd. The first 50lbs came off SO easy compared to the next 10. But then 10 more slipped off easy. Go figure.<br><br>
Hold the course, you're doing awesome this year... just remember, key training season is coming, so as you're able to ramp it up, if you can hold the line on eating, the pounds will come off again!
 

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Not directly answering your questions, but the # on your scale may not tell the real truth. I bet you are gaining muslces and losing fat during the 10-day plateau. I know you had a body fat analysis done recently. It may be a good idea to keep your own analysis (using a caliper) on a regular basis. The results may not be accurate in terms of actual fat % but will give you a trend. There are many websites discussing where/how to measure. I was using a caliper (a kind mechanical engineers use <img alt="biggrin.gif" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/biggrin.gif">) measuring several locations of my body the other day. Made some interesting discoveries.
 

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Lots of good advice... As you lose, your weight loss will slow down dramatically. There's a lot less to lose now for one. As you get smaller, your metabolism goes down. One thing I would caution AGAINST is reducing your food intake. You MAY even want to increase it a couple hundred calories-- that will increase your metabolism, and may cause you to begin losing again.<br><br>
Make sure you are eating all the food groups, and staying well hydrated. And just give it time. I wouldn't consider it a plateau for a few more weeks.<br><br>
You're doing great!!! Those last twenty pounds seems like a barrier I just cannot begin to deal with. One of these days!
 

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Hey Kristine - I'm working on getting back to pre-babies weight, and I totally understand. I still have another 10-12 to go, and I've been stuck where I am for a couple weeks now. It's so hard when that happens, but just keep at it - you're doing a great job!!
 

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Yes. This is what I was going to say. Take one day a week and ADD back 200 calories. Initially you might gain a lb or two in the next few days after the increased caloric load due to water retention, especially if you've been avoiding carbs, but in the long run it will jump start your metabolism. Also, and I can't stress this enough, weight train. The increase in muscle mass will burn more calories and the act of weight training raises your metabolism for the next 24 hours. Lifting (heavy, not girly weights) enables me to eat basically whatever I want. My life before weight training consisted of constant dieting and deprivation.<br><br>
Cheryl
 
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