Am I missing something - losing weight?

  • CSPYNY

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    Aug 12, 2008 11:10 PM GMT
    If anyone remembers, I posted a topic a few months ago about losing weight.

    Since then, I lost 20 pounds icon_biggrin.gif

    Unfortunately for the last 2 months, I've been at a standstill.

    I've tried increasing/decreasing cardio while increasing/decreasing food intake.'

    A month ago, I gave up diet soda. I do not drink either.

    I write everything down and the past few weeks I have really stopped eating meals and eating everything I would normally eat constantly throughout the day - I eat part of breakfast at 6, 8 and 10. Then what I would eat for lunch is 12, 2, 4 and supper at 6.

    Are there any suggestions as to what I can do? Also, should I *gasp* try a snake-oil weight loss suppliment?

    I can't really think of what I should do about this. Everything went well for 20 pounds and now nada.
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    Aug 12, 2008 11:18 PM GMT
    are you still eating gluten,sugar and salt?
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    Aug 12, 2008 11:31 PM GMT
    Sounds like you have a good grasp on your diet, but what is your cardio routine? 5 days a week? 6? If you are not progressing in either your duration or intensity that could be why you have leveled off.
  • joeindallas

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    Aug 12, 2008 11:52 PM GMT
    NY listeen to Barenuckles he has the diet down
  • GQjock

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    Aug 12, 2008 11:59 PM GMT
    You've hit a brick wall

    You're body has found out what you're doing and has adjusted its metabolism to counteract anymore weight loss

    What you have to do is come at the problem from a different direction... Harder

    I don't know what your diet is but make sure you're fat free
    NO processed foods whatsoever
    No alcohol
    limited carbs and lots of lean meats and vegetables

    Your weight training should be circuit type training
    to the point you're sweating as much by the end as when you do your cardio
    cardio can be upped as much as you can take

    That'll get you where you want
  • MuslDrew

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    Aug 13, 2008 2:13 AM GMT
    Or you might be eating too low of calories.If you're starving your body it tends to hold onto the stored bodyfat for preservation and burning muscle mass for energy, which then lowers your metabolism even more. You might want to try eating some carb up meals a coupe times a week. maybe an occasional tablespoon of flax oil, or grapeseed oil.it's hard to say knowing so little about your caloric intake.
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    Aug 13, 2008 2:18 AM GMT
    When I plateau, my trainer mixes up my program. Then again, he does that about every three weeks anyways. I'll usually just try to work harder in a spin class or work harder with my trainer if I'm not seeing as many results.

    I also have a tendency to eat the same thing daily. So, after a couple weeks, I'll create a new menu with similar nutritional values, but different food. That seems to help me as well.
  • CSPYNY

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    Aug 13, 2008 11:43 PM GMT
    I'm not sure what gluten is ... but I've cut back on the sugar and salt. I LOVE salt.


    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HERESounds like you have a good grasp on your diet, but what is your cardio routine? 5 days a week? 6? If you are not progressing in either your duration or intensity that could be why you have leveled off.

    --Usually 3 days a week for intensive stuff. I usually go for causal bicycle rides on my non-cardio stuff


    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREYou've hit a brick wall

    You're body has found out what you're doing and has adjusted its metabolism to counteract anymore weight loss

    What you have to do is come at the problem from a different direction... Harder

    I don't know what your diet is but make sure you're fat free
    NO processed foods whatsoever
    No alcohol
    limited carbs and lots of lean meats and vegetables

    Your weight training should be circuit type training
    to the point you're sweating as much by the end as when you do your cardio
    cardio can be upped as much as you can take

    That'll get you where you want

    I don't usually do weight training. I usually go 70 minutes on an eliptical trainer until I am soaked. I just get nervous and stop then.

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    Have a current pic to show us to see how well you've done thus far?

    Sorry, no photos

    QUOTE AUTHOR GOES HEREOr you might be eating too low of calories.If you're starving your body it tends to hold onto the stored bodyfat for preservation and burning muscle mass for energy, which then lowers your metabolism even more. You might want to try eating some carb up meals a coupe times a week. maybe an occasional tablespoon of flax oil, or grapeseed oil.it's hard to say knowing so little about your caloric intake.


    One thing I am afraid of is too little calories. I've been trying to keep track. I can try a little more carbs during the week.


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    I also have a tendency to eat the same thing daily. So, after a couple weeks, I'll create a new menu with similar nutritional values, but different food. That seems to help me as well.

    Pretty much what I am doing now. I am eating the same thing every day.
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    Aug 14, 2008 5:35 AM GMT
    RealMasc saidare you still eating gluten,sugar and salt?


    The only reason yo cut Gluten out of your diet is because you have celiac's disease. Gluten does nt contribute to calories, it is a network of protiens in wheat and similar grains that give bread it's texture and shape. Nutritionally cutting out gluten is not going to do anything for you as you get a whole lot more nutritional value and minerals from a loaf of organic whole wheat bread ( not bromated, it breaks down the carentinoids which contribute to flavor and mineral content.) to a rice flour bread made for sufferers of celiac's disease. Plus, most gluten free prducts taste pretty nasty and hav a much lower fiber content, which helps you feel full even if your body isnt processing it. ( insoluable fiber)
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    Aug 15, 2008 12:08 AM GMT
    you gotta be kidding me.

    wheat, even in people without an intolerance, can cause 'leaky gut syndrome' by creating a more permeable intestinal lining. This extra permeability allows gluten, toxins, and other substances, to get into the bloodstream where they can initiate immune responses and produce otherwise unexplainable symptoms.
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    Aug 15, 2008 12:23 AM GMT
    Allow me to apologise, I'm not up on my alternative medicine only the nutrition and baking of bread.
  • CSPYNY

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    Aug 15, 2008 12:56 AM GMT
    I eat a lot of bread ... but it's factored into my daily calories count.

    Maybe I should back off on that?
  • Timbales

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    Aug 15, 2008 1:02 AM GMT
    You may want to try cutting out bread and adding more lean proteins, and add some heavier weightlifting into the mix.
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    Aug 15, 2008 1:05 AM GMT
    As it's been said before, your body becomes accustomed to the physical regiment that you put it through, so you need to change it up, probably about every three to four weeks.

    Questions you want to ask yourself:

    What time are you putting in?
    At what intensity are you working?
    Do you do the same thing every time?
    How much do you eat, and when do you eat?
    How often do you eat?
  • josephmovie

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    Aug 15, 2008 1:26 AM GMT
    I had this problem as well. One way to deal with it is to cut back on your cardio and up your food intake for a couple of weeks. You might put on a couple of pounds, then go back to high intensity cardio and a more restricted diet. It helped me get over those standstill moments.

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    Aug 15, 2008 3:01 AM GMT
    Hello CSPNY -

    Congratulations on the success of your dieting and exercise regimen - 20 lb is a significant accomplishment.

    Plateaus are not uncommon when it comes to weight loss (or weight gain for that matter...LOL)

    One plan that I have had sucess with is called the "quick start plan"...It's not a fad diet - you eat "real" food but it requires some strong disipline. The duration of the plan is 21 days (3 weeks) - the purpose of this regimen is to jump start your metabolism (kick it up a few notches).

    A full description of the plan is found on the following link
    http://www.lose15pounds.org/08.html

    The plan was also featured in this months "Maximum Fitness Magazine"

    The format is similar to what you have been doing with spreading out your caloric intake - but it goes a bit further in outlining the most appropriate foods for each of your meals. Additionally it also advocates drinking 1oz of water per pound of your body weight per day (be careful and spread this out - don't binge drink your water!). I think this is worth a look and may help you break through your plateau.

    Let me know what you think!

    Thanks,
    Mike
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    Aug 15, 2008 4:33 AM GMT
  • CSPYNY

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    Aug 15, 2008 11:41 PM GMT
    I have done that on a treadmill before icon_lol.gif

    Ill get pictures of what I have to work with (myself) tomorrow
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    Aug 16, 2008 5:07 AM GMT
    The cheeseburger will set you free!
  • MikemikeMike

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    Aug 16, 2008 6:59 AM GMT
    It's late here...Just have alot more sex!!
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    Aug 18, 2008 4:03 AM GMT
    One of the biggest things people run into is a misunderstanding of intake and expenditure. In studies more then half of the people overestimate the amount of calories burned and underestimate the amount consumed. I would consider buying a food scale (under 20 bucks) and being very methodical about recording everything that goes in her mouth. I mean everything. If you don't have a system in place, then set up a free account at fitday.com.

    A lot of people talk about metabolic slow down. Even in extreme medically supervised weight loss plans that are 800 calories a day, the slow down was at most 190 calories a day. So the problem is not metabolic slow down unless you are starving yourself to death. Metabolic adaptation to the same form of cardio can happen over several months. So in other words if you're using rapid walking on the treadmill for your cardio your body will become more efficient at it and you will burn fewer calories doing it.

    All of my suggestions here are assuming you are healthy and your doctor has cleared you for vigorous exercise. First off you may want to try morning cardio, done before breakfast. Fasted state cardio helps your body spend fat calories since you have been fasting all night. This may or may not work for you, some people find they have no energy to do the intensity level necessary. Next suggestion, research and add HIIT. high intensity interval training. to your regimen. A study published recently in the Journal of Applied Physiology found that after interval training, the amount of fat burned in an hour of continuous moderate cycling increased by 36 per cent and cardiovascular fitness increased by 13 per cent.

    The law of thermodynamics is at work here; ultimately if you take in less energy then you expend you will lose weight. If you take in more energy then you expend you will store energy. Yes there are hundreds of biological variables at work, but I can guarantee you to an absolute certainty if you take in fewer calories then you expend you will lose weight. The discussion from there focuses only on the optimal way to do this.

    I would strongly suggest you check out Tom Venuto's book "Burn the fat Feed the Muscle". It's without question the best book currently available on the latest approaches to diet, weight loss and fitness. It will give you a wide variety of tools to help you achieve your goals.

    If you want more information on any particular aspect of this feel free to post your questions and I will try to remember to recheck this forum.