I have reached a weight loss plateau

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    Oct 22, 2014 4:32 PM GMT
    Well I started my journey a little over 5 months ago. I started off at 148 and have since lost 10 pounds. I feel better but my goal is 125 because I am 5'6. I had always been in the 120-130 range and for me to be near 150 was distressing. I have a history of heart disease in my family so I wanted to make sure to keep myself from becoming overweight.

    I cut my calories down to 1400 a day. I eat only fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains (brown rice, whole grain bread), and lean proteins. I don't drink soda anymore. I only drink water. I also don't eat any fried foods or ones that have been processed. I don't eat anything out of a box or a can now. So far it has done me wonders but I have stalled at 138 and I can't seem to lose anything else. I also do cardio everyday (2.5 miles). Some people I know have suggested I start doing weights but I don't want muscles. I want to look lean and keep my overall body look, just thinner. Again my goal is 125 lbs for 5'6.

    Any suggestions?
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    Oct 22, 2014 7:57 PM GMT
    Doing some sort of high reps weight training wouldn't give you big muscles and would help give you more definition and burn more calories.

    For the diet, don't eat any sweets and check the label on what you eat and avoid stuff with added sugar.

    Food out of a can or box isn't necessarily bad in my opinion. Spam? Not so good. Canned tomatoes, not a problem.

    But in the end it boils down to counting calories.
  • Destinharbor

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    Oct 22, 2014 8:09 PM GMT
    Ya, you're missing something that is keeping the weight on. 1,400 calories/day with the moderate running should have you losing weight. Maintenance is about 2,000. Keep a strict diary of everything you eat and drink for about a two week period and show it to a dietician. The running, I assume you're running the whole 2.5 miles, is something that your body will adapt to over time. You might try mixing it up with a combination of sprints followed by a short fast walk. But really, that isn't a lot of cardio. Lumpy is right. You need to add some weightlifting. Just keep the weight light and do a ton of reps. You'll get tone, not size. And stay active moving around the gym for the full hour. Sounds like you've got a really slow metabolism. That only gets worse over time so good for you for addressing it now.
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    Oct 25, 2014 2:07 AM GMT
    I don't drink soda or eat anything with added sugar in it. I will keep the other suggestions in mind though. I just really want to get back down to 125. I had that weight during my 20s and I felt so much better because of it.
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    Oct 25, 2014 5:14 AM GMT
    I had a similar issue when I was trying to drop bodyfat: at 1500 calories and running five days a week and eating what I felt was a reasonable about of carbs, I wasn't getting anywhere.

    So I installed an calorie counting app and tracked every tiny crumb I put in my mouth... and I was eating WAY more than 1500. With the help of the app I was able to adhere to a 1200 calorie diet (and also cut my carbs down to practically nothing, adding in much more protein) and in five months I had dropped 50 lbs of body fat and finally had abs again. icon_biggrin.gif

    You can do it.
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    Oct 25, 2014 6:18 PM GMT
    Well I have set little goals for myself to make my journey more enjoyable. The latest one was being able to fit into my X-Small t-shirts again! I love it and it made me feel good. It makes me want to continue and get better.
  • buddycat

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    Oct 25, 2014 7:50 PM GMT
    I dropped 30 lbs in first 3 months but I did weight training and did high reps like others had said. Muscle burns calorie even when staying still. I don't think a strict diet is what you need. I watch mine but I am not really strict about it.