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When the scale isn't budging and the workouts are becoming ho-hum, try getting some extra outdoor time - go hiking! Uneven terrain challenges your muscles in a new way and burns calories. You'll get your heart rate up and use ALL your muscles at the same time. Climbing up/down rocky hills really tones your legs, and forces you to use your arms as well. My mantra for taking each step up steep climbs? "Butt! Thighs! Butt! Thighs!" :) Try a trail that is safe for your fitness level.
I was eating around 1200 calories a day and had lost weight, but was not losing anymore. Then a friend said the program she was on had them eat less than 20 grams of fat, with the same amount of calories. This did the trick!
When I hit a plateau and was struggling to motivate myself, I started playing with my son. He invited me to play Wii sports with him and I had such a great time that since then we have been setting time aside for mom & Ja's play time. He is an active 11 year old and keeping up with him gets me going every single time.
I feel i have done every thing possible to get nearer to my goal. I track everything, weigh and measure. Walk a lot and do ST. I have all my numbers in check. Diabetes, BP and Cholesterol. This week I am trying to cut carbs, it has worked but it might be too soon to say. Pat in Maine.
Are you frustrated because you're in a plateau? Don't be. Think about it: you're at a plateau at a new, improved weight. Your body is resetting its norm. If you want to break the plateau, this is the time to reevaluate your program. Consider strictly tracking your food and looking for patterns. How can you improve your nutrition? Try some new and different exercises to shake things up. Drink more water. Then, relax and give yourself some credit for all you've accomplished so far.
Once your body is accustomed to a particular workout, you become "too efficient." Trying a new exercise or joining a new class at the gym could be just what your body needs to break the plateau. And you could meet new friends or find a new passion at the same time :-)
I was stuck at the same weight for 4 months while remaining pretty consistent with my plan. I finally consulted a nutritionist at my fitness center. She measured my metabolism and gave me a plan to lose weight fast or faster. I chose fast and have begun to shed pounds again. Her diagnosis: fewer fat calories as a percentage of daily calories, and a total reduction of 100 calories/day overall.
I track all my food and exercise... I eat in range but I am no longer loosing... I have neve been good at drinking water but now that I am stuck, I will try to track my water! and stop the craving too! A secret: that work for me, check out what you drink! Cut on coffee creamer, sugar, coffee syrup, soda and juice!