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    Weight Loss Plateau

    What do you do when your weight hasnt dropped in a while, and your cals are already low?? Cut em even more??? OR, is it normal to hit a weight loss plateau for a while, and to just get past it, and then the weight will drop after that?

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    I guess you could do cardio, Jill. I'm on carb cycling and I haven't lost anything i a while too, and I guess it's my fault, because I hate cardio and refuse to do more than one session a week. I could cut some carbs out of my high or low days, but it's hellish enough doing a high/no/lo/no/high/low/no. I'm thinking of switching to a 50/30/20 plan.

    Sorry for hijacking your thread, Jill. I had to vent.

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    I already do cardio 5-6X a week. Lots of it. Thanks Premo.

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    Oh. Don't you think that's a bit excessive? Haha. I can't handle more than once a week. Are you doing HIIT?

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    More like interval training-1min intervals, pretty much the same. I have always been addicted to cardio

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    I used to be. I used to do 400m sprints (5x each session) 4 days a week. Now I'm just a fat-ass.I still love lifting, at least.

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    5-6 times a week is quite a lot..! What does your daily diet consist of..? You must be slamming some heavy-duty callories..!

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    Do you have a journal Jill?
    What are your stats?
    What is your diet like?

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    Hi Jill,

    When I was fighting to lose my excess kgs ( 25 in total), I found that if I ate very clean for a month I'd stop losing weight and then if I cheated ( but not with total junk) for a day or two, I'd suddenly start losing again.... it worked well in the end, I lost it all. Someone explained why this happens, earlier, I just know it works

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    It's tricky when you go too low, cause you have nowhere to go Try cutting out some foods (such as dairy and bread) and replace it with better food sources. Don't know if that's in your diet or not though.. Refeeding works too

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    I ve been watching your diet Jilly and there doesnt seem much to tweak food-wise(as persay choices).
    Id suggest a carb up or cheat meal(w/dessert) . try it once a week, if you can handle that mentally and get right back on track.
    " To dream anything you want to dream: That is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything you want to do: That is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself to test your limits: that is the courage to succeed."

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    I'm stuck in the same situation I guess...I dropped calories entirely way too low for a couple of weeks a bit back.

    It's tricky because you can say your metabolism has slowed down too much, you can theorize about it, but it's not really something you can feel. But if you're like me and your energy levels were crap, then you know something's wrong.

    Then I did a refeed, but when I got back on my diet, the drop in calories was too drastic so my energy levels crashed. I've felt like crap all week basically.

    Yesterday I had a cheat meal and my energy levels suddenly went up to normal. It was great, feeling NORMAL again...not drained. I went out and played basketball and I was fine besides all my extremely sore muscles, heh

    Today I'm planning to go slightly above maintanace, eating whole wheat pasta, extra lean beef burger on a whole wheat bagel...not the cleanest stuff...but that's the point

    I guess the key for me is watching my energy levels, and adjusting my calories regardless of what these damn formulas are telling me.

    One of the benefits of eating 6 meals a day is supposed to be increased energy levels and a huge boost in metabolism. By dieting for too long or dropping are calories too much, we're achieving quite the opposite.

    I've personally have been scared to just eat eat eat...it goes against what one might think to be common sense.

    "I haven't lost anything in like a month, how's eating all this food going to help me burn more?" is what my subconscious keeps asking

    hey I've tried everything else...it's time to eat.

    After long periods of dieting, some people recommend even a full week of maintanace/slightly above maintance eating.

    I'm going to keep eating until I start feeling as energetic as I used to feel in the beginning...then I'm going to start dropping my calories at a very slow pace and see how it goes.

    In your case, doing so much cardio and having already been consuming a low level of calories...I think it's safe to say your metabolism could use a cheat meal and couple of days of maintance calories (if not more...in days and calories...I guess it's up to you to check how you're feeling and what you're comfortable with).

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    Hi Jill,

    I don't know if it can help, but I have hit a kind of serious plateau for at least 5 weeks which I was getting very desesperate, so I decided and took 1 1/2 weeks brake of everything regarding training and regardings foods, well I ate more, not with all the junk foods, but I have to admitt that I treat my self. When I came back in the gym after that brake and get back on track with my diet plan, well after a week I drop another 2 pounds of fat and since that, I'm still on my way for loosing 0.5 pounds to 1 pound a week. I guess I have reset my metabolism and give a break to my body and I guess my body and mind appreciate it. I don't know, but for me it's the way I have been able to broke my plateau.
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    I think this is precisely what's great about carb cycling, you enver have to worry about leptin levels going to sub-optimal levels because it integrates refeeding into your weekly nutrition so you don't have to worry about it

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    Anyone on a low carb diet needs to refeed. If you don't your progress will always slow down. Jill your cals are already low so please don't cut them anymore.





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