Help! I'm stuck! About a month ago I started Curves and FitDay, weighed 198, 12 lbs FLEW off, 2 weeks ago I got an elliptical, and now in addition to Curves for 45 min a day I'm doing about 40 minutes (a little over 2 miles) on the machine.eating 1200-1400 calories a day (1 slip up with some damn fried oreos)and this scale has NOT moved in almost 2 weeks! WTF?? I drink 2 cups of coffee in the morning and then water with some lime or lemon in it the rest of the day.A gallon of water a day!! What m I doing wrong? Please help! I getting frustrated!
There are a lot of resources on here about how to break weight plateaus. If you look at the "Best of..." series (I think it's here under weight loss tips, you can find lots of information.
In brief - plateaus happen to everyone, and I do mean EVERYONE! I went a month last year losing absolutely 0 lbs. I know it's frustrating, but you've got to power through it. Biggest helps include switching up exercise routine, adding some weights especially. Could try staggering calories, so your body doesn't get used to one amount. You can google it or try here : Calorie Calculator - Daily Caloric Needs and choose 7-day caloric cycle.
Thank u so much for the info.Very helpful.Someone else told me my body may b going into starvation mode,but I'm scared to consume more calories coz I dont wanna go nuts again with eating ya kno?Guess I'll just keep pluging along.Just hope it's not all for nothin'! I've heard about the plateaus,but I truly didn't think it would happen so soon-after one month?Really?
Adding calories can be scary, but if you add healthy calories, you should be fine. Start with an extra piece of fruit or serving of vegetables a day. You'll get the added nutrition along with a small increase in calories.
How much protein are you getting in your diet? With all that exercise you need protein to repair and build muscle. Try to get 30% of your calories from protein (for your 1200-1400 calorie diet that would be 360-420 calories or 90-105 grams). Give it a try for a week and you should start to see results.
Male, Age 53 Height 5'-11"
Start, Spring 2009....,.. 270.0 lbs
January 21, 2010. ....,...255.0 lbs (Joined Fitday)
September 10, 2010..,..223.8 lbs. (-46.2lbs)
Mini-Goal......................225 Achieved 9/21/2012
Mini-Goal......................220 Achieved 10/26/2012
Current.........................216.2 lbs. (-53.8 lbs)
I don't know your height/weight data, but it sounds like a simple plateau. On most diets, weight flies off the first couple of weeks and it is so exciting. Then your body begins to adjust to the reduced calorie intake. Varying your exercise routine is a good idea and possibly adjusting your calories slightly up instead of down, but most of all, I think you have to just have patience. You will get there, just stick to it.