I think I have finally hit my plateau and I need to see the numbers on the scale move to keep me motivated! I went from 235 to 167; size 28 to a 14; and I am stuck. I work out 6 days a week and eat 1200 calories. My goal weight is 140 or size 11.
I think I need to change up my workout routine a little; I use my elliptical 6 days a week put out 6 miles a day and burn normally 1000 calories. I never feel hungry; and I don't get bored on my elliptical but it is way to hot right now to run outside. Any suggestions?
Also willing to try new food choices; can't have certain things though. Ever since I lost weight certain foods make my feel sick like breads.
1200 is the bare minimum for a small sedentary elderly woman. If you are burning 1000 calories on the elliptical each day, you are barely eating enough to support your exercise, not to mention all of the calories you burn outside your workouts.
Have you used the calorie target tool, making sure that you leave your goal date blank, and picking an activity level that is appropriate (you are at least moderately active, if not more so)? I doubt it would tell you to eat as little as 1200.
Yes; it says 1200 calories should be my intake. I am an Admin. Assistant, so I barley get away from my desk during the day. I thought maybe that was the problem. I was buring all the calories I took in during the day.
I agree with Amethystgirl. You're likely not getting enough essential fat from nuts, oils, and seeds. Most docs, dieticians, and trainers will tell you NOT to go below 1500 calories a day if you're moderately active. You're literally starving yourself half to death at this point, and your body has started storing what little bit of fat it can. So, add a few almonds or walnuts and a little olive oil or coconut oil to your diet. You will not start losing weight again until you correct that imbalance.
Before you think Amethyst and I are crazy, look up Natalie Jill's Week Jumpstart plan (just google her) or google Tosca Reno and check out their diet plans. Tosca Reno was an overweight mom who got into the fitness industry and married Robert Kennedy of Kennedy Publishing. They created a workout empire. Her diet books "Eating Clean" are phenomenal. They helped me lose 100 pounds and keep it off for 4 years now. One of the biggest things they push: Monounsaturated plant based fat.
What is your age and height?
ETA: I found your stats in another thread: at 5'2" and 22, if you are moderately active, the tool suggests you eat 1530. At very active (which you might be, given your reported burn for your daily exercise), it recommends 1787 - and that's to lose 1.5lb/week. In other words, you are keeping a deficit FAR FAR too high for your weight, and you are seeing the results (i.e. plateau).
Again, when you use the calorie target tool, you HAVE to pick an activity level that properly estimates your entire activity, not just what you do outside of exercise. If you don't include exercise, it will recommend a target that is too low, and you will end up undereating.
I am 5'2 and 22.