Ok yes i've done this unhealthily (i have an 'eating problem') i was on the 2468 diet a while back, lost a lot of weight then i stopped eating proper meals, we won't go into it a great deal but now i eat next to nothing i'm gaining. How do i stop it? I don't want to hear the 'you shouldn't be eating less than 1200' because i know this but i'm happy doing what i do and it works for me...anyway if i went back on the 2468 would i start to lose again?
I know upping your intake drastically is likely scary so do it a little bit at a time. try 4-6-8-10 this week, and 6-8-10-12 next week. you can do this. keep going until you can eat 1200 calories a day, minimum, everyday. yes you will probably gain a little weight from water retention (your body won't know what to do with all this food!) but as soon as it realizes you will not starve it again, it will start working efficiently. you CAN do this.
I was in a plateau for 3 weeks until I finally lost a pound. I didnt know what was going on until I read an article this doctor wrote about how you WILL reach a plateau when you loose weight quickly, particularly when you are in a low or no carb diet. You loose a lot of WATER WEIGHT then you stop loosing weight because your body is catching up and actually loosing real fat instead of just water weight.
That made sense to me since I had been loosing about 1 lb a day for 2 weeks.
Anyway here is the article b/c I feel like I might not be explaining it properly:
"There actually are two weight loss plateaus," says Dr. David Levitsky, Professor of Nutrition and Psychology at Cornell University. "The first occurs when one drastically reduces caloric intake by about 40 to 50 percent. Body weight decreases rapidly at first but then hits a point where very little additional weight is lost even though one continues to restrict intake. This plateau may occur within 10 days of starting a diet but depends upon the degree of caloric restriction."
According to Levitsky, this apparent "halt" in weight loss is due to the fact that scales only measure total body weight, and ignore differences between fat, water and muscle mass. As soon as caloric intake (especially from carbohydrates) is restricted, there is an immediate loss in sodium from the body, which is accompanied by water loss. This leads to the rapid weight loss that balances out later on and creates the plateau. In other words, the initial weight loss is primarily loss of water, and not body fat. The weight loss rate of body fat mass is much slower than that of water. Therefore, as weight loss progresses after the initial rapid "success," it slows down considerably.
Tips for Breaking Through the Plateau
Don't deprive yourself. Depriving yourself of food actually works against you. Without an adequate amount of energy, your body slows down its metabolic rate, which prevents weight loss. Check that your diet is balanced and provides you with at least 1200 calories, or more than that if you maintain an active lifestyle.
Keep records of what you eat. You can use the DietWatch diary and nutrition calculator to count every bite you take and see how close you come to meeting your daily goals.
Boost your exercise regimen. Try to gradually add a little more intensity and frequency to your exercise plan. For example, if you used to walk 20 minutes, three times per week, try gradually increasing it to 30 minutes, four to five times per week. This will help you increase your metabolic rate, which will allow you to burn more calories. And include strength-building exercises, such as weight lifting. This will help you build more muscle mass, which is more metabolically active (and thus can burn more calories) than fat.
Be prepared for the plateau. Know that it can come at any stage of your dieting journey. This will help you to keep to your plan, and avoid being discouraged. It will also prepare you to make the adjustments needed in order to get off the plateau and continue on with your journey towards a healthier lifestyle.
Find a dieting buddy. Buddies will help you stay on track with your new eating and exercise habits, even when you stop seeing the results. Check out the white pages in DietWatch to find a buddy who shares a common interest!
eat every 2-4 hours
start lower carb at first and wean back in the carbs
dont stay low carb or you will have gainback as well
you week avg goes to 1200
your body thinks its going to get food all the time so it keeps you losing. eating your maintain cals for your wt for 1-2 month will get you losing. since you slowed your metab on th 2-8 diet you are just going to have to deal with the gainback and fix it.
you gain back because of food volume, sodium increase, slowed metabolism.
you cant live on the 2-8 diet and its too low to preserve your metabolism so you can go off your diet and eat normally.
you will always gain back when the cals are too low until your body feels nourished. metab changes take 6-8 weeks.
once you hit your goal wt from the 1000-1400 you wont gainback when you eat normally if you wean up your cals to maintain level
200 per week wean up count
so like 1000-1200-1400
and then start dropping the low cal days
goal cals 1800 to maintain.
rough estimate based on your previous postings and my experience at the samish wt.
also that too low cal thing makes your hips hold on to fat.
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