I've been taking in 1200-1400 calories a day and after a month I lost 5 lbs. (yay!) but now it has been two weeks and no change in my weight. Is this a plateau? I thought this would happen later! What's going on?
People always focus on the pounds. Check your measurements, chances are whatever you're not losing is redistributing itself on your body. Good luck :)
I have a similar plateau problem...was saddened by my weekly weigh-in today having put on nearly 0.5 kg since last week despite eating <1500 and going to gym for an hour+ every day.
But then I realised that the trousers I'm wearing today are feeling a lot looser than last week even.
so focus on your measurements rather than scale.
and if you doing weight training remember muscle weighs more than fat.
and someone recently warned me that depending on your activity level, eating too few calories than your body actually needs could result in your metabolism slowing down to compensate.
But keep going, ignore the scale and you and i will both be smiling in the not-so-distant future (i hope!)
I talked to my nutritionist and she said I have slowed down my metabolism. To get my metabolism back up she suggested to move more, lift weights, and to go on long walks. I started taking a couple dance classes, a 30 min walk almost every day and a muscle work out before I go to bed. It worked!!!! I have lost 5 lbs in the past two weeks, after a month-long plateau! Yay!
I'm not sure how you are distributing your calories. That could make a big difference. If you eat healthy balanced meals with small snacks in between, making sure you are eating every couple of hours, that will boost your metabolism.
A good guideline would be something like this (give or take a few calories here and there to alter it to your own plan):
Breakfast: 200-250 calories
Snack (between breakfast and lunch): 100 calories
Lunch: 300-400 calories
Snack (between lunch and dinner) : 100 calories
Dinner: 400-600 calories
Snack (at least an hour or two before you go to bed): 100 calories
You may already be doing this =] But I do this everyday and it keeps me full (Sometimes I don't eat enough calories because I feel like I am constantly eating!) and satisfied.
Razzburry- you are totally right! Actually I was eating huge dinners before I went to bed and I think that had a lot to do with slowing my weight loss down. This is what I do now:
Breakfast: 350-400 cal
Snack: 100- 200 cal
Lunch: 300 cal
Snack: 100 cal
Dinner: 200-300 cal
I've found that if I eat before 6, and workout before I go to bed around 11 it helps! I'm definitely doing a lot better! Everyone is different! I know this weight loss thing is a lot of trial and error...
try drinking lots and lots of water, eat something spicy everyday and drink black coffee 2 hours before working out.
Thanks for the tips! It was actually my metabolism that had slowed down so I started working out and I've lost 14 lbs already!
WOW! your doing an amazing job! 14lb is no small feat!