Plateau to beat all plateaus!

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papermaker76

Joined: Nov 13
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Posted: 06 Dec 2013, 13:35
Hello everyone! I am new to this website, been here about a month. About 8 years ago, I achieved a 100 pound weight loss goal and maintained it until a year ago when I officially entered menopause. I have gained back 30 pounds and the needle on the scale will not budge. I work out 2-3 hours per week minimum (hard!) and I am exactly where I need to be for my caloric intake. In fact all of this is second nature for me after my previous success. My clothes fit well, I am still "in love" with my new body, although I have clothes from my lowest weight of 135# that I would love to fit into again, but I cannot get the scale to budge. I promised myself I wouldn't focus on the numbers, but it's incredibly frustrating. I take my measurements occassionally, but not since I started with fatsecret. I am no stranger to plateaus, but this is ridiculous.

I will not give up the fight, I eat well and am officially "addicted" to exercise. Just wanted to introduce myself and encourage everyone to fight the good fight, don't give up!Smile
kingkeld

Joined: Sep 09
Posts: 1,977

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Posted: 06 Dec 2013, 23:04
Check out my bio page regarding my Indulgence Diet. It got me past my plateaus.
Also, what do you consider to be "where you need to be on your caloric intake"? If you work out hard, are you sure you eat enough?
"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
- Kingkeld.
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, and living healthy. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier!
arr1972

Joined: Nov 13
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Posted: 07 Dec 2013, 06:11
One thing that worked for menopausal women in my family is to up their protein intake to 30-35 percent of their caloric intake. It would mean reducing some of your carbohydrate intake but keep all the good fats. A dear friend of mine finally lost 20lbs she put on in 6 months with all the hormone changes by sticking to 35% protein, 40% fats and 25% carbohydrate. With that sort of budget she stuck mainly with unrefined carb except for one day a week. She was beyond frustrated as well since she works out 4-5 days a week as well. In her first month of changing her diet she dropped 8lbs then 3 months later the weight was gone.
mummydee

Joined: Feb 10
Posts: 1,725

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Posted: 07 Dec 2013, 06:56
Ahh yes, the wonderful hormone changes that come with menopause, Mother nature hands you 10 lbs just cause she's a generous soul. Your metabolism slows down and foods that you used to eat, well, now they seem to affect you in a whole different way. I had to cut out all grains, yes even the ones considered healthy. Now i may have a slice of Kamut bread maybe once in a while but definitely not daily.

I have cut out all refined sugars and whites and only eat complex carbs and watch for the high glucose fruits, I eat them rarely.

I agree with arr1972 You do have to change your diet to kick start again. My personal belief goes against a lot of theories that you can lose weight simply by a calorie deficit. I truly believe it's also what you eat not just how much.

I also use this calculator which came up with a RDI more to my reality. FS told me 1600 a day, http://caloriecount.about.com/tools/calories-goal this site told me 1200 and that's what works for me.



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