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When you have hit a weight-loss or fitness plateau, how do you shake up your program and start seeing results again?

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FOCUS ON LIFE VS. SCALE

My good friend was just diagnosed with cancer and well it put things in perspective. She is very fit and healthy, no one saw it coming. Life is short and stress only adds weight so enjoy the good stuff. We are so fortunate to be alive and well and to not have other issues. Think of things to be grateful and focus on your accomplishments rather than the setbacks or stagnant waters of a scale. Be positive, reflect on better weeks and focus on enjoying life to its fullest!

- Submitted by ICANTHRUHIM 5/24/2012 in Breaking a Plateau | 4 Comments

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Hit a plateau? Get Chia!

Chia seeds are a complete source of dietary protein, providing all the essential amino acids. Chia causes a slow release of carbohydrates and the slow converting of carbohydrates into glucose (blood sugar) for energy. They help to control weight. Mixed with orange juice or tea, the gel-like seeds make a nutritious breakfast that leaves one feeling full & without hunger until noon. No kidding that I started eating chia 5 days ago and lost 5lbs effortlessly. I put them on my salad/cottage cheese.

- Submitted by SUNSHINE6442 5/15/2012 in Breaking a Plateau | 10 Comments

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Eat more!

Double-check your nutrition. Turns out I wasn't eating enough to lose weight and so upping my cals to match my increased activity level let me get back on track!

- Submitted by RENMO99 5/7/2012 in Breaking a Plateau | 4 Comments

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Analyze the data

If you've been stuck at a certain weight for a period of time, take a look at your trackers for the last few weeks or months. Have you been "treating" yourself more than usual? Are your exercise minutes where they should be? Use the data from when you were losing weight to compare with what you're currently doing to if/how you've gone off track. And then tweak what you have to to start losing weight again.

- Submitted by RUNNINGWILD 5/5/2012 in Breaking a Plateau | 2 Comments

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My secrets for 30 lbs off!


Now: I can see that my calves have grown.
Now: Eat whole grains
Now: Drink at least 8-10 cups H20
Now: Eat about a 2300 cal diet high in protein (100g)
Now: 35-55 min of exercise 5-6 times/wk.
Now: 4+ veg/friut per day.
WHAT IS WORKING FOR ME:
Asking, when and how will I exercise, get my protein, water, veggies/fruit this week? Blogging: It keeps me thinking about it. 5 minute U-challenges with various spriends keeps me focused.
See Then &Now and U-challenge blogs for more info.

- Submitted by BIGBROTHER323 4/27/2012 in Breaking a Plateau | 2 Comments

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Break a Weight Plateau with Green Tea!

When you are stuck in a plateau, drink four or more glasses of green tea a day with a squeeze of lemon or lime! Do not add sugar. If you must have a sweetener, add a little bit of honey!

The tea will detox your body, boost your metabolism, burn fat, increase exercise endurance and block fat absorption!

Adding green tea to your diet twice or more a week will improve your overall health and weight loss efforts!

- Submitted by SWANATOPIA 4/23/2012 in Breaking a Plateau | 8 Comments

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Add More Intensity

I get to a point where I am comfortable and do not push myself, I'm afraid to push harder because I do not think I can. When I do say, "it's time, just do it" I find that I can push beyond where I think I am. Just pushing myself that little bit more increases the intensity without making my workout longer but I still start to see losses again.

- Submitted by DETERMINED_SOUL 3/15/2012 in Breaking a Plateau | 3 Comments

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More Protein, More Water

I was tracking my calories & nutrients precisely & keeping them exactly at the recommended levels (C50%, F30%, P20%); I plateaued. Upping my exercise didn't get the scale moving, so I increased my protein a bit. While my caloric intake remained the same, the nutrients fell at 43.76%, F 27.37%, P28.87% & so did my weight. The next day I'd lost a full pound, as well as the following day (although I didn't keep my nutrients at the adjusted levels mentioned).

- Submitted by 1KELLIJ 3/10/2012 in Breaking a Plateau | 2 Comments

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Get outdoors!

When the scale isn't budging and the workouts are becoming ho-hum, try getting some extra outdoor time - go hiking! Uneven terrain challenges your muscles in a new way and burns calories. You'll get your heart rate up and use ALL your muscles at the same time. Climbing up/down rocky hills really tones your legs, and forces you to use your arms as well. My mantra for taking each step up steep climbs? "Butt! Thighs! Butt! Thighs!" :) Try a trail that is safe for your fitness level.

- Submitted by JAYDEE16 1/19/2012 in Breaking a Plateau | 4 Comments

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Fat Grams

I was eating around 1200 calories a day and had lost weight, but was not losing anymore. Then a friend said the program she was on had them eat less than 20 grams of fat, with the same amount of calories. This did the trick!

- Submitted by LILMOS 12/24/2011 in Breaking a Plateau | 5 Comments
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