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I was in a plateau from June 2012 till about October 2012 - stuck between a 3lbs range! I was running almost every day all summer. I then got a new workout Wii game in October and wouldn't you know, my weight started to drop again! I was so into my running routine that I didn't change it up. My body got to used to it. I was basically maintaining. I wanted to continue to lose so I had to change my routine. I "always" try to change my routine every 4-8 weeks depending on how my body is feeling.
For women, increase your protein intake to 75 - 100 grams a day to break thru a plateau. I was eating in the low 60's and had been at a plateau for 2 months. I increased my protein intake to this level and started losing again.
Are you frustrated because you're in a plateau? Don't be. Think about it: you're at a plateau at a new, improved weight. Your body is resetting its norm. If you want to break the plateau, this is the time to reevaluate your program. Consider strictly tracking your food and looking for patterns. How can you improve your nutrition? Try some new and different exercises to shake things up. Drink more water. Then, relax and give yourself some credit for all you've accomplished so far.
If you have lost weight (especially a significant amount) consider reassessing your goals(on the sparkpeople start page) and see if you need to have your calorie ranges adjusted. Even if you just open the weight goals and let it reset your calorie ranges based on your current weight. As people loose weight then then require less calories.
When you hit a plateau it can be very frustrating but this tip should kick start your body back on the weightloss journey. By alternating a low calorie day (ie 1200 cals) and a high calorie day (1500 cals) (for myself) you jump start your body into action again. This action tricks your body back into thinking it can burn the calories instead of hang on to them and keeps your body from thinking it is in starvation mode.
When you hit a plateau in your weight loss, try adding a few higher intensity bursts or intervals to your cardio workouts. This elevates your heart rate, makes you work harder and burns more calories to help shock your body and jump start your weight loss again!
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