I started my weight loss journey last September with a goal of 45 lbs to lose. By Christmas I hit my halfway point but have not been able to lose anything since. Starting out I was counting my calories and just doing cardio at the gym. I have recently incorporated weights to exercise regimen and am still counting calories and preplanning meals. I understand that muscle weighs more than fat, however I also know that the more muscle you have the faster your body burns calories. Could anyone please offer me some advice on what else I should try to break through this plateau? I am starting to get really frustrated and I don't want to lose motivation.
Im 33 female. 5ft. Starting weight was 176, current weight is 156. I was down to 150 and somehow started gaining again over the past 6 months.
I try to stick to 1200 calories per day sometimes I will be a little over and sometimes a little under depending on my exercise for that day. I drink 6- 8 16Oz glasses of water per day and take in a minimum of 60 grand of protein per day.
I'm not sure what I am doing wrong our what I should change. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. My goal weight is 130.
Calculators say "eat 1600 and you'll stay the same", eat less and/or exercise more to create a deficit.
If your weight is not reducing and your measurements are also not reducing then it is possible that you are not counting calories accurately enough.
(For a long while my progress was impaired because of a systematic error in my calorie counting, one single foodstuff was throwing my figures out - I was overeating hundreds of calories without realising.)
I would recommend a "vegetable based diet" (though I would still somehow keep protein at 75g minimum), here is an illustration of what I mean:
Maintaining weight-loss is a good thing don't be discouraged. If you don't feel that you will lose your desire to exercise, then take a break from your exercise for 2 weeks and let your body adjust, but continue to eat 6 small meals a day and make sure it's healthy food. During the 2 weeks take the time to adjust your work-out plan and then start back on the new routine. Just watch what happens. Find some more difficult workouts to try in the new exercise plan.