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    Went from over 300 to 237 in 6.5 months but during the last month I've stopped losing. Part of that time I had a back injury that cut down on my walking a lot. Getting kind of pissed about this but at the same time don't want my happiness controlled by the damn scales.

    What have others done to kick start weight loss after getting stalled?

    Thanks in advance.

    twoidhd

  • #2
    Originally posted by twoidhd View Post
    Went from over 300 to 237 in 6.5 months but during the last month I've stopped losing. Part of that time I had a back injury that cut down on my walking a lot. Getting kind of pissed about this but at the same time don't want my happiness controlled by the damn scales.

    What have others done to kick start weight loss after getting stalled?

    Thanks in advance.

    twoidhd
    I was just about to post this exact same question. I've plateau'ed as well it seems.
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    • #3
      Are you measuring? With Primal especially you're going to have periods where you're gaining muscle and losing fat and the scale won't show you that at all... measurements will. So if you are measuring, has that stopped? And if not, start measuring!

      As helpful as the scale is... it really only gives a small part of the picture when you're doing body recomposition. It's a tool, but not one you can rely on completely to see actual progress.
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      • #4
        I keep a food journal here and a separate xl spreadsheet for weight, BP and HR. So far I have identified that if I eat fruit on one day my next day I can almost guarantee that I will increase my weight or minimally just remain the same. This irrespective of what ever else I eat. That is me and my metabolism....it could be different for you. You cant trouble shoot a problem if your not measuring the results so try that and see if it helps. Graphing your weight as it does not move is maddening but it will tell you a lot if you do the combined work of journal keeping food as well. I was amazed at how little of the wrong stuff impedes weight loss.
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        • #5
          Didn't figure I was the only one...LOL. Hopefully some great ideas will get posted here. Thanks for letting me know I'm not the only one.

          twoidhd

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          • #6
            Interesting answer....I've noticed during this time that I am starting to lose belly fat. I can see it going away when I look in the mirror.

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            • #7
              Me too! I am stalled for three months now.

              Things I have tried that worked for others (but not me):

              -Minimze fruit, nuts, dairy, and alchol
              -IF 1-2x a week
              -Carb refeeds 1-2x per week

              GOOD LUCK

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              • #8
                Carb refeeds and IF seem to be the only way I can lose inches. Even then, my body refuses to go past a certain point, which drives me insane. And i'm a no fruit, strictly meat and veggies person right now and so far, i've lost NADA. Oh and calories around 1400 a day as well. Idk anymore lol.
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                • #9
                  are you still eating the same cals as you started? as you get leaner, you need to scale back your calories as well. 237lb person requires less cals than 300lb person.

                  aslo, fat loss is more of a stop. go. stop. go. sort of thing. you can go weeks with no progress, then in 1-3 days have lots of progress, etc. be patient and stick with what works.

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                  • #10
                    My weightloss never really got off the ground ... not yet anyway. I've been primal for 5 weeks and lost about 3lbs total. However I've noticed areas of my body looking slimmer in the mirror, and people have been commenting. Haven't checked my measurements recently though.
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                    • #11
                      Yes, the body does slough off weight in a nonlinear way. Re: BMR...I whole heartedly agree with losing and cutting back calories. My BMR at 264 was 3050 to maintain. At 200 it is supposed to be in the 2800 calorie range. As it is now (242) I am eating 1300 ish calories a day and still losing but I expect to have to fast more, pile in more exercise or reduce calories as I approach 200 lbs. Putting it on is sure a lot more fun than taking it off. Ive been shedding Holistic Pizzas for a month or more now. Just think of all those broken promises about eating holistic foods and staying healthy! Trust me, Diet Beer is a scam.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by lmyers04 View Post
                        are you still eating the same cals as you started? as you get leaner, you need to scale back your calories as well. 237lb person requires less cals than 300lb person..
                        This is basically what I was going to ask. Doing what was successful at a morbidly obese state won't work nearly as fast at a just chubby state. Congrats on all that weight loss. Great job.

                        I think we're all different, but I seem to experience the same thing as chas with fruit. As of this past weekend I have completely eliminated it and in the last two days I feel like a small plateau just caved in and a few more pound vanished. It's a weak correlation, because with the exception of a little very hard cheese, I have eliminated dairy this week too. I didn't intentionally eliminate it. I just ran out and haven't been shopping.

                        Mixing things up seems to jump start me too. Eat a wide variety of stuff. Increase your fish and omega 3s.

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                        • #13
                          I think fructose and a higher-fat diet just dont mix well for some reason.

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                          • #14
                            1300 calories may be too low... your body may be fighting you on the weight loss for fear of starvation. Not necessarily the case, but possibly. I eat around 1300 and I'm 165

                            Some of the things that I've noticed and started to do more from lots of reading on this board and experimenting (so take with a grain of salt and feel free to ignore!), I think the combination of scale, measurements, food log are needed for many people. For some, they can just dive in and it works... most of us come from either being overweight for a long time, or have other physical issues caused by eating crap for too long (that last one would be me, even though I thought I was doing well... eek!). Keeping track of calories and the macros (protein, fat carbs) helps us learn and make sure we're in the right zone. It's easy to go over, or od on the carbs or not enough/too much protein, especially at first when we're really learning about our foods (which I think most of us really never did before.)

                            I do believe strongly that some people have certain foods/food groups that just stop weight loss for whatever reason. Mostly probably insulin resistance, but there are other issues as well. So doing some experimenting and making those connections is important if we want to make progress. Think of yourself as a giant petrie dish! OK, maybe that only works for me...

                            I figured out that I had to give up alcohol COMPLETELY. At least for now. Because my body took that sugar and ran with it... causing not only my fat burning to stall but caused cravings for the wrong type of food. But that's just me...

                            I realize that this diet (i.e. Way of Eating) shouldn't be that hard and complex. And it probably wouldn't be if we're weren't coming to it already damaged from years of eating wrong. It took us a while to get this way... and will take a while to get NOT this way. (That said, I have NO freaking patience, so this is a reminder I tell myself often!)
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                            • #15
                              Thanks for all the input. I probably have been hitting the groceries a little hard over the last month. I got to thinking I could eat anything that wasn't high in carbs and do just fine, but as was pointed out, at 237 the body needs less calories than at 300lbs. I really hadn't thought of that but it makes sense.

                              Thanks everyone.

                              twoidhd

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