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    Help! What works for you when you plateau? I have been at a steady 137lbs for a little over a month now. Would like to get down to 130. What I have been doing is for the mornings, either a bulletproof coffee, followed by a serving of fruit...usually berries or an apple..

    Lunch is pretty much always a big salad with all kinds of veggies, and a protein such as salmon, leftover steak, etc, with OO & Vinegar.

    Snacks usually are tomato salad sometimes with Mozzarella, cucumbers, carrots etc. Somedays almond butter...I am switching it up so I am not always doing the same thing.

    dinner is always lean beef, lamb, veal or fish with veggies /butter /salad.....

    With all of this, a glass or two of red wine, and I won't lie here, it has been about every night for the past month! I have been bad lately...I'm thinking if I just cut the wine completely for a few weeks, those pounds will drop...

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    With all of this, a glass or two of red wine, and I won't lie here, it has been about every night for the past month! I have been bad lately...I'm thinking if I just cut the wine completely for a few weeks, those pounds will drop...
    That would be where I would start. Maybe drop the snacks too.

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    • #3
      I'm in the same boat, at about the same weight. Aaaand....the same wineage. Cutting my daytime food back helped, and taking some of the 'crutches' out of my morning smoothie (like protein powder & coconut oil). If I can get closer to morning smoothie, then just enough snack (usually egg or meat or avocado) to keep my stomach quiet at work, then a meaty dinner with wine doesn't keep me from losing weight.

      Now I need to stick with that, and not fall into a pint or 2 of beer on the weekends, and I'll slowly and pleasantly drop that extra tenner.
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      • #4
        I would drop the wine, cheese and nut butter. You could keep the fruit for a while and if it still doesn't drop then eliminate it as well for a bit. I am currently also eliminating my nuts and sunflower nut butter to see if I can get the scale moving. The last food to drop will be my berries with coconut milk. I really want to lose 8 more lbs in the next few weeks after that I can lose a bit slower if that's what my body needs

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        • #5
          Have you tried IF'ing? I find that throwing in a 24-48 hour fast every now and again helps my stalls much more so than cutting out certain food groups. I'd also consider ditching the snacks and having bigger meals. If not for weight loss, for better overall health.
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          • #6
            i would start by cutting back on the wine a little bit. not a lot...but stick to a few nights a week. next, you should buy a good, sturdy sledgehammer, and beat the shit out of your scale. there comes a point when it's better for you to stop measuring your weight, and focus on the more important things, like body composition, body fat percentage, etc...that time is now. check yourself out in the mirror, take pictures, take measurements, notice how your clothes fit. your weight can fluctuate too easily, and doesn't really tell you anything useful.
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            • #7
              When I'm trying to drop weight, no wine and no snacks.

              In fact, I always try to avoid the habit of snacking.

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              • #8
                Personally was 175 after doing primal for several months but the Intermittent Fasting worked like a charm for last 10 AND since it is fasting not starvation -your body will not get out of whack when you stop IFing and will start to stabilize at that weight you Ifed to because you have or are becoming a fat burning beast by now.
                Suggestion: When IFing break your fast with something that will keep your satiety like some fat or some protein AND treat yourself with safe treats like a glass of wine but not a glass of chocolate milk-that will satisfy you psychologically as well as physically. Just my 2 cents . . . literally probably what my advice is worth
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                • #9
                  Originally posted by HealthyGirl View Post
                  Help! What works for you when you plateau? I have been at a steady 137lbs for a little over a month now. Would like to get down to 130. What I have been doing is for the mornings, either a bulletproof coffee, followed by a serving of fruit...usually berries or an apple..

                  Lunch is pretty much always a big salad with all kinds of veggies, and a protein such as salmon, leftover steak, etc, with OO & Vinegar.

                  Snacks usually are tomato salad sometimes with Mozzarella, cucumbers, carrots etc. Somedays almond butter...I am switching it up so I am not always doing the same thing.

                  dinner is always lean beef, lamb, veal or fish with veggies /butter /salad.....

                  With all of this, a glass or two of red wine, and I won't lie here, it has been about every night for the past month! I have been bad lately...I'm thinking if I just cut the wine completely for a few weeks, those pounds will drop...
                  I bolded the most likely offenders.
                  Last edited by Forgotmylastusername; 07-24-2012, 06:22 PM.

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                  • #10
                    Lots of good suggestions here. I'm just wondering how tall you are, as 130 is pretty light. You may be where your body's natural set point is.

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by HealthyGirl View Post
                      bulletproof coffee
                      You're drinking butter. That's hundreds, or possibly thousands, of empty calories a week that you're drinking. You have to eat less calories, and the first thing you should do is stop drinking butter.

                      Originally posted by Forgotmylastusername View Post
                      I bolded the most likely offenders.
                      This.

                      It's not the foods. It's the calories. Cut out the emptiest calories. Those would be bulletproof coffee (by far), red wine and almond butter in that order.
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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by HealthyGirl View Post
                        Help! What works for you when you plateau? I have been at a steady 137lbs for a little over a month now. Would like to get down to 130. What I have been doing is for the mornings, either a bulletproof coffee, followed by a serving of fruit...usually berries or an apple..

                        Lunch is pretty much always a big salad with all kinds of veggies, and a protein such as salmon, leftover steak, etc, with OO & Vinegar.

                        Snacks usually are tomato salad sometimes with Mozzarella, cucumbers, carrots etc. Somedays almond butter...I am switching it up so I am not always doing the same thing.

                        dinner is always lean beef, lamb, veal or fish with veggies /butter /salad.....

                        With all of this, a glass or two of red wine, and I won't lie here, it has been about every night for the past month! I have been bad lately...I'm thinking if I just cut the wine completely for a few weeks, those pounds will drop...
                        The only thing you have not talked about is your exercise regime.....if you think you are at a plateau perhaps leave the food you enjoy and up your exercise......win,win!!

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                        • #13
                          ^^ was gonna say that... More walks or longer duration...maybe...

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by HealthyGirl View Post
                            Help! What works for you when you plateau? I have been at a steady 137lbs for a little over a month now. Would like to get down to 130. What I have been doing is for the mornings, either a bulletproof coffee, followed by a serving of fruit...usually berries or an apple..
                            I BP coffee also some days, but when I do, it is not followed by anything. Not until later and that is either a)lunch b)another BP coffee for lunch.

                            I get what others are saying about the butter & calories. My BP coffee for breakfast and lunch is like 400 calories combined. Then supper is anywhere from 500 - 800 usually. If I have a real lunch, I usually need a snack about 3pm, so another 2-300 calories or so. Seems like if I have anything for breakfast, especially fruit, I am hungrier all day. I still track calories and try not to go over 1500 - 1600 but it is more of a struggle if I eat before lunch time.

                            I find I am able to go for more & more 24s. One 30 & 36 thrown in there, shooting for a 48.

                            I am not much of a wine drinker however I do LOVE sweet mixed drinks so I just don't unless it is a special occasion, like once every few months.
                            65lbs gone and counting!!

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                            • #15
                              To answer some questions.
                              I am 5'3, (someone suggested that weight may be too light for me)
                              I work out a lot, high intensity martial arts/kickboxing, so amping up the exercise may not be the answer.

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