Plateau Busters!! Whats' the fastest Methods to break through Weight loss Plateaus?

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  1. richw76

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    So I'm losing fat, and gaining muscle. I'm into my second week of weight training. I've lost about 20-25lb so far and I think I'm hitting a plateau. My calories have been between 1400-1600 a day for the last 6 weeks. And they are mainly from fruits/vegetables/whole grains/ lean meats.



    I was doing great, but now it doesn't seem like I've lost a pound in a week or two. I think I've hit a Plateau.

    What's the best method to bust through it?
     
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  2. richw76

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    and with the title I know better. I meant. Fat lose plateaus.
     
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  3. Gmedlo

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    I'd recommend giving it time. Continue on your current regimen, making sure you get some cardio/hiit in there.

    How long have you been doing this? 20-25 pounds seems like a lot for the 6 weeks you've been on that diet.
     
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  4. richw76

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    I think it's seems like I've lost more than I have. I was eating alot of crap. I lost 10lb the first week, and almost 15 the first two weeks. It was steady for a minute. (I also drink a least 64-128+oz. of water everyday)

    I'm wondering if I'm shoting myself in the foot by dropping from 2000-1500 calories a day.

    For cardio, I'm not currently doing any HIT, just squats, and deadlifts, and a half hour of elliptical a week. I'm ramping up but I'm trying to follow Anos' advice and retain muscle with heavy lifts vs doing a ton of cardio and losing muscle.
     
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  5. hewittfan3

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    yeah i actually lost 40 pounds without changing my eating habits at all. The only things that I did were lift weights and played a lot of tennis. I have also hit a plateau but i think it is a good plateau. I'm guessing you still want to lose weight though. So I would just keep up the good work and also I would try not to eat after like 7 or 8 at night and that will help a lot if your not already doing that
     
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  6. Kobble

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    Not necessarily a plateau buster, but when I ran sprints using the Tabata principle 5 days a week(Mon-Fri.) I lost a little more than a pound per week. All the time increasing my ice cream consumption. Unbelievable!
     
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    There are a number of ways to break through plateaus. The most obvious way is to up the intensity or duration of your cardio or start to do some HIIT work. Another way is through your diet, a question I always ask people is if they are eating enough. If you've been at 1400-1600 calories for the past 6 week I would suggest that you bump it back up to 2000 cal/day for 7-10 days. Another question is how many days a week are you doing your cardio? If you have a schedule that allows it you could add a day or 2 for a while until you start losing again. I wouldn't worry too much about losing muscle when doing a ton of cardio, as long as you keep strength training I think you'll be alright.

    To Ano: Feel free to correct anything that I just wrote :).
     
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    Thanks radical. Your sugegstion seems to have worked. I went for sushi one day and had a big fat steak the next, so I increase my calories about 500-1000 and it seems like I'm losing again.

    Darn evolution weird how it works out, increase calories to lose weight. :)
     
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  9. daveyboy

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    Your problem was your body was starving. Whe you dropped calories that much, you lost the weight until your body said "HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY! FEED ME! STARVING HERE!". 2000 calories is probably best. Take a look at everything you eat, burn what you eat, and eat veggies with every meal. If you cut out all your white sugar and flour you'll feel like a million bucks, too.
     
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