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Unread 08-10-2018, 01:08 PM
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Default Please tell me this is a plateau that will end soon... losing my mind

Getting really concerned... my stomach feels loose, fat and disgusting, but my fingers aren't swollen... ring fits fine. F/39/5'3


Date Intake Cardio Weight
7/17 1216 -175 166.3
7/18 710 -430 166.4
7/19 862 -430 166.9
7/20 927 -420 166.8
7/21 965 -175 165.2
7/22 910 -175 165.4
7/23 1000 -420 165.3
7/24 980 -420 165.5
7/25 960 -420 165.3
7/26 940 -420 164.4
7/27 1178 -420 164.3
7/28 1830 -420 164.5
7/29 1030 -175 163.6
7/30 713 -420 163.1
7/31 1156 -420 163.2
8/1 894 -420 164.7
8/2 1222 -420 164.9
8/3 1263 -420 163.5
8/4 1372 -420 163.9
8/5 1038 -420 163.5
8/6 2935 -245 163.5
8/7 960 -175 165.6
8/8 1371 -420 162.4
8/9 1576 -420 163.8

All food tracked/weighed etc. Only wild card is sushi (tuna/avocado) several times a week which I took apart and weighed to come up with the cal count which I tried to overestimate as well.

This level of exercise is something I've been doing as habit forever (3 mile walk and 20 min elliptical) and my appetite just went to nothing on 7/17 for a variety of reasons so the calories I've been eating haven't been like, a crash diet from a psychological perspective.

Tried a high cal day 8/6, drank a gallon of water 8/7, upped cals 8/8 and 8/9 (I was also starving finally)

Please say it's water. :'( My spreadsheet says I'm over 6.5 lb from where I need to be. I can't believe I'm freaking out this much but every day that passes I'm going crazier.

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Unread 08-10-2018, 07:10 PM
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Chill out a bit, stop weighing yourself daily and have a cocktail. Your weekly average is clearly trending downwards.
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Unread 08-10-2018, 07:21 PM
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You are going pretty hard
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Update - in case anyone finds this thread in the future:

My plateau started breaking Aug 17th. By Aug 22nd I was down to 156. The 20th-21st, I didn't eat at all (not on purpose, I had a I need to read the rules post.I need to read the rules post.I need to read the rules post.I need to read the rules post.ty event happen in my life).

I took a month off after that and maintained bouncing in the 156-159 range.

Started a similar deficit/exercise regimen (though much lower carb) in early October. Coasted quickly down to 147, where I've been since October 21st. 149.9 this morning :/

According to my spreadsheet I am at -16479 calories since then, so depending on the composition of those cals, I'm somewhere between 4-6 pounds over where I should be mathematically.

Plateaus suck and are real
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Unread 11-08-2018, 09:53 AM
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Update - in case anyone finds this thread in the future:

My plateau started breaking Aug 17th. By Aug 22nd I was down to 156. The 20th-21st, I didn't eat at all (not on purpose, I had a I need to read the rules post.I need to read the rules post.I need to read the rules post.I need to read the rules post.ty event happen in my life).

I took a month off after that and maintained bouncing in the 156-159 range.

Started a similar deficit/exercise regimen (though much lower carb) in early October. Coasted quickly down to 147, where I've been since October 21st. 149.9 this morning :/

According to my spreadsheet I am at -16479 calories since then, so depending on the composition of those cals, I'm somewhere between 4-6 pounds over where I should be mathematically.

Plateaus suck and are real
Nope.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2376744/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3673773/

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Care to elaborate? 16,479 calories if from pure fat would be 4.7 pounds.
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Unread 11-08-2018, 12:29 PM
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Uhh... You lost 10# from early october to the 20th? You're a 5'3 female weighing ~150#. That was not all fat loss. Do your math from the start of the program. Plateaus on the scale are real, energy requirements are incontrovertable. Lots of things can happen which prevent weight loss from being linear. You should also read the links beyond the first few paragraphs.


18 days, 16479kc... ~900kc per day? By the by, few people manage to be so accurate, anyway. Add another twenty days, assuming you started on the 1st, the earliest October. Divided by 3500, you should be 10 pounds down from october 1st. You are about there. Because you started at 159. And you should expect water retention while dieting. And you are a woman.
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Unread 11-08-2018, 01:49 PM
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Other than what he said, there are decrease in TEF and NEAT that'll slow down your fat loss over time with the same magnitude. take a simple example. i'm at 3000 calories, want to cut to 2500 to lose a lb of fat a week. Let's assume TEF of 10% for this diet.

Original: 3000-(10% of 3000)=2700 cals
New: 2500-(10% of 2500)=2250 cals

right off the bat I'm at 450 deficit not 500...

Add to that you'll get lazier over the diet from fatigue, sleep less, move less, etc..
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Unread 11-14-2018, 03:33 PM
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My spreadsheet recalculates BMR/exercise cals for every pound lost - so I'm definitely not missing anything there, unless the formula is way off. I have been meticulous about calorie counting almost to the point of obsession.

Thanks though - I'm sure you're right. My stomach has felt absolutely disgusting for 3 weeks, it has to be water weight. :/
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Unread 11-14-2018, 03:37 PM
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The linked papers **literally** explain to a T why a on paper calculated formula wont be as accurate in real life... throw out your excel nonsense it wont account of NEAT reduction or DIT (the latter is much more trivial but whatever)
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