Plateauing after 7 pounds? Not fair!
April 19, 2011 8:36 AM Subscribe
Why aren't I losing weight anymore, despite meticulously tracking my calorie intake and exercising?
Around the end of February, I started a new healthy-eating-and-exercise plan. I didn't intend for it to be a diet, but rather a big change in the types and amounts of foods I eat, and helping my body be stronger and healthier.
Because I am rather sedentary (at a computer most of the day), I calculated my daily calorie needs (for weight maintenance) at 1815. I aimed to lose a pound or so per week, so I subtracted 500 per day for an intake aim of ~1200-1300 calories.
I completely overhauled my crappy diet (lots of refined carbs, not much fruit, not much dairy) to include almost exclusively whole grains, tons of veggies, yogurt, and healthy fats. I use loseit.com to track my intake, and I am as accurate as possible about recording foods.
Here's a typical day for me:
Breakfast - low-fat sugar-free yogurt, maybe some granola or an apple
Lunch - veggie burger with hot sauce, big serving of green vegetables or a large salad dressed with homemade balsamic vinaigrette
Dinner - boneless skinless chicken breast, grilled, with another big serving of veggies, sometimes with a small side of brown rice or whole grain crackers
Snacks - hummus and veggies, applesauce, roasted almonds, Larabars
6 days a week I do a P90X workout (30-40 mins of cardio or strength training) and most days I do some Wii Fit for fun.
In late February, I was at 154 pounds (at 5'4"). I lost about 6 pounds in the first 4 weeks, but have only lost 1-2 additional pounds in the past 3-4 weeks. I really haven't strayed at all with my calorie intake, in fact most days I ring in at 200 or 300 calories below my aim of 1200, mostly in an attempt to rev up the losses again. I can't possibly have to eat less than 900 calories a day, right? That'd be almost impossible for me.
There are only a few other lifestyle changes that might apply, I'm not really sure how though. I went off birth control (doesn't going ON it usually cause weight gain?) and started eating low-sodium.
What could be going on? This is really, really frustrating.