Many a hand has scaled the grand old face of the (weight loss) plateau...
November 17, 2011 6:52 PM Subscribe
Has anyone broke through a weight loss plateau and managed to maintain their progress?
posted by anonymous to health & fitness (13 answers total) 14 users marked this as a favorite
After nearly 15 years struggling with being overweight and yo-yo dieting, I was finally able to implement some very sustainable lifestyle changes (quitting smoking, taking up sport, running, not eating like an asshole, etc) and managed to lose nearly 35kg over a period of 12 months, averaging about .5-1.0 kg/week.
However, like many others here in the green have experienced, I have hit a brick wall in the form of a plateau, and I am trying to decide whether or not to push through, or to simply try to maintain the good habits and weight loss that I worked pretty hard to achieve to this point.
While I started out a year ago at 120kg, I'm around 85kg now. Still not in the 'average' bmi range yet, and standing naked in the mirror, I would definitely describe myself as 'skinny-fat', or simply a deflated version of my former self. (I'm male, early 30's fwiw)
From my own experience, and reading others advice here on similar posts, I'm pretty sure I could easily break through this plateau by shocking my body with a different exercise routine and diet, however my main concern here is sustainability, as I'm very comfortable and secure in my current routine that I worry that such a change might actually have a negative effect in terms of implementing something that I would not be able to maintain for the long term.
So I suppose my question here is, has anyone here broke through a weight loss plateau through the methods advised in previous questions, and if so, were you able to revert to your previous, but still healthy, ways and keep the weight off?
I'm not looking for a critique of my diet or exercise routine - Simply anecdotal evidence of people who have been in the same boat who can look back on their experiences and report back. If you want to share specific methods or hacks that worked for you though, please do share!
Thank you for your time!
(anonymous because the matter is somewhat sensitive to me and would prefer not to have it linked to my main account history)