Over the past 2 years I have lost 72 lbs. I am 27, 5'9" and 225. I am trying to lose another 60 lbs to be within my healthy BMI range but recently I hit a snag. I plateaued at about 235 so I reevaluated my diet and am consuming 1,500 calories a day and eating very healthy every 3-4hours to keep my metabolism going. I also incorporated strength training 3 days a week (MWF) with my usual aerobics 3 days a week (TThSa) and 10,000 steps every day. It helped me shed 10 lbs but I hit another plateau. It has been 3 months and my weight and measurements haven't changed. Recently a friend suggested that I may be starving myself and should have a 'cheat day'. Has anyone else had this problem? Should I be eating more or have a 'cheat day'? Any help would be appreciated.View Thread
I had the same problem. I am 5'9" 225 lbs. I used to be 298 lbs but over the past two years I lost the weight by using a phone app to record every single thing that goes in my stomach, eating healthy and walking 10,000 steps a day. At around 235 lbs I hit a plateau. The only thing I found helpful is weight training. The more lean muscle you have the more calories you burn. So recently I have been doing cardio 3 days a week and weight training another 3 days a week. Even though I only lost 10 lbs I have gone down a dress size. I recommend getting a measuring tape so you can measure your waist and hips. This will give you a better idea if you are simply building muscle to replace the fat. I also recommend reevaluating your eating and calorie needs. I had to do this about every 10 lbs I lost. I hope this helps!View Thread
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