Preventing Plateaus: Does easing into the calorie deficit help?

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Mech9
Mech9 Posts: 252 Member
edited January 2015 in Health and Weight Loss
If one were to take gradual steps into reducing net calories rather than cut back all at once, would that person be less likely to hit a stubborn plateau?

Here's an exaggerated hypothetical just for example:
Month one: cut back a couple hundred kcals from current intake
Month two: cut back an additional few hundred kcals
Month three: incorporate exercise 3 times a week
Month four: up exercise to 6 times a week, with higher intensity

This gradual process would be contrary to starting off by doing everything listed in the example during Month one.

What do you think? What is your experience?


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  • Chrisparadise579
    Chrisparadise579 Posts: 411 Member
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    the best situation is a mix of 1 and 4. You dont want to cut more than 500 calories from your maintenance, the more food you can eat and still lose weight the better. You also want to try to workout 3-6 days per week from the beginning, the more muscle growth and the more you can train your metabolism the better your results will be. Are you ready to rock 2015? you got this!
  • queenliz99
    queenliz99 Posts: 15,317 Member
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    Plateaus are created by eating more calories than you think or burning less calories than you think. Or a combination of the two. The only way to prevent them is to be accurate when logging food or exercise.
  • Liftng4Lis
    Liftng4Lis Posts: 15,150 Member
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    queenliz99 wrote: »
    Plateaus are created by eating more calories than you think or burning less calories than you think. Or a combination of the two. The only way to prevent them is to be accurate when logging food or exercise.

    BAM!
  • musicandarts
    musicandarts Posts: 187 Member
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    queenliz99 wrote: »
    Plateaus are created by eating more calories than you think or burning less calories than you think. Or a combination of the two. The only way to prevent them is to be accurate when logging food or exercise.

    I agree with Queenliz. Terms such as 'plateaus' and 'high metabolism' are media creations. You are better of setting goals based of weight. For example, plan to lose 5 lbs per month etc, and MFP will set your calorie intake.
  • TimothyFish
    TimothyFish Posts: 4,925 Member
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    ...the more food you can eat and still lose weight the better.

    People keep saying that, but I can't make sense out of it. The most food you can eat and still lose weight is one calorie under maintenance. It would take longer than one's life to reach a goal, but one would lose weight doing it.

  • TimothyFish
    TimothyFish Posts: 4,925 Member
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    The only plateaus I've had were because I ate too much. If I hit such a state, I don't see much point in being gradual about it.