How can I get past my plateau?

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  • macgurlnet
    macgurlnet Posts: 1,946 Member
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    chelseag2h wrote: »
    What do I do if the label reads "1 serving is 1 Tablespoon"?

    Is it a solid/semi-solid or a liquid? Liquids are fine to be measured in tablespoons or measuring cups.

    For a solid, what I would do is measure out less than that full tablespoon - leave some room at the top of the spoon. Then log it as a tablespoon anyway. That should help make up for any inaccuracy.

    ~Lyssa
  • chelseag2h
    chelseag2h Posts: 20 Member
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    Like peanut butter reads 1 serving is 2 tablespoons. So I measure 2 FLAT tablespoons, then lick the spoon clean. (I know... gross) Now I'm beginning to wonder if I've been eating 1.5 servings instead of 1.
  • macgurlnet
    macgurlnet Posts: 1,946 Member
    edited April 2015
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    It doesn't list grams on the packaging? You're buying the wrong peanut butter ;)

    Here's an example of what should be on the package: http://www.jif.com/products/creamy-peanut-butter

    I would bet money that your 2 flat tablespoons is easily 1.5 servings or even 2. Plus you've got a few extra from licking the spoon clean...

    Measure out 32g and see how much it is. Use that instead of just 2 Tablespoons from this point on; I think the 32g is about average for a serving of peanut butter...

    ~Lyssa
  • chelseag2h
    chelseag2h Posts: 20 Member
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    Oops. Missed a few questions. My plateau has lasted 2 weeks. My doctor recommended 1200 calories a day and I opted for 1100 calories since most people eat 10% more calories than they think they do. I read that somewhere. And I would like to lose 2 pounds a week instead of just 1.
  • KourtneyChristine
    KourtneyChristine Posts: 33 Member
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    A change in ur diet might help and trying a difference exercise if you do. And a change in ur diet I mean eat something different for a week and it might push u past your plateau. That's always helped me. So instead of eating my salad I try a veggie soup instead.
  • chelseag2h
    chelseag2h Posts: 20 Member
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    I need to buy a new scale. My sucks.
  • jrline
    jrline Posts: 2,353 Member
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    change up your workout routine
  • segacs
    segacs Posts: 4,599 Member
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    2 weeks isn't a plateau. Just keep at it.
  • Nice2BFitAgain
    Nice2BFitAgain Posts: 319 Member
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    labels always list grams after the serving size - for instance Skippy peanut butter says Serving Size 2 Tbsp (32g) <--- that is your weight per serving, use that.
  • StaciMarie1974
    StaciMarie1974 Posts: 4,138 Member
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    The label on peanut butter probably says 1 serving = 2 tablespoons (32 grams). Use the weight. Today I put 28 grams of peanut butter on my sandwich for lunch. 28/32 = .875 so I logged .875 serving. Or I could have scraped some off to be .75 serving (24 grams) or added more to be an even 32 grams. And I logged 2.2 slices of bread because 1 serving = 2 slices (45 grams) but when I weighed my 2 slices, it was 50 grams. 50/45 = 1.11 servings.

    Solid food will have nutrition info on the labels in grams in addition to the spoons/cups. It would make live less confusing for a lot of people if they only had the grams and NOT the spoons/cups.
  • StaciMarie1974
    StaciMarie1974 Posts: 4,138 Member
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    If your doctor recommended 1200 and you begin more accurately tracking your intake, go for the 1200. Your body needs nutrition.

    But 2 weeks is not a plateau. Sodium, stress, sleep, TOM/hormones all affect water weight. Compare your weight now to 30 days ago - since TOM/hormones tend to have a monthly cycle for women. If you go 4-8 weeks without a loss, then its time to have your thyroid, etc. checked. (Because even if you're over estimating calorie burn and underestimating intake you should still have a deficit and lose weight.)
  • segacs
    segacs Posts: 4,599 Member
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    chelseag2h wrote: »
    I also don't cook. I prefer to eat food that I can record exact calories for. I use the barcode scanner every chance I get. I'm very OCD about my entire Weight Loss experiment!

    Reverse this and you'll have much better success!

    You don't need to cook your own food to lose weight. Calories in, calories out works regardless of the food you choose to eat. BUT... avoiding cooking because you're afraid of logging and tracking it accurately? Nope, nope, nope. You'll be much more accurate when you do your own cooking and weigh out your own ingredients as opposed to going based on information on pre-packaged food labels.

    Also, if you've struggled with OCD in the past or are currently struggling with it, you may want to consider that calorie counting might not be the best method for you. For a small number of people, counting calories can lead to unhealthy behaviour patterns, and if that's you, you should probably speak to a counselor about it.
  • chelseag2h
    chelseag2h Posts: 20 Member
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    Now I see the grams on the peanut butter. I will go buy a digital scale tomorrow and start tracking more accurately.
    I certainly appreciate all the great comments and help! Thank you!
  • j75j75
    j75j75 Posts: 854 Member
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    Upcoming surgery, huh? I wish you a speedy recovery. Speaking of which, don't forget fitness, your recovery will be that much faster if you are in good shape. Do something that doesn't aggravate whatever you are having surgery on.
  • urloved33
    urloved33 Posts: 3,323 Member
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    chelseag2h wrote: »
    Like what? Jumping rope?
    urloved33 wrote: »
    Do something that shocks your system.

    You can fast, you can lift considerable more weight than you usually do...high weight low reps....you can - yes - jump rope if you usually do not. You can run if you usually do not.

    I do the weight thing. It gets me moving every time...

  • urloved33
    urloved33 Posts: 3,323 Member
    edited April 2015
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    MrM27 wrote: »
    urloved33 wrote: »
    Do something that shocks your system.

    Please stop telling people that is the solution. You want to shock your system? Shock it by showing it you know how to track calories properly.

    I am nicely asking you (FOR THE TENTH TIME) to STOP ADDRESSING ME AND THE EXPERIENCES THAT I HAVE HAD IN 35 YEARS WORKING OUT WITH PROFESSIONAL TRAINERS IN PROFESSIONAL SETTING.

    SO STOP ADDRESSING ME IF YOU DONT THAN I AM DIRECTLY REPORTING YOU FOR HARRASSMENT.

  • Cortelli
    Cortelli Posts: 1,369 Member
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    urloved33 wrote: »
    chelseag2h wrote: »
    Like what? Jumping rope?
    urloved33 wrote: »
    Do something that shocks your system.

    You can fast, you can lift considerable more weight than you usually do...high weight low reps....you can - yes - jump rope if you usually do not. You can run if you usually do not.

    I do the weight thing. It gets me moving every time...

    I have found that by introducing a new variable into the overall equation -- especially a new exercise routine of any sort -- I am more likely to see unexpected changes.

    Especially with new exercise, our seldom-used or infrequently-stressed muscles tend to require more water for repair / recovery, and that water weight makes it look like we're gaining weight (we are!). But the thing is, it is water weight, not fat -- still not encouraging to those who don't understand it and are focused on scale weight. In fact, introducing a new exercise approach can result in scale weight gains and discouragement if one isn't expecting and ready for it.

    OP - two weeks is frustrating but not really enough time to get overly anxious about it. As you've already indicated you plan to do, get a scale and weigh out your solids whenever you're at home and can do so. Inaccurate logging, despite the best of intentions and a healthy dose of OCD, is the cause of much confusion to judge by these boards.