Reached a plateau

Stuck to my calorie count (1200) started this week doing Lucy Wyndan Read walking exercise on you tube and absolute beginners HIIT by Joe Wicks still no shift in weight😥 been stuck for 4 weeks now. Eat a vegetarian diet, no cakes or alcohol. How do I get it moving again please


  • Rodney_Mckay
    Rodney_Mckay Posts: 32 Member
    Do you weigh or log what you eat ? Unless you do theres no way to tell if you are indeed eating 1200 cals or more.

    If you are positive your calculations are correct just dont worry about it, it will nudge eventually. The laws of physics demand it :)
  • diannethegeek
    diannethegeek Posts: 14,776 Member
    Without details, these would be my very generic suggestions:

    1. If you aren't already, be sure that you're logging everything. Sometimes people forget about things like veggies, drinks, cooking oils, and condiments. For some people these can add up to enough to halt your weight loss progress.

    2. Consider buying a food scale if you don't already have one and weigh everything solid. Everything. They're about $10-$20 dollars in the US and easily found at places like Amazon, Target, and Walmart. Measuring cups and spoons are great, but they do come with some degree of inaccuracy. A food scale will be more accurate, and for some people it makes a big difference.

    3. Logging accurately also means choosing accurate entries in the database. There are a lot of user-entered entries that are off. Double-check that you're using good entries and/or using the recipe builder instead of someone else's homemade entries.

    4. Recalculate your goals if you haven't lately. As you lose weight your body requires fewer calories to run. Be sure you update your goals every ten pounds or so.

    5. If you're eating back your exercise calories and you're relying on gym machine readouts or MFP's estimates, it might be best to eat back just 50-75% of those. Certain activities tend to be overestimated. If you're using an HRM or activity tracker, it might be a good idea to look into their accuracy and be sure that yours is calibrated properly.

    6. If you're taking any cheat days that go over your calorie limits, it might be best to cut them out for a few weeks and see what happens. Some people go way over their calorie needs without realizing it when they don't track.

    7. If you weigh yourself frequently, consider using a program like Libra or Happy Scale to even out the fluctuations. You could be losing weight but just don't see it because of the daily ups and downs. You might also be sure your scale is working and doesn't need new batteries or anything.

    8. Some people just burn fewer calories than the calculators predict. If you continue to have problems after 4-6 weeks, then it might be worth a trip to the doctor or a registered dietitian who can give you more specific advice.
  • Bwilty7
    Bwilty7 Posts: 45 Member
    Plateau means you're ready for a change. How long have you been in deficit?