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Am I done losing?

When I started I was just trying to take off pregnancy weight and was a little over 155. I made it to 145 (pre pg) and kept losing. Now, despite not changing anything and adding "damage control" and pagg, I am stuck around 130. I would love to get o pre-wedding 125 but I'm starting to feel like maybe this is it. Iddk if I have the time and motivation to do the last mile and I already workout (strength and cardio).

Any feedback? I like the way I look, but have always wanted flatter abs (I have a little pouch). I am also kind of bummed bc I was hoping that at some point I could reintroduce some dairy or fruit, but if I'm not losing I think that would mean gaining.

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Jody mentions that you might be eating too much and an equally common problem seems to be eating not enough, particularly with those doing a lot of cardio. It's possible you've been eating too little and exercising too much. That will send your body into starvation mode where it initially loses weight from the deficit, but eventually reacts by conserving as much energy as it can, slowing your metabolism.

I also recommend counting a typical day's calories - post that up here along with your workout and we can probably figure out what's going on.

  • Nin Nappi commented Apr 7th 2012:

    Thx. I'm generally anti calorie counting, but if it's just for a day no biggie. Not today thought bc today I am cheating. I'll try tomorrow.

  • Jake commented Apr 7th 2012:

    I don't calorie count for the most part either. After 8 months, I had a two week period of counting to get a ball park (of calories and protein). And I'll admit it wasn't entirely accurate because I ate less when I had to write everything down! But even with the less eating, I was coming in at 1500-1700 calories most days, and I do about 15-20 minutes of targeted workout per day.

  • Nin Nappi commented Apr 7th 2012:

    Since my baby finally fell asleep I figured I would just estimate a normal day

    Breakfast: 140 cal protien shake (i know this is controversial but I've been doing it since the beginning with no problem), 1 hard boiled egg, 1/4c blk beans and 1/4 c frozen peas/carrots. TOTAL 300 cals

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  • Nin Nappi commented Apr 7th 2012:

    Lunch: 1/2c blk beans, 1-2 cp green veg (either frozen or cooked w/ oo), 5 oz chicken breast or pork chop, hard boiled egg. TOTAL 450-550

    Snack (a must because lunch is at 1020): protein shake and or 1/2 serving unsalted peanuts. TOTAL 140-220

  • Nin Nappi commented Apr 7th 2012:

    Dinner: varies between 6 oz of skinless chicken thigh,steak or salmon, sauteed broccoli rabe, spinach, asparagus or broccoli with garlic and oo or mac oil (600-700)

    Dessert - one to two squares 90% dark chocolate (55-110 cals)

    Total - 1545-1880 - i guess that's a wide range. But I also burn 2000-3500 cals a week

  • jodyalbritton commented Apr 7th 2012:

    Your basal metabolic rate is around 1350* (estimate) You could cut some beans, and the chocolate.

  • Nin Nappi commented Apr 7th 2012:

    I actually added the beans in the am because I was still really hungry and found myself eating too many peanuts. The chocolate could definitely go, but I'm not sure I want it to :) Thanks

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We all hit plateaus. They're frustrating as heck.

Congrats on your fat loss and more importantly, your new BABY!! :)

Kinda personal question, but are you breastfeeding? That uses a lot of calories. Your body may be wanting to hold onto fat reserves to maintain milk production.

Firstly, it's up to you whether you're done or not. If not, you can either tweak your current SCD regime for a couple of weeks and see what happens. Sometimes it's a matter just changing something that kicks things into gear.

Here are some ideas:

I would personally ditch the protein shakes for real food. I know it's worked fine until now but if you're stalling, this the time to start tightening up the plan.

Limit the chocolate to 2 nights a week. Have all you want on cheat day.

I would opt for a couple of eggs or leftover meat for a snack.

Cut your cardio. really. go for a walk with your beautiful baby.

Do Cheat Day every 10 days instead of every week.

Keep your carbs between 50-100 grams. That apparently is the sweet losing range.

Up your fats.

Or go to LM if you think you can handle it. I would cut out the cardio if you do.

Where you fat deposits is more genetic than anything. For many, the belly is the first place the put on fat and the last place they lose it. One thing that might help is going off grains. I did when it became clear that I had gluten sensitivities. Even when I was at a lower BF% and an endurance athlete in my 20s, I had a little belly pooch. NowI have some cool flat ab action. My thighs are another story :/

You can have all dairy, fruit and whatever else you want on cheat day.

  • Nin Nappi commented Apr 7th 2012:

    Thanks. I've actually been thinking about ditching the shake. I'm totally going to put your suggestions into effect as they sound very reasonable, but one question...no cardio? How about limited cardio? And how often do you suggest strength training? Unlike most people, I actually really enjoy working out (and taking walks with my beautiful baby of course, but that's usually in addition to the gym). Also, I don't eat grains...do you mean removing them from cheat day? That's the only time I have them. Thanks again. I'm going to try all of this, except for the 10 day cheat day thing...unless I need to.

  • Nin Nappi commented Apr 7th 2012:

    Btw- I'm going on a yoga retreat this week so idk how easy it will be to stick with scd so I will repost in a few weeks from now with progress.

  • Nin Nappi commented Apr 8th 2012:

    Oh and I forgot to answer, but no I'm not breast feeding nor had I been- didn't work out for me.

  • Maria Rider commented Apr 8th 2012:

    I've done limited cardio, like 30m a day and not everyday, like 4-5 times a day and rest on Cheat Day. :) it's worked for me.

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I know the book says you don't really have to count calories but, this is said about people with much weight to lose. Do you have before and after body fat%? If you have lost muscle in the process of losing weight then you have lost some ability to burn calories. If this is the case, then the amounts you were losing with will no longer be low enough, and you will need further reduce to get to a lower body fat. I had a stall when this happened to me at 180 lbs. I had not been exercising, and had lost forty total lbs, ten lbs of which was muscle. I hit a wall for a month before I started tracking my calories, then reducing them to maintain a 500c deficit. When you start nearing the last bit of weight to lose is when the road gets the steepest.

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