Since I have been stuck at the same weight, give or take 3 pounds, for the past month I have been looking feverishly at articles and getting opinions on how to get over this plateau. First of all, I thought it was weird that this is the very first weight plateau I have ever had. I have never had trouble consistently losing before but for some reason or another, I stalled this time around.
I am taking the suggestion of a very dear MyFitnessPal friend (you know who you are Amy!) and I am going to calorie zig zag. Never heard of it? Go to freedieting and check out their calorie calculator. It shows you how to zig zag your calories so you are eating the same number of calories each week, but different amounts each day. Here is my calorie zig zag that I am going to follow over the next 3 weeks:
I have been eating around 1200 calories each day for the past 2+ months. I dropped a quick 13 pounds by simply eating better but I seem to have plateau’d. With zig zagging, you enter your exercise level for the week, I selected 5x per week of intense exercise, then it pops you out a schedule. If you read up on what they consider exercise, they think a 20 minute walk or a light jog is your exercise for the day. Which it is for many people, just not this girl. When I run my heart rate goes sky high due to a minor heart issue and some asthma, so I burn crazy calories. So I didn’t feel like I was stretching by selecting the intense exercise option. My calorie level is set around 1458 calories, which I eat at 3 days each week, then the other days jump around. I did move my highest calorie day to my long run day so I’ll feel that evens out and I’ll be better fueled up for long runs. I should add that they have already added exercise calories into your zig zag so they suggest you don’t eat them back. So now you get why I moved my long run day to my high calorie day.
I am going to try this through the last day of January. Hopefully between now and then you hear me singing the praises for zig zagging and dropping lots of weight! With 12-17 pounds left to lose I hope that these next 10 pounds will come off just as easily as the first 13 did!
Have you busted through a plateau before? What did you do that helped you along?