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Old 09-21-2014, 05:43 AM   #1
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Unintentionally maintaining

I have been at the same weight for almost four months now. I'm pretty happy about that, and I am not calling it a stall, because I told myself I just wanted to see if I could maintain my weight over the summer. Now, it's hard for me to get back into weight loss mode. I'm tracking carbs and calories, and keeping pretty clean. I'm not terribly excited about kickstarting with a fat fast or egg fast, but I'll do it if necessary. Any other ideas to get things going again? I want to lose 5-10 more pounds.
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:30 AM   #2
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I'm not one to offer advice, but perhaps empathy.
You describe my situation.
I am maintaining but I also want to lose some more, somewhere in the same range as you. I seem to have succeeded at Phase 1, but Phase 2 (that last 10 pounds) is elusive.
I am not totally on plan, but mostly -- I'd give myself a B+, but thinking I need to bump up into A- territory. I'll probably never be an A or A+, but I'd like to see some more pounds go before the end of the year.

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Old 09-21-2014, 07:54 AM   #3
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You could add some intermittent fasting.

There are many ways to go about it, one of the most popular is eating within a 5-8 hour window each day. I think there is a big thread on a plan called Fast Five. There is an e-book available for free download as a pdf out there on the WWW if you do a search.

Are you exercising? Exercise will "stall" you at first (but you are already maintaining), but then help things pick up after that.
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Old 09-21-2014, 08:26 AM   #4
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I am considering this one day a week, to start.
I think my best window would be something like 9 - 2.
Or should I try for a couple of days a week?

Alternatively I would consider a fat or an egg fast for a couple of days.

What is likely to be most effective in jump starting some loss?

I know I could probably continue to lose, very slowly as before, if I stayed 100 percent on plan, but as my commitments to do that are coming up a bit short, I am wondering if maybe I should add some diverse strategies to the mix.
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Old 09-21-2014, 08:29 AM   #5
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I walk for an hour each day, and do a pilates/yoga/hand weights class twice a week, and have for some time.

I will look into the intermittent fasting. Thanks!
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I am considering this one day a week, to start.
I think my best window would be something like 9 - 2.
Or should I try for a couple of days a week?

Alternatively I would consider a fat or an egg fast for a couple of days.

What is likely to be most effective in jump starting some loss?

I know I could probably continue to lose, very slowly as before, if I stayed 100 percent on plan, but as my commitments to do that are coming up a bit short, I am wondering if maybe I should add some diverse strategies to the mix.
Typically people do it every day (or nearly every day), but it couldn't hurt to try one day.

You could try the eating window on any day that you aren't going to find yourself 100% on plan. The fasting period seems to negate some less than optimal food choices.

Say, if you know you are going out to dinner with friends at 6, put off eating until 3, eat something so you aren't famished at dinner time, and wrap up your eating by 8.
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Old 09-23-2014, 03:13 PM   #7
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Gosh, why is it so hard to start?
Force of habit?
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