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Should I care that I’ve hit a weight-loss plateau?

For the past three months I’ve been dieting and exercising but after an initial loss of about 12 pounds, and 9 pounds from goal, I’ve hit a plateau.

For the past couple of weeks I’ve somewhat increased my food intake but greatly increased exercise and, based on “net” calorie consumption I should be loosing a pound or two a week.

As far as I can tell I’m doing things right.  I log all my food and exercise on which tells me I’m well below my net calorie budget.  Of course, the body doesn’t work with the precision of an accountant.  Despite the well documented formala that 3,500 calories equals a pound, the amount of weight one loses during a period of time is not predictable.

Part of that could be measurement error. I don’t weight and measure everything I eat so there is the possibility of some inaccuracy though it shouldn’t be that far off.  Part could be muscle gain. As I exercise more, I should be gaining muscle but even though muscle weighs more than fat, I’m not exactly getting buff from my bike rides and light use of strength training machines.  The answer could also be that my metabolism isn’t what it used to be.  As we get older, we burn fewer calories so weight loss is a bit harder.

I’m not sure of why I’ve stalled but there is one thing I do know. I’m not going to let it discourage me. Getting into shape is a marathon, not a sprint and I’m in this for the long haul.


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