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My question is Where is there a Nutrisystem Training Center for consultants in CA? Thanks in advance for any answer. Another question I got... OK, I'm 6 days shy of starting my 3rd month. I am a terrible daily scale watcher and I've been stagnant for 2 days after steadily losing .4 or so per day for the last 2 months..

My fear (yeah I said it) is the dreaded plateau. I'm drinking more water, varying my exercise routine, and today I'm upping my calories to try and convince my body I'm not starving..

Any other ideas? Any one else facing this challenge?.

(edited to make .04 .4)..

asked Apr 21 at 09:36

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I would like to know the answer too. Anyone here know what is the right answer to your question. I'll do some poking around and get back to you if I bump into an answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could assist you..

answered Apr 21 at 10:02

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A lot of us will switch up when we eat our foods - meaning - have a dinner entree at lunch and a lunch entree at dinner. Also, whenever you have concerns like this call a N.S. counselor. They will put you on the right track...

answered Apr 21 at 10:14

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I attribute my "plateauing" from really getting after it in the gym again... I don't mind the fact that I'm not losing as much each week as long as all my clothes get looser and I continue to hear comments telling me how shocking my body changes have been in just a few months..

I'm new to this as well... but a couple weeks ago I told myself I was going to take it to the next level... for me that meant add more exercises to my lifts and another minute or two each week to my jogging. Challenge yourself to keep amping up your workouts in some way or form... and I guarantee that number on the scale won't mean as much to you as to the body changes you are going through...

answered Apr 21 at 10:38

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I'm thinking the constant scale watching and daily weighings are to blame. Maybe give it more time and weigh once a week or so. I have found that even once a week might be a little off, but it all evens out by the end of the month...

answered Apr 21 at 10:54

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I weigh myself every morning..

Whenever the weight loss would slow down, I would try a few things..

First I would go through all my food (Nutrisystem and all ad-ins)..

Find the foods that has the lowest sodium and eat those for a few days..

Drink nothing but water..

Sometimes I would substitute a lunch entree with a protein drink..

When that wouldn't work I'd go out to dinner and eat one off plan meal..

This would result in weight gain but within a few days back on plan,.

That weight gain plus some would be gone and the weight would start moving in the right direction again..

Might work for you and it might not, just some suggestions that would work for me...

answered Apr 21 at 12:10

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I have actually noticed that that has worked for me already a couple of times. During my first month on Nutrisystem I had two separate trips to the mountains that were planned before I decided to start NS. Both times I was gone for 2-3 days and didn't take any Nutrisystem food with me. I decided to try to make good choices and I also had a planned deviation or two in there just because I was "on vacation". Both times I gained 3.5 pounds. The first time it took me 3-4 days to get the weight off.

I may try that again to see if it works.....

answered Apr 21 at 12:27

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Don't sweat it for a few days. Normal system variations. Graylady gave a great post about this a week ago or so. A couple weeks is a call for attention. As you noted, hitting the gym hard may call for additional protein calories, but don't assume based on only a few days. Give it a week or 2.



Gordon..

answered Apr 21 at 13:18

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Great advice all. Thank you. I just ate a 12oz ribeye (medium), steamed broccoli, and a salad (FF dressing). I'm hoping the extra protien and fat will help out a little to drive a calorie boost and some real-meat nutrients (what these are I don't know but I like 'em). I'll report what this does for my workout and my waistline tomorrow..

I also found this interesting article on the subject:.

Check it out.(CLICK HERE)..

answered Apr 21 at 13:57

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I just posted about the same thing a few days ago. I have been stuck at the same spot for a couple weeks and it's driving me nuts...

answered Apr 21 at 14:47

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Many of us have gotten stuck, for periods varying from a few days to a few weeks, actually. I was stuck once about 6 months ago for almost a month..

I have muscles slowly revealing as the body fat even more slowly recedes. My shoulder muscles came out first, and now I have very obvious trapezious muscles bulging at the base of my neck, and so forth. These muscles weigh much more than the body fat they replace, volume for volume. So if you truly are doing strength training hard and building muscle, sometimes you have to expect plateaus as you trade bad for good..

Stick to the food plan, continue to workout hard, and soon you will begin to lose weight again. Just be patient..

Above all, don't obsess over the scale. It is just a tool, same as a body fat caliper. I'm more interested in the latter than the former, since it honestly affects the quality of my life more..

Right now, I'm losing 2-3 pounds a week cause I hit a tipping point where it costing the body much more to feed the muscles and so it is sacrificing fat cells to do it. I expect to hit another plateau in a couple weeks, right before I end my anabolic-centric cycle and go into two weeks of maintenance cycle (speaking about nutrition balance, not NS)..

The point is, just hang in there, be patient, keep doing what helped you lose weight last month, but remember to change your routine slightly (which doesn't mean eat at fast food places - lol) so you don't get stale. Some good info above from folks who have varied their meal plan slightly, and changed up their exercise routine, in order to confuse the body and get it back to work burning fat...

answered Apr 21 at 15:43

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Two days is so far from a plateau it's laughable. A plateau is at least a month at the exact same weight. As has been pointed out, the scale isn't the only way to measure your weightloss. Don't get your panties in a bunch if the scale doesn't drop every gorram day...

answered Apr 21 at 15:45

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Hey Vandalgrrl,.

I don't have any words of wisdom for you. Just an observation from watching my wife, who is on Women's Diabetic plan. It appears that many ladies (my wife included) lose very slowly compared to men. I don't know why, but it also leads to longer "plataeu" times. She's staying on-program, but loses only about 4 lbs/month average. Sometimes as low as 2 lbs per month with weeks where there is no loss, then a pound or 2 drop off.



So, nothing specific to report, just encourging you to take the long view, don't be discouraged, and stick to it..

Gordon..

answered Apr 21 at 17:10

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Guilty..

I really shouldn't have complained about plateauing after 2-3 days with no movement. I guess I'm just impatient. I've been so focused on losing and I've been moving steadily almost every day for 5 weeks. This is the first time since I started where I didn't have any movement for a few days and I panicked a bit..

I upped my water significantly yesterday and also upped my cardio and dropped 1.8 pounds. So I guess I'm the whiny loser that panicked a bit too early. Sorry to those who actually are having real plateau problems.....

answered Apr 21 at 17:50

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A plateau is usually an extended period of time measured in weeks, not days. Just stay after it. There are times where the scale won't move but you should be able to notice differences in your BF%, body measurements and the way your clothes fit. While it is a good idea to throw in a little variety or even have an infrequent off plan meal, the real key to long term success is consistency. Take it from any of us who have lost weight only to put it back on...

answered Apr 21 at 17:57

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Yesterday I "went crazy" with my calories - I added about 200 to my daily total..

For the past 2 days I have also added high intensity (sprints) to my cardio and pounded more water..

This morning the scale moved for me. Maybe a routine shake up works?..

answered Apr 21 at 18:21

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I am too. I dropped to 229 (first time in years sub 230!) this morning..

I am a whiny loser - but I am sticking to the plateau breaking techniques! HIIT training, water, weights here I come!..

answered Apr 21 at 19:47

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If you're a daily weigher (like I was while I was losing), you just have to be able to accept the fluctuations and learn to deal with them. Sometimes you lose, sometimes you don't lose and sometimes you are just up a little. I always used it the same way others here have explained. If my weight was up or hadn't moved for a couple of days, it was a wake up call for me to re-examine my food and water intake...

answered Apr 21 at 20:20

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Maybe! For he past few weeks I have been working hard fixing my house but yesterday I went home and did the complete opposite (passed out on the couch at around 7pm and stayed down until 7 am) and the scale finally went down this morning! Maybe I've been in starvation mode and I need to back off of the hard work or up my calories a bit. Seems counterintuitive but if I need to sleep all day then so help me I'll do it!..

answered Apr 21 at 20:40

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