View Full Version : How to avoid the 2-week diet plateau?

Slyvan Buck
02-17-2006, 12:51 PM
How do you avoid the 2 week diet platuea or jump start the weight loss again. My gf has been exercising 5-6-7 days a week for the last three weeks and is on the nutrisystem diet plan. She has stopped losing weight. What would you recommend for her?

02-17-2006, 12:55 PM
Post her height, weight, bf%, average macronutrients, and training routine.

Paul Stagg
02-17-2006, 01:28 PM
Better yet, encourage her to join.

02-17-2006, 04:17 PM
Most important thing:

Stop worrying about the scale. Have her use other methods like the way her clothes fit, and other tape measurements. Take digital pictures and compare.

If she is on the newest nutrisystem plan, I know they focus highly on low-gi carbs, so much of the initial loss could have been from water.

If she is a beginner, she is probably gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time, thus the stalled scale readings, and the need for other ways to track progress.

Sad as it may be (and I am guessing here), is that even though she is on a "diet", she may actually be eating more calories than she was before. This is a good thing, as it will help get her metabolism back to where it needs to be, while providing excess calories more muscle growth/repair.

Good luck

02-17-2006, 05:38 PM
Is she lifting, or doing cardio? <shudders>

Slyvan Buck
02-18-2006, 11:30 AM
She is lifting and doing cardio. she lifts everyother day and she does cardio everyday she is at the gym, about an hour sometimes more and sometimes a little less. She alternate between elicptical (used most) and the bike with some treadmill. She does arms one day and than legs the next.

She just started the nutrisystem, it is heavy in protein and whole wheat but i did see some corn syrup in some of the ingredients. I thought to myself it was for low gi.

she is 5'1"/130 I believe/doesnt know

02-18-2006, 01:40 PM
I Kinda hit this platu as well, I'm cutting on 2600 cals and hit a plateu. I'm wonering if Im gaining muscle and losing fat at the same time, I look leaner and I'm still kinda new so I could be getting that newb gains of loosing fat and gaining muscle at the same time

02-18-2006, 07:03 PM
How many cals is she on?

02-19-2006, 02:47 AM
Slyvan, can you describe in more detail how she lifts? What exercises, how much weight, what rep range...

And I can tell you flat out she's doing WAY too much cardio.

I'd love to see the macronutrient breakdown of her diet.

Slyvan Buck
02-22-2006, 05:45 PM
I believe around 1200 cals a day 1500 tops.

the lifting is all machines (i think, besides possible some arms).

I believe her diet is heavily protein. some fruit/"protein sources" meaning a dairy product or nut/and salad in addition to the pre-made meals.

What should her cardio be? I would think she should take 2 days off a week but the time should be fine.

That is all I have now, the macronutrients differ depending on the meals.