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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Weight loss Plateau

There are so many people who get frustrated with their lack of weight loss even if they feel they are doing everything right.  There are some  reasons for this.  One is that they are actually underestimating their food intake and overestimating their activity.  One article from "burn fat, feed muscle"  explains this in more detail.

Under-estimation of food intake and over-estimation of activity
Fourth, almost everyone underestimates their food intake. The famous New England Journal of Medicine study (Lichtman) is the classic example, where women who swore they were “diet resistant” and had thyroid problems were actually underestimating their food intake by 47% and overestimating their calories burned by 51%.
Some of them were eating one thousand calories more than they thought they were! Ironically, it was these women who were complaining the most about being genetically or hormonally cursed! While some people have thyroid problems or other legitimate medical issues which can contribute to difficulty losing weight, in most cases, there are other, more mundane, yet overlooked explanations for lack of fat loss.
To avoid this calorie miscalculation conundrum, the best plan is to educate yourself about the calorie contents of foods you eat regularly, work off a menu on paper and weigh your food. Do this until you have a good grasp on calories and then do it again any time you hit a plateau.

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Sarah Bran de Leon

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