Well Sarafina I'm happy to report there is an end to plateaus! Mine ended today! woooo!
I think perserverence is the key. You cannot give up, no matter how long the plateu takes.
Here is how it all panned out for me:
15/9-22/9 I knew at the end of this week it was all because of me. I decided I needed to get serious!
Average daily Energy from food: 6898
Average daily net energy (energy from food minus energy from exercising): 6467
22/9-28/9 Getting serious now, I did alot more exercise and ate alot better
Average daily Energy from food: 6005
Average daily net energy: 5253
28/9-5/10 Really bloody annoyed at yet again no results. Decided to buckle in further, and reduce kilojoule limit (more of a guideline really
) to 4500kj. This plan fell to pieces when I went out for dinner two nights in a row (both with my dad and a friend who I hardly ever see, so I couldnt say no) and I also had a day where I pigged out and ate over 7000kj without even leaving the house
The other 4 days of the week though I stuck to it and it balanced out ok.
Average daily Energy from food: 6145
Average daily net energy: 5576
That was last week and today (weigh in day) I have finally dropped below the dreaded 72kg! I'm not sure if it was just perserverence which did it, or maybe the 3 days of high kj intake and 4 days of very low kj woke my metabolism up. Someone on this forum (Dolly I think?) mentioned that body builders often diet in 'zig-zag' ie a few days dieting and then one day of high kj intake to stop loosing muscle as well as fat while dieting, so maybe thats what happened for me?
Hang in there Sarafina, given time there is no way your body can't respond to a kilojoule deficit (eating less energy than your body uses). In the meantime, remember that if you give up you definitely won't
loose any weight, but if you keep going you definitely will
- no matter how long it takes. Also look very seriously at what your eating and exercise regime is, and consider if it needs changing somehow.