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    Frustrated with progress
    mcphesh posted:
    I'm going to the gym 3-4 times a week taking Circuit Training, Boot Camp and Challenge classes 45 min to 1 hr. each time. Trying to stay within 1200-1400 calories a day. I'm 50 years old. 5'2" and 142 lbs. I've been stuck at that number for about 2 months. Original weight was 154 lbs. I talked to a nutritionist when I was eating 1200 or less and she told me to go up to 1400 and I would see a change but I'm not. What else can I or should I be doing? I push myself hard when I'm at the gym so it's not lack of effort. I keep a food diary to make sure I watch what I eat.
    rohvannyn responded:
    Are you getting enough protein? Avoiding processed foods? Getting enough fat? Have you had your thyroid checked? You could be on a plateau, also. Even if your weight isn't dropping, are you toning and firming? I'd say add just a few more calories per day, like maybe a little avocado or an egg. It sounds like you are working hard, but if your body is convinced there's a famine then it's going to hold on to whatever fat it can and may even cannibalize the muscle.

    Also, do you measure your portions? You may try doing that for a week or two, just to really get an idea of what you are actually taking in. You might be still eating too little or too much.

    Good luck to you - I'm sure you can break out of this.

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