The EL/EM diet worked for me for 26#, at which point I plateaued with a lot of pounds to go. My body said, "I'm happy where I'm at, thankyouverymuch." And I said, "I don't give a damn, I need to lose more weight." And, well, we got into a bit of a snit with each other, with the body winning.
And then I got the Bodybugg; I could track calories burned, which I did for six weeks, but I never really bought into the whole food diary thing. And I stayed plateau'd. My body told me, "Nanner, nanner, nanner, I told you I'm happy where I'm at." At which point, I said some very not pleasant things to my body, who smuggly gained five pounds just to make her point. She's a real bitch, that one.
So I took my problem to my fellow Buggers (yes, that's what we're called) and they told me I now had to follow the EM/EM diet. Eat More/Exercise More diet.
Seems counter-intuitive, but the way it was explained to me makes perfect sense. At some point, you're body's going to stick it's tongue out at you (I told you she was a bitch) and plateau. She's found some sort of balance, but it's a tricky balance. You decrease what you eat (Eat Less) and increase your exercise (Exercise More), which in turn increases your caloric deficit (what you burn - what you eat = deficit). Make that deficit too big (over 1,000 cals/day) and she goes into starvation panic mode. Instead of burning calories,
The fix? Promise
I increased my caloric intake by 400 calories/day and increased my calorie burn about 300 calories/day and dropped 2.5# in one week after being plateau'd for almost six months.
Seeing that loss has energized me in a way nothing else has been able to. I'm actually enjoying going to the gym (but I miss