That's a good question. I'm not sure what is the right answer. I'll do some investigation and get back to you if I discover an answer. You should email the people at Nutrisystem as they probably could give you help..
Many people swear by the "shocking your metabolism" method. Have a greasy burger (just one) and then back on plan. Give it 3 to 5 days before you pass judgment as to whether it worked or not. YMMV.
Stalls suck! Best of luck breaking yours...
I've also had success with the greasy burger trick..
Make sure you do it right and get the double-triple baconator!..
That looks just wrong..
BTW - has anybody else look at burger commercials now and say "I would never eat that greasy looking thing!", and then realize that that was your diet before NS?.
You can also have a "Quadruple Bypass Burger" and "Flatliner Fries"... I think it would qualify as a shock to the system..
Probably a repost but check out this video..
Is this an actual place somewhere? Or is it just a mocked up joke?..
It is very interesting that I now consider as poison what I once enjoyed eating, even craved. Have you read Dr. David Kessler's book "The End of Overeating"? It explains why that type of food holds such an allure for us, the addiction to the food itself and the images that we associate with it ("I'd like to teach the world to sing." etc.) This is not an unfortunate happenstance but a carefully crafted plan to achieve brand loyalty by whatever means necessary. I find myself struggling now even to eat lean, wholesome beef or pork..
The real culprit is the combination of fat, salt and sugar that causes a physiological response through the stimulation of the release of endorphins that make us feel good (not full, mind you but good). That good feeling is then transposed onto the images of the purveyor of that poison and those linked impressions cause us to seek more good feelings (physically) and then adding those to our good feelings about the company itself..
The only way that I have managed to break that connection is by steadfastly refusing to eat any of that type of food for the past five months. It will be interesting to see how long I can maintain this position...
A stall that long while doing everything "right" has to be a bummer. Sorry the adding Muscle Milk calories did not work..
I'll join the chorus and suggest you try the shock the system trick. Sometimes it helps to mix it up a bit. Frankly, I've been doing that all along. At least once or maybe twice a month, I've had a big off-plan meal or 2 for family events or any other excuse I could come up with. I tried not to advertise this too much since it's probably a "bad" thing and I did not want to promote bad habits to others. It usually caused me up to a 5 lb (water) spike with a rapid loss thereafter and back on track for my Thursday weigh-in..
One thing I've learned is that we're all different in how our bodies respond to this stuff, so YMMV. You may want to call a Nutrisystem counselor. I've heard they are helpful..
I have a system that I swear by. When I've been stalled for 2 weeks or more I go out drinking with my friends. Normally when I go out I just drink water or diet soda. The first time I tried this was out of frustration, I figured I wasn't losing I may as well have a wild night. That night I also learned I no longer have a tolerance for alcohol and the waitress at waffle house isn't shy about snorting cocaine off a laminated menu..
The next morning Im always 100% back on plan and doubling my water to help with the dehydration and by the end of the week Im usually back on the losing track. Of course the downside is my normally supportive friends start asking when my next stall will be...
Thanks for the help guys. I will give that a try, but knowing me I will go out to cheat at a restaurant and my new habits will kick in and I will order a salad with FF dressing haha. Anyway thanks for the advice, I will give the evil side a try again...
I've been using this method all week... it hasn't helped my weight loss at all, but strangely, I don't seem to mind any more.....
My plan is for one night only. I may need to make this more clear in the brochures..
Actually, I see those burgers as occasional rewards after I get to goal weight. I know that might not be healthy, but I still crave them. Just not everyday, twice a day..
Actually have cheated with the sausage mcmuffins and they didn't turn my stomach. Taste just as good as before...
I want to someday take a trip to Arizona just to eat there..
Maybe I can plan it around a grand canyon trip, as a decoy...
Seeing this thread gave me a little hope. I started the plan about 2 months ago, and the weight was falling off. Started at 236, and fell as low as 223. However, for the last 3 weeks I've been yo-yoing from 223-225. Can't seem to break back through it despite being "good". Seeing that other people hit this "plateau" makes me feel better.
Got another one of the those expensive auto shipments coming up, so I have to see some results to keep justifying it : )..
I am just finishin my plateau. Just started losing weight again this week. I was also there for 4-5 weeks. What I started doing was no weight training. I switched to a long slow aerobic excercise routine. 60-90 minutes witha heartrate of 120 to 130 Beats per minute. This worked for me...
This plan worked for me at first too. After getting shmammered on the 4th, it actually put me into a 1-week stall - I even gained a few pounds as well. I stayed on the Nutrisystem system 100%, other than that however..
I had another stall that I beat with someone's advise on this forum, using just Nutrisystem foods in a proper sequence. For example, Pot Roast dinner + all the other highest protein foods for 3 days straight...
I think the 'weight loss Gods' must be upset with me for posting the greasy ass burger trick. I haven't lost one single nasty pound since I posted on this thread. *sigh* I'm going for a walk.....
Maybe not manly, but I suggest talking to the counselor. Also, measuring/logging exactly and then posting that (just to double check if you are really on plan). [/hen]..
I have a theory that's based on nothing but my own experience, no science whatsoever..
I think that when you've been dieting, your body responds by cutting back your metabolism to prevent starvation. For many (me for example), the body eventually wins and your weight plateaus. I think that if you go back to eating more calories, gain a couple of pounds the body resets the weight setpoint so to speak and the metobolism goes back to normal. More dieting will repeat the cycle with the body again chasing caloric defecit but you'll again get more weight loss before the body catches up...
Max, you're right about the slowed metabolism as a response to your weight loss. However, I don't like the idea of gaining a few pounds to get the weight loss started. For me that would be a dangerous precedent to set. You can, however, adjust your eating plan to accommodate the changes. By that I mean to change the various percentages of carbs, proteins and fats. this helps to adjust your metabolism somewhat.
Depending on your body composition now, adding muscle will help here...
Well I took the advice of a few people on here and I went out and had a (what an unhealthy person would call) "normal" meal, and well it did the trick. Past 2 weeks I am down nearly 12 pounds, I weighed myself before I did it and I was sitting at 244 and this morning I am down below 233. Thanks for the help guys... I am back on plan 100% my goal is in reach (33 pounds) and I look forward to going on maintenance...
Way to go Matt. You just have to find what works for you, stick with it, and then drink more water..
I think Dick has the right idea....
Confuse your body by changing the food content rather than the total calories..
I think your body gets "use" to the amount of fat (or lack thereof), carbs, starch, etc that your diet is giving it and starts to run more efficiently..
Even though you are consuming less calories, your body has learned not to release the extra fat that it has stored..
Shocking your system with a large meal (or two) might trigger the body to stop hording the fat. The danger is not getting back eating correctly..