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Exercise + Calorie Counting = No Weight Loss!!


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So...

I have been living on 1400 cals a day for a while now, and no weight loss.. so I thought "Hey, I'll join the Gym".

I've now joined the Gym and have been doing the following:

40mins Ecliptical Trainer & 15 mins weights 4 times a week

Along with the 1400cals 5 days a week 1600 cals 2 days a week (so I'm not eating too little for the amount of exercise I'm doing) and still no weight loss!!  I've been going to the gym for 3 weeks now and I actually put on a pound when I started at the gym, and even that hasn't budged yet...

What is wrong with me??!
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How many calories you eat is only half of the equation, how many calories are you burning?

I'm guessing that most responders are going to want your 'stats' in order to rule out  'eating too little'.   

My guess is also that some may say that the pound gained may be due to increased muscle.  This is a good thing, as muscle 'increases metabolism' and will help witht the weight loss.

I'm no expert, but it seems to me that you should be thinking more about 'body toning' than weight loss.  But that's just my scientific mind making an educated guess based solely on your caloric intake requirements.

Just my 2 cents.

There could be many reasons.  I don't know your age, height and weight, but I'm 5'5 and 138lbs and I still need more than 1400 cals on days that I work out.  Maybe you aren't eating enough?

It's also possible that your body is just a little slow to react.  I've known people who have exercised and dieted for more than a month before seeing any changes on the scale.  Sometimes we just have to be patient and give our bodies some time to adjust and start letting go of the weight.

In the mean time, don't focus on the weight.  Just focus on how much healthier you are making yourself on the inside.  I bet your heart is thanking you for the nice workout you are giving it. Laughing

I've hit many plateaus and gotten frustrated but I just try to focus on the fact that this isn't a diet for me.  This is a new way of life.  It's not just about losing weight.  It's about being healthier.

Good luck.

Thanks Guys,

Yes I think I should be more patient.. I'm sure I am eating enough (i feel full all the time anyway!)

My Stats:
    27 yrs old
    5.1 tall
    129lbs

Eating 1400 - 1600 cals a day
Burning 2000 cals a week

I'm only wanting to lose a few pounds, and I thought with the exercise and the calories I would lose about 1lb a week.. but it doesn't seem to be working out that way!!
Original Post by amnesiaiom:

Yes I think I should be more patient.. I'm sure I am eating enough (i feel full all the time anyway!) Feeling full isn't a very good way to guage if you're eating enough.

Eating 1400 - 1600 cals a day
Burning 2000 cals a week <- assuming you aren't dead, this isn't correct

I'm only wanting to lose a few pounds, and I thought with the exercise and the calories I would lose about 1lb a week.. but it doesn't seem to be working out that way!! You'll lose a pound a week if you eat 500 fewer calories than you burn each day.

 

agree with sully here- feeling full & eating enough/correct are NOT the same thing--

review your diet BEFORE you started with the 1400-1600 kcal --compare it to now-- are you eating at the same cal level as you were before you started counting calories-- or above it-- bc you added in calories to burn the extras you're exercising out too- you may be breaking clean...

that being said- ALL people on CC will tell you as a woman, do NOT drop below 1200 without the consent of a professional doctor!

- all i mean is- that some people were eating NOTHING for breakfast, fast food for lunch, and a dinner plate full before they figured out their 'healthy CC diet'-- and now eat 4-6 small HEALTHY meals a day with the same amount of calories as when they eat 2-3 meals a day before-- and are like- "why am I not losing weight?"

find what your baseline was before- and what it should be now maybe the 1400-1600 but your body is becoming acclimated to healthier calories/eating... so give it time-- 3 weeks is nothing when you just started & don't have much weight to lose! some people have gone 3 months eating at their recommended CC level & lost nothing or even gained lbs! Then all the sudden, their body trusts the eating healthful & joins in with the program! so, give it time!

just analyze and tweak-- keep it up- keep exercising- just keep going & tweak it 100kcal a week at a time either way- up or down- until you see a loss-- again, DO NOT DROP BELOW THE 1200-- that's futile for your body!

 

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Well I say be patient...

I'm 5' 5" and 140 lbs I've been trying to lose weight all April w/ a 1400 cal. diet and a vigurous workout 3 times a week and it has finally started to pay off, and I have lost 5 lbs. in the last 2 weeks.  I've read your body's muscles grow the first 2 weeks and then after that you weight starts coming off.  So don't give up and make sure you keep exercising.  

One side note, don't stress over that number the little metal box is giving you, be sure to use your cloths as a measurement of how well your doing. You've joined a gym and are working out. That is great! This means you are building muscle, lovely, calorie burning muscle. But they are dense! That number (your weight) will go up for a while, but your measurements will go down, by as much asa pant size every two weeks! (no guarantees though) Just make sure you are getting enough protein to support that muscle growth.

The 2000 calories I am burning is via the exercise... not my whole calorie burn per week... :o)

So no, I'm not dead

Thanks

So, what's your whole calorie burn per week?

Original Post by amnesiaiom:

The 2000 calories I am burning is via the exercise... not my whole calorie burn per week... :o)

So no, I'm not dead

Thanks

are you sure you are not popping more than the 1400 calories?  as has been said so many time, unless you are logging it daily - everything that goes in your mouth -- all those little bits here and there, can add up to hundreds of calories you didn't realize you were eating.  being strict for one week and logging it all....if you have not, will help assess.  when i got strict on the actually calorie counting daily -- the weight started to correspond to the real caloric deficit i was making.

2 cents.

yep, I'm strict calorie counting... every morsel is being counted for.. every day!!

My total burn per week is 13200 (roughly) and I'm eating from 9500 - 10200 per week... so I should be losing 1 pound a week... :o(

I think it depends on the body... For me it takes about 2 months of eating healthy and exercise before I start to lose weight. It  happened twice in my life that i got to 111lb ( I am 5' tall) and both times I went down to 98lb in time. Only after 2 months I started losing the weight, until then I just sat there at 111.

And don't rely on feeling full. I am used to eating very little, and sometimes I feel full but when I count everything I barely get to 1000 calories.

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