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I am stuck and can't seem to lose anymore weight, HELP!


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Okay, over a month ago I started a diet and exercise plan to lose weight get tone and fit back into my bikini! The first two weeks were a major success I lost 7 pounds! Week three, I lost nothing, week four I LOSE NOTHING and now week five, I HAVE LOST NOTHING! I am only eating 1,500 calories a day which I started out at 1,700 and I do burn double that so you figure I'd lose! My work out each week brings me to burning around an extra 3,900 calories which to lose one pound of fat you must burn 3,500 calories....Why am I not losing? 

A friend told me I may be building muscle and that does weight more than fat but I have stopped any workout the last two weeks that build any type of muscle or toning and just went with the cardio workouts so that I can lose. Still no results. It has become so frustrating I want to dig into a pint of ice cream but I am resisting!!! 

I was considering trying Alli, but I need to discuss it with my doctor first...any advice?

I am so frustrated, I am a full time college student, mother of four, one who has Aspergers so he is a challenge on his own and a home maker. My life is so chaotic to begin with and it makes it worse by not being able to lose the weight I need to in order to make my goal date. 

What am I dong wrong? I cannot cut more calories because then I feel faint all day long and I tried Atkins and South Beach Diet a few years back and they made me sick (cannot have specific types of dairy products) so I have to abide by my own low calorie diet.....HELP!Cry

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I think you are not eating enough and trying for too large a deficit so your body is resisting more weight loss.  Also overall you have lost 7 lbs in the last 5 weeks, which is over a lb a week.  You cannot build muscle when you have a deficit on your cals.  Lifting will only help you build strength, lose inches and and see more muscle definition.  Also, muscle does not weigh more than fat, a lb is a lb, BUT it is more dense and takes up less space in youre body, plus it takes more cals to maintain muscle so that helps you burn more too.  I would take your total calories burned for the day and subtract 250-500 from that and shoot for that calorie target, I would also add the heavy weights back to your workout.  Be patient for a few weeks, keep measurements and see how it goes :)

Also, check out this article:

http://www.enhancedfp.com/training/final-nail -cardio-coffin-rachel-cosgrove

Also I would stay away from the diet pills, they usually don't work and can have nasty side affects.  If you have to use them to lose weight, how will you maintain once the weight is gone?  Do you want to have to take them the rest of your life?

I agree that your deficit is far too large. The largest deficit you should have is 1,000 calories a day and even that is too much for many people. I personally lose weight most efficiently while at a 300 calorie deficit but I'm also very petite.

So you're burning approximately 3,400 calories per day? You should be eating 2,400-3,000 calories/day. I can't belive you've only been eating 1,500 while burning that much! No wonder you feel faint!

The article that tina0367 linked is a great one! The best thing that ever happened to me was dropping traditional cardio and taking up weight lifting and HIIT. I feel better, look better and am so much stronger than I was just 3 months ago. Plus, as a working mother of two, it's so much easier squeezing in 15-20 minutes of HIIT instead an hour of cardio.

Do not stop lifting weights! That will prevent you from losing excessive amounts of muscle while eating at a deficit.

I know it's tough but hang in there!

Good advice, I am eating the amount of calories this site suggested I should to meet my goal date. For example, in my exercise yesterday I burned 750 calories, if I subtract like you suggested that would leave me with nothing or do you mean take the normal I burn 2,140 plus my extra from the exercise? 

I have no trouble maintaining my weight, I have been at the same weight for years and could eat anything I wanted with no issues. My weight I have is from a sudden weight gain from taking Depo years ago (I gained 80 lbs in 4 months!) and then I lost some of it and gained it right back when I became pregnant the first time. I gradually lost over the years, pretty much eating whatever I wanted and my only real exercise is running around with the children. I am not worried about maintaining my weight after since I do not plan to ever stop my workouts. 

All I have is 30 more lbs to lose and all that depo weight and baby weight will be GONE! :) 

So, my first two weeks I was eating 1,700 calories and I lost weight I dropped it the third week to 1,500 since I was no longer losing, should I up it to around 2,000 and try there? I am positive my average daily calorie consumption before the diet was probably around 4,000 calories OR MORE! Once again, I never had to worry about gaining weight I could eat non stop and not gain a pound. (Yes, my body has changed over the years FOR THE BETTER!!) 

Noooo, I burn around 3,500 calories PER WEEK in my typical exercises. I burn on average around 700 to 800 calories per workout! Sorry if I did not make that clear!

What is HIIT?

My typical workout consists of this.... (I have Fibro so my doctor suggested part of this!)

5 minutes of stretching with some yoga moves incorporated 

5 minuets of crunches/push-ups/reverse push-ups.

15 minutes of jogging (jogging with hand weights!)

15 minutes of Pilates (MAJOR help on the pain from Fibro!This also includes some weight work.)

15 minutes of Kettle Bell (Massive muscle workout!)

15-30 minutes of Tae-bo (All depends on what I can handle, typically its around 20 minutes worth!)

5 minutes of cool down stretching

This brings me to burning around 700 to 800 calories after each workout. 

 

Original Post by lesliestewart:

Noooo, I burn around 3,500 calories PER WEEK in my typical exercises. I burn on average around 700 to 800 calories per workout! Sorry if I did not make that clear!

Well, you said you started off eating 1,700 calories and you burn double that so I just assumed you're burning 3,400 calories/day.

Do you have your activity level set at sedentary? Light activity? Moderate? If you have it set at sedentary then you should log your workouts. If you want to provide your stats (age, height, weight) then we'll be able to be a little more specific with the numbers.

Original Post by lesliestewart:

What is HIIT?

HIIT stands for High Intensity Interval Training. It's discussed in the article linked by tina0367.

Let's say you hop on the treadmill and jog at a warm-up pace for 2 minutes. You'd then up the intensity to the point where you're running all-out. As in, you can only maintain that pace for 30 seconds or less. Then, you drop down to a "recovery" pace for 30-60 seconds before upping the intensity again. You repeat this for as long as you can, typically 10-20 minutes at most.

Now, I don't do interval training on a treadmill or stationary bike. I do thinks like jump rope, jumping lunges, jump squats, burpees, etc. You can even just run up and down the street. Here's the Wikipedia entry on HIIT: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/High-intensity_i nterval_training

Original Post by lesliestewart:

Good advice, I am eating the amount of calories this site suggested I should to meet my goal date. For example, in my exercise yesterday I burned 750 calories, if I subtract like you suggested that would leave me with nothing or do you mean take the normal I burn 2,140 plus my extra from the exercise? 

Regarding the number you were provided by CC: If you enter a goal date, it can provide you with an unrealistically low calorie intake. My best advice is to leave that goal date blank and go by the number you're provided that way. If you're burning 2,140 calories sedentary, that means you're at approximately 2,800-2,900 calories after working out. If that's really the case, you should be eating at least 2,000 calories a day.

Okay that makes sense. I have it at the light activity because part of my day is spent at a computer doing school work. It told me that I burn around 2,140 calories going about my normal day so then I add in the 700-800 calories I burn in a workout. Now, what if I chose not to work out one day, should I lower my calories? 

I added in my goal date and it told me to eat 1,700 calories per day if I had a sedative life style and 1,500 if I had a light activity life style. I did think that was odd but I have never been so focused on losing weight before I figured I'd follow the guidelines. 

I have been logging all my food and all my workouts on this site. I do provide my age, height and weight since I am not ashamed of it! :) I will remove my goal date and see what it has to say. Thank you so much for the advice....I really hope it works!

With NO goal date this is what it suggested to me for light activity with my weight, hight and age. (My actual goal date is May, 31st 2011!!)

"You should consume about 1,638 calories a day to reach your goal weight of 140 lbs This is at a reasonable weight loss average of 1 lbs per week, which should be reached by September 09, 2011.

Experts recommend weight loss at the rate of 0.5-2 lbs/week. Remember that this estimate is based on your body weight, height, age, gender, and activity level. It may vary slightly depending on other factors.

Generally, women should not consume any less than 1,200 calories per day, and men should not consume less than 1,500 calories per day."

Original Post by lesliestewart:

With NO goal date this is what it suggested to me for light activity with my weight, hight and age. (My actual goal date is May, 31st 2011!!)

"You should consume about 1,638 calories a day to reach your goal weight of 140 lbs This is at a reasonable weight loss average of 1 lbs per week, which should be reached by September 09, 2011.

Experts recommend weight loss at the rate of 0.5-2 lbs/week. Remember that this estimate is based on your body weight, height, age, gender, and activity level. It may vary slightly depending on other factors.

Generally, women should not consume any less than 1,200 calories per day, and men should not consume less than 1,500 calories per day."

But you're not "lightly active." Sure, before you add in your workout you are but when you're trying to figure out your calorie intake, you should include your workouts in your activity selection. I'd say "moderate" for determining your intake.

I have a feeling that 700-800 per workout is a bit too high estimate

I agree that 700-800 is too high of an estimate for your workout. 

 

Plus, you lost 7 pounds in the first 2 weeks. As you know, there are 3500 calories in a pound. There's no way that in those first 2 weeks you had a deficit of over 22000 calories. Over the next few weeks, you haven't lost any additional weight, but you stayed where you were. I agree that you should look at it as 7 pounds in five weeks, because that's really what it is. if you had stopped eating right and working out, you would have gained that weight back because in terms of calorie numbers, you hadn't really lost it yet. It might have been an initial loss of water weight that your continuous hard work turned into fat loss. 

 

When I put in my activity log how many minutes I have done specific workouts the total at the end comes to that amount. I also have researched the best I can on a normal calorie burn per workout and I always use the lowest number since I am a beginner. How should I calculate how many calories I have burned during my workout? 

Indeed my weight went down by 7 lbs in two weeks. The first week starting the diet and exercise I lose 4 pounds which shocked me but I felt yes it was probably water weight. Then the second week I lost 3 lbs which I figured was great! These last two weeks I have stayed at the exact same weight, only thing that has fluctuated is the ounces (My scale gives you your weight in pounds and ounces.) 

I'm on day 11 of starting my diet/exercise plan and havne't lost a thing :-(.  I eat between 1400-1500 calories, at 50% carbs, 25% fats, adn 25% protein, and I also workout for 1 hr per day doing intervals on the elliptical.  I also do 10 min of mostly situps.  I'm not sure what is going on.  I feel your pain.

See, now they are all telling me that I should not eat THAT FEW calories. I should keep it around 2,000 calories a day which I am half way though my day and I have not even gone over 700 calories! LOL 

You may need to switch up your exercise plan. All I know is I am confused as hell and I think I am just going to wait till I see my doctor next week and ask her because like I said I am flat out confused.

I am being told I am over estimating how many calories I burn but yet I am going off of what this site tells me when I log my workouts! 

I started out with eating 1,700 calories which seemed to be perfect for me because I could still eat like I wanted too and I did not feel like I was starving myself. Upping it to 2,000 calories a day might honestly be impossible at this time! I pick and chose my foods depending on calories. Plus I do have many south beach diet recipes that I held onto from a prior diet years ago that I love and the family loves too! 

I am frustrated and confused and all I want to do is lose the rest of the weight which is around 30 lbs as soon as I can...I know it will take time that is obvious but I want to be SOME WHERE by this summer. 

It's very hard to eat healthy when your husband refuses to eat healthy and you have four growing boys who eat every few minuets!!! I am managing but like I said just confused on what exactly I should be doing!

2 years ago I lost 35 pounds doing pretty much exactly what I'm doing (the same 35+ I'm trying to lose now).  I believe I lost about 6  pounds right away, then got stuck on a plateau for over 3 weeks at which point I wrote the following:

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I didn't see results for almost a month...and now I'm getting great results.  Three things I did differently also about the time I saw the changes:

- Upped my calories to 1400-1700 from 1200

- Changed my hour+ long daily cardio to 30-40 minutes

- Added afternoon workouts 3-4 days a week of yoga, pilates, strength training, and step in addition to my daily morning cardio

- March 15, 2009

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Later on, I dropped my afternoon workout and just did my 40 min morning cardio and still saw great results.  Maybe, for some people, it just takes awhile to get the body/and or scale going in the right direction.  I don't understand it and I'm just trying to have patience. 

I just need to find what works for me! I lost 20 lbs doing the south beach diet many years ago but I started to become very sick from the over dose of dairy it required you to have (I have an allergy, not an intolerance an actual allergy to dairy products!) 

I do so much during the day that I felt I didn't need to add an exercise, keeping a house clean and all laundry done for four children keeps you busy!

Like I said I am going to discuss all this with my doctor! 

Just don't let your doctor put you on a 1200 cal diet!  I've seen that too many times.  They may not really know a lot about nutrition, unfortunately.  I just set myself as moderately active and go with the same calories every day.  When I was losing that was about 1600, working out 4 times a week, cardio and weights.  I am 43 and 5'5".  Also chasing 4 kids! I went from 227 last Jan to about 145 by Dec.  Kind of maintaining since the holidays.  I would like to lose about 10 more lbs but have other things going on right now so just trying to keep off what I lost.  I would stick with the 1700-1800 for awhile longer, sometimes weight loss goes in fits and starts and you might drop 3 lbs next week :)

Actually my doctor is currently on a diet plan to lose a few extra pounds so I am sure she's researched it good. No, I will not go down to 1,200 a day that is to little!! I like being at the 1,700...yesterday I tried to get to 2,000 and it was almost impossible with the way I would even normally eat. Since I cut out sodas and my massive amount of V8 juice during the day I cut around 1000 calories right there. I am shocked now to see how similar I can eat to what I normally do when I can just maintain my weight to now wanting to lose weight. ]

CONGRATS on the weight loss...I am only 27 but with fibromyalgia it makes me feel 67....I am at 170 right now but I am also 5 ft 8 inches and only in a size 13 in juniors clothes. I want to be 140 because with my height and my natural body size I can fit into a bikini and rock it with a flat tummy!! It is just beyond frustrating not losing anything when I go though so much pain just to work out. I remember when I was younger sure, I'd get tired, maybe have a sore muscle but nothing like I do now. It is horribly painful to work out but I know it needs to be done. 

I know I probably wont make it by my goal date but I would be THRILLED if I lost at least 20 lbs by June of this year...which is possible if my body does not throw a fit about it! :)

Thanks for the advice all, this is all new to me since before I never had issues with weight and then when I did gain all the wait I was so depressed I didn't care but now having a whole new life, an amazing husband and four perfect children it makes you want to be happy and healthy!!!

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