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Dieting and exercising, but GAINING WEIGHT!!!


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Generally i eat around 1000 calories a day and burn off 700. my net intake is usually 200 or 300, but im not starving myself because i eat whenever im hungry. Anyway i dont know why, but im just not losing weight. sometimes im even a pound or two heavier the next day. my weight is anywhere from 107-110 pounds and i know its healthy and stuff but im just not happy this way because my belly is two inches bigger than it used to be a few months ago.

 

[last year i followed a similar diet and lost 25 pounds on it, but im not seeing the same results this year.]

 

HELP!!!! tips? concerns? what am i doing wrong? what should i do? im willing to starve myself for weight loss..will that work?

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you burn off way more than 700/day just living. Up your calories and you'll see a change. 

Search "Startvation Mode"

Original Post by kathyantoinette:

HELP!!!! tips? concerns? what am i doing wrong? what should i do? im willing to starve myself for weight loss..will that work?

You are already starving yourself, and it's why you aren't seeing results.

Yes, you are starving yourself. If by "burn off 700" you mean that you burn 700 additional calories through exercise, you will need waaaaay more than you are currently eating.

Also, how tall are you? If you are any taller than 5'2", losing any more weight would not be advisable.

What you're doing is SERIOUSLY bad for you.  Eating that little, your body's busy cannibalizing muscle and bone to preserve the fat because it thinks you're starving.  And it's absolutely right. 

Stop.  Figure out what your daily calorie needs are and eat that.  If you think you can't, then maybe you've got an eating disorder and need to find some help.

Not feeling hungry means nothing, btw, that's another survival mechanism kicking in.  If your body's convinced there's no food to be had then it turns off the hunger signals, because that'd just have you wasting precious energy looking for food that's not there.

You are starving yourself and your body is storing your food because it thinks you are not ever going to get anymore!  I just went through bariatric surgery, and hit a plateau.  I was told to up my calories and up my exercise.  So I now eat approx. 1200 calories a day and exercise 5 days a week - pretty strenuous exercise.  I am losing about 2 pounds a week.  Also have been told that when you eat, try and make sure that you eat at least 80 grams of protein each day.  It is the protein that burns the fat and causes weight loss.

Is this real? This person just joined today. There is no way that someone can actually believe that 200-300 calories a day is OK. Even people with ED know its not OK, but they just don't care.

but i did the same thing last year and i lost lots of weight. i dont know what to do anymore. i used to eat normally and then tried weight loss the real way but it wasnt really working. so thats how i ended up like this.

Original Post by saraahx:

you burn off way more than 700/day just living. Up your calories and you'll see a change. 

Search "Startvation Mode"

If i up my intake, wont i just gain weight because im eating more? or should i up my intake and then id lose weight, because thats what i need to lose weight?

IM SO CONFUSED. please help.

and also, by upping my intake, do you mean eating more and still burning the same amount through exercise, or just burning less? because i already eat 1000 calories a day and i think thats enough. so maybe i can burn less through exercise?

Your past attempts to lose weight have depressed your metabolism.

Before trying to lose weight again, you are going to have to restore your metabolism by eating enough. "Enough" is as much as you burn in a day (far more than the 700 calories you burn through exercise). Use the tools on this site to figure out how many calories you burn per day, and eat that much. It will probably be over 2000 calories, especially if you continue to exercise at the same level you have been.

If you don't, what will likely happen is that you will have to continue to eat less and less in order to lose weight, only to regain it whenever you have a tiny splurge - the very definition of yo-yo dieting. Additionally, you will be malnourished, as it is incredibly difficult to get adequate nutrition from 1000 calories a day.

Yeah, it sucks, but you got yourself into this mess, whether you meant to or did it in all innocence, and you are going to have to take the hard way out.

Eat more.  1000 calories a day isn't enough for small sedentary people, it's nowhere near enough for someone as active as you are. 

Right now what you're doing is seriously screwing up your metabolism so your body won't burn much if any fat.  It'll be burning muscle instead.  Maybe you can lose weight this way, but the fat that bothers you will still be there when you're done.  If you want to lose the fat then you have to eat more.  Maybe you'll gain a little bit of weight until your metabolism recovers, but then you can take it off safely and responsibly.  Would you rather keep starving yourself and keep the fat?

 

 

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Your past attempts to lose weight have depressed your metabolism.

Before trying to lose weight again, you are going to have to restore your metabolism by eating enough. "Enough" is as much as you burn in a day (far more than the 700 calories you burn through exercise). Use the tools on this site to figure out how many calories you burn per day, and eat that much. It will probably be over 2000 calories, especially if you continue to exercise at the same level you have been.

If you don't, what will likely happen is that you will have to continue to eat less and less in order to lose weight, only to regain it whenever you have a tiny splurge - the very definition of yo-yo dieting. Additionally, you will be malnourished, as it is incredibly difficult to get adequate nutrition from 1000 calories a day.

Yeah, it sucks, but you got yourself into this mess, whether you meant to or did it in all innocence, and you are going to have to take the hard way out.

so what should i do? slowly increase my intake [so i dont gain weight so quickly] and then attempt weight loss the sensible way?

thanks so much, by the way!!!!

Original Post by kathyantoinette:

so what should i do? slowly increase my intake [so i dont gain weight so quickly] and then attempt weight loss the sensible way?

Depends on what you mean by 'slowly'.  I'm not at all a professional (some folks over in Health & Support would know best) but it does not seem to me that you'd need to worry about refeeding syndrome, and dragging it out would probably just prolong the time that it takes to help fix your metabolism.

I don't know your stats, but if you put them into the Burn Meter tool, you can find out how much you burn a day, and aim to eat that much (things like peanut butter, olive oil, nuts and seeds are good ways to increase your calories without feeling like you are stuffing yourself).

Yes, you will probably gain some weight, and it's impossible for me to say how much or how long it will take. However, keep in mind that one pound of fat is 3500 calories - which means a lot of the change in the scale you'll see is not fat, but just changes in water weight.

I'd suggest waiting til your weight stabilizes before trying to lose weight, but again, I'm not an expert, nor do I know how long that might take.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by kathyantoinette:

so what should i do? slowly increase my intake [so i dont gain weight so quickly] and then attempt weight loss the sensible way?

Depends on what you mean by 'slowly'.  I'm not at all a professional (some folks over in Health & Support would know best) but it does not seem to me that you'd need to worry about refeeding syndrome, and dragging it out would probably just prolong the time that it takes to help fix your metabolism.

I don't know your stats, but if you put them into the Burn Meter tool, you can find out how much you burn a day, and aim to eat that much (things like peanut butter, olive oil, nuts and seeds are good ways to increase your calories without feeling like you are stuffing yourself).

Yes, you will probably gain some weight, and it's impossible for me to say how much or how long it will take. However, keep in mind that one pound of fat is 3500 calories - which means a lot of the change in the scale you'll see is not fat, but just changes in water weight.

I'd suggest waiting til your weight stabilizes before trying to lose weight, but again, I'm not an expert, nor do I know how long that might take.

umm i mean like each week, eat 100 calories more. hows that?

and im 5'1", 15, and 108-110 pounds. 2 months ago i was 98. i think thats a lot of weight to have gained!

when i say 100 calories more, should i decrease my exercise by 100 calories, or keep the same exercise and just eat more? because i feel like im eating enough.

i hope this works out.

So, assuming you should be eating 2000, you want to spend a 2 and a half months before you are finally eating enough?

Oh, and now that I know your stats - GOOD GRIEF!!

First of all, you are at a perfectly healthy weight for your height.

Second, as a teen you are still growing! You need so many more calories than this.  It is completely natural that you have gained weight (although I'm sure it's been exacerbate by starving yourself).

Sedentary teenage girls require a minimum of 1500 calories, and you are far from sedentary. You are doing serious damage to your body, stunting your growth and development (not just of your body but of your mind). 

I suggest you talk to your parents about what you have been doing to your body and have them make an appointment with a registered dietitian.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

So, assuming you should be eating 2000, you want to spend a 2 and a half months before you are finally eating enough?

Oh, and now that I know your stats - GOOD GRIEF!!

First of all, you are at a perfectly healthy weight for your height.

Second, as a teen you are still growing! You need so many more calories than this.  It is completely natural that you have gained weight (although I'm sure it's been exacerbate by starving yourself).

Sedentary teenage girls require a minimum of 1500 calories, and you are far from sedentary. You are doing serious damage to your body, stunting your growth and development (not just of your body but of your mind). 

I suggest you talk to your parents about what you have been doing to your body and have them make an appointment with a registered dietitian.

noooo!! i dont think you should stop advising me just because im 15.

i want to lose weight, but i want to be able to do it in the normal way. i just wanna get out of this mess!!! i was so happy when i was 98 pounds. i normally wouldnt mind being 108, BUT the problem is i always gain weight on my stomach and i feel depressed cuz i have a fat stomach. when i was 98 pounds felt great because my stomach was fine. please help

Original Post by kathyantoinette:

noooo!! i dont think you should stop advising me just because im 15.

i want to lose weight, but i want to be able to do it in the normal way. i just wanna get out of this mess!!! i was so happy when i was 98 pounds. i normally wouldnt mind being 108, BUT the problem is i always gain weight on my stomach and i feel depressed cuz i have a fat stomach. when i was 98 pounds felt great because my stomach was fine. please help

I am in no way qualified to help a teen who is depressed because she has gained some weight as a normal part of growing up, to the point that she starves herself. I've given you my advice on eating more, but I cannot help beyond that.

I'm very sorry, but now that you are aware that what you are doing is harmful, I strongly suggest that you talk to a professional about this.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by kathyantoinette:

noooo!! i dont think you should stop advising me just because im 15.

i want to lose weight, but i want to be able to do it in the normal way. i just wanna get out of this mess!!! i was so happy when i was 98 pounds. i normally wouldnt mind being 108, BUT the problem is i always gain weight on my stomach and i feel depressed cuz i have a fat stomach. when i was 98 pounds felt great because my stomach was fine. please help

I am in no way qualified to help a teen who is depressed because she has gained some weight as a normal part of growing up, to the point that she starves herself. I've given you my advice on eating more, but I cannot help beyond that.

I'm very sorry, but now that you are aware that what you are doing is harmful, I strongly suggest that you talk to a professional about this.

would you mind if i ask, when i try to increase my intake, would that be eating more food, or exercising less?

Original Post by kathyantoinette:

would you mind if i ask, when i try to increase my intake, would that be eating more food, or exercising less?

Definitely eating more food, but it would probably be good to cut back on your exercise so that you are not burning as many calories.

Also, I had suggested using the Burn Meter on this site, but now that I realize you are a teen, that is incorrect.

Use a calculator better suited to your age, such as this one: http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/healthyeatingcalculat or/eatingCal.html.

From your stats, you should be burning about 2000 calories just from being an active kid, not including your exercise. With the exercise, it's much higher.

I also checked your BMI at http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/bodycomp/bmiz2.html and found that you are at a PERFECT weight for your height and age.

Original Post by amethystgirl:

Original Post by kathyantoinette:

would you mind if i ask, when i try to increase my intake, would that be eating more food, or exercising less?

Definitely eating more food, but it would probably be good to cut back on your exercise so that you are not burning as many calories.

Also, I had suggested using the Burn Meter on this site, but now that I realize you are a teen, that is incorrect.

Use a calculator better suited to your age, such as this one: http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/healthyeatingcalculat or/eatingCal.html.

From your stats, you should be burning about 2000 calories just from being an active kid, not including your exercise. With the exercise, it's much higher.

I also checked your BMI at http://www.bcm.edu/cnrc/bodycomp/bmiz2.html and found that you are at a PERFECT weight for your height and age.

thanks

Oh my God, that is EXACTLY what is happening to me!! I could have written this myself, it's really incredible!

I see they gave you a lot of tips about this, will you please let me know if you try them out and they work? I'm desperate, my weight gain seems to have no explanation either and I have no idea what to do...

Thank you in advance!

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