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Eating 1500 calories a day and exercising everyday but I'm still gaining weight!!!!


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Okay seriously, I've been on this new regime for 2 weeks and I've been eating anywhere from 1200-2000 calories a day(usually between 1500-1700) Exercising for 20-30 minutes every day, and I'm gaining weight. I'm extremely discouraged. What do I do?

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I am no where close to being 2 weeks into the program but in my past diets if I did not drink enough water it would affect the amount of weight I would lose.  Just like you are tracking your food intake I would sugguest you track the amount of water you intake as well.  

Something else I have done in my past is add Lemon to my water to help flush out the fat.  I also add a cup of green tea to jump start my metabolism in the am.  If you take a slice of lemon and warm it up in your tea water, and the lemon and lemon peal add something to help flush out the water gain. 

I hope this helps!  Don't get discourged, maybe you are losing inches rather than pounds too.

Keep me posted to let me know if this works or not!  Good Luck!

Melanie

Without knowing how tall you are/what you currently weigh or what type of exercise you are doing it's hard to give any advice. Eating a steady 1300 or 1400 might be better for you to lose weight.

WAIT!  It has only been two weeks.  Your body needs to adjust to what you are doing.  I have read many remarks on this site....it happens people gain in the beginning.  You are not going to like this but seriously you need to give it 3 full months befor you throw in the towel.  Now, don't worry it won't take 3 full months to see some results.....but for me something real took about 2 months.  I don't have much to lose and a female over 40....hard spot to be in.  But I hung in there and chatted to a lot of people at this site....and yes I am seeing results.  Stay with the program and your recommended cal's and make sure cardio is happen atleast 3 times a week....and WAIT....I promise you will see results.

Original Post by sybil878:

Without knowing how tall you are/what you currently weigh or what type of exercise you are doing it's hard to give any advice. Eating a steady 1300 or 1400 might be better for you to lose weight.

Alternately, eating a steady 2500 might be better.  Without knowing the original poster's stats, we have no way of knowing whether food is an issue - or in which direction.

shesgotit, have you considered that the apparent gain might just be water weight?  Your weight fluctuates throughout the month based on your cycle.  At certain times of the month, you can weigh as much as 5 pounds more or less than the week before.  Give it time to see if it's real gain (unlikely) or just natural fluctutation

Do some searching on Hypothyroidism.  I trained madly for Kilimanjaro, never lost an ounce.  Came back from Africa and was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.  Made it to the top though! 

Do some searching on Hypothyroidism.  I trained madly for Kilimanjaro, never lost an ounce.  Came back from Africa and was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism.  Made it to the top though!

Thanks for all the help, in all honesty I wouldn't be so concerned, it's just I have a special even coming up in 2 weeks and my dress is 2 inches from zipping and I'm trying to fit into it. So any advice on healthy but effective fast weight loss I would love to hear it!!!

 

(I'm 5'6" 182 lbs, 17 years old)

If my personal experience would help, I went on a trip this weekend, kept my diet to 1200 calories per day, walked for 6-8 hours a day and I came back weighing 2 pounds more than before leaving! It could be that you are exercising a lot and you're gaining muscle while loosing fat. I am seriously thinking of throwing my scale out the window (although it is a very nice scale) and just mind what I am eating, exercise a lot and just be happy. And if you want another advice, forget about that dress and buy a new one (I have one I can give you and it will fit you perfectly). Just enjoy life and stop worrying!

Okay... let me first say... stay encouraged, don't get discouraged.  Do you know that when you work out you gain a little first and then you start seeing inches come off, not necessarily pounds, and then here comes the pounds.  They come, but not as soon as we want them! Smile I had noticed that when I was intaking between 1200 and 1500 calories daily and I was maintaing my weight, so in order for me to lose weight I had intake 1200 to 1300 calories daily and worked out at least 3 times a week for 30 mins.  I also made sure that I dranked at least 96 oz. of water daily.  To help with that, I suggest starting early in the morning.  Trust me... you'll get there and you will see results. Don't give up!

I haven't read the past entries so I hope this isn't repetitive... but I actually had this small problem a few days ago.  I gained a pound even though I was exercising everyday and eating 300 calories less than what I was supposed to.  What I did was somewhat anti-intuitive.  But it worked!

Understand first that if you are exercising 20-30 minutes everyday that you are most likely gaining muscle mass (Ie, gaining weight!).  And that also, you should take a break!  Your body needs time to recuperate and "process" what you've been doing it, essentially.  Exercising and strength training actually break down muscle, and it is the healing process afterward that "builds" it up.

Frustrated that I had gained a pound even though I was essentially doing what you are doing, I took this weekend "off" to not exercise (although I did do some heavy duty cleaning) and stalk up on healthy fats.  That means almonds for snacks, fish for lunch, I even splurged and ate a blueberry muffin for breakfast.  And did not exercise, even though the great habit I had formed made me want to really bad.  Today I weighed myself and I lost that stubborn pound that had inched up on me!  I don't know if this will always work like a charm, but I am 100% sure that REST is a HUGE proponent to exercise.  Just make sure you only rest so much that you are able to keep your motivation up and jump back on that treadmill/stationary weight/whatever you like to do when you get active again.

I hope that helps, or that it wasn't to much like what everyone else has been saying.  Good luck!  And please let me know if my advice worked or if you found something that worked BETTER because i can totally feel your pain. :]

~Katie~

Original Post by bido77:

If my personal experience would help, I went on a trip this weekend, kept my diet to 1200 calories per day, walked for 6-8 hours a day and I came back weighing 2 pounds more than before leaving! It could be that you are exercising a lot and you're gaining muscle while loosing fat. I am seriously thinking of throwing my scale out the window (although it is a very nice scale) and just mind what I am eating, exercise a lot and just be happy. And if you want another advice, forget about that dress and buy a new one (I have one I can give you and it will fit you perfectly). Just enjoy life and stop worrying!

 I once commented that possibility of muscle gain to a person stating similiar to what you state, in another post somewhere here, and  one of the persons whom posted a reply as well berated me and the moderator sent me a nasty email.  If you are not used to exercising, or just starting out, certainly the "shock" upon your muscles will make them grow.  To accurately figure out if you're gaining fat or muscle, I suggest a body calipher bought in a sporting good store, it can track your BF% alot better than these so-called all in one scales which work based upon water retention and therefore aren't accurate.

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