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Eating right and exercising...but not losing weight?


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Hello everyone! I've been a lurker member here for quite some time now. I always try really hard to keep track of all my foods pretty regularly. I rarely drink, and don't hardly ever indulge in sweets, carbs, etc. I've been working out at the gym and I'm eating really good, but I'm not losing weight. I am staying at the same place! I would think that if that were the case, I should just increase my calorie defecit, but right now it's usually between 500 and 750 calories each day. Any tips or advice? I have only been working out at the gym regularly for about a month or so now. Do I need to give it more time? :(
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Are you weighing your food? What are your stats?

 

Sorry, i realized i probably should have included that when I posted originally. Here are my stats:

I'm 25 years old, 5'8" tall, current weight is about 159. The lowest weight I've ever been was about 150. Yes, I weigh my food, though I don't know that I always abide by correct portion sizes. I typically burn around 2500 calories a day, depending on how hard I work out. I also wait tables and am on my feet quite a lot, some days I have burned over 3,000 calories just from working!

Hope this helps :P

Since you are already in a healthy weight range for your height, you should focus on a smaller deficit to lose the weight.  It doesn't come off as easily (or as fast) when you are within a healthy weight range.

What do you suggest for a defecit to aim for?

250-300 is probably a good range.

Oh, okay. Thanks! That just doesn't seem like a lot! But I'm willing to do anything to see the scale go down!

It isn't a lot and the weight loss will be slow, but like I said, when you are already within the healthy BMI weight range, its not going to come off fast.

I agree with karneykode that you want a smaller deficit. The challenge is calculating your burn correctly. Maybe you are not currently calculating your burn correctly, and that is the reason you haven't lost any weight? 

Your sedentary burn is 1860, so on a day you do nothing eating 1600 would be good. But you have pretty big numbers for your daily burn. A 3000 calorie burn is an additional 1140 calories from activity and exercise. It would be pretty easy to erase a 300 calorie deficit through a small miscalculation. You'll probably have to do some experimentation.

 

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She isn't just eating 750 calories, that was her deficit.

Original Post by halobaby17:

Sweety, it sounds like your body is in survival mode. You are like an ideal weight! But even still if you are trying to lose weight, all of the reading I have done has said to stay within a healthy calorie range, and 750 calories a day is not healthy, especially if you are working out!! Maybe if you you had a seditary lifestyle... but you are so active. Try adding more protien to your diet to help your musclesand definetly lots of fruits and veggies for antioxidantsand tons of water to flush. A good general guide to follow to lose a pound a week is multiply your weight by 12 and then subtract 500, which for you would be about 1400 calories a day. Do some more research on healthy calorie intake, especially for your height becauseyou do require more calories than a woman that is 5`1! I hope this helps.Good luck to you!


Oh no! I usually eat between 1800 and 2100 calories, I was referring to my calorie deficit is usually between 500 and 750 cal every day. That would be crazy low! But thank you for your concern :)
Original Post by solid555:

I agree with karneykode that you want a smaller deficit.The challenge is calculating your burn correctly. Maybe you are not currently calculating your burn correctly, and that is the reason you haven't lost any weight?

Your sedentary burn is 1860, so on a day you do nothing eating 1600 would be good. But you have pretty big numbers for your daily burn. A 3000 calorie burn is an additional 1140 calories from activity and exercise. It would be pretty easy to erase a 300 calorie deficit through a small miscalculation. You'll probably have to do some experimentation.


I used to just do my best guessing on the burn, but I recently purchased and have begun using a Bodybugg. It basically uses tons of different factors to 90% accurately tell you how many calories you burn. That's what I base my intake on normally. I can see, like you say, how a small miscalculation could erase those 300 calories!
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