:/ I'm doing everything right. I am eating for a deficit of between 500~1000 calories a day-- whatever feels right-- and I am meticulously logging every calorie. I'm working out. I'm varying my exercises. I take rest days. I let myself eat up to matinence every now and again.
I have not lost a single pound or inch since May. I haven't lost inches, either.
I'm a 5"2/3 20 year old woman and I am just at my wit's end! What in the world do I do!? And yes, I do eat plenty. I usually top 1800 calories a day and get most of my deficit from working out. I'm pretty active, and I do everything from bike riding, to swimming, to DDR, to using an elliptical.
What in the wold should I do!? I am just... not losing weight. No matter what I do, it doesn't come off. I am so frustrated. :c
have you been logging your drinks and stuff like that?
also, have you been relying on calorie counts database of nutrition info, or have you been getting the info from the back of your food packets. CC's database can be useful, but i found that even though i was logging my food very cairfully, CC actually understated the calorie content of a lot of foods that i had at home (for example CC reports that a slice of "hovis Granary bread" has 81 calories per slice, where as the packet and the websight (http://www.hovisbakery.co.uk/our-range/granar y/granary-wholemeal) states that it has 104 calories per slice.
i know thats only a 23 calorie difference, but if theres several food itmes that your logging that have that probelem then it all adds up, and could be reducing your defacit.
not sure but that could be it? :S
I generally forget to log them but, seeing as I only drink water and diet soda on occasion (not frequently) I don't really know what the deal is.
Also, I do check the back of my labels. If they vary from the database even a little bit, I add them as a custom food and log from there. :/
I have just started losing weight so I cant see any results after two weeks and Im sad....but at school they teach us that sometimes ur body takes ages to get on the right track so if u eat less ur metabolism can slow down coz it is shock for ur body...first results should be visible after 6 weeks so Im not giving up even If i dont lose any kilo till my sixth week. Also if u drinking lot of soda (even diet) soda has a lot of sodium what is not good for diet and last thing..ur body starts to lose fat after when in ur muscules isnt enough "storaged sugar" where muscules geting energy from...so if u eat a lot of carbs and u dont have enough other things u can exercise like a crazy everyday and u dont burn anything. So low fat isnt always good choice coz in lowfat food is fat swopped for carbs. Ur diet should be 50%carbs 30%protein 20% fat....if this doesnt work go to proper dietrician they have all the cool machines and they would tell u what u do wrong .....wish u good luck
First off: Do you have weight to lose? If you're at the upper end of a healthy BMI, maybe this is a good weight for your body? If you're muscular, the number of the scale can also be skewed. Muscular 150 lbs looks a lot different than couch potato 150 lbs, you know?
Second, are you weighing your food, or using measuring cups? Or are you just relying on the food label?
I've found that food labels are ridiculously inaccurate. A package of rolls says that 1 roll (45g) is 150 calories. So you eat a roll and log 150 calories. Only the roll wasn't 45g. It was 65g and you actually consumed 217 calories. A difference of 67 calories right there!
Same goes for measuring cups. You could eat 20% more calories than you think you are just because they're inaccurate.
I also noticed from your profile that you've already lost some weight. Have you thought about eating at maintenance for a little while? I know my hormones got out of whack and my body NEEDED the break before it was ready to give up more weight.
Sorry you're feeling frustrated :(
I also weigh everything meticulously. To the gram. :/ Really. I'm obsessed. I have a kitchen scale. I noticed my measuring cups weren't giving me the proper weight in grams, so I stopped using them.
And I weigh about 170 pounds at 5"3. I am very, very muscular, but this is also clearly a pretty high weight for my height.
And I guess I just don't really know how to have a break or where I should be eating for matinence. I'm in that weird '18 to 20' age group where I'm not really sure if I should be using the child calculator or the adult one. :/
Under 21, you should be using a calculator for teens, such as this one.
What sort of weight lifting do you do?
Also, may I ask, what size are your trousers and shirts?
I don't generally do a whole lot of weight lifting. I do work on an elliptical trainer, swimming, DDR, and bike riding quite frequently. Reasonably, I do it almost every day.
In shirt's I'm generally a women's USA medium. Skirts are more or less a large, and in pants I'm usually a 12 or a 14 (again USA, women's).
If it makes you feel any better, I went from January to May without losing. Since then I lost 9lbs...now I am back to being platuead again for the last 3 weeks. Stinks!
All I can say is hang in there. Last time lifting heavy seemed to help me break through and finally catch up. This time, I don't know what it will take, I am hoping it just magically resolves over a week or two of very careful calorie counting and trying to balance our my protein numbers higher again.
Start weight training and ditch some of the cardio. Really give your metabolism a boost. Don't worry about becoming muscle woman; that't won't happen.
I started lifting in March of this year; lifting heavy. I have gone from a size 38DD bra to a size 32B/C; I have lost 4 trouser sizes. I have also lost weight in that time but it was switching from so much cardio to the weight training that really gave my metabolism a boost.
Others can give you advice re a full body lifting routine as I had to tailor mine because of a dodgy back.
Another suggestion would be too also look at your BMI, I have a scale that shows weight as well as BMI. Some days I will even gain .5 a pound but the BMI goes down. Also you can over do it too, I know you said you take rest days but make sure it is enough for your body to repair what it needs to. Also stress can keep the weight on as well, easier said than done but try to not be so hard on yourself, what matters is you are making an effort and that is more than it seems many people can say. Good luck
How often and how long do you do maintenance days? You may want to change that up a bit. For me, I do two days together no more often than once a month, preferably only once every two months. More often than that sets me back completely.
Breaking through the barrier requires a change up of some kind. So maint. days, adding in new types of exercise (like weights), cutting calories a little (depending on how close you are) can all make changes. Or maybe try one week of super clean eating, low sodium, with lots of water and see if you can shake it up. Just remember that the smallest changes can make a big difference sometimes.
5 weeks lost 2 kg (a bit less than i was expecting) but it takes time when ur body get use to it...two more cut down and start doing weights and build muscules from rest of my fat :)....how u doing? losing?
If you are truly doing everything right, go to a doctor and see if it's a health problem. Get tested, get checked out and then you will know.
I was going to say the same thing as jaegersgirl. Get thee to a physician to get a check-up, especially for your thyroid.