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I've barely been eating and I still haven't lost any weight.


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For the past week I haven't lost a single pound- I've actually gained two pounds- and it's driving me crazy!

Two weeks ago I started my diet at 115 pounds and 5' to lose the college weight I put on. The first week I lost 3 and a half pounds to put me at 111.5. 
Last thursday I also got the flu so I haven't been eating as much (I've had terrible nausea).  I normally burn about 2200-2300 calories a day (I'm on a drug that speeds up my metabolism a lot and I'm young, 19) and burn off another 200-300 in exercise (i only started gaining weight when i was eating 4000+ calories a day, constant emotional eating). So in the past 6 days, with what I've eaten, I have a calorie deficit of 12,800 calories (if I burn approximately 2500 calories a day), which should translate to losing 3.7 pounds, and I've gained two pounds! 
I don't know if I should be eating less, or exercising more or what I should be doing. It's driving me freaking crazy because I want to lose 10-15 pounds before the middle of June when I get out of school.
WHAT AM I DOING WRONG! 

Edited Apr 16 2010 08:38 by smw
Reason: Locked, information given by OP is conflicting so any advice is potentially damaging.
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  • Maybe you need to eat quite a bit extra for a couple of days.  
  • Maybe your eating not enough earlier tricked your body into slowing its metabolic engine down.
  • Maybe you need a high protein breakfast.
  • Maybe you need a couple of good exercise sessions -- such as a vigorous morning session.
  • Frankly, I don't know why a drug to speed up metabolism is necessary; but I am no doctor.  However, since I have both slowed down and speeded up my metabolism on several occasions, I do know that cutting back on calorie consumption can produce the opposite effect than we think.  I was able to lose weight taking in over 2800 calories, for example; but I wasn't losing weight taking in 2100.  It all connected to my metabolic burn.
  • Again, obviously you need to do what a doctor tells you; but unless a doctor has prescribed drugs for your metabolism, I would suggest that you can control things better with intelligent eating and exercising.
  • Also, spacing out 6 meals/snacks throughout the day is sometimes effective in helping the metabolism.
  • Maybe drinking a large glass of water to start the day would help.
  • Have you checked your carb-fat-protein ratio carefully?  

Note:  I am no health expert; I would not presume to know more or as much as a health professional about healthy dieting and exercising.  The comments I made are in direct connection as to what has worked for me in terms of my getting my metabolism revved-up to work at peak efficiency.

A. This site is about losing weight in a healthy way. We don't support crash diets, starvation diets, etc. It sounds like you're already not eating even close to a healthy amount and cutting down even more would be ridiculous.

B. Considering the kind of deficits you've been running daily, there's no way those two pounds you gained are actual fat. Give your body a few more days to recover from being ill and I'm sure the water retention will ease up.

C. You're already at a healthy BMI, which means it's likely your body isn't going to want to give up those 10-15 pounds so easily. If you didn't put the extra weight on in a month, you can't expect it to come off (and actually stay off) in a month.

Original Post by shane_paladin:

 

  • Maybe you need to eat quite a bit extra for a couple of days.  
  • Maybe your eating not enough earlier tricked your body into slowing its metabolic engine down.
  • Maybe you need a high protein breakfast.
  • Maybe you need a couple of good exercise sessions -- such as a vigorous morning session.
  • Frankly, I don't know why a drug to speed up metabolism is necessary; but I am no doctor.  However, since I have both slowed down and speeded up my metabolism on several occasions, I do know that cutting back on calorie consumption can produce the opposite effect than we think.  I was able to lose weight taking in over 2800 calories, for example; but I wasn't losing weight taking in 2100.  It all connected to my metabolic burn.
  • Again, obviously you need to do what a doctor tells you; but unless a doctor has prescribed drugs for your metabolism, I would suggest that you can control things better with intelligent eating and exercising.
  • Also, spacing out 6 meals/snacks throughout the day is sometimes effective in helping the metabolism.
  • Maybe drinking a large glass of water to start the day would help.
  • Have you checked your carb-fat-protein ratio carefully?  

Note:  I am no health expert; I would not presume to know more or as much as a health professional about healthy dieting and exercising.  The comments I made are in direct connection as to what has worked for me in terms of my getting my metabolism revved-up to work at peak efficiency.

Eating extra seems counterintuitive. The only way to lose weight is a calorie deficit. It's a myth that eating more will actually cause you to lose more weight . My metabolism wouldn't have slowed down in 6 days, it takes months for any change in the metabolism. 

Also, I don't take a drug in order to speed up my metabolism, that would be insanity, but it's a big side effect. I'm on a high dose of a stimulant (think lindsay lohan with adderall) for ADD. I can eat barely any protein for breakfast because I'm a vegetarian and don't like to eat eggs. I eat protein later in the day. Actively working out is almost impossible because the only time I have to spend to myself is when I sleep (I have an extremely demanding schedule). I am awake and extremely active for a long time every day though. 
I always drink at least a glass water in the morning.

However, my carb/fat/protein ratio is pretty terrible. I don't really know what the ratio should be but I eat almost all carbohydrates (fruits, vegetables, bread, juice, smoothies, basically sugar). I get very little protein at school and eat a lot of cheese (terrible but I'm so addicted! it's my favorite food). When I look at the breakdown though, my carbohydrates are always too low. 

Original Post by beexo:

A. This site is about losing weight in a healthy way. We don't support crash diets, starvation diets, etc. It sounds like you're already not eating even close to a healthy amount and cutting down even more would be ridiculous.

B. Considering the kind of deficits you've been running daily, there's no way those two pounds you gained are actual fat. Give your body a few more days to recover from being ill and I'm sure the water retention will ease up.

C. You're already at a healthy BMI, which means it's likely your body isn't going to want to give up those 10-15 pounds so easily. If you didn't put the extra weight on in a month, you can't expect it to come off (and actually stay off) in a month.


to A- This is not a starvation diet at all and if I could eat more I would, you can see I said I have the flu (the STOMACH flu). Normally I eat a healthy 1400-1600 calories a day, which is what I was eating all last week. I think it would be crazy to keep the diet for the last 6 days long term and it's DEFINITELY not intentional. I've been vomiting and can't eat that much. However, I'm not well informed on nutrition so I didn't know what anyone had to say. 

to B- good idea.

to C- I checked with my doctor and he said that with my body fat percentage and the way I unhealthily gained weight  it would be fine and healthy if I lost weight. 

I'm very sorry if I misinterpreted part of your post! It came off like you were intentionally starving yourself. Didn't mean to offend you at all. :)

I also wasn't telling you not to lose weight, just simply stating that when you're already at a healthy weight, it's usually harder to drop pounds than it would be if you were 50 pounds overweight. My BMI is 20.8 and I've still got 10 pounds to lose, so I'm the same boat as you in a way.

Original Post by beexo:

I'm very sorry if I misinterpreted part of your post! It came off like you were intentionally starving yourself. Didn't mean to offend you at all. :)

I also wasn't telling you not to lose weight, just simply stating that when you're already at a healthy weight, it's usually harder to drop pounds than it would be if you were 50 pounds overweight. My BMI is 20.8 and I've still got 10 pounds to lose, so I'm the same boat as you in a way.

It's fine! Sorry if I came off as rude. IT's just I'm miserable from the flu haha (: I wish I could eat more! 

I didn't know that, but that makes sense. I've always felt like the last ten pounds are the worst ): 

While you have the flu is not the time to worry about your weight.  Keep yourself hydrated, get lots of rest, and let your immune system do its job.  Deal with the weight loss after you're better.

Original Post by verenaskye:

Eating extra seems counterintuitive. The only way to lose weight is a calorie deficit. It's a myth that eating more will actually cause you to lose more weight . My metabolism wouldn't have slowed down in 6 days, it takes months for any change in the metabolism. 

 Actually with someone of your already low weight your metabolism WILL slow instantly if you create too great a deficit, because it probably quite simply isn't "spare" and your body is trying to maintain its vital functions despite your actions. 

But...  if you know best, then just carry on doing what you're doing...  No skin off my back...

One way to add protein to your diet as a vegetarian is beans and protein bars. I just got some Special K Protein Meal Bars in Chocolatey Chip and its SOOOOOOO goood! 1 bar has 10g of protein. I found it in the same aisle as the oatmeal in walmart. It didnt have as much protein as I wanted but as I wandered around I found the pharmacy section with all the weight loss pills and slimfast and whatnot has the much higher protein bars (20-30g per bar) for under 300 calories each.

Another way to have good protein for breakfast is oats (oatmeal)and soya milk. I'm vegetarian and I have no worries making my protein targets every day.

And yes I know Americans think Soya is hte Devils own work all I would say is compare the health issues of the Japanese nation to the Uk and the US then tell me who's got it wrong.

Tons of ways to get protein into your breakfast even if you don't eat eggs... take a sprouted grain english muffin or wrap, spread with natural nut butter, top with banana and cinnamon or honey. Or mix quinoa in with oatmeal in the morning, tons of protein there. You said you like smoothies too - use protein or soy powder in one in the morning.

Getting sick will definitely screw up your weight loss expectations...even though you are keeping calories within reason...See how it goes now that you feel better... Have you considered increasing your workout intensity?
Original Post by rosl:

And yes I know Americans think Soya is hte Devils own work all I would say is compare the health issues of the Japanese nation to the Uk and the US then tell me who's got it wrong.

This vegan from California who consumes plenty of soy products doesn't appreciate your generalizations of Americans as misinformed in the soy department.

Original Post by verenaskye:

"...in the past 6 days, with what I've eaten, I have a calorie deficit of 12,800 calories (if I burn approximately 2500 calories a day), which should translate to losing 3.7 pounds, and I've gained two pounds..."

 

 

Hey, we have the same stats.  I am about 1/8” shy of 5’0 and weigh 114 lbs.

Hope the following information is helpful:

"Lose weight slowly. Losing weight too fast can take a toll on your nervous system, making you feel sluggish, drained, and sick. When you drop a lot of weight quickly, you’re actually losing mostly water and muscle rather than fat. Aim to lose 1 to 2 pounds a week to ensure healthy weight loss."

See this article by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyweight/losing_weigh t/index.html

"When you're considering what to expect from your new eating and exercise plan, be realistic. Over the long term, it's best to aim for losing 1 to 2 pounds (0.5 to 1 kilogram) a week...To lose 1 to 2 pounds a week, you need to burn 500 to 1,000 calories more than you consume each day, through a low-calorie diet and regular exercise" (http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss/ HQ01625).

Your current deficit of 12,800 calories in 6 days is equivalent to 2133.33 calorie deficit per day.  That is more than twice as much as the maximum 1,000 calorie deficiency recommended across the board.  That may be why you're body is holding on to your weight.   Apart from having more than 1,000 calorie deficit being unsafe, you are also less likely to keep the weight off at such a large deficit.

Assuming you 2,300 calories a day (what you burn because of your fast metabolism) and your deficit is 2,133 per day, that is only leaving 167 calories per day for your body’s normal functions…and you need to leave at least 1,200 calories for normal body functions (your heart to beat, breathing, etc…)

Assuming you only consume 2200 calories a day and your deficit is 2,133 per day, you are only leaving 67 calories per day for your body’s normal functions, and you need to leave at least 1,200 calories for normal body functions.

How many calories do you consume a day?

The weight fluctuations you see may be water weight…rather than weight loss (3.5 lbs you mentioned losing) and weight gain (the 2 lbs you mentioned gaining).

Also, if you are sick with the flu, you shouldn’t be exercising or dieting.  Eat what your body can tolerate and stay away from the gym.  You need rest and lots of fluids.  Your body needs all the fuel it can get to fight off the illness.  I find that when I am sick, I start getting better when my stomach is able to hold my food down and use it to fight off the illness.

I suggest you consult your doctor or a registered dietician that can better inform you about healthy ways to lose weight.  When I first lost weight, about 3 years ago, I was very misinformed and wish I would have gone to a doctor or dietician to better guide me in my weight loss journey.

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I'm vegan and get plenty of protein at breakfast. Oatmeal with nuts/nut butters, quinoa, tofu scramble, breakfast burritos, beans on toast, tofu quiche, tempeh bacon, soy yogurt, smoothies with protein powder, rice cakes with peanut butter, leftover dinner food ...

did you shrink? last year you were 5'6"..

Original Post by paperflower:

did you shrink? last year you were 5'6"..

I love when poeple do their homework...

Your BMI at 5'6" (which you posted as your height here and here) and 113 pounds is 18.3 which is bordering underweight. To lose more weight and get down to 100 pounds (which you stated as your goal in previous posts) would be extremely unhealthy.

If you're burning 2,400-2,600 calories (including exercise) daily but only eating 1,400-1,600 calories daily, you will NOT lose weight. You are already at the low end of a healthy weight so there is absolutely NO NEED To be eating at a deficit of 1,000 calories daily. You need to be maintaining your current weight or even gaining.

Please be mindful that Calorie Count is a resource for healthy and sustainable weight management. Your habits are unhealthy and cannot be sustained. Please consider this your official warning and review the Posting Guidelines to make sure your future posts are in line with them.

Thank you,

Bier, Volunteer Moderator

ETA: Since you are 19, you should not be using an adult nutrition/BMI calculator, but one designed for children and teens. When I used this calculator to determine your BMI, I was informed that you are only in the 8th percentile for weight. That means that 92% of people your height weigh more than you do. Doesn't that tell you something?

To be honest, I don't think she knows how tall she actually is...

She joined the thread "5'0" girls", says shes 5 feet tall here, but then posts on other threads that she's 5'6".

Get yourself measured or tell the freaking truth if you really want advice.

Original Post by beexo:

Original Post by rosl:

And yes I know Americans think Soya is hte Devils own work all I would say is compare the health issues of the Japanese nation to the Uk and the US then tell me who's got it wrong.

This vegan from California who consumes plenty of soy products doesn't appreciate your generalizations of Americans as misinformed in the soy department.

 Sincere apologies, as you live there (and have surely seen the very loud denouncement of Soy on this web site in the past) you'll probably appreciate that you and otheres like you (and me) are in a minority.

I didn't mean to offend you but I am fed up with every time soy is mentioned on here people come back at you telling you it is the cause of cancer and all sorts of horrible diseases.

 

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