Why can't I lose weight

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Susie Q1234

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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 15:10
I have been dieting for about 6 weeks but haven't been losing much. I started out at 131 lbs. and I am now at 129 lbs. I watch calories, fats and proteins with an average of 1000 calories day. I go to the gym 3-5 times a week. What more can I do?
laurie54

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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 15:17
i was the same way until i had a dr check my medicines. lo and behold my bp meds Propranolol was one of my culprits. he has me on a high protein low carb (under 50grms) program and i am finally seeing my weight coming down. it is incredible how many carbs are in fruits and veggies seeing this on our food calculator i can make changes carrots vs celery....to my carb intake. good luck if i can do this so can you!
klbarcaskey

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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 15:24
Its hard when you are already pretty thin, I can attest to that, you can only burn so many calories.... patience, hang in there.
CorsetLady

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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 15:24
Are you absolutely sure about your calorie count? Do you weigh and measure everything you eat, including little tastes of things? Most people underestimate their portion sizes and end up eating a lot more calories than they think they are.

Also, what are you doing at the gym? I have read a lot about HIIT in the last few years (high intensity interval training) and the claim is that is has a more beneficial effect on metabolism than steady state cardio, meaning you will burn more calories all day after an HIIT workout. As a side note, I feel amazing after interval workouts, maybe more endorphins? Not sure, but it's great.

Whatever it turns out to be, hope you get it resolved and start getting the results you want, and that you are working so hard for!
meimei071625

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 00:45
It is not easy to loose weight, you should be patient. Make sure that you're doing it right and you eat right.
davidswife16

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 09:44
Really depends on what you are doing at the gym. You may not be seeing a change on the scale as you are building muscle.
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umdterpsgirl

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 13:30
Looks like you lost 3 pounds in less than 3 weeks. Seems like good, steady weight loss to me. Slower weight loss is a good thing, often leading to a better chance you will keep the weight off and allows you to develop lasting good eating and workout habits. I say keep doing what you're doing and have patience. Great job so far!
hello_sunshi...

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 18:14
I agree with others are saying in this thread. It really takes time to lose weight. So I suggest that you continue what you're doing, eat right and exercise regularly and don't stress yourself of thinking too much of losing weight. It won't help.
grglblch

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Posted: 03 Aug 2012, 03:35
Susie Q1234 wrote:
I have been dieting for about 6 weeks but haven't been losing much. I started out at 131 lbs. and I am now at 129 lbs. I watch calories, fats and proteins with an average of 1000 calories day. I go to the gym 3-5 times a week. What more can I do?


If you're hitting it HARD at the gym, then you may be under eating. Many people think that if they cut their calories back far enough for long enough they'll lose weight, and that's true, but cut back too far and you become catabolic, burning muscle instead of fat.

If you're doing intense workouts 5 times per week you probably need a minimum of 1400-1500 calories per day. If your workouts are moderate then 1200 will probably do. Try letting your calories fluctuate in a range around there and see what happens.

Then keep in mind that weight loss takes time, especially for women. Tony Horton, creator of P90X, has been known to say, "Women have to work twice as hard, for twice as long, as men to get the same results."
Susie Q1234

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Posted: 03 Aug 2012, 13:50
Thanks everyone for your support. I trying to eat a little more to see if that gives me a kick start. I am also going to change up my gym routine to see if that helps.
JPapoleson

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Posted: 03 Aug 2012, 16:52
Try the Mifflin St Jeor equations for basic metabolism, just google it and you will find a calculator. Then whatever number you get for 24 hours do the following calculation:
Correction = 24*(your weight in Kg) - (what you got).

You will have to subtract this number from the calories you expend daily. Fatsecret assumes you spend 1 Kcal/kg/hr but that is a gross overestimation for most people, for me (120 Kg) over 24 hrs the difference is 650 Kcal !!.

With the correction though I am getting very good and accurate results (weight loss is tracking the caloric deficit extremely well).

I see you are running a 500-700 Kcal deficit, with the correction (since you are half my weight) it could really be a 250-300 Kcal deficit,
thus 1750 Kcal/week thus 10500 Kcal --> 3 lbs. Do the math and see for yourself.

Hope this helps....
Sntrada

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Posted: 08 Aug 2012, 08:33
Firstly 129 pounds sounds like a pretty healthy weight. Your body is trying to look out for you, so if you do not need to lose weight, your body would fight all your attempts to lose.

1000 calories sounds like a little. I guess your body is trying to hold on to all the calories you are eating and all the fat you have because it is not getting enough food. I reccomend you up your calorie intake to about 1200 and see how things go.
Brensmom12

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Posted: 08 Aug 2012, 11:53
Agree with Sntrada. If you eat less than 1200 cal per day you body can go into starvation mode and will not allow for weight loss. Try increasing a litte and also watch the carbs and sodium.
Juan Weight...

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Posted: 08 Aug 2012, 11:55
for women, multiply the current weight by 10. That is the amount of calories you need each day to MAINTAIN your weight. Anything lower is weight loss. In your case, looks like 1,290 is your daily caloric requirement.

You may have to get on some meal replacement shakes and do a MINIMUM of 500 calories a day and don't go over 1000. Check out the HMR program. I managed to lose 100lbs recently.
NancyMackinn...

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Posted: 08 Aug 2012, 13:34
make sure you balance your carbs. protein, and fats. if you are not consuming enough calories your body will go into starvation mode. Your metabolism will slow down and your body will begin to store fat so you will lose lean muscle and actually gain fat. Since muscle weighs more than fat, your net may be a couple of lost pounds but your fat percentage is actually higher
Sam Roseburg

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Posted: 08 Aug 2012, 15:18
Sounds like you are small, unless you're really short. Maybe your body is going into starvation/survival mode? I don't know. It just seems like 1000 calories isn't enough to sustain health. My cousin had that problem and when she actually started eating more healthy food and intaking more calories, she lost weight!!! Well - good luck and stay healthy. Smile
njg88

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Posted: 22 Aug 2012, 10:48
You need to eat your min Cal for body function. If you don't you your body will lower you Cal need by slowing down your metabolism! Which will cause you to not lose wieght organs and muscle to not function properly. Which would lead to long term damage to organs and injury. Cant stress enough proper diet. If you doing the same thing at the gym everytime your not going to see the results you want. Spice it up with zumba, hot yoga or a heavy calisthenis ie mountain climbers traveling push ups. Your at the last 10 lbs you got to push hard I'm where you are that last bit is a pain but now its all about toning and shaping your muscle. By pushing yourself tell your out of breath and past. You'll get there.
misclin

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Posted: 22 Aug 2012, 11:21
JPapoleson and others...Help! I did all the calculations and they still leave me scratching my head. My daily deficit averages 2200, my daily intake 1200-1400. Why then does it take me 3-4 weeks to lose 3 pounds? Do I really need to eat approx 1750 a day to lose? That's a lot of food, and hard to keep fats down.
As a side note, I was losing 10 pounds a month before I started 'dieting'.
Snowbear007

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Posted: 22 Aug 2012, 12:41
I was having the same problem until I started on the Medifast diet. Then the weight started to come off like never before! I have lost 36lbs in the last 3 months. While it is a little expensive for the Medifast meals it really does work!!
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Snowbear007

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Posted: 22 Aug 2012, 12:43
Try eating a small meal (around 100 calories) every 3 hours instead of eating 3 large meals per day. This will keep your metabolism going.
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