Trying hard with minimal to no results

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Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 07:36
Am I doing something wrong here? I started January 1 with a 1500 cal diet. Basically eating what I wanted but only limiting to 1500 cal daily. No exercise at that point since I am busy, but I recently gave up that excuse and joined the gym. I've gone 3x in the past week so that is some improvement. I switched to South Beach diet last week and did not like the GI side effects so I moved to phase 2 to get more fiber (those of you who have tried this know what I'm talking about). I am avoiding bread and anything white, but still no movement in the scale. Initially I lost, but now its back. Any suggestions?

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Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 08:39
Are you drinking water? Increase water intake. Snack on fruits and vegetables and only small portions of nuts or seeds. Stay in the gym. The scale will move. Be pateint. We did not gain this weight over night and it wont come off over night.

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Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 09:08
What are you doing when you go to the gym?
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Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 09:09
I think preserverence is the key. I feel and know your disappointment, your not alone. You can do it, don't give up!

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Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 10:17
I agree with the other ladies, it takes time to lose the weight and you can't expect to see results overnight. Keep working at it and you'll see the scale start to move. You can do it!!!!

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Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 10:18
I drink coffee in the morning, but the rest of the day is either water, tea and maybe skim milk (if I remember). I probably drink on the average 96oz water a day. I don't typically snack since I work and am pretty busy there which is great since it keeps my mind off food. I do cardio for 30 minutes (since the only time I can go is before work) and really don't have time for weights. Usually I alternate elliptical, cybex trainer and treadmill.
It is just so frustrating because I think by now I should have lost more. I know my tracker says 164.5, but I weighed myself this morning and I was back to 168.9. I'm not going to give up, but just looking for any advice. Thanks everyone!!!

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Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 10:44
When I started this I had trouble losing much initially too. I cut my calories from 1500-1700 to 1200-1500 and started doing a different exercise program and that helped. You also have to make sure you are recording EVERYTHING you eat, you may be doing that already. For me, if I don't workout I don't lose, but I know that's not true for everyone. When I workout consistently and about 5x per week I'll see a loss, and I'm more watchful of what I eat. So, it may just take a small change, like try cutting 100 calories a day or exercise 10-15 mins. more. If you are counting on this site to be accurate for the exercise cals burned I wouldn't, it just mainly does an estimate of what you burned, so if you are just getting a 500 cal deficit that may not be accurate. I'm sure if you stick with this you'll lose, sometimes it's just a slow process. Good luck!!
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Posted: 29 Jan 2013, 11:17
I agree with Mars2kids. Be careful of sneaky calories you might otherwise miss, things like BLTs (bites, licks, tastes, my friend used to call them), mints, drinks, etc.

Also, when you do your cardio, try doing High Intensity Intervals instead of just running or biking. Warm up a little, then do 20 seconds of the highest intensity you can muster (if you're running, for example, run as fast as you possibly can--push yourself, HARD) then cut that intensity in 1/2 for the next 40 seconds. Repeat for 20 minutes or so. It's great because you don't get bored and the results are impressive. For me, at least, far more impressive than if I just run or just swim.

Most importantly, just keep at it. There are lots of factors that contribute to the day-by-day "successes" and "failures" of the weightloss journey. Don't let a few swings on the scale get you down. You could be constipated, so you weigh more. Or your monthly could make you retain water. Or you are dehydrated, so you weigh less. Or your muscles are sore from your work out, so they retain water and weigh more.

Ultreya, my friend. Keep on keepin' on. Onward and upward (or, downward, I guess!) Wink
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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 11:43
Here's an article that fairly well sums it up:

I only really see improvements when I incorporate weight training into my schedule and eat clean. If you don't have time to do both weight training and cardio at the gym, alternate days.

As a general rule, I try to stick to real food (ie: don't eat most things with a bar code or things that won't go bad if left out) and avoid the processed junk. Those 100 calorie snack packs might seem like a good idea but it's still the same processed junk that your body can't use.

Good luck and hang in there! And remember, if your clothes fit better, it doesn't matter what the scale says. Wink

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Posted: 31 Jan 2013, 14:27
I used to love cardio now I prefer weights. Just 20 minutes a day (done circut style) is enough. If I do cardio, it's intervals, again, just 20 minutes. Add about 10 minutes for warm up, cool down.

Another big thing I implemented that helped me start to lose fat again was eating only 3 meals a day (enough to sustain me for 4-5 hours so NO snacking), eating about the same amount of calories as you, and NOT eating 3-4 hours before bed. Apparently this allows your leptin hormones to function properly (the hormone that regulates how much fat you store/burn).

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Posted: 01 Feb 2013, 04:23
I have the same problem. My friends are losing weight and they are eating chocolate and ice cream etc but I am staying the same! I workout between 2-4hours a day (at the gym, cardio and weights, classes too) and eat nothing but fruit, veggies, protein, protein shakes for breakfast, yoghurts, omletes with veggies and the occasional chicken avocado sandwich on multi grain bread. Not eating marg, cereals or drinking anything other than 2-3 litres of water a day and cups of green tea. Getting very frustrated. I have been working SO hard for months and having nothing to show for it. I don't think 1500 calories is enough if you ask me. Also I can't run, jump, hop or twist due to having a knee reconstruction 6 1/2 months ago but I do plenty of fast paced walking and weights and classes...I am at a loss Neutral

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Posted: 01 Feb 2013, 06:51
Hi Brensmom12,
Try not to get discouraged! Losing weight is calories in, vs. calories out. Here is the basic math behind what you are doing: The body needs ~10 calories/lb to maintain (or get to) a certain weight without exercise. In your case with a goal of 150 lb, this means you will need to eat 1500 calories to get to and maintain that weight. HOWEVER, you are relatively close to your goal at 166.5. To maintain your current weight, you need 1665 calories/day. This means your daily calorie deficit is only 165 calories daily (1665-1500). A pound is 3500 calories, so to have enough of a calorie deficit to lose a pound it would take you about 21 days. (3500 cal/lb divided by 165 calorie deficit). Couple of options if you want to lose more quickly: Move your calorie intake down to 1300-1400 a day (I would not go much lower than this). Or...get to that gym! If you burn more calories exercising, that pound will come off more quickly! Hope this helps!

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Posted: 02 Feb 2013, 00:29
also remember muscles weigh more than fat, so if your inches are changing (or tight jeans/sleeves fitting looser), then your SHAPE is changing, which is probably what you want. And as you gain muscle, you will burn more calories more easily and your weight loss will speed up.

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Posted: 03 Feb 2013, 10:40
So in about 4 weeks time you've gone from Calorie counting, to South beach phase 1 to South beach phase 2. This seems like you are being impatient. Why are you switching so frequently? Do you not like the dieting?

If you go back to just counting calories, it will work. It is impossible for it not to work if you count everything and stay under. But you need to stay at it. Weigh yourself every other day at the same time of day. Use a digital scale to see changes of. 1 pounds. Get a digital scale that also measures water% muscle % and fat%. You may be losing fat but have excess water. If you don't measure it, how will you know?

Also almost every reply had great information, the community here is very good. Get involved and stay involved. Join a challenge with other members. But as with anything if you don't stay at it it wont pay off like you hoped.

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