scale wont go down

previous topic · next topic
karlajanebri...

Joined: Nov 13
Posts: 9

      quote  
Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 02:03
i am creating a calorie deficit every day, but the scale wont go down for the last few days. i have heard that scales are not that accurate. should i just stick with it or am i doing something wrong? i am creating a deficit near 2000 calories a day. has anyone had a similar problem?
RoxyB7

Joined: Dec 13
Posts: 12

      quote  
Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 02:45
Sorry... calories or kilojoules? I am no expert but if you are talking calories that is one heck of a deficit, perhaps your actually not eating enough. That would also depend on your current weight.
karlajanebri...

Joined: Nov 13
Posts: 9

      quote  
Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 02:55
hi - calories. current weight is 94. i realize most people say that the body goes into starvation mode, however this is not actually true. the bodies form of starvation mode will drop your metabolism but not significantly enough to hang onto fat. the bottom line is if you eat a little and the right things your body should lose weight. is it perhaps water or salt or something else? as it is disheartening. thank you Smile
RoxyB7

Joined: Dec 13
Posts: 12

      quote  
Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 03:17
I understand what you are saying, but dropping your metabolic rate is also not really ideal. The ideal metabolism should be running constantly so that you are constantly burning calories. Having said that different things work for different people. Water and salt shouldn't affect your weight loss as a constant. If you have been following the same thing for more than a month without any results I'd suggest changing things up a bit. Throw in some exercise, I find on the days that I haven't gotten my heart rate up with a good workout I tend to pick up weight no matter how I downsize my portions.
NCNOLE

Joined: Feb 11
Posts: 1,218

      quote  
Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 06:11
My question is are you 94 lbs or 94 kg? If you are 94 lbs then you should not be trying to lose weight. If you are unhappy w/ how you look, then look into weight training as that will tone you up and make you look leaner.
I lost about 80 lbs over 1 1/2 years and have been stuck at my goal weight for the past year. I fluctuate a few pounds up and down, but basically have been around 125 lbs for the past year. I was eating at about a 1000 calorie deficit sometimes as much as 1500 calorie deficit. Exercising lots. Then I hired a trainer and he told me that I needed to eat 2000 calories/day - I have been gradually increasing my calories (very difficult process for me). Now that I am eating more, the scale is responding. I also look so much leaner from the intense weight training and I have lost an inch in my waist. My new clothes that I bought last year are getting loose (that was not really my goal as I spent a good bit of money last year updating - but we'll see what happens and I might have to start saving again for a new wardrobe).
So, my suggestion would be to try eating more and weight training, but again if you weigh 94 lbs, you probably don't need to lose weight and risk long term damage to your body.
karlajanebri...

Joined: Nov 13
Posts: 9

      quote  
Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 06:40
hello - 94 kg Smile

thank you so much for your replies - really helps! i have been doing it for three weeks so far. the first two weeks i lost 6kg. but this last week, it seemed to just stay as it was. i have heard that the scale is not the best indicator. i really do want to maintain a high calorie deficit so i would prefer to stick with this. i do know that it works, due to research. but i am just wondering what the problem may be and if others have had this same problem. that the scale stays the same for a while. doe to other factors perhaps. thank you again! all info welcome - and well done on your weight loss!
NCNOLE

Joined: Feb 11
Posts: 1,218

      quote  
Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 10:11
Ok, well 94 kg is better! Usually when you lose weight in the beginning a lot is fluid - so then the loss slows down. You should be able to lose at a large deficit, but eventually it could backfire, like it did with me. I have always been about calories in vs calories out, but sometimes for us ladies, it does not always work that way. TOM, hormones, fluid balance all play a role - not to mention stress! Anyways, I would just keep trucking along - time will continue to pass even if you stop, so no sense in stopping as you would then probably start gaining. Losing weight is a journey and you always have to make adjustments and changes. Something as simple as switching from an elliptical to treadmill or changing the incline can make a world of difference. It's crazy, but true! Good luck!
Sweetalot

Joined: Sep 07
Posts: 238

      quote  
Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 11:21
The scale has only gone down 2 lbs. for me in the last month. I'm not overly concerned about it because I know I lost inches by how my clothes fit which is what I'm mostly concentrating on. Who knows what the upcoming new year will provide me with.
Gaëts
kingkeld

Joined: Sep 09
Posts: 1,995

      quote  
Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 11:58
karlajanebrink wrote:
hi - calories. current weight is 94. i realize most people say that the body goes into starvation mode, however this is not actually true. the bodies form of starvation mode will drop your metabolism but not significantly enough to hang onto fat. the bottom line is if you eat a little and the right things your body should lose weight. is it perhaps water or salt or something else? as it is disheartening. thank you Smile


It IS actually true. Your body is ALWAYS 100% about survival. If you keep starving it by creating a too large deficit, then your body will think you are starving and will shut down. It will do all it can to hold on to the resources that it has - and the most efficient one is body fat.

I had this happen. I had three full months with no weight loss. I upped my calories, and voila! - seven kilos dropped the following week.

Just sayin'...

Visit my website: www.tabdig.info

"Losing weight is never about eating as little as possible"
- Kingkeld.
"You wouldn't worry so much about what others think of you if you realized how seldom they do.
― Eleanor Roosevelt
"Do. Or do not. There is no trying."
- Master Yoda.

I went from morbidly obese to being the owner of TABDIG - a weight loss coaching service that helps people worldwide losing weight. It's been an amazing journey. From October 4th 2010 to April 3rd 2012 I lost half my body weight - 80 kilos/170 lbs. Since then, I have had two cosmetic surgeries to remove excess skin. I have now quadrupled my strength, gained several kilos in muscle mass, and today I focus on building muscle, optimizing my diet, living healthy and helping people to reach the very same goals. I am stronger, healthier, thinner, happier! If you feel that you need help losing weight, don't hesitate to send me an inbox message.
lj1234

Joined: Feb 10
Posts: 23

      quote  
Posted: 09 Dec 2013, 15:53
Hi Karlajanebrink

Its about finding out what works for you, I am currently 106kgs and have been reducing my calorie intake and dieting for the past year and a half with no real results (apart from lowing my iron levels to an unacceptable count). I am now working with a Nutristist to try different approachs (atm low carb low exercise high fat) to see if it will jump start my body into loosing the excess weight.

Everybody is different and although I would love the equation of cal in vs cal out to work, for me, it dosnt. If you can I would recommend talking to a professional.
karlajanebri...

Joined: Nov 13
Posts: 9

      quote  
Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 01:49
hello - Kingkeld - thank you for this. that is really interesting. i can only go on what i have read and my experience in the past. and what i have come across is that your body wont hold onto fat and with studies done all participants lost tremendous amounts of weight and VLCD tend to be the most effective weight loss methods short of surgery - albeit not the healthiest i know! however for me i have always been thin, and the mental stress of not being thin, i feel for me is more dangerous than a month of strict eating. i would love to hear more about your experience though as you have done so well and so obviously know what you are talking about. i would appreciate it.

hi IJ1234, im sorry to hear about your experience. i hope that you are healthy and well now. you have lost alot so far so well done! thank you for your understanding as well regarding it needing to be what works for you.

to NCNOLE - that was an inspirational message, thank you! you are right, the time will pass regardless. i saw some friends last night who commented on the tremendous amount of weight i have lost, so i must be being a bit hard on myself. my clothes fit better adn i feel less full of junk, as i am eating really good things and taking vitamins and drinking alot of water. sthank you again for your kind words! it cant not work really - i suppose i am just looking for faster results.

hi SWEETALOT - thank you for your reply too! yes, i spoke to my Dr last night who said not to worry, that the diet over a short period isnt bad, and that the scale is not an indication of loss. that my body (as i love salf) may be retaining water, and that my body fat has gone down in hte two and a half weeks i have been doing this.

thank you all so much! its so wonderful to bounce your ideas off of otehrs. i have not done this before, weight has never been an issue for me before, and it really is wonderful to see the support and the information and the effort that everyone has to offer.

congratulations on all your journeys and please mail me if any of you need any help at any stage!
karlajanebri...

Joined: Nov 13
Posts: 9

      quote  
Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 06:18
http://fattyfightsback.blogspot.com/2009/03/mtyhbusters-starvation-mode.html

thought this article was very interesting in terms of information.
Ingria

Joined: Oct 11
Posts: 530

      quote  
Posted: 10 Dec 2013, 07:19
The beauty of the internet is that you can find an article on weight loss that will support absolutely any weightloss approach you believe in. You want to believe in starvation mode - just do a search, and you will find enough research to support it exists. You want to believe it is a myth, you can easily find an article that will explain to you that 500 calories a day is a way to go.

The reality is that you have to lose weight and keep it off. The second part is usually much harder than the first. Almost all dieters regain weight they lost and some. You have to find a healthy lifestyle that you can follow for a long time, preferably your whole life. So whatever approach you plan to use, ask yourself how long you plan to do it, and how you can turn it into a lifetime change that will allow you to maintain your new weight.
~~~~~~~~~~
The first thing you lose on a diet is your sense of humor. ~ Author Unknown
It doesn’t matter what diet you follow… What matters is what makes you follow your diet. ~ Tom Venuto



Forum Search
Advanced forum search


Latest Posts

Thigh Master
Good morning everyone...just wondering if anyone thinks it helps to use the thight master while sitting at your desk working? Thoughts please.:?:
by Woodlady8647 on 22 Sep 14 09:47 AM
Rewarding yourself
definitely every day. ;) seriously, though, i don't really believe in depriving, just moderating. if i think i want fast food, i plan accordingly. but i certainly have a few m&m's and, ...
by br_e_co on 21 Sep 14 03:33 PM
I've lost 147 lbs in 2014...if I can, you can!!
Congratulations with your weight loss
by corifeo on 21 Sep 14 10:26 AM
Weight loss stalled
Having 200 calories every 2 hours, for eg; like from 8am to 6pm should shake things up abit and hopefully get the ball rolling again.
by ebivr on 21 Sep 14 02:35 AM
High carb- Low protein and HUNGRY all the time???
You usually need to eat (at least) every 3 hours on a High carb diet to stop hunger. I find, with high carb dieting grazing is the best system. While with low carb dieting, a set 3 meals a day works ...
by ebivr on 21 Sep 14 02:13 AM