I cannot lose weight and am completely frustrated.

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mathompson

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Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 17:04
I am 5'4 and weigh 220lbs. I workout doing cardio and weight training at least 3 times per week, for at least 1 hour per day. I change up my routine at least every 3 months. I eat an average of 1600 calories per day, I dont drink sodas, I limit my sweets, I try to make healthy food decisions, I weigh and measure my food and Ive been doing this for almost a year, with NO change. No inches loss, no weight loss, the only things I've lost in the past year are time, money and my patience. I am open to any suggestions. I dont believe I have a thyroid problem as I am not overly tired, other than what I would expect from being overweight, nor have I had hair loss or any other obvious symptom. HELP!!!
Miaecj

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Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 17:16
try doing cardio 5 times a week for 45 minutes with a good elevated heart rate. do Not eat after 7pm. get plenty of water 64 oz a day and 16 oz during your cardio workout. Reduce the amount of starches in you calorie count.
alowe82

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Posted: 14 Feb 2014, 17:40
I am not an expert, so take what I say and research it to find more information...

Make sure that 1600 Cal/day is NOT too little. Why? Because our bodies actually SLOW metabolism if it's not getting enough energy (calories). This is a 'survival' mechanism that our bodies switch to when it isn't getting enough calories. It's conserving energy (as stored FAT cells) because it knows it's not going to get much else for a while.

Here is a link to a Metabolic Rate Calculator that you can use to get an *idea* of how many calories you need per day to 1. LOSE weight, 2. Maintain, or 3. Gain.
http://www.webmd.com/diet/healthtool-metabolism-calculator

Also, like @Miaecj suggested, limit starchy foods..a lot. Also, limit breads and other 'simple carbs' that spike blood sugar levels really high when they're digested. Why? Because when blood sugar (glucose) spikes, then your Insulin levels spike in order to bring that blood sugar down. Insulin shuts off fat-metabolism (fat burning). Now, imagine what's NOT happening if your blood sugar is constantly spiked after that "healthy" bran muffin for breakfast, turkey sandwich for lunch, and whole wheat pasta for dinner...then couple that with the possibility that your body is holding onto fat-cells anyhow because it's in survival mode. -__-

Also, watch out for those 'healthy looking' yogurts with "fruit" and sugar...They have lots of simple-carbs in them. Try 6oz. of PLAIN 0% or 2% greek yogurt (Fage or Wallaby are good brands). Add maybe a tbsp of KIND® granola and some flaxseed and voila...you've got a low-carb breakfast with almost 20g protein! (http://products.usa.fage.eu/fage-total-0-6-oz)

Right now, you seem to be doing well on the EXERCISE side. The next thing you have to do, which is actually the MOST important, is to look deeper into your diet. When I found out that lean mean bodies are actually made in the KITCHEN, and how to organize my meals to make my body do what *I* wanted (thus, maximizing the effects of my workouts), I had immediate results. Wink Example: I eat 6 SMALL meals per day instead of 3 BIG meals. Why? Because my body is constantly being fed 'just enough', which means I'm not regularly hungry..which means my body isn't in 'survival' mode because it knows it's going to get fed within the next 2-3 hours.

Check out www.musclehack.com, and look up "total 6 pack abs". Pay the $40 for the PDF book and read it (I did, and later wondered why it didn't cost way more). There is diet/nutrition information in there that will totally change your life. I wish you the best.
Here is the direct link --> http://www.totalsixpackabs.com/
mrspackrat

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 14:39
See the article I posted on the 3 Top Methods to Burn Fat. To me, your workouts are too long. But read the article, you probably need to make changes to your workout and diet.

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billtech66

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 14:48
Good responses;
Aereobics: yes someone posted a good article here a few weeks back about that.
A woman marathon runner found she got fat by running.
Saying she found out that since running burns fat, using the slow twitch muscles, then our body STORES up fat since it's mainly what's needed!
She switched to interval training and using fast twitch muscle groups, got lean and slim again.
billtech66

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 14:50
this post is relevent as well:
We need food during the day. Not at night.
Lets switch to worry about GETTING ENOUGH FOOD at BREAKFAST & before 2pm INSTEAD of worry about getting too much??

When we don't eat a big breakfast, we train our body to think we are in a famine.
It gets very very good at RETAINING fat, for survival.
When we eat a big huge breakfast, it fuels us until our big healthy lunch.
Then for dinner we don't need to OR WANT TO gorge, or to crave cookies, cake, steak & potato, snacks before bed.
We burn fat when we sleep.
But if we eat a huge dinner or snacks before bed, our body spends a lot of time storing fat while we sleep. Since sleeping we don’t need a ton of food (a full belly). We need that DURING the day while we work.
Exercising before the huge breakfast is the best time to burn fat, since we are already in burning fat mode.
So as little as 10 to 15 min light to medium exercise is equal to 25 to 30 min later in the day.
We don’t need to kill ourselves with aerobics to lose or maintain weight.
ANYBODY can easily get fat with todays common diet and stressful lifestyle, but at 70 years old I'm still lean and healthy.

How about how corporations have done this to us?
Corporations produce the same basic poor quality foods, processed foods, Loaded with salt and fat, cakes and cookies with very little nutritional value (white flour, main ingredients SUGAR & FAT, then some spices or blueberries or chocolate to tempt us. And everything including cosmetics filled with supertoxins, which overload the liver with false estrogenetic chemicals )
https://www.google.com/#q=supertoxins%2C+estrogenetic

Yes, and it's also due to us having so little time (commuting, working, rushing around doing things that need doing) that we don't have time to eat a good breakfast, leisurely to properly digest our healthy food choices.
But, we are smarter than that.
We can make those choices.!
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mummydee

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 17:06
I did a quick look at your daily intake. It took me 6 days before I found a green vegetable. What I found was a lot of processed and fast foods. Granola bars may be labelled as 'healthy' but they're not a substitute for real foods. eating 3 a day is not a good thing. Stay away from potatoes for now and see if that helps. Stop with the Fast foods, they are killers not only in calories and bad fats but contain so little nutritional value that you're just filling your tummy but not doing anything healthy for your body.
If you have stalled for a year then that's a good indication that what you are eating is not right even though you might be within your RDI.. I would also re asses what your RDI should be , I find FS to be high try this one.....http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html?ctype=standard&cage=58&csex=f&cheightfeet=5&cheightinch=4&cpound=150&cheightmeter=180&ckg=60&cactivity=1.2&x=60&y=11
Killermartin...

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 17:28
mummydee wrote:
I did a quick look at your daily intake. It took me 6 days before I found a green vegetable. What I found was a lot of processed and fast foods. Granola bars may be labelled as 'healthy' but they're not a substitute for real foods. eating 3 a day is not a good thing. Stay away from potatoes for now and see if that helps. Stop with the Fast foods, they are killers not only in calories and bad fats but contain so little nutritional value that you're just filling your tummy but not doing anything healthy for your body.
If you have stalled for a year then that's a good indication that what you are eating is not right even though you might be within your RDI.. I would also re asses what your RDI should be , I find FS to be high try this one.....http://www.calculator.net/calorie-calculator.html?ctype=standard&cage=58&csex=f&cheightfeet=5&cheightinch=4&cpound=150&cheightmeter=180&ckg=60&cactivity=1.2&x=60&y=11

Mummydee is right - your diet is chaotic, darling. Do you have the resources to prepare food from scratch? If you ban chicken nuggets, granola bars, and that high-calorie blueberry drink from your diet, that will help! If you eat good protein and fresh vegetables, your body won't be craving after excess food as much. But I entirely understand that frustration and depression can make it difficult to find the energy to cook properly.
cindy4414

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Posted: 15 Feb 2014, 18:01
Easy basic tips. Shop the perimeter of the grocery store-where the real food is. If it's in a box, it is probably not good for you. Cut out or way down on anything that has wheat as an ingredient (bread, cereal, cookies, rolls, pizza) wheat is "hidden" in many foods you may not think have it in them. Avoid sugar like the poison that it is! It is also hidden everywhere but read the labels. You can also google for the 40 different names that are used in labeling sugar. Real the labels. It shouldn't look like a list of chemicals. If it's made in a factory-probably not good. If you can drive thru to buy it-probably not good. If you eat it and are hungry 1/2 hr or even 2 hours later, it is probably not actually nourishing you. Vegetables, vegetables, vegetables (not too much corn or sweet peas-too much sugar) And don't be afraid of fat especially for breakfast. Try to keep your carbs for the day no more than 150, better yet: 50- 100. Just these changes will make a difference. Best of luck. Don't give up, just try a different approach for a month or so. And if that doesn't work try something else. Just don't keep doing what isn't working for you.



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