Workout with no result?

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kellyabbot

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Posted: 06 Apr 2009, 09:25
I`m overweight and really need to lose weight. I`m 5 ft 7 in and 181 lb and I should lose about 35-40 lb. I don`t have a time limit but want to get rid of the extra weight by June or July. I`ve been jogging regularly for over a month, and no results, I run for 30 minutes each morning and 15 minutes in the evening. Why can`t I lose weight? Although I try to eat healthy, could my diet be the problem?
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jessiemartin...

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Posted: 06 Apr 2009, 09:28
I think you need to change something in your diet although you eat healthy food. If you work out as much as you say and still no results show up, diet may be your problem. Try to reduce portion sizes and start counting your calories. I use the free diet and workout planner at http://www.projectweightloss.com . That`s how you can check how many calories you eat and burn. You can select your meals and workout program and the website shows if you`re over the calorie limit you should stick to. I`m sure that if you burn more than you eat you`ll see results in a short while. Good luck!
sharon8mac

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Posted: 06 Apr 2009, 09:30
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happinessand...

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Posted: 06 Apr 2009, 09:56
I find writing everything I eat in a journal helps. Also, perhaps your body has gotten used to the running and now you need to do MORE or a different kind of excercise. If you do the same excercise all the time it will stop working. good luck Smile
beets_yum

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Posted: 06 Apr 2009, 10:04
First, it often takes awhile before you see results from exercise. Which, I know, is very frustrating because you feel like you're putting so much effort into it. You may be losing fat and building muscle--muscle weighs more than fat. What about your clothes? Are they fitting differently? In the beginning, that is often a better motivator than the scale.

Second, I know from my experience that when I think I'm eating healthily and exercising andthe scale isn't moving, that I am probably eating more than I think I'm eating. It takes a lot of time, but it really helps to log every single thing you eat. This site makes it easy. And don't just estimate a cup of cereal, measure it out. Measure everything until you get better at eyeballing. We, myself included--as I am learning now that I'm measuring and recording everything--are usually overestimating portions and underestimating how many calories we're taking in.
Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.
beets_yum

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Posted: 06 Apr 2009, 10:20
I just posted this in another thread and thought I'd post it here too--it's a very excellent article on why we should all be interval training, no matter how fit we are or which form of exercise we're doing.

http://www.nytimes.com/2007/05/03/fashion/03Fitness.html?_r=1

This article talks about exercise and weight loss: http://www.nytimes.com/2006/09/12/health/nutrition/12brody.html?scp=1&sq=exercise%20weight%20loss&st=cse
Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.
tkandag

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Posted: 06 Apr 2009, 10:48
It's definitely diet. If you are working out and eating healthy, you should be losing but, depending on the intensity of the work-outs you may not be burning as many calories as you think. Do you run to where you are sweating, can't hold conversations very long... I also think Interval training is the best way to burn fat and amp up your metabolism so that you are burning more calories throughout the day even after your work out is done. 1st, like other posters, monitor what you are eating, and then try alternating running and walking (the run should be where you are out of breath and then walking or jogging at a slow pace where you catch your breath but not completely recovered). Also, try switching up your routine. You may need something other than running. Try adding weights or do the interval one day, treadmill climbing the next, elliptical the following, maybe add in the rowing machine (good overall workout). You could also do a circuit training work-out which is what I do. I do circuit training with weights 3x a week so that there are no breaks in between plus light cardio. The other days I do heavy cardio and one hour pilates. I don't lose unless I watch what I eat - it's all about the calories in and calories out. I know it's frustrating which is why I'm always looking for the next best diet that will go along with my workouts. Just stay positive, keep up with working out and then watch your food intake and hopefully you'll start losing.
Amelia...

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Posted: 08 Apr 2009, 09:40
I would add that mentality plays a role in this as well, at least it has for me. I started at 181 about 7 months ago. I started LA Weight Loss because I knew I needed someone else to walk me through this, to give support, and to brighten me when my spirits are down. I started on a diet of about 1600 calories to start with, and have moved down from there over time. It's equally a matter of math for me and a matter of what I believe I can accomplish. I stopped drinking soda, eating pizza, eating sweets, anything salty, because I knew those things were keeping me from losing. Yes, it has STUNK to be without certain meals I loved, but now I know that my happiness is worth more to me than the reward of eating those foods. Is there a nutritionist you could see at your doctor's office? They can give you a visual as to what a portion of food truly is, and what kinds of food your particular body should shy away from.

I also have made a balance in my work out and it has been wonderful. Running is great, but if it's all you do, your body will adapt to that. Are there classes you could take that might give you a smile as well as a workout? I now do running and weights twice a week, zumba/dance class twice a week, and a high cardio Turbo Kick class twice a week, and I rest on Fridays. It's all about balance.

Find ways to be proud of yourself, even on small levels, so that your seemingly small accomplishments add up to bigger ones.

Hope this helps!
malindo

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Posted: 08 Apr 2009, 10:36
your body may adjust super quick to changes & has already gotten used to your routine. Perhaps if you can try to "shock" your body somehow by doing something different for 7days in a row. Also, you may want to make sure you are getting your heart rate high enough to burn fat. I know you can do it, plateaus are VERY discouraging but DONT give up!



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