Can't get the number on the scale to go down!

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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 10:37
I've been hovering around 183 for awhile now and was wondering if anyone had a suggestion on how to rev up my metabolism?

I already take a b12 complex vitamin and have recently added workouts with resistance bands. I researched both and seems that they are supposed to do the job. But I just can't seem to get that number to budge!

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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 10:44
Are you drinking enough water? Your body needs water in order to burn fat to get rid of it.

Are you eating ENOUGH calories? If you are not eating enough calories, your body goes into starving metabolism and hangs on to as much fat as it can for "hard times."
So make sure to eat enough calories for your basal metabolism (what you would need if you were on a bed in a coma) for women this is generally bout 1200 and men at least 1800.

Exercise: exercise revs up your metabolism so that even lying on a couch you burn more calories than you would have without the previous exercise.

Also, keep in mind that our body tries hard to maintain our weight (that's why humans survived during eons of hard times of feast and famine, ) so BE PATIENT. Good luck


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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 10:46
Try eating at least every two hours. A small snack in between meals will keep your metabolism at high intensity all day. Have a handful of almonds, some cheese and crackers, just something small.

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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 10:48
Try upping your protein load. Are you doing any cardio that gets your heart rate up? You should be doing that at the least 4 days a week. I've been doing HIIT (high intensity interval training) 3 days a week and weights 3 days a week- it's working wonders for me. Also, your calories look really low. I know it shows SOME of what you ate, and while the theory is less calories in than out, if you aren't getting ENOUGH calories your body starts to store what it gets because it thinks it's going into a famine. Keep plugging away at it. It will come off!
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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 12:03
Are you tracking your measurements? I was really frustrated that the scale wouldn't budge so I started tracking my measurements and I can see inches falling off! Now if the scale doesn't move, I'm ok with that, because I know I'm losing FAT!!
Goal #1: 145 lbs. SCORE! 143, 05 Apr 2011
Coming soon: 138 lbs

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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 14:56
One thing I have found that is really great with this site is you can look at the days that you made progress and see what it was that you did that day. I have found that if I eat over 1200 calories I gain weight, if I am near 1000 I stay the same and if I am under 1000 I can loose about half a pound a day, you can also look and see how much protien, fat, etc you took in on the days you lost weight and try to follow that same routine. I also have what I call a binge day at least 1 day a week, usually on sunday. I don't go over my RDI, but I get up there in calories this way my metabolism kicks some and doesn't think I am starving myself.

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Posted: 06 Feb 2011, 17:33
Since your food log is incomplete, it is hard to say if you are eating enough. What has been said here is very true--not eating enough will make you stall, even if you have been successful losing before. Been there, done that. Once you make the adjustment, give it some time (it took my body 2 weeks!) before I started losing again.

Of course, making sure you aren't eating too much is important, too--you've already lost a lot of weight, and your RDI will keep changing. Use FS and other RDI calculators to help you reassess along the way.

A change in exercise routine can be really helpful to mix things up and keep the metabolism going. It certainly wouldn't hurt.

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Posted: 11 Feb 2011, 14:45
Change it up. If you are ever stuck in a rut, change it up. Do different exercises, change your meal times, do something to let your body know your still there.

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Posted: 11 Feb 2011, 19:45
2 additional things of note that I noticed after checking your diet for the last couple of days in particular. It says it's 'exactly' what you ate...but your calories are low, and fat is high. The most important thing though, that I noticed- was that you're not eating breakfast. If you want your metabolism to kick in during the day you have to - have to - have to - eat something for breakfast. It's a proven fact. You're literally 'breaking the fast' from being asleep. You should drink 8 ounces of water when you wake up...and eat SOMETHING. Even if it's just an apple. Or yogurt. That's the only way you can get your metabolic rate revved up!

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