Frustrated with lack fo weight loss...what am I doing wrong?

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femystique

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 10:03
So in the last year, I have tried Weight Watchers, Body for Life, and P90X. I have followed them all strictly but I haven't lost any weight. In fact, I have gained 10 pounds over the last year. I started counting my calories to see if I was secretly ingesting more than I thought; I'm not. I was actually undereating (800-1200 calories a day except for weekends, when I would add extra calories mostly though alcohol). I am around 1700 calories a day now (usually less during the week and more on the weekends). I workout 5-6 times a week, 3 days of HIT cardio and 3 days of weight lifting.

WHAT AM I DOING WRONG??

My wedding is in just a few months and I don't want to look at my pictures and think I look fat.
greerp

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 12:57
Diet is everything. What do you normally eat and drink? Do you take measurements or just go by the scale? How close are you to your goal weight?
reti856

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 13:31
I'd guess your extra ten pounds is new muscle - which is good.

Are you working with a primary care physician, personal trainer and/or nutritionist? If not, try them out and have your diet and fitness routine examined along with your general health diagnositics to rule out health problems that can hold weight on you.

Generally, even when calorie counting we under-estimate calories consumed (inaccurate labelling doesn't help) and over-estimate calories burned. Do you use a kitchen scale and measuring tools?

Also, your age, height, weight and a sample of an average daily menu might help fatSecret posters give advice here. I have a lot of my own data hidden because I love the food journal feature but like to keep it private so I can rant. But when I have question I usually try to fill in the basic stats for reference.

Any increase in intensity of workout and change up of routine lately? That could help.
Spowell813

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 13:46
Hi,
I don't have any answers for you but can share your frustrations. Just today I was thinking the same thing at the gym when I weighed myself. The scale never seems to move. I started using FS as a way to analyze what I'm eating. I just must be eating the wrong things for my body to burn the fat away. What should I be eating?? It's as if the less I eat the more my body wants to hold on to the fat. What should my fat, protein, carb ratios be at? Any help would be appreciated.
Sandra
FrostyLady

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 14:28
Try logging everything you eat every day. This might tell you what is wrong with your eating habbits. It is impossible for anyone to help without seeing this info. Good luck!!!
Stephen712

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 14:41
Find a gym with a good scale with the body fat, muscle, and water weight read-outs. They aren't 100% accurate but they can give you an idea where you stand on each of those to help you adjust. Personally I would say that you are gaining muscle judging by what you have written. I actually lost more "weight" when I stopped working out with my calorie counting (other than brisk walks) because I stopped putting on muscle.
greerp

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 14:46
Spowell813 wrote:
Hi,
I don't have any answers for you but can share your frustrations. Just today I was thinking the same thing at the gym when I weighed myself. The scale never seems to move. I started using FS as a way to analyze what I'm eating. I just must be eating the wrong things for my body to burn the fat away. What should I be eating?? It's as if the less I eat the more my body wants to hold on to the fat. What should my fat, protein, carb ratios be at? Any help would be appreciated.


Is your diet calendar accurate? Seems very sporadic. If going by what you have, I'd say you don't even enough consistently. You are bouncing around all over the place. Plus, you need to eat healthy food. I see alot of pizza, chips, deserts, etc. Diet is not just about calories in/out - it is about what you eat.
greerp

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 14:50
Stephen712 wrote:
Find a gym with a good scale with the body fat, muscle, and water weight read-outs. They aren't 100% accurate but they can give you an idea where you stand on each of those to help you adjust. Personally I would say that you are gaining muscle judging by what you have written. I actually lost more "weight" when I stopped working out with my calorie counting (other than brisk walks) because I stopped putting on muscle.


If you put on 10 lbs of muscle your clothes will be looser, you'll look better in the mirror. But you will also see gradual scale changes over the course of a year too - in the downward direction, not the upward direction.
krystynecar

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 15:05
I too have struggled with this forever! I eat better than most people I know - not that you'd knwo it to look at me. Here are a few of the tricks that seem to work for me (down 5 lbs this week!!)
1. work out first thing in the morning when you get up I do 20 min HIT on the elliptical - burns about 400 cal
2. Protein only for breakfast - kick starts the metabolism 20% more that if you eat carbs - carbs actually start the insulin cycle which is how we got fat in the first place!
3. DRINK water all day non stop - I add lemon to mine - is supposed to be good for the liver
4. Increase the volume of what you eat - your body thinks that it is starving with no food so turns the thermostat way down!!! 2 cups of romaine lettuce is only 16 calories!!!! takes forever to eat - the more you eat the more you body decides that it is ok to burn calories.
5. concentrate on eating REAL food - if it has a label don't eat it!!!!
6. buy some high quality protein powder to have on hand when you are starving - I have chocolate that I mix with 1/2 cup milk and ice - like a treat
7. If you are exercising and not loosing weight SOMETHING IS WRONG - don't let people tell you that you are gaining muscle - that should make you lose weight faster as it has a much higher metabolic rate!

I know it is hard to take advice from a fat chick but I do have extenuating circumstances, I'm not making excuses - I am here!! I read all the time and have a good relationship with my doctor

Finally believe it or not it gets easier to get thinner as you get thinner - more muscle, less hormones!
don't let your struggle become your identity!
lessac

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 15:17
Spowell813 wrote:
Hi,
I don't have any answers for you but can share your frustrations. Just today I was thinking the same thing at the gym when I weighed myself. The scale never seems to move. I started using FS as a way to analyze what I'm eating. I just must be eating the wrong things for my body to burn the fat away. What should I be eating?? It's as if the less I eat the more my body wants to hold on to the fat. What should my fat, protein, carb ratios be at? Any help would be appreciated.


Exactly what greerp said. Having a carbohydrate heavy diet is neither healthy nor helps with weight loss. As for what your body needs in terms of fat, proteins and carbs; you should check with your doctor since for example it won't be wise to give an advice for protein>carbs diet if you have a condition concerning protein metabolism.

@femystique: One of the most common mistakes in diets is to go through a period of very low calorie intake without enough exercise and the correct eating habits. That lowers the metabolism rate by far and gives the signs of starvation to your body, hence it starts producing more adipose tissue, saving it for the rainy days.

Are you eating 6-8 small meals during the day or go with the traditional 3? Do you go with carbs with high glycemic index or have a balanced diet? Going with the former option in each question is naturally better for your metabolic rate and losing fat.

Lastly, have you ever had a TSH, T3 and T4 count? Considering you eat healthy and exercise (and not underweight) there may be a problem with your thyroid gland. You may want to meet an endocrinologist to make sure everything is okay.
Spowell813

Joined: Jan 11
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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 15:37
greerp wrote:
Spowell813 wrote:
Hi,
I don't have any answers for you but can share your frustrations. Just today I was thinking the same thing at the gym when I weighed myself. The scale never seems to move. I started using FS as a way to analyze what I'm eating. I just must be eating the wrong things for my body to burn the fat away. What should I be eating?? It's as if the less I eat the more my body wants to hold on to the fat. What should my fat, protein, carb ratios be at? Any help would be appreciated.


Is your diet calendar accurate? Seems very sporadic. If going by what you have, I'd say you don't even enough consistently. You are bouncing around all over the place. Plus, you need to eat healthy food. I see alot of pizza, chips, deserts, etc. Diet is not just about calories in/out - it is about what you eat.


Yes, my food intake is very sporadic. That is something that I have learned from using this FS website. Some times I just don't get hungry so I don't eat (I must have a very slow metabolism) but then the next day hunger will strike with a vengance and I will eat something convenient. This is all very good advice and I am going to change from my 3 meals a day to 6 small meals along with the quality of my food intake. Having the FS on phone has helped me be more aware and I'm down 4 pounds since June 1 but the slow results can be frustrating which I don't always handle very well. Thanks for the input!!! Smile
Sandra
MeatBaby

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 15:39
Buy a tape measure. Are you losing inches? I haven't really lost any weight but I have lost quite a few inches.
lessac

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 15:44
Spowell813 wrote:
...Having the FS on phone has helped me be more aware and I'm down 4 pounds since June 1 but the slow results can be frustrating which I don't always handle very well. Thanks for the input!!! Smile


To be honest 4 pounds in 10 days is great. Congratulations! If you go for a harsher diet and lose weight faster you may risk your health. Also when you quit your diet, you will experience a faster weight gain. Been there, done that.

I know this will sound silly but try to keep your mood up and believe that you are losing weight, that you look better and better everyday in the mirror. The brain has more control over the body than we think it has Wink
reti856

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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 15:50
krystynecar wrote:
If you are exercising and not loosing weight SOMETHING IS WRONG - don't let people tell you that you are gaining muscle - that should make you lose weight faster as it has a much higher metabolic rate!


Everyone's different, but for me for about two months this was just not my experience. I stayed exactly the same weight but lost a number of inches as a result of a vigorous fitness schedule and a restricted routine diet of healthy, whole foods - and my body fat percentage plummeted. I couldn't see it at the time because I was obsessed with my scale.

As I understand it, this is not a terribly unusual experience and people sometimes think they've hit a plateau when really they're feeling the result of their hard work muscle-wise. A weigh drop is sometimes not far down the line if you stick to it. But it could be any of the things other folks have written down here too.
wretched85

Joined: Jul 11
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Posted: 11 Jul 2011, 16:41
krystynecar wrote:

7. If you are exercising and not loosing weight SOMETHING IS WRONG - don't let people tell you that you are gaining muscle - that should make you lose weight faster as it has a much higher metabolic rate!



I agree with almost everything you said, except for this! If you have your body fat/lean muscle tested regularly, you will find that you can loose fat, gain muscle, and NOT loose weight!! Muscle naturally weighs more than fat. If I only went by the scale I would be sorely depressed. But I take my measurements, monitor my lean muscle and body fat, and pay attention to the way my clothes fit. I have stayed at roughly the same weight, but have lost pounds of fat and replaced that with healthy muscle. My clothes fit better, my strength has increased, and my body looks much more toned.
krystynecar

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Posted: 12 Jul 2011, 10:55
krystynecar wrote:

7. If you are exercising and not loosing weight SOMETHING IS WRONG - don't let people tell you that you are gaining muscle - that should make you lose weight faster as it has a much higher metabolic rate!

I checked on this again and it is correct.

"America's leading epidemiologist, Ralph Paffenbarger, M.D., makes the following statement regarding the effects of muscle gain and metabolic change: "Indeed, when you replace 10 pounds of fat with 10 pounds of muscle, your weight remains the same, but you can expect to expend 500 or more additional kilocalories each day at rest."3 In other words, Paffenbarger ascribes the resting metabolic requirement for 1 pound of muscle at 50 calories per day.

This means that you should be dropping about 1 pound per week at rest - If this doesn't start to happen there are other issues at work - personally I am missing enzymes required for fat conversion, I am also on vitamin B shots - I am celiac and do not absorb nutrients. If you are not loosing weight - some thing is wrong - it could be that you are not eating enough protein and you are actually losing muscle which is a huge problem.
don't let your struggle become your identity!
wretched85

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Posted: 12 Jul 2011, 11:30
krystynecar wrote:
krystynecar wrote:

This means that you should be dropping about 1 pound per week at rest - If this doesn't start to happen there are other issues at work - personally I am missing enzymes required for fat conversion, I am also on vitamin B shots - I am celiac and do not absorb nutrients. If you are not loosing weight - some thing is wrong - it could be that you are not eating enough protein and you are actually losing muscle which is a huge problem.


I am extremely confused as to what you are saying. The only way to drop 1lb per week is through exercise or a calorie deficiency of roughly 500 calories per day if you are not working out. Has a nutritionist given you this information personally because I think you should maybe do some additional research. I understand that some people have other issues that may resist weight loss, but for many relatively healthy people, it is usually just a bad diet or lack of proper exercise.

Everyone is different, but I just want to use my case as an example. In the past year I have only lost about 1lb...not a lot especially for a years time! But when I compare my muscle mass and body fat, I have lost over 5lbs of fat and replaced it all (except 1 lb) with lean muscle. Though my weight is roughly the same, my clothes are baggy because I dropped a size and got more toned.

I'm in no way trying to say people don't have other problems interfering in their weight loss, I'm simply trying to point out that you don't always need to see the scale numbers go down to get a healthier, better looking body! Message me if you want to exchange information. I work with nutrition & training and I am always open to researching different opinions and information Smile
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 12 Jul 2011, 11:44
femystique wrote:
I haven't lost any weight. In fact, I have gained 10 pounds over the last year. [...]

WHAT AM I DOING WRONG??

My wedding is in just a few months and I don't want to look at my pictures and think I look fat.

Is it more important to see a particular number on the scale, or to look good? Because they don't necessarily go hand in hand. What you're doing wrong is letting the scale be your measure of success. I can't see your diet calendar so I can't make any recommendations there, but based on some of the other comments it looks like there's room for improvement. If you're not consistently giving your body sufficient calories or consistently limiting processed foods or even consistently following a particular eating plan, are the results really that surprising?

Sounds like you're at least consistent with the exercise & that will go a long way towards helping you look the way you want to in that wedding dress. Just be aware that what you eat makes a significant impact on both your weight loss & exercise progress.

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greerp

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Posted: 12 Jul 2011, 13:41
ginnyray wrote:
krystynecar wrote:
If you are exercising and not loosing weight SOMETHING IS WRONG - don't let people tell you that you are gaining muscle - that should make you lose weight faster as it has a much higher metabolic rate!


Everyone's different, but for me for about two months this was just not my experience. I stayed exactly the same weight but lost a number of inches as a result of a vigorous fitness schedule and a restricted routine diet of healthy, whole foods - and my body fat percentage plummeted. I couldn't see it at the time because I was obsessed with my scale.

As I understand it, this is not a terribly unusual experience and people sometimes think they've hit a plateau when really they're feeling the result of their hard work muscle-wise. A weigh drop is sometimes not far down the line if you stick to it. But it could be any of the things other folks have written down here too.


You stayed the same weight. You did not gain weight. That is the difference. You don't normally lose inches AND gain weight.
reti856

Joined: Mar 11
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Posted: 12 Jul 2011, 14:49
Greerp, notice that the section you quote is my reply to krystynecar, who wrote, "If you are exercising and not loosing weight SOMETHING IS WRONG" and that I refer to my personal experience in what I perceived as a plateau while losing inches.

My reply to femystique, who has gained weight while exercizing and dieting, was:
ginnyray wrote:
I'd guess your extra ten pounds is new muscle - which is good.

Are you working with a primary care physician, personal trainer and/or nutritionist? If not, try them out and have your diet and fitness routine examined along with your general health diagnositics to rule out health problems that can hold weight on you.

Generally, even when calorie counting we under-estimate calories consumed (inaccurate labelling doesn't help) and over-estimate calories burned. Do you use a kitchen scale and measuring tools?

Also, your age, height, weight and a sample of an average daily menu might help fatSecret posters give advice here. I have a lot of my own data hidden because I love the food journal feature but like to keep it private so I can rant. But when I have question I usually try to fill in the basic stats for reference.

Any increase in intensity of workout and change up of routine lately? That could help.



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