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Posted: 17 Apr 2012, 02:05
Is it normal to pick up weight even when you do everything right?? you eat healthy - under 1400 cals - excersise and weight training.....AND I AM PICKING UP!!!! SERIOUSLY NOW!!!!!! I AM SO OVER THIS.... Evil or Very Mad

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Posted: 17 Apr 2012, 11:08
I feel your pain. I am doing everything I can to follow my diet correctly but the weight is stalled. It is really frustrating.

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Posted: 17 Apr 2012, 12:20
Sometimes you have to take a good look at what you're eating and how much you're exercising. I was eating well and exercising for 30 mins. at least 5x per week, but after I lost an initial about 2 pounds didn't lose anything, but when I cut my calories down a little lower and started exercising an hour 4-6x per week I started toning up and lost a little more. Sometimes it just takes a little change up to get you kick started, and sometimes it can be water retention that can just kick your butt. I hope that you find what works best for you! Good luck!!
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Posted: 17 Apr 2012, 12:24
Make sure you aren't eating a lot of high sodium foods. Drinking plenty of water. And if you are eating a lot of processed foods or eating out a lot, that will affect your weight loss. I would suggest upping your vegetable intake to help fill you up.

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Posted: 17 Apr 2012, 12:27
Also - be sure to give it some time? It looks like you've been tracking for only about 10 days, sometimes it takes a while to get your body in rhythm.

Plus, watch your cheat days - occasionally they're okay. I know I certainly don't stay under my preferred RDI every single day, but I try to average under that more often than not.

You can do this. It takes time and perserverance to succeed. The quote is corny, but you didn't put the weight on overnight, it's going to take some time to take it off.

Keep logging all your foods - you *can* do this. Stopping now will not get you to your goal. Keep fighting, we're here to fight with you.
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Posted: 17 Apr 2012, 12:29
Could be too many carbs. For myself, when I eat a lot of carbs, I tend to gain weight quickly and have a puffy appearance. This is due to how carbohydrates are taken into the body. If they are not used, they are converted into glycogen. Each gram of glycogen binds four grams of water. Thus leading to extra water weight gain if not immediately used for energy. You could try cutting your carb intake and keeping it under 100g for a couple days and see if that makes a difference Smile

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Posted: 17 Apr 2012, 12:29
Looks like everyone is giving you great advice. I'm just here to say you can do it! Just stick with it... I've done it and know it can be done. (Don't look at my record, currently on a backslide, but trying to get back in the rhythm myself of doing what's 'right' ). Smile

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Posted: 17 Apr 2012, 14:00
Thank u all so much for the great advise and motivation jip i wanna quit but it aint gonna happen... i just saw a qoute - a year from now you will wish you started today... I will be keep, keeping on.... Ill check my carb intake witch is either just under or just over 100 and i will try taking my calories lower than 1400 if that doesnt work then i will up it to 1600... i guesse its a learning curve. I think i might have thyroid problems so ill go have that tested and twig my diet accordingly... thanx again to all!!!!!

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Posted: 18 Apr 2012, 11:00
Look at ways to rev up your metabolism. Easiest thing first is make sure you are drinking at least 64 oz of cold water per day. Water intake is extremely important for weight lose.It seems like the more water you take in, the more water you will lose. It takes fluids to get rid of fluids. It not only revs up the metabolism but also makes you feel fuller.Initially when you start an exercise program you may be gaining muscle mass, which is a good thing. As far as weighing yourself, don't become too discouraged by what the scale says. Remember that when you weigh yourself it is only a snapshot of your weight on that particular day and at that particular time. What my doctor recommended to me, and what really works for me is weighing myself everyday and recording it every day. I then circle my lowest weight recorded in a particular week (7 day period).The next week again circle your lowest weight recorded. There should be at least 1 pound difference between you lowest weights recorded when comparing the two weeks. I have done this and have noticed that my weight could fluctuate as much as 3 lbs day to day, but always go back to the lowest weight recorded for the week.

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Posted: 18 Apr 2012, 11:17
I have a question on the water thing. I drink water likre it is going out of style trying to get in my minimum of 64 oz, I seeem to stay in the potty and working out and sleeping I sweat like crazy and with all this I still weigh differently each time I get on the scale and cannot loose anyting.

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Posted: 18 Apr 2012, 13:53
How long have you been weight training? I am doing and it is HIIT which builds lots of muscle. I lost 8 lbs the first 2 weeks of doing it, but then gained prety much all of that back, while still doing all of the same things. But when measuring I noticed that I hadn't gained back any inches and had lost a little bit that way. Then by sticking to it after about 3 weeks of plateauing I started to loose weight again, and lost more then I had before pretty quickly and easily. I think that my body was just changing composition. The gain came from more muscle mass, and I was still loosing fat. Also the water is key. Especially with working out a lot you should be drinking at the very least 1/2 your body weight in ounces. I try to drink more then that most day.
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Posted: 29 Apr 2012, 00:59
Happened to a friend of mine; diet, exercise, gained weight while her husband lost weight. Turned out the exercise she was doing were building muscle, not just burning fat, so the fat was being replaced with muscle and her weight gained. Check the exercise you are doing and what it is achieving.

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Posted: 29 Apr 2012, 07:40
Fat does not get "replaced" with muscle - you will always have those fat stores, then will just get smaller. You are not going to gain muscle overnight either.

I have been doing cardio and weight training for the past year and feel I'm fairly muscular and have not had any significant periods of weight gain. I might have the occasional week where I am up some and then it comes back off. If you have only been dieting for a short time, you just need to give it time and don't weigh in daily. You can eventually weigh in daily, but wait until you have lost some weight and understand how your body trends. Losing weight is mostly about what you are putting into your body.

Looks like you aren't logging ALL YOUR MEALS - that is key. You could easily be overeating and not realize it. If you are logging ALL your meal intake, then you are skipping meals and not eating enough. Try to eat healthy balanced meals, 2 veggies, a starch, and a protein w/ lunch and dinner. Load up on veggies when you can, so that you aren't as hungry and so that you get the vitamins and minerals your body needs.

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Posted: 29 Apr 2012, 13:50
Sounds like most of the thread is pointing you in the right direction, but almost certainly you're either retaining water or eating more than you think.

It's counter-intuitive, but if you aren't drinking enough water you will actually retain water. Your body will always fight to survive, and if it thinks it's not getting enough water, it will horde whatever it does get. It tends to horde water even more if you are exercising a lot and not getting enough water -- which a lot of dieters are doing, of course.

The quickest way to see if you are retaining water is to, one one particular day, drink a *lot* of water over the course of the day. I'm talking 8-12oz every couple of hours during the day. This will flush your body and let it know it doesn't have to keep hording the water. You'll need to visit the restroom a lot (esp at night and in the morning), but by the following morning your body will have flushed itself and you can get a better idea of your real weight.

After doing that for a day (or two), you should be able to return to normal water intake (where normal is still a lot more than you were drinking before). You gotta drink 64-100oz (8-12 cups) of water (not tea, soda, coffee, etc. but just water) a day -- more if you are exercising that day or if you are > 200lb. Also keep the salt intake in check, as that will also cause water retention as your body will need to balance the salt in your system with more water.

I'm about 245lb, and I can have a daily swing of 5-8 lbs easily just from water retention.

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Posted: 01 May 2012, 09:24
thanks all for the info. It is just difficult for me as I am sure it is for many others. I exercise by doing 20 min on tread mill and 20 min on cycle and the 15-20 min circuit training. I cannot seem to get my heart rate up to 146 like the people at the gym said I needed to do, I am sweating and panting and I seem unable to get past 125-130 HR. I am not real fond of most vegetables so it is hard to find stuff like that I think I can eat on a regular basis. I did salads for a while before I got on here but I got burnt out on them. I am so frustrated!!!!!!

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Posted: 01 May 2012, 12:17
maybe it muscle

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Posted: 02 May 2012, 12:00
Thanks Ingria, I will try the raw veggie deal and see if I can stomach that with maybe a little peanut butter or yogurt, I do not have a juicer. Jeremy I wish it was muscle but I can't see any physical changes either, I never took measurments so I am not sure if I have lost any inches but if you peek at my weight chart you can see i am on a total rollercoaster ride!

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Posted: 02 May 2012, 13:42

Unless your diet calendar is not accurate at all, the "roller coaster" you're on can't be real weight.

There is no way you gained 4 lbs in 4 days. To do that you would have had to eat 5,000+ calories a day.

You're experiencing normal daily ups and downs from water retention and food weight -- not real weight gain/loss.

Best thing to do to weight yourself is to do it in the mornings when you get up after you've used the restroom. That will give you the most consistent weight as you tend to dehydrate over the night (though know that that weight is your dehydrated weight).

However, to cut down on the fake roller coaster make sure you are drinking lots of water (at least 64oz a day) and plenty of fiber (25+g a day for someone your weight/gender) to keep yourself regular.

And, most importantly, look at the trend over a week or two, even with plenty of water and fiber you'll have a significant change in weight (up to several pounds) daily and hourly.

Looks to me like you are at a steady weight, which may mean you need to up your exercise and/or cut back a little more on average calories, but don't go below 1200-1300/day.

I'm ~245 lbs, and depending on when I weight myself the scale will say as low as 242 and as high as 252 -- a 10 lb swing in a single day (often just a single night's sleep).

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Posted: 02 May 2012, 14:25
Fedaykin's right. Changes in actual body fat aren't linear, and do not happen as fast as the daily fluctuations in transient mass - water, glycogen, foods that are still being digested. If you're not gaining or losing very quickly, it can be hard to tell if you're gaining or losing at all, in fact.

Here's a chart of what roughly 4 pounds in weight gain looks like, if you take two months to do it:

The black trendline that Excel added is pretty much my "real" weight. The blue line is what the scale says. They don't intersect all that often. Still, you can see that the peaks and valleys increased at the same rate.

It's frustrating, but the scale is not a reliable indicator of progress or body fat. Unfortunately, patience is needed to watch the long-term trends.

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Posted: 03 May 2012, 12:00
Thanks Fedaykin & Nimm - I guess I just do not know what I am doing and I am starting to give up. I have been working out since the end of March and trying to watch what I eat since then too and I am getting no where.

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