Has Anyone Else Had Trouble Losing Weight Even Though They Are Sticking To Their Diet?

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 15:18
I have been trying very diligently for over a month to lose weight. I have been sticking to my diet relatively well, counting calories and measuring all of my food. I tried increasing exercise and decreasing calories. I lost seven pounds the first week and have come to a standstill since then. Has this happened to anyone else and what did you do about it to start losing weight?

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 15:39
Noos, we have been having just this conversation on my journal and kmartin's journal today. We decided that August was a lost month. I followed my WOE exactly and have stayed the same weight for 3 weeks. We are moving on past this horrid month of August, and have decided that September is going to be much better!!
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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 16:07
I'm stuck too between 214-215 ! Just gotta keep going .

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 16:15
It happens. No matter what you do, the weight doesn't seem to budge. The only thing to do is stick with it and you will see results.
Lily Rose

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 16:32
Thanks for the encouragment. I really appreciate it and am glad I am not alone!
mini mar...

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 16:56
i have regular spates where i dont loose and sometimes gain even though i have been strict on myself,,,but it all comes right in the end,,,i got my 3st award tonight and i been on it since feb,,,keep at it ,,it will come off eventually
good luck

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 17:37
when you all figure it out, let me know! I've been stuck in the same pair of pants for almost 8 weeks! Exercising, counting calories, going low carb, eating more, eating less... I'm so glad to hear that someone else is in the same boat I'm in- keep up the good work!

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 18:24
I have been doing this since I had my baby five months ago. I have not lost any weight and keep going between 142 and 145. Keep gaining and losing the same two pounds and it sucks! I have tried several things from diet to work outs and so far not much progress. I have started measuring myself and I finally started to see some results at about four and a half months but it is very slow going and I have been to my Dr. who blew me off. Going to a new Dr. tomorrow and I amhoping we can figure this out. Good luck to you and just keep going! Even if you lose slowely you are still getting healthy by eating right and working out so that is a plus.

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 20:09
If you know you are eating right, and if you know you are moving enough, your body will respond..... in time. Just do what you know you need to do to maintain your healthy weight because that is what you have to do forever anyway. The weightloss will happen, you cannot force it but it WILL happen. ; )
There's no such thing as cheating, only choices! NO EXCUSES

The best diet is the one you can stick with.

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 20:21
Sounds like my story...Lost 8 lbs in July...started on 7/2 then broke my ankle on 7/3...have been recouperating and sticking 100% to plan...lost 0 in Aug...so am starting to walk causiously and will drop some ##'s this month. YES! I look forward to doing it with all of you.

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 21:02
I agree with Matt. Part of it is sticking it out even when it isn't working, but another part is changing and adjusting. If you haven't lost weight for a month or more, it may be worth looking into what adjustments you could make.

First, evaluate your calorie counting: how accurate are you being? Do you measure things, especially high calorie items?

Next think about what you are eating? Is there any room for improvement? And by improvement, I do not necessarily mean eat less. You may have better luck at a slightly higher intake like 1600 calories a day or 1800. Everyone is different so you have to try different things until something works.

But above all, I think you have to consistently change things up. What works today may not work tomorrow. I do believe our bodies will always try to find an equilibrium. So you constantly have to adjust. Add more exercise, even if its just a walk. Try eating a different breakfast, etc.

Persistence is great, but there are small adjustments you can make to see if you can get the weight loss moving again. I had one 1 month plateau and one 2 month one. I got past them by refocusing on eating and calorie counting, and by drastically changing my exercise routine.
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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 21:07
Whenever I've hit a plateau before, I change the foods I eat, change my workout regimen, and absolutely make sure I'm counting and journaling everything. I'd been hovering at 176 for months, then three weeks ago I went vegan and INCREASED my calories from 1200 to 1600. I've lost almost 6 pounds already. Sometimes your body just needs a wake up call. Stick with it, you'll get off the plateau when your body is ready.
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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 21:35
Any thoughts I may have had on this topic have already been said by the (very smart) people who have already responded ... and they probably said it a whole lot better than I could have.

I lost alot of weight in the first two weeks then, basically, have remained steady. But that's really OK with me. I am right now 16 pounds lighter than I was last month. I can now fit into a whole stack of pants that have been sitting on a shelf for years while I wore my fat pants (and even my FATTER pants). I am breathing easier, my blood pressure is down, I'm sleeping better and I am ecstatic that I am NOT gaining any of that weight back. In fact, I seem to be losing a few ounces every couple of days. If I can actually lose an ounce a day, a pound every 16 days, 2 pounds a month - That will be 24 pounds in the next year.

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Posted: 01 Sep 2010, 23:15
you know what break you out of that cycle is to do a zig zag diet...a low day and a high day...a couple low days and a high day...see if that helps?
~Live without expectations and you will never be disappointed~

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Posted: 02 Sep 2010, 05:24
Thanks everyone for all the input and support it really helps to hear that I am not alone in this battle. Smile

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Posted: 02 Sep 2010, 06:57
noos - I've been the same weight within .5 lbs since Auguse 13th...it's frustrating - I know!!! But I am taking a break and increasing my caloric intake (and becoming rjenkins test subject..lol) and trying something. I am now going to eat anywhere from 1500 - 2000 calories a day for about 7 days. Then next week back to my 1250-1350 calories a day. It may be the shock my body needs. Let's see. It works for some, let's hope he's right and that this works. A lot of people seem to say this has worked for them. I'm hoping. Plus I won't be able to weigh myself after Friday until Tuesday morning. So I'll be surpised at what happens!!! Good luck everyone.

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Posted: 02 Sep 2010, 07:49
I have heard that upping your calories for a short time can help kick start the weight loss process. I have ordered a copy of the Spike Diet from Amazon because I think that is the premise of that diet, but it won't be here until the end of the month/beginning of next month, unfortunately. Has anyone had good luck following the Spike Diet? I am interested in any feedback you may have.

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Posted: 02 Sep 2010, 08:22
When you're on the same diet and exercise routine for any more then 6 weeks, the body becomes very comfortable with what you're doing and will come to a stand still. This is why we dont lose weight simply by walking around during the day. Our body is use to that.

I have always encouraged people to have 1 (and only 1) cheat day per week. This serves two very important purposes.
1) it keeps you from picking and poking and snacking through the week. When you have a craving for something that you shouldn't eat, it's amazing what you'll eat to try to curve that craving. Quite often, by the time you're done trying to curve the craving, you've eaten more calories then you would have if you just "ate the pizza." By picking a cheat day, it gives you something to look forward to and the little snacking through the week (that does add up) is much easier to walk away from.
2) It sends your metabolism in to overdrive! You've maintained 1200 calories all week, your body is getting comfortable with that so your metabolism slows down. You stuff yourself with 2000-2500 calories and all of a sudden, your metabolism says "Woe! I've gotta get to work." It will continue to burn at a higher rate even for the next couple of days once you've gone back to your dieting.

Hope this helps.

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Posted: 02 Sep 2010, 08:47
Thanks for the info, Matt55!

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Posted: 02 Sep 2010, 08:54
Brew wrote:

I have always encouraged people to have 1 (and only 1) cheat day per week.

Hope this helps.

This is my problem, i can never decide which day to be my cheat day, so it ends up being Friday thru Sunday LOL
that would probably explain my current plateau...

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