I don't know what I am doing wrong

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Tricia85

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Posted: 08 Jul 2017, 16:07
I am a 5'7" female and I weigh 162 pounds. My goal weight is 145 pounds. I eat 1500 calories a day (I weigh and count every meal that I eat and I only drink water, about 100 ounces a day). My macros come out to 40% protein, 35% carbs, and 30% fat each day. I run 3-4 miles every other day (about a 45 minute run) and do strength training twice a week. I don't eat out and typically eat salmon, couscous, and veggies for breakfast; chicken, quinoa, and veggies for lunch, shrimp and steamed broccoli for dinner. Greek yogurt, cottage cheese, and fruits as snacks. No sugar or salt other than what naturally comes in my meals. No cheating or alcohol.

I am not losing weight and I don't know what else to do. I've been on this particular diet and exercise plan for about 7 weeks. My weight fluctuates between 160 - 162 each week. I'm not hungry during the day and I eat every 2 to 3 hours. I take my measurements once a week and it's pretty stagnant. There was a week when I pushed myself to the max, thinking it would help but my hip measurement increased by half an inch. Here are my last 2 measurements:

6/9/17 @ 11pm
161.5 pounds
35.00 - Arm pit
35.25 - Bust
30.50 - Waist
34.00 - Belly Button
40.00 - Hips
22.75 - Thigh

6/30/17 @ 11:50pm
161.5 pounds
34.00 - Arm pit
35.00 - Bust
30.50 - Waist
33.50 - Belly Button
39.50 - Hips
22.50 - Thigh

I truly don't know what else to do, and I get sick of people telling me that I've reached my ideal body weight and that's why I am not losing weight. Am I eating too many calories? I've tried increasing to 1850 calories for 2 weeks and I gained 2 pounds. I tried reducing to 1300 calories for another 2 weeks and I lost 1 pound and then stopped losing weight. I believe I should see a dietician, because I don't know what I am doing wrong and I will not accept 162 being my ideal weight.

After my first son in January 2015, I lost 40 pounds in 4 months. After having my second son in May 2016, I lost 18 pounds over 1 year, but nothing less (I went from 180 to 162). It's now July 2017 and I am still struggling to get down to my pre-pregnancy weight of 150. Please help. What should I do? Is it possible that I have an underlying medical issue?
SLLockhart

Joined: Jul 17
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Posted: 08 Jul 2017, 17:30
You are building muscle and muscle does weigh more than fat.
That is part of what you see.
Also, notice you are losing inches, no, not a lot, but add them all together, you will see where it is going.
Sometimes it is best to strive to get into a size instead of a number, like you weight.
Hope this helps explain what is going on.
"DO, DO NOT, THERE IS NO TRY" YODA
LISfifty

Joined: Jul 10
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Posted: 09 Jul 2017, 08:51
It might be worth calculating your basal metabolism rate to see how many calories your body needs at this time. Then determine the rate at which you want to lose weight; for instance to lose 1 pound per week you would create a deficit of 500 cal. This one is pretty good http://www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculator/. I had mine calculated by a dietician for a fee and this online calculator returns about the sane results for free. All the best!
Kishlette

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Posted: 10 Jul 2017, 00:32
I agree with LISfifty. I would use a few calculators and get the best estimate you can of your basal metabolic rate. Then you can log your intake and exercise and perhaps get a better picture of whether you're creating a deficit or not. I really have found that it's just 'in vs out', so I suggest you'll see something amiss.

There are also metabolic tests you can get at clinics or gyms if you are happy to spend a bit and want something more accurate than the calculators.

Best of luck.
Jean Mc

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Posted: 11 Jul 2017, 00:50
I get annoyed when I hear that I don't lose weight because I'm putting on muscle (not annoyed with the people who say it, just the "fact"Wink.

In my view, that's only a temporary thing (if it is in fact true at all). I find that what is more true is that over time, the body and the mind get used to the diet and it's just harder. I've had that happen recently and it's really tough.

My advice would be to try something different for a while - be it a new way of eating or different exercise routine.

In my experience - just stick with it. Things will work out in the end.
'til the bridge you will need be formed. 'til the ductile anchor hold. 'til the gossamer thread you fling catch somewhere - oh my soul". Walt Whitman - 'The Noiseless Patient Spider'
Diablo360x

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Posted: 11 Jul 2017, 02:09
I was stalled for months despite a heavy deficit. For me, it's the fact that I am gaining muscle back, retaining water in healing muscles, and the fact that your body will replace fat lipids with water temporarily. It can all mess with your head, even if you know what is happening. Eventually you will get a "woosh". Keep up the good work!
Consume whatever foods you prefer, whenever you prefer to consume them, while ensuring nutrient sufficiency and meeting caloric goals.
MissyTheSqui...

Joined: Nov 16
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Posted: 12 Jul 2017, 16:38
SLLockhart wrote:
You are building muscle and muscle does weigh more than fat.
That is part of what you see.
Also, notice you are losing inches, no, not a lot, but add them all together, you will see where it is going.
Sometimes it is best to strive to get into a size instead of a number, like you weight.
Hope this helps explain what is going on.



Just a note....a pound of muscle and a pound of fat each weigh the same....muscle does not weigh more than fat.
Neil Grobman

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Posted: 12 Jul 2017, 20:44
Keep doing the same exercise and diet routine, but stay on 1200 calories with smaller portions. Drink even more water than you already do. If you stay on this for four to 8 weeks, your weight will go down slowly and steadily. It will be slow, but you will get there eventually. 145 is a nice goal for you. I am a 5'7" male, and I have plateaued at 154 lbs. That is about right. I am trying for 145 lbs too, but the reality is that that might be too low. I have a medium frame so that might be the reason. If I were a small frame, then maybe 145 would be more realistic. So what frame might you have as a 5'7" female?
rhills

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Posted: 13 Jul 2017, 11:33
Missy ..From some website or other: "Muscle does not weigh more than fat, any more than lead weighs more than feathers. A pound is a pound is a pound. Where the misunderstanding often comes in is that muscle is much more dense than fat, so that, by volume, it seems to weigh more. That is, a pound of muscle occupies less space than a pound of fat."
SLLockhart

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Posted: 13 Jul 2017, 12:22
Yes rhills is right, a pound is a pound. But that being said, if you look at the size difference in lean to fat, you will see that lean weighs more, size wise than fat. A cup of fat weighs more than a cup of lean whatever meat you are weighing.
That's my story, and I am sticking to it.
When you lose weight and you are exercising your lean muscle makes you look smaller, because you have tightened it up, and your body measurements should be smaller than when you are fat, without lean muscle mass.
"DO, DO NOT, THERE IS NO TRY" YODA
Wrightn221

Joined: Jan 16
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Posted: 14 Jul 2017, 12:54
Honestly, I think you need to check out Atkins.com. It's free. I use that as my gauge and I'm losing inches and pounds. BTW I'm 51!!! I'm down 14lbs.

Do some HIIT (run 45 seconds, jog 1 minute, walk 1 minute, repeat 10 times). Set the treadmill for 35 minutes. You'll need at least 5 to 6x a week.

Lift some weights!!! The heavier, the better. When you don't have muscle mass, your metabolism is shot.

Cut back on your calories (Don't go under 1200 calories). Low carb, HIIT and weight lifting, will get you where you need to be. I hope that helps.
SLLockhart

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Posted: 15 Jul 2017, 06:51
Tightening up muscles will make these changes in your measurements and you will notice it in your clothing.
A cup of fat weighs more than a cup of lean meat. Just a fact.
Do not go further down in calorie counting. That will cause your body to stop losing anything, puts you into a starvation mode. All you eat will be stored so you will notice you are gaining weight, even tho you aren't eating as much as you were.
Keep on working on it, change your routine a bit too. As you exercise, change the routine too, for that makes your muscles stop remembering what one comes next, and it will allow it to move better, more conducive to tightening up those muscles even more.
Never stick to a routine for very long, mix it up, change your calorie amounts, change your exercises and it will help your body to lose it's memory and work more efficiently thus burning more calories even tho you are doing the same exercises, do them at a different time, and in a different sequence and you should be noticing a change in your body, and your weight.
Good Luck and keep us updated on the results, OK?
"DO, DO NOT, THERE IS NO TRY" YODA
Wrightn221

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Posted: 15 Jul 2017, 07:47
A pound of fat and muscle weigh the same! People need to do their research before offering their advice. As I stated earlier, cut back on your calories and carbs. You will start to see a difference. Follow Atkins. You may not be getting enough protein as well. You need that to help build muscle.
SLLockhart

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Posted: 15 Jul 2017, 08:02
Wrightn221, you are right, a pound of anything is a pound. But a pound of fat is bigger, in size than a pound of muscle. Check it out at a store, at the meat counter. You will see that a piece of beef, that is very lean, is smaller in size than a piece of beef that has a lot of fat on it.
I personally have done research in this area, so.......
If you are exercising, your muscles get tighter/smaller, so that makes you appear to be smaller, which you are, because your muscles are contracted into a lean muscle mass.
"DO, DO NOT, THERE IS NO TRY" YODA
Wrightn221

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Posted: 15 Jul 2017, 08:20
SSLockhart, You're correct! Muscle is just leaner.

I was having the same problem as Tricia85 until I changed my diet and gym regiment. I decided to try Keto, which was a disaster! I didn't lose nothing and my hair was coming out. The minute I went back to Atkins, the fat started falling off. I lift weights and do HIIT as well.

A lot of people think Keto is the best route, but one diet doesn't fit all. We must listen to our bodies. I'm supposed to get 145 grams of protein a day. We need that muscle to fight fat and boost our metabolism.
SLLockhart

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Posted: 15 Jul 2017, 11:05
Yep,Wrightn221 I agree all diets don't fit everyone.
We all need to do what is best for our bodies.
We all can learn here at FS and take what we know and use it if it fits us better than other ideas.
Glad to hear your Atkins is working for you!!!!
That is what is important to all of us, what works best for us.
Good Luck!!!
"DO, DO NOT, THERE IS NO TRY" YODA
Wrightn221

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Posted: 15 Jul 2017, 11:26
Thanks SLLockhart!
Wrightn221

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Posted: 15 Jul 2017, 11:42
Use the chart that LISfify suggested. I used that and it's pretty accurate. I eat around 1350, burn under a 1000 and losing 2lbs a week. I walk in lieu of the gym. You're not doing enough cardio. You need to work out at least 6x a week for an hour. HIIT burns more than regular cardio.




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