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I’ve been working out fairly regularly for the last 3 months. I’ve been using ellipticals, treadmills and indoor cycling most days, with weights at least 2 days a week. I don’t drink sodas, alcohol or many juices, don’t smoke, stay pretty active with my job and have cut down on the carbs I’m eating. But the weight just isn’t coming off! I do have PCOS and have to take birth control for it, but it doesn’t seem like that should be affecting my weight loss that much. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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How many calories are you eating per day, and how long are you exercising?
Post # 4
I have been the same way for the last few months. At first I thought it was a lovely by-product of turning 31, but after speaking with a “sort of” nutritionist, I think it is due to bad eating habits.
Some days I don’t eat enough during the day, small breakfast, salad w/ chicken for lunch and some veggies. Not bad right? But then I get home and I am starving and eat perhaps bigger portions than I should. My body doesn’t know what the heck is up so it might be storing fat.
Do you think this might be a contributing factor?
Post # 5
@Westwood: I haven’t been counting calories, but usually between 45 -65 minutes a day. Darling Husband and I start walking the track, then I run 1-2miles, bike 2-3miles and then do some sort of strength training.
@Miss_Magoo82: I’ve actually done fairly well there too. I do a protein heavy meal for breakfast after the gym (usually eggs w/salsa and fruit around 8:30-9a) and then lunch is a sandwich, soup or salad around 1p. Dinner varies depending on what time our night activities are, but usually never later than 6:30. If I snack at night, it’s a pudding cup or a low-fat mini smoothie.
Post # 6
You might be eating too many healthy calories. If you don’t want to count calories (try the Lose It or My Fitness Pal apps if you do!), then consider switching your diet to something where you don’t count calories – like South Beach diet, which I highly recommend as a great diet to jumpstart a very healthy way of eating.
Post # 7
I thought I was the same eating healthy and exercising and nothing! I joined a slimming club. My portion size and was all off! There is such a thing as too much of a good thing! Within 4 weeks I had lost the 10lbs I had been trying to lose for the whole year before!
Post # 8
I didn’t read the other responses, but I did want to say that PCOS is highly correlated with weight gain and an inability to lose weight.
One of my sisters has PCOS and she weights roughly 220lbs at 5’1”. Conversely, I am 5’4 and weight 142 (not that I am satisfied with that weight). She eats much less, and better foods, than me on a regular basis and yet she is still very much overweight and finds it exceptionally difficult to lose weight. If she does lose weight, it never stays off long at all.
I just wanted you to be aware that sometimes there it is no anything you are doing that is keeping you at a weight you are uncomfortable at. PCOS is very hard on the entire system.
Post # 9
@hogoboom2012: How much weight do you have to lose? The slimmer you are the harder it is to get off unfortunately.
My best advice is use an online calulator to find out what your BMR is, so you know how many calories you need to eat. Download my fitness pal and measure your food so you know exactly how much you are consuming.
Post # 10
Sounds like you’re doing all the right things, I definitely don’t think you need any more exercise. Your diet sounds pretty good too, if you want to actually lose weight though as opposed to just maintaining it, the only other thing I can suggest is looking at the size of the portions you eat.
I don’t exercise at all (that said I work in hospitality so spend 40+ hours a week moving pretty quickly lol) and I eat high fat/sugar foods quite often but generally I have no trouble maintaining my weight. I do however really struggle with loosing weight, the times I have lost weight I’ve been really busy and stressed and just haven’t had the time or inclination to eat very much, I’ve found my stomach seems to shrink so I can only really eat tiny meals. When I have actually put on weight it has been mainly through too much snacking in the evenings and eating bigger meals.
Don’t get me wrong I’m not constantly going up and down I’ve been the weight I am now for over a year and am not exactly unhappy with it, but with my wedding coming up I would kind of like to lose a couple of kilos so my arms in particular look a bit more toned. I can’t exactly recreate the stressful times that helped me lose weight in the past (nor would i want to lol!!!) but I am going to really try and be more dedicated to eating smaller meals and not snacking too late at night.
I do think though that some people just seem to have a natural weight that they plateau at, realistically I think I’m at mine now and any weight loss won’t be permanent unless I turn all healthy and/or starve myself. Maybe you are at yours? Particularly with the PCOS you mentioned.
Post # 11
@dannielle89: Joined myfitness pal last night and started counting calories this morning. Reading all of the responses, I have a feeling that’s where the problem is and I’ve been eating too many. Hopefully, this will be the jump start I need! Thanks for the advice!
@ChelleNZ: The odd thing with the PCOS is that I wasn’t diagnosed with it until 2010, and before that I’d been able to lose weight (not quickly, but still lose!) and was happy with my weight at 135-140 (I’m 5’7″). Went on birth control for the PCOS and endometriosis and gained 15lbs back. (SO FRUSTRATING!) I have a feeling it’s probably my portion sizes are out of whack, so hopefully watching those closer will make a difference. I’d like to get back to the 140 range and once I’m there, I can maintain my weight pretty easily. It’s just trying to get out of this rut and actually lose some weight! Thanks for your help!
Post # 12
It’s all about calories. If you take in more (or equal) calories than you burn per day, you will not lose weight, no matter how healthy your lifestyle is.
Ellipticals don’t burn that many calories, unfortunately. You should take a class at your local gym that is intended to burn calories. Doing the same thing for long periods of time (like running, biking, elliptical, etc.) will burn way fewer calories than mixing it up, which is what they do at the classes. You could run for an hour, and only burn 200-300 calories at a steady pace. That’s like, a half a piece of pizza. Try a spinning class if you like the cycle. It burns tons of calories.
Like PPs said, get an app that will help you track how many calories you are burning and eating every day. MyFitnessPal is great for this. And mix up your workouts. If you’re going to be on a treadmill, google a circuit workout for the treadmill. You’ll still only be on there for about 45 minutes, but it will have you change it up every few minutes, which will burn more calories than just running. Also, make sure you’re working out at least 4 times a week.
Post # 13
@hogoboom2012: I noticed two things in you post
You have a pretty healthy lifestyle and you work out fairly regularly. This is the reason you aren’t losing weight. Drop pretty and fairly from the sentence and I’m sure you will lose weight.
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@LilliePad: I have been doing intervals on the treadmill for almost a month, at least 4, usually 5 days a week. Usually burning around 350-400 calories in 40 mins. The gym I’m using doesn’t offer many classes and those that they do are for college students (I go to a university rec center). I wasn’t sure that the intervals was best (everyone on the internet has a different opinion!) but I’ll keep doing it! Thanks for the tips!
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@hogoboom2012: What is your height/weight? 400 calories in 40 minutes is a lot. For example, I would burn about 400 calories in a 60 minute, ridiculously intense spin class with sweat pooling beneath me. A 4 mile run would get me to 300 calories max.