Post # 1
So I’ve been trying to lose weight for my engagement party in June for quite a while now (I lost 10kg between August and December with minimal exercise, just eating right). I fell off the wagon and moved to maintaining until February.
For over a month now, I have been at the gym for a minimum of one hour every single day (I have a rule of 10 000 steps minimum a day, so if I go early in the morning I don’t leave the gym until I have 10 000 steps and use the rest of the day’s walking as bonus). I’ve been eating well, tracking my food on my fitnesspal, tracking my activity with my fitbit zip and I’ve been between 500 and 1000 calories under every single day.
Not a gram lost. After all that effort. Zip. Nada. Zilch.
I’ve been doing well with keeping it up despite that discouragement of no weight loss. However, today I just found out that the knee surgery I was booking in for May might be moved to next Friday. Which means a richard splint (fully straight leg) for at least 6 weeks, then slowly moving back into normal activity after that.
If I haven’t been losing weight with a minimum of an hour at the gym each day, what am I going to do when I can barely walk at all?!?!
This topic was modified 2 years, 10 months ago by MissMonie.
Post # 2
Make sure you are actually eating enough – 1000 calories under is quite a large deficit and could send your body into storage mode. When I was losing weight I plateaud for a little while and I was advised to up my calories by 100-200 a day. It worked and the weight started coming off again/my body started changing shape.
Post # 3
Your not eating enough to fuel your furnace.
Post # 4
I agree, it really sounds like you aren’t eating enough. You should only have a 250-500 deficit a day.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I’ve seen this mentioned numerous times on here and it always seems to be the consensus that you’re not eating enough, that the min calories you should consume is around 1200. Otherwise your body thinks you’re deprived/starving and will hold onto every calorie you give it thinking it needs it to keep you alive. Boost your calories with good healthy foods, keep working out, and I think you’ll see some results!
I plateaued for awhile myself, then started not only watching calories but the quality of what I ate. I now eat more organic and whole foods. So I was able to eat a little more and kept working out and eventually made it past that point where I was just stuck.
Post # 6
Get your calories up like PP said. Also choose them better: cut wheat and sugar. If you can stick to that for the most part you’ll definitely lose.
Post # 7
MissMonie: I agree – you aren’t eating enough. I am doing MFP also, and it lets me eat 1500 calories a day to lose 1.5 pounds a week. If you’re coming 500-1000 under that.. you could potentially only be consuming 500 calories a day?! That is crazy. You need to make sure you are eating enough calories! You should be eating exactly the amount that MFP tells you too – don’t aim to be under – aim to be right at that goal.
Post # 8
Chat with a dietician. Bring in your food and exercise journal and let her have a look. She might be your best bet to assess your needs.
Post # 9
Oh sorry for the confusion with how much I’m eating ladies 🙂 by 500-1000 under, I mean my total burn for the day as measured by my fitbit (which is usually around 2200 with exercise). Today was my lowest eating day where I ate 1200 calories with the exercise to see if that would help… *fingers crossed*<br /><br />
LilRhodyGem: <br />I’m starting to think you might be on to something. I’ve always been fine losing weight like this with less activity and it suddenly just seems to have halted. 🙁
Post # 10
You’ll be fine for 6 weeks. When you exercise you need to watch your diet to make sure you’re getting the right calories. <br />When you’re sedentary, you just need to reduce the calories (cut out the refined sugar, reduce the carbs and salt, no liquid calories like juice/soda, more vegetables, smaller portions, no restaurants or fast food, no processed foods).
If that’s your real photo, I wouldn’t stress too much about losing pounds, you look great. If women want to use their wedding as an opportunity to get in better shape, I always think weight training is a nice idea (but again, that requires a careful diet).
Post # 11
canadajane: Unfortunately that photo is from 3 years ago when I was at my goal weight 🙂 I have 25kg to go to get there.
Post # 12
What about size? If you’re working out that much, probably putting on muscle, which weighs more than fat, maybe monitor measurements, not just weight, when I work out a lot, I see a bigger change in the way my clothes fit than in my actual weight.
Post # 13
Besides what has already been said, you can workout when you leg is in a brace. No, not a lot of walking. But you can do upper body workouts. Some gyms have a machine that allows you to “bicycle” your arms. You can also get some free weights for bicep curls, shoulder press, fly, chest press, etc. Don’t worry that you’ll get a huge upper body in that short amount of time. You can tone and still get your heart rate up.
Also, pure cardio usually doesn’t just shed the weight. I’m a firm believer of adding in weights to your routine to see results.
Good luck to you!
Post # 14
CocoLoco523: I agree. I started to see changes faster when I added weight training.
Do you track your macros at all? That’s what I’ve just started doing, I used the ebook flex.i.ble dieting by K Mae Cags. (She’s awesome. I love her)
You calculate how many grams of protein, carbs and fats to eat every day. You can be eating super healthy, but if you’re still eating too much carbohydrate and not enough protein, you won’t losr any weight.
Post # 15
MissMonie: Make sure you are getting the correct nutrients into your diet. You can also try a cleanse, along with eating clean throughout and you should see some good results. I’ll be starting a 24 day challenge next week and can share the details with you if you’re interested. Just message me! Good luck!