(Closed) What to do when you do everything right and still can't lose weight?

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I would actually think that maybe you should eat MORE calories if you’re working out that hard. You are going to get a lot of opinions on this, and I’m certainly no expert, but I have heard a LOT of people having success with eating more calories when they’re not losing weight. You should search for different research but I know there is a theory that you have to trick your body a bit, by having some days of higher calories and some days with lower calories.

Good luck!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I agree with the PP, try eating 1800 calories a day for a while and see if it changes anything.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think the PP have a good suggestion honestly. You might have too much of a calorie deficit. Also, you might consider getting a referral to an endocrinologist to talk to about it.  

I also have a Bodymedia Armband and I flippin’ love it. It was expensive but is SO worth it!

Post # 6
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I believe my best friend/MOH hit a 6-month plateau when she was hardcore losing weight. I do know that she and our other best friend both have hormonal issues that making losing weight for them hard, and that MOH went on medication to balance it out and that really jumpstarted it for her.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I agree with trying to up the calories a bit.  I know it’s kind of scary to do that, but I have been seeing way better results from eating like 1600 calories than 1200 calories.  Also it doesn’t sound like you are eating much if any fat?  That could be an issue.  

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Could you give us a sample menu of what you’re might eat in a day? Are you currently taking insulin shots? How have your blood sugar levels been since you began dieting?

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

[Post moderated for social/religious insensitivity] You need to try harder if you really want it. I’ve been there. Calories in, calories out. Try harder!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@NapaBride:  Um, no offense, but that’s an assinine thing to tell someone with diabetes. She’s taking insulin (aka a fat regulating hormone), which definitely makes it much more complicated than calories in-calories out. Also, telling someone with an intake close to starvation mode & working out hard core daily to “try harder” is pretty ridiculous & unhelpful.

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I’m wondering if you aren’t eating enough protein.  It sounds like you are getting a lot of fiber with the fruits and veggies but you said you only eat a little bit of meat a day?

I agree with others that you might need to eat more too.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I would try eating more calories as PPs have said. Do you write down your food? I know sometimes I think I am eating X number of calories, and then to I check myself by writing it down for a week – it can be a BIG differece, generally that I am eating LESS than I should be, and that does mess with your metabolism.

And maybe cutting out drinking entirely, at least for a month or so to see if it helps. I know that you don’t drink that much, but that always makes the difference for me… some studies and experts say alcohol calories are processed way differently. 

You might also want to try basing your progress not on weight but on measurements. Do you clothes fit any differently? Since you are working so hard, I bet you have seen some progress!! 

Good luck! 

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@NapaBride:  Um, holy shit, that is INCREDIBLY offensive, on a number of levels. Just putting “not to be offensive” in front of it doesn’t change that.

ETA: Honestly, that sounds like something you’d read on a “pro-ana” site.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I was close to 155 pounds and I am 5’4” and here is what I did to lose over 25 pounds up to today in 5 months and still losing.

It was a combination of my mother’s instructions (she is a nutritionist), my research on scientific articles on weight loss and what I know about exercise:

1. 60%/40% rule- 60% of how you lose weight is what you eat and 40% is exercise.

2. Your daily calorie consumption has to be LESS THAN 1000 calories per day for you to loose weight. Eat fruit, vegetables, yogurt, egg, fish, all whole wheat bread (2 slices max), brown rice (small spoonful), once in a while eat a nutrition bar. No butter, oil, potato, white rice, bread, sweets.

3. Work out max 3 times a week. Go swimming as it tones your muscles without making it bulky.

 

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I think you may be eating too little and possibly not enough fat (YES FAT IS ESSENTIAL) to support weight loss. Contrary to popular belief, you need to eat enough to lose weight. I think at 173lbs and 1500 calories a day your deficit is probably too big.

YOU SHOULD *NEVER* GO BELOW 1200 CALORIES A DAY.

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