(Closed) I can't seem to lose weight the traditional route? I need help :(

posted 5 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
837 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Ittybittymonster:  Try a fitness program like the 30 Day Shred. I did it and lost about 9 lbs, but for me it was mostly about getting toned. I also starting using MyFitnessPal which is an App for iphone or iPad, etc. It helps to track food, because you need to be in a particular calorie range to lose weight. I get 1500 calories/day – more with exercise. The app will actually tell me if I need to eat more, which is sometimes the case if I’m really busy, otherwise your body will store fat by going into starvation mode.


Now I’m doing Jillian Michael’s No More Trouble Zones, and it’s an amazing workout. I think it’s good that I started with the 30 Day Shred, though, because I wouldn’t have been able to handle it. So definitely try the 30 Day Shred first if your overall fitness level is not very high.


However, you CAN NOT FOCUS ON YOUR WEIGHT if you are going to try this. Muscle weighs more than fat, so even if you’re losing fat you’re gaining muscle which might mean a weight gain. I would recommend taking before pictures and measurements of major body parts (waist, but, thighs, arms, bust, etc.) so you can track your progress that way as it’s much more reliable than a scale.


Try to think of it this way: You’re fine the way you are, but any extra toning will be a bonus! No stress… 

Post # 5
4682 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

My advice would be to stop obsessing. 5’0″ and 118 is not overweight. 105-110 may not be realistic for you.

li, too, struggle with my weight and it’s hard. But setting unrealistic targets makes it harder.

Post # 6
325 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013 - Piney River Ranch

Just eat clean & healthy.  Don’t focus too much on calorie counting.  Lift weights – muscle helps you burn fat.  And don’t focus on the number on the scale.  Take progress photos to compare the way you look.  Or even measurements.  Weight is just a number and doesn’t reflect body fat or muscle mass.

Post # 7
27 posts

Maybe I can help a little.

I’ve lost about 8-9 pounds in 1.5 months. I did no workout… maybe a bit of kettlebell…and I think I walk at least an hour commuting. 

A book I read said that you can lose weight by eating right without working out. Workout gives you more energy, and it’s a tool to keep yourself healthy, but you don’t need it to lose weight! Obviously you can burn more calories but you will also be hungry. 

Honestly, when I come home I have no engery to workout or sometimes even don’t have time get enough sleep. So I needed some simple way to lose weight or… I just wanted to be healthy.

What I did was eating right food at the right time and increased vege/fruit intake. 

In the morning, salad and fruit smoothie(only fruits nothing else except water) an egg and some bread with olive oil. For lunch, I tried to go to restaurants with healthy food, normally have salad, pasta and a little bit of meat. Avoided anything sulty. No fried stuff or fastfood period. 

For dinner, more veges and fruits and some fish or small bread. 

To be honest, this is not a way to enjoy food… now when I see food, I think about how it will turn out in my body. So I haven’t had a single snack, anything processed at all. 

I used to have a big belly and had to give up on wearing pants, but now I can wear them again. Everyone tells me my skin looks better too. 

Before I didn’t want to move because of my belly was bothering me so much. I tried other workouts and wasted funds on gym memberships, but for me this was the best, quick and healthy way to lose weight. 

Oh… and don’t forget to drink more than 2L everyday. I really think it all comes down to eaing habit. 

Ah… but I spent quite a bit of money to buy fruits. They aren’t cheap.


Post # 9
241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

So I also have a super-hard time losing weight.  I think many petite women do for one reason or another.  I was tiny in HS/college, but as soon as I put on those extra pounds, they had no interest in coming off!

I echo everyone else who say that obsessing about it only makes it worse – I think that stress raises cortisol which in turn makes losing weight basically impossible.  I lose the most when I eat a very, very high protein diet, and cut out all forms of carbs (except for the very small amount in green vegetables.)  It’s no fun, not gonna lie. 

I’m currently on Ideal Protein to lose the last 10-15 before the wedding, and combining it with Jillian’s 30 Day Shred, like @NLBride suggested.  Weight training (using lighter weights) + protein + tons of water = fat reduction.

Post # 10
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’m 5’0 and overweight by A LOT. However, I am a runner (when I actually work out) and have always had a ton of muscle (even when I’m not working out regularly) which is why I’m so much heavier than I really look. Usually, and I think it’s because I’m so short, I can look a lot better when getting into shape & not change on the scale much, but my clothes won’t fit cuz I’m losing inches.. 10lbs on 60inches of body is considerable if you really think about it! My biggest problem has always been diet. If you watch what you eat and workout normally you will be fine & I’m pretty sure my lowest weight ever was about 94 pounds in HS and i was like 2 seconds away from being completely anorexic. When I was about 120 I looked SLAMMIN and that is technically “overweight” for my height, but I don’t look good under 110, I look emaciated. You might be in the same boat as me. It’s exhausting lol.

Post # 11
4523 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@Ittybittymonster:  OP, do you drink soda by chance? When I first started losing weight, I cut out soda and that alone knocked off about 10lbs πŸ™‚

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