(Closed) I need some advice

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

First, take your measurements.  You may be getting slimmer and not realizing it because the number on the scale is pretty distracting.  I wish I had more advice but since you’re already eating healthy, that’s pretty much all I’ve got.

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

Ok first start measuring yourself (waist, bust, hips, arms, thighs) to see if you are losing INCHES! You could be building muscle so you now weigh more. Stop looking at the number on the scale.

Second, you might not be eating ENOUGH. If your are burning a ton of calories but not putting enough into your body, your body goes into starvation mode and will hold onto whatever it has. Thus weight gain.

Third, start watching every calorie you put in your mouth. Weight loss is all about diet, exercise is about toning after the weight is lost.

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee

@twista: we were totally on the same wavelength 😉

Post # 6
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

How long have you started this new diet-exercise plan? It often takes a while to start seeing results.  One thing that I found was I actually needed to eat MORE calories when I was working out a lot– otherwise my body was clinging to everything it got!

Also, are you drinking enough (64+ oz) of water every day? A lof of weight loss just has to do with fluid retention and how your body adjusts. You’d be surprised how much it helps!

Also, if you’re looking for more guidance, try sparkpeople.com’s fitness and nutrition trackers. They’re a lifesaver!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I fought against this for several years.  I tried to eat really healthy and go to the gym all of the time but never lost weight.  I decided to get “drastic” back in January and just try something I hadn’t before and committed to WeightWatchers.  No kidding, the weight melted off.  I lost 25 pounds in about three months. For me, my biggest issue had apparently been portion control.  Now that I relearned how much food my body really needs, it has been easy to maintain my new weight.  You may want to look into a program that operates through portion control–eating a lot of healthy food is still a lot of food.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2012

The other bees have had really good advice. Also, make sure that you’re not making excuses for eating too much extra… sometimes when I exercise I get really hungry, but it’s a lot easier to eat too much than to exercise those calories off. 

When I start a new exercise regime, it takes me about two weeks to actually start slimming down, I usually gain a little in muscle first. 

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I agree with the other posts about measuring yourself (you may be converting bulky fat to lean muscle) and making sure your nutritional needs are met (although it sound like the most likely are).

If you do the same exercise routine every day, you sabatoge your weight loss. Your body needs challenge, which means you need to switch up the pattern so that you use different muscle groups. Varying the length and intensity of your workouts might help too. For example if you are running for an hour on the treadmill, try walking for 10 minutes to warm up, then alternate runnning at 10mph for 2-4 minutes with jogging at 5mph for 4-6 minutes. Just an example, but you get the picture!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee

I had the same ‘problem’ you had and completely agree with the other girls.  The scale isn’t the end all of fitness.  If I don’t workout I might lose a bit of weight but I can tell my stomach and arms are more flabby and jeans are tighter, weird but true.  If you’re a fairly petite girl already this might be the case.  People are usually pretty surprised when I tell them how much I weigh (since sometimes people like to share their opinions and sometimes their opinion is that I’m too skinny)….but it’s what happens if you’re working out more than other people, you have more muscle and thus more weight but not necessarily a bigger pants size.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

There is no such thing as “muscle weighs more than fat.”  Think about…how can 1 lb of muscle be more than fat?  They are both 1 lb.  That being said muscle is leaner than fat & muscle is heavier in volume than fat. 

So even though you may be gaining weight, you may actually look smaller because someone who is 150 lbs of muscle is going to look leaner, defined etc.  A 150 lb person of fat is going to look lumpy, heavier.  (I just used 150 lbs as an example)

The # on the scale shouldn’t be your measure.  It should be your % of body fat, measurements & how you feel. 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

@babyboo: Great minds think alike 🙂

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Indiana Memorial Union

Reading your last reply, you’re eating the calories you burn! You’re completely negating all of your workout by eating the 600 calories you just burned off. That’s why nothing is happening for you. If you want to lose weight, you simply have to restrict calories.

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