(Closed) Not losing any weight!

posted 8 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

Maybe you need to make some changes to your diet.

I began eating whole wheat/grains, brown rice, lean meat, and cut my sugar intake (I only eat a few sweets every once in a while instead of everyday) and I have seen a big difference. I was never over weight, just carrying around extra weight, and now I am toning up and slimming down. I only go to the gym twice a week and maybe walk on the weekend.

I also switched to 1% milk instead of whole milk.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would try mixing it up. If you have done the same things for awhile now then your body can get used to it. Maybe substitute a class for running sprints. I like to walk, jog sprint.. walk jog sprint. Or swimming laps. 

I would keep up the good work.. you sound like you are doing a great job already. Sometimes it takes awhile to get over some plateaus. For instance last spring it took me 2- 3 months to loose 10lbs!! I was getting really discouraged because i was working out everyday and had lost 5 lbs. But then i went on vacation for a week and didn’t work out the whole time. I came back home thinking i had gained weight but had lost the last 5lbs!! I couldn’t believe it but the same thing happened with my husband the week of the wedding. Sometimes when your body gets a rest from the workouts it helps. Sounds incorrect but i’ve seen it with both of us! 

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

@Allyser: That is true. Allowing your body to rest does make a difference.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Also, always eat breakfast (steel cut oatmeal with light brown sugar or egg whites and turkey bacon are my favs), eat your carb heavy meal at lunch – but remember good carbs (you’ll need them for your work out), and a low carb meal at night.

Sometimes its not just about eating healthy, but eating the right healthy meals at the right time. Hope this helps 🙂

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Could be a lot of things. First of all, are you aware of how many calories you are eating a day? I know you said you eat healthy but in the end it’s calories in, calories out, regardless of whether the calories come from organic celery or Snickers. Figure out what your daily caloric needs are to lose weight (there are calculators online) and then start journaling and counting your calories just to be sure that there’s a deficit and you aren’t eating too much OR too little. Eating too little can also have adverse effects. Record every. single. bite. and every. single. sip. (unless it’s water)

You’re also lifting weights. Your muscles retain a lot of water when you work out and that will be reflected (in a disappointing way) in the scale. So I suggest getting a soft tape measurer and start taking your measurements weekly. Measure around your upper arm, your upper thigh, your waist, hips, and bustline. I think that if your eating is on point and with all the exercise you are doing, you’ll se a difference in inches. When I started JM’s Shred, I barely lost any weight, but my inches went down like crazy.

Also–when you say you haven’t lost any weight, do you mean not a single ounce every single week that you’ve been trying? Or are we talking maybe a half-pound here a half-pound there and you don’t think it’s enough–because it IS. Healthy weight loss is .5-2 pounds a week (and 2/wk requires incredible discipline–trust me) How long have you been doing this and how much weight do you have to lose? If you have more to lose, you won’t see muscle definition immediately because you’ll have to get rid of the fat that is right now covering up the muscle. And if you’ve only been doing this for 1-3 weeks, then your body IS probably retaining water.

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

You are definitely getting enough strength training in but you may need to increase your cardio in order to see some results.  I also do spin/boot camp/pilates/etc… and my trainer has told me to up my cardio to 90 minutes a day (from 45-60), so after pilates or my abs class I will then put in a cardio session.  Definitely take a rest day too though.

Also, keep a food diary…you may be eating more than you think.  Websites like sparkpeople and caloriecount.com help to track your daily intakes.  Be diligent about tracking everything since everything you put into your mouth adds up…even the “healthy” stuff. 

Good luck! 

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@ JennyW1 great advice.

I would focus on doing mostly weight training.  More muscle = faster weight loss.  Also it is really important to track everything, at least until you are really aware of how much certain portions are. 

I really enjoy listening to a podcast called Fat2Fit Radio, these two guys are awesome and are intelligent when it comes to weight loss, no gimic diets, just lifestyle change.  Also don’t look for fast remedies…as people tend to gain the weight back plus some.  It’s really important to understand it is a slow process to lose weight in a healthy way that can last a lifetime.

Good Luck!

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

@CupcakeLove: Generally, it can be between 7-10 pounds to drop a size. And if your clothes feel tight, your muscles do swell after working out so that may be part of it.

If you’ve only been doing this for less than a month, then give yourself time and be patient. Your body will come around–what you’re doing is great for it and the only way that it won’t work is if you stop. Just keep on chugging!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I cut out HFCS and lost about 5 lbs in a month with no other changes.  Same calories.  I kind of did it as a test to see if the HFCS was doing something… and frankly, I had to grocery shop at whole foods or trader joe’s because HFCS is in everything, from lean cuisines to ketchup and mustard.

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you have been working out like this for a long time and hit a plateau, you definitely need to change some things.  If you just started, give it some time.  It usually takes me 4-6 weeks until I really start to see results.

Some people get off a plateau by switching to hardcore organics, non-processed, etc. foods–a type of diet cleanse without eliminating a food group as much as types of foods.  Also eliminating alcohol can be a big one.  Jillian Michaels has a book that is basically about this, with meal plans, etc.  Not sure about results, but it’s worth a try!

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Depending on where you are in relation to your goal weight, working out can make it “feel” like you are gaining weight. I am currently at a healthy weight for my height and frame, and when I do lots of weight training, my pants actually get tighter from bulkier muscle. If you have weight to lose, I’d be sure to focus on cardio (and not just running on the treadmill while watching TV – you need to push yourself to make it effective. Do sprints, suicides, whatever you can to get your heart rate up for the full 45 mins) and of course watch your unrefined sugar/carbs intake. Good luck!

Post # 15
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I’m 5’3″ and am now about 122 pounds, with 18% body fat.  Last year I lost about 15 pounds and have kept it off.  I workout at a Crossfit gym, and do LOTS of weightlifting and gymnastics (ring dips, pullups, etc).  It is hard to lose weight and tone up at the same time.  The reason is, to “tone”, that means you are having to put on some muscle mass, and that is tough to do while actively losing weight.  But, since you already seem to do a lot of strength training, losing some of the fat around your muscles (especially abs!) will give you a more “toned” look.

For me, when I really want to lean out I cut all dairy, and most processed foods, including grains.  A typical day of eating for me is:

Breakfast: 2 hard boiled eggs, one apple, about 6 almonds

Lunchl: Big salad with lots of veggies, chicken, nuts, dressed with olive oil and vinegar

Snack: Celery sticks and carrots

Dinner: 3 oz of fish/chicken/beef with a lot of steamed veggies.

Look at what you’re eating, because your diet is the most important thing when it comes to leaning out.  Think about it:  it takes over an hour in the gym to burn off what we can eat in 5 minutes. 

Also, if you are really trying to lean out, cut out all alcohol.  Or try to stick to a few glasses of red wine per week.

Check out the website “Mark’s Daily Apple” for some background in eating “Primally”.  The idea is that our bodies aren’t meant to process grains and sugar, and the reason our bodies cling to fat is based on spikes in our insulin levels. 

What are your body stats? Height? Weight? Body fat %? 

Post # 16
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Busy bee

The same thing happened to me.  I wasn’t leaning down like I wanted to so my trainer upped my protein intake, particularly since i am weight training.  I’m on a 60% protein, 30% carbs and 10% fat ratio.  It’s important to consume protein within 30 minutes after your workout.  I’m using Jay Robb’s protein powder (vanilla)with skim milk twice a day (one after my morning workout).  The powder only has one gram of carbs and 25 grams of protein.  And it’s by far the best tasting low/no carb protein out there (and I’ve tried many).

And I concur with the suggestions to up your cardio work and doing wind sprints,etc. to push beyond what your body is getting used to.  The body will build up a tolerance to a regular spin class, running on a treadmill, etc.  So it’s important to continually change it up and shock your body.  It’s not fun, but it does work!

Good luck!

 

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