(Closed) One month and no weight loss

posted 4 years ago in Fitness
Post # 46
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2014 posts
Buzzing bee

To all the people saying to cut out carbs: PLEASE STOP AS YOU ARE GIVING WRONG AVICE THAT IS SO IRRESPONSIBLE. Carbs are not the enemy. You need carbs to give you energy in order to be able to stay active. Sure, some people get sleepy after consuming carbs but your body still needs it to function properly.

chouetteblanche: Hun, send me your stats (age, height and weight) along with whether you prefer more (good) fats or more carbs and I will give you the exact amount of portions you should be eating. I guarantee you’ll be on more calories than you currently are and will actually lose weight. I will also give you a sample workout routine for two weeks. Try that and see how you feel after a fortnight.

There are also some things to keep in mind: When starting any new routine, it is very possible it will get worse for a week or two before it gets better. You will fluff out a bit but it will just be water retention which will go away once your body starts regulating itself and gets into a good rhythm. Also, muscle weighs more than fat so you really can’t rely on scales. You should focus more on how you look, how your clothes fit and most importantly, how you FEEL. You could lose inches yet still increase your weight. In addition, pace yourself. Everyone is different and you have to give your body time to get used to the new lifestyle and give it the rest it needs now and then.

Post # 47
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2014 posts
Buzzing bee

chouetteblanche: Oh and please don’t stay on 1,200 cals. EVERYONE eventually hits a plateau and once you do, you won’t have anywhere to go after the 1,200. What are you going to do? Drop to eating nothing at all? You need to start higher so you can then adjust somewhere along the line.

Post # 48
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Newbee

Hey so this may be a bit weird, but are you getting enough water? 64 oz is just a baseline, since 8×8 is easy to remember.  What really jumped my weight loss was drinking more water.  A good rule of thumb is your weight divided in half.  When I started, I was 180, so I drank 90 oz of water a day, plus 20 more oz wheN I was working out.  

being dehydrated will stall weight loss.

Post # 49
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Helper bee

Sukii: Your advice is sound and I agree with it. I’d just like to point out a wording error.  Muscle does not weigh more than fat. A pound of fat will weigh the exact same as a pound of muscle. Muscle tissue is more dense than fatty tissue and therefore takes up less space.

Post # 50
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

Sukii:  No one is saying to cut them completely. Even in a keto diet, you don’t do zero carbs (though there are some people who do a zero carb diet to jumpstart weight loss in a plateau) – you just get most of your carbs from green veggies, rather than diet food or low fat dairy, and fill up on fat

Once you are fat adapted, your brain functions just fine burning ketones rather than glucose for over half it’s energy. People who are on low carb diets that exercise up their carbs to account for the exercise, or they feel like crap and remember to do it next time. I’ve found that most people who do keto at least are very conscious of how their bodies feel. 

A low carb diet may not work for you, and it may not be the best for everyone, but there are people who it has helped immensely vs. eating low fat, and you can’t argue that. When I eat low cal/low fat, I feel tired, foggy, bloated all the time. When I eat low carb, I feel great. I know my body. 

Food science is new. A lot of “knowns” from the past are being debunked – like the fact that dietary cholesterol has little to no bearing on your blood levels of cholesterol (the limits were taken out of the US Dietary Guidelines in 2015). Different things work for different people, and that’s fine. 

Post # 51
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2014 posts
Buzzing bee

LoveAndLaughter: What I meant was one cup of muscle will weigh more than one cup of fat. I agree I should have been clearer. 😊

Post # 52
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2014 posts
Buzzing bee

stephncollins: One poster did say to cut them out completely. Sure, people will lose weight if they cut out carbs but it’s not at all sustainable and will wreak havoc on their metabolism making it even harder to lose weight or even maintain their weight in the future. I’ve known people who have been so low-carb for years because someone advised them that was okay. I think it’s about educating others. There is just so much misinformation out there these days. It’s much like “makeup artists” on Instagram and YouTube posting tutorials on how to use watercolour pencils as eyeliner or cotton buds as fibre eyelashes. Those things are actually really dangerous to use near the eyes and in some cases cause blindness. There are impressionable followers who will then see all of that and just assume it must be safe. I aways try to tell people to research, research, research. Moderation is key and listening to your body is the most important thing. If you are feeling weak and lethargic, obviously it’s not the way to go.

Post # 53
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

Im surprised all the people pointing to carbs As the enemy. I’m actually working with a nutrition coach and my coach made me eat more carbs than I was eating on my own and I actually started loosing weight.

I too, used to believe carbs were the enemy. But working with my nutrition coach I started feeling more energy during my workouts and getting stronger. This happened Faster than when I was eating on my own. I lost 16 pounds and now my coach is increasing my carbs again to put me on my “maintaining” range of carbs/protein/fats. 

Post # 54
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270 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

It’s carbs not calories. Go for more protein and less carbs, I’m talking zero to none. Carbs are just added sugar. I did a pure proactive diet and was losing a pound a day (healthy way) and formed great habits as well! 

My personal trainer 2 years ago, told me that carbs are the biggest feat in any one who is trying to lose weight’s diet. 

Though you may have to pay for it, I’m sure there are some recipies online for 
“pure proactive diet”. I kid you not it works so well! 

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by  kaelasoul.
Post # 55
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Blushing bee

Well, part of the reason you may not be seeing any changes in numbers could have to do with muscle replacement. Muscle weighs 3X that of fat. You’re doing everything right, so it could just be that early in this process the muscle you’re building is replacing and pounds of fat you lose. Don’t get discouraged! Keep doing what you’re doing and you should notice physical tone changing. If you still don’t see your numbers budging in a couple more weeks go to your doc, you may need some bloodwork done- specifically a thyroid panel.

**Obviously 1lb of muscle is the same as 1lb of fat, but muscle is WAY more dense, and it’s possible that if you lose 1lb of fat, it’s being replaced with 1lb of muscle. So your numbers wouldn’t change in this case, but your shape would.

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 5 months ago by  calikat.
Post # 56
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Soon2bmrs1:  That is soooo helpful! I’m having this same struggle! 

Post # 58
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Bumble bee

chouetteblanche:  Another piece of advice that I’ll give you–the numbers on the scale can be fickle from day to day. As an example, within 1 week, I had weights ranging almost 10 pounds. I clearly did not lose or gain 10 pounds in one week. Here’s an exercise to help–weigh yourself last thing one night. Then weigh yourself the next morning first thing. Drink a large glass of water. Weigh yourself again. Find something heavy. Weigh yourself without holding it, then weigh yourself holding it. The point of all of this is to realize that the number on the scale is not something to live or die by. Depending on what you’ve eaten/drank and where you are in your cycle, that number can change greatly even though you are not actually changing your body composition. You WILL see general trends in the scale long term, but it takes months for this to happen. 

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