Post # 1
Hey ladies, was hoping there are some bees out there who have dieted/are dieting to lose weight by counting calories.
I’ve been eating at a target 750 calorie deficit for the past two weeks. I’ve also been going to the gym 5 times a week, doing 30 minutes of cardio and then 30 minutes of weight training. I’ve been using a Fitbit HR tracker 2 to help calculate how many calories I burn in a day and MFP to calculate how many I should eat to stay at that deficit.
So on days I go to the gym my Fitbit says I should eat about 1,900 calories, on days I don’t go I should eat about 1,500. I’ve been very good about staying even under those numbers (for closer to a 1,000 calorie deficit), only having had one day where I didn’t stay under the 750 calorie deficit but still had an overall deficit for the day (my moms birthday- coconut cake… Hmmm). In MFP I’m pretty good about hitting my macro counts, there were a couple of days where the fat was a hit higher than it should have been and sometimes the sodium goes over but it’s never by a substantial amount and I’m usually within 5-10% of where I need to be.
So here’s the beef. My scale hasn’t moved a single pound, and it’s driving me crazy! I weighed myself once after the first week, and once again this week- and it hasn’t changed at all. According to everything I’ve read I should have lost about 3 lbs- but nothing.
Im a very visual person and I have set up a motivation tool with two glass vases and the amount of lbs I need to lose in gems in one case- and plan to move them over as the weight comes off. I haven’t been able to move a single gem yet- and it’s driving me mad. I’m not sure what I’m doing wrong. I’m eating very clean and green now so I can stay under calories and still not feel hungry- I really push myself hard at the gym and just nothing. It’s discouraging.
One thing I struggle a bit with is the water. I have gotten better and I am at least getting my 64 oz per day in but I know I need to drink more than that considering my weight. I’m really trying on this one- I know I’ll continue to improve but this is probably the hardest part of all of it for me.
I have noticed some positives- I definitely have more em energy throughout the day- I find myself actually getting a bunch of housework done rather than putting it off. My libido has increased by A LOT- probably the most noticeable difference and of course FH is happy- I also just feel better overall- my muscles feel sore at times but usually eating a bit of protein helps with that and the soreness reminds me that I’m getting stronger- at least I hope.
Does anyone have any other advice? Am I doing everything right but just need to wait for my body to catch up? Or do I need to change something?
Post # 2
Try taking your measurements weekly as well as weighing yourself. You may see the tape measure move more than the scale. Don’t rely just on numbers to see progress. You’ve already said you feel better.. That’s a huge improvement! Are your clothes fitting better? That’s another indicator that you’re losing weight but maybe also toning up.
Post # 3
I agree with FutureMrsBex. Since you’re hitting the gym a lot, it’s definitely possible that you’re losing fat/inches while you’re gaining muscle, so the scale isn’t moving. I’d start measuring to see if there’s any improvement.
Have you just started this diet/workout plan? I noticed when I first started dieting and working out that the scale didn’t move for a couple of weeks while my body adjusted, and then it dropped steadily for a while after that.
Another possibility (if you’re not losing inches or weight) is that your Fitbit is over-estimating your calories burned during your workouts. You can always drop your goals down a little for a week and see if anything changes, but I’d do that as a last resort since you’re feeling great.
Post # 4
For me it’s not just about the the calories its the type of calories or food I’m eating. The ONLY way I shed weight is by giving up (or severely limiting) carbs and sugar. It sucks but this cleaner eating helps me lose weight. I do away with all white foods, white bread, all pasta, all rice etc. Then of course sugar which is a struggle. But most sugar stops as well as all desserts.
When I give these things up the weight disappears.
We are all different though so your body might respond to other things I would also suggest meeting with a nutritionist.
Post # 5
it sounds like you are under eating, MFP calcuates the minimum you need to eat including a deficet for healthy weightloss so if you are eating under 1500 you are probably not properly fueling your body or miscalculting your tracking I suggest the MFP forums.
Post # 6
mingogo4 : 99.99% of weight loss and maintenance is about diet. Keep in mind that hormones may also effect your progress too. Exercising too much can stimulate hormones that can cause weight gain in some people. So if I were you I would reduce the cardio to 10 minutes, continue with the weight lifting as you have, remove dairy (dairy is full of hormones and hormone stimulants) and most importantly increase healthy fats (butter, oils, meats) and reduce sugars and carbs.
“Fat also helps stabilize the release of carbs/sugars. When we eat too much carbohydrate (grains, beans, vegetables) without adequate fat (and protein), it sends our blood sugar on a rollercoaster ride, messes up our hormones, and leads to weight gain.”
Post # 7
You aren’t eating enough.
Post # 8
Your body learns to run off of the calories you give it so it may be keeping for fat stores to burn off when it needs more. Up your intake.
Post # 9
Also, be patient. Weight loss isn’t always a linear function. It may depend on hormonal fluctuations, amount of water, type of food, etc. If I’m just starting to get into something, it may take a few weeks before I see any movement on the scale – it’s usually a combination of increasing muscle mass and drinking more water than I usually do since that is the one thing I’m usually most lax about. I also find that OVER-exercising can cause me to not drop – I need a recovery period when it comes to weight training so 5 days of weight training would definitely be too much for me and I do weight training every two to three days and up the cardio a bit on the off days. Often, those first couple of weeks will just be water weight you’re losing if you aren’t used to keeping up with that. Then I’ll have a tendency to drop a significant amount (say about 5#) in the third or fourth week, followed by a couple weeks of standard 1# loss, a plateau with no loss for a few weeks, then a significant drop a few weeks later and so on and so forth.
I think two weeks of tracking just isn’t enough of a sample to really go on for how your body adjusts and reacts to increased activity, decreased calories, etc.
Post # 10
I’m just going to leave this here.
Remember that the number on a scale means very little. Start measuring inches lost and you will see a lot more movement.
Post # 11
mingogo4 : What are your stats (height/weight)? That will help us better assess your diet plan. Also can you explain a little bit more about how you’re calculating your calories? Am I understanding correctly that you’re using your FitBit to estimate your TDEE, and then eating 750 calories under the FitBit estimate? E.g., on days it says 1900 calories, you eat 1150, and on days it says 1500 calories, you eat 750 calories? And sometimes you eat closer to a 1000 calorie deficit?
Also, how do you measure your food? Is it possible you are measuring badly?
Post # 12
I should have added: anything over a 500 calorie deficit is pushing healthy dieting. If you are indeed eating 1100 or fewer calories every day, it’s very likely you’re not eating enough. Especially given your activity level. But in order to be most helpful, it’d be good to know your height and weight.
Post # 13
Eat more and measure instead of weigh.
Post # 14
I recommend myfitnesspal app. My Fiance and I used it and preferred it over other apps. Also, pay attention to how your clothes fit, measurements, etc rather than the scale. Especially in the beginning. You’re definitely probably losing fat and gaining muscle, which weighs more than fat. I really recommend HIIT over regular cardio. When my Fiance and I started this it’s when the weight just started to fall off. There are a lot of great videos on YouTube and you can do them right at home. You don’t need any equipment, I like a mat for cushion when I’m on the floor. Good luck, bee! Don’t get discouraged!
Post # 15
Thanks for all the replies so far! I only have a minute to respond but I will definitely write a longer response later!
To answer some questions:
I am 5′ 3″ and 235 lbs.
the 1500-1900 calories is what I’m actually consuming. My Fitbit tells me that I burn approximately 2,200-2,600 per day, mostly depending on if it’s a gym day or not.