Weight loss- not working.

posted 3 years ago in Fitness
Post # 16
2358 posts
Buzzing bee

mingogo4 :  What are you eating? I think this is key as other have said. If you work out but you are eating big ol’ plates of pasta and white bread you proably won’t see much of a difference. 

Also, I hate to say it but I lose inches before I lose weight. Things fit better, but the scale never moves…hardly ever.

Post # 17
4550 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I tend to believe fitbits etc overestimate calories burned. Have you worked out your actual TDEE and eaten at deficit based on that? To be honest, as a shorter person you do need less calories. 🙁  I am 4.5 inches taller (and therefore require more energy to fuel my body) and I can’t eat 1900 cals and lose weight even when I am clocking in 20,000 steps a day. I never eat back the calories I burn exercising. I will add that I have PCOS, so this means I do have to be extra strict to get results.

I have lost approx 40 pounds in the last 5 odd months. It is a hard slog, but worth it. All the best.

Post # 18
2358 posts
Buzzing bee

Olivepepper :  I agree. Short people are different. We cant eat as many calories as others.  If I tried a diet of 1500 calories I’d never lose weight. That’s the truth of the matter. 

Post # 19
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

I would consult with a nutritionist instead of taking advice from an app.

Have you ever heard of NSNG (No Sugar No Grain)? It’s low carb and high fat, but the good kinds of fat. I’ve lost some weight, but a lot of inches doing that combined with CrossFit. I don’t worry about counting calories or macros. I just listen to my body.

Take measurements and photos vs. tracking your progress on the scale. The scale can really mind screw with you if you’re lifting weights.

Post # 20
9734 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Olivepepper :  +1 – a lot of tech that is supposed to show calories burned overestimates. 

And yeah, short people can’t eat as many calories. I’m 5′ and try to stick to about 1300 – whether or not I work out. It took some adjusting and trial and error before I found what number of calories worked for me.

Post # 24
325 posts
Helper bee

This doesn’t at all address the weight loss portion of your post, but rather the water consumption. I found an app called Plant Nanny that REALLY helps me get my daily water! It’s got really cute little plants that grow based on you watering them by watering yourself. It’s kind of dumb to some, but for me, the visual aspect of it helped so much. It also sends you a reminder if you haven’t logged any water in a few hours. I’ve now been drinking my recommended water intake almost every single day for over a year! 

Post # 25
4550 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I just did a quick check and the average was around 2180 for you… (http://www.sailrabbit.com/bmr/) it maybe even less if you are older than mid 20’s. Thus if you are eating 1900, it is only a 200-300 deficit per day, and it is 3500 deficit required to lose a solitary pound. 

Please note that I have learned to always set these calculators at sedentary, unless you are training for a marathon or are an actual athlete it is closer to the mark 🙂

I have a place where I go to chat about this stuff, if you are interested, please PM me. 

Post # 26
68 posts
Worker bee

I am guessing it is a combination of:

a) muscle weight

b) over-calculation of calories burned

c) under-calculation of calories consumed

Post # 28
4550 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

mingogo4 :  Yeah, it can be really annoying to realise just how little one needs to exist. :/ 

Post # 29
668 posts
Busy bee

3 things came to mind immediately when I read your post…

1. Are you weighing and measuring your food? When I’ve only eye balled my food, I’ve found myself accidentally eating too little and accidentally eating too much.
2. MFP and Fitbit are notorious for being inaccurate (I use them both and have a love/hate relationship.) I suggest calculating your TDEE and going based off that, it allows you to eat a consistent amount throughout the week and not have to eat up and down depending on your exercise. Personally, I use MFP and Fitbit as tools to keep myself in check (MFP for logging my food and being aware of calories in, Fitbit for making sure I’m moving enough and keeping track of my workout HR) but not as an end all, be all for guidance.
3. Are you taking your measurements? As previous posters have mentioned, often we lose inches but not pounds.

How to calculate TDEE:

 For WOMEN: 655 + (4.35 x Weight in pounds)+(4.7 x Height in inches) – (4.7x Age)=  BMR. The amount of calories your body burns just from being alive 

FOR MEN: 66+(6.23 x weight in pounds) + (12.7 x height in inches) – ( 6.8 age in years)= BMR. The amount of calories you burn just from being alive.

Step 2: Take that number and multiply by your activity level:

  • 1.2 Sedentary (little to no exercise)
  • 1.375 Lightly Active (1-3 days a week)
  • 1.55 Moderately Active (3-5 days a week)
  • 1.7 Very Active (6-7 days a week)

Step 3:

  • LOSE weight: Subtract 500
  • MAINTAIN weight: keep the number the same
  • GAIN weight: Add 500

The final number is the amount of calories you should eat a day.

Keep in mind that “very active” is typically for athletes. I assume you fall into the moderately active range. Also, PLEASE do not result to severely undereating to lose weight. Better to lose a consistent amount slowly and keep it off then drop a ton in a non-sustainable way. Good luck, bee!

Post # 30
586 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

mingogo4 :  Thanks for sharing your stats! Also so relieved to read that I misunderstood you, and you’re not limiting yourself to like 1100 calories a day.

So I find the TDEE calculators to be fairly accurate for me. When I enter your stats, I’m getting 2100-2600 calories, depending on what activity level I enter. Since you are exercising, I wouldn’t want you to undercut yourself. But given that you’re not seeing progress, adjusting isn’t a bad idea. Maybe try aiming for 1600-1700 every day, and see if anything changes? 

Also, pay attention to your body. When I’m successfully cutting, I feel hungry about 1-2 hours before a  meal or snack. But I never feel light headed, foggy, or weak–those are signs I’m not fueling myself well enough. 

Other things to consider:

  1. Consider weighing your food on a food scale. Annoying, I know, but it’s far, far more accurate. 
  2. Take progress pics! Take a picture of yourself once a week, in the same underwear or outfit and at the same angle. The number on the scale isn’t everything.
  3. Take measurements, too, once a week.

Also, I highly recommend the Wiki guide on reddit.com/r/xxfitness (a subreddit for ladies who are into fitness, not like x-rated fitness or something). It’s very informative and will walk you through what a lot of people here are saying. https://www.reddit.com/r/xxfitness/wiki/lose_weight

Also, congrats on deciding to make a lifestyle change and good luck!

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