(Closed) Where am I going wrong?!

posted 6 years ago in Fitness
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

Sounds like you may have hit a fitness plateau, your calories look fine as long as you are on the average-small side for a female.

If you have been doing the same fitness routine for longer than 6 weeks, you need to switch it up. Your muscles need to experience different exercises in order to keep adapting. You can change things up by altering the exercizes, the sets/reps, or the weight!

Hope this helps!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Honestly I would eat more. With that amount of exercise and since you’re weight-lifting with substantial weights, your body needs more fuel. Try to ignore the number on the scale because so many things play a part of your weight. Your muscles can hoard water especially when you start a new program, where you are in your cycle can throw things off, things like that. If your body is changing and you can tell, that’s progress. I’m a size smaller than I was 6 months ago, but my weight is actually 3lbs more. I finally had to throw my scale away because I was driving my poor husband absolutely insane!

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

Women can gain on average .5lbs of muscle a week.

I think you’ve hit a plateau. Perhaps get out of your comfort zone alittle! Try some new exercises and such!

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

why are you so fixated on a # if you are seeing great results? Also, yeah I think you are prob not eating enough…swimming an hour every other day plus walking over an hour a day alone burns i dont know..at least 800 calories probably. You should probably be eating a ton of good fats and protein, at least 2000 a day.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

With regards to lifting- are you getting stronger? Are you able to lift heavier weights progressively, or are you lifting the same each time? I am not sure an hour a time is ideal- I have read from multiple sources that after 45 min, you reach the law of diminishing returns, particularly since you are doing it three times a week. The New Rules of Lifting for Women had a great line about how you’re not training your body to lift- you are training your body to recover from lifting. Are you allowing yourself enough recovery time? Overtraining can be as bad as not exercising at all.

 Also, are you eating enough protein? You need a certain number of calories and a certain amount of protein in order to build muscles.

Also, stepping on the scale can be wildly misleading. Your weight is made up of muscle, fat and water. Eating a high sodium meal can result in 2 pounds of water retention the next day. Skipping a meal can result in a 2 pound water weight loss the next day (which will be gained back as soon as you eat your next meal). One of my fitness inspiration stories is a girl who gained 20 pounds of solid muscle and has a 6 pack and claims she eats 3,000 calories a day (mostly protein and fat, the only carbs she consumes are from fruit and vegetables), and hasn’t weighed herself in over a year. She said she has to eat that much in order to be strong enough to add weight to her bench press and deadlifts.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Miss Orchard:  Ia gree with other bee’s you may be hitting a plateau and may need to incorporate different excercises that work other muscles.

Breakfast is EXTREMELY important! The issue is if you are not eating breakfast, or enough food, your body goes into starvation mode. When this happens it turns everything into fat to store it! By eating more often, and with the right foods your body learns that it will get what it needs.

Also, if you just recently began excercising your body will also go into a sort of “starvation” mode, it isn’t used to all the work you are doing, therefore it will store up fat. It takes awhile to take notice.

Be sure to take measurements, these are so much more important than weight! I can lose an inch, but not lose a pound 🙂 1 lb of muscle = 1 lb of fat but takes up much less room!

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - ceremony at a gazebo outside, reception at neighboring restaurant on a lake

There actually isn’t a lot of scientific support to show that restricting calories will result in a metabolic drop/starvation mode.  The vast majority of research supports calorie in – calorie out.  Breakfast is important because most people that skip breakfast end up eating more calories later in the day than they realize because they get starving later. 

I would avoid getting obsessive with measuring food or counting calories, but doing it for a day or two and being very accurate might help you source where extra calories could be coming from.

Post # 11
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My advice would be to not count calories and instead try a paleo/primal diet. I lost 20 pounds with no exercise in the first 2 months. The book “wheat belly” explains why carbs keep people from losing weight. It has to do with maintaining a steady blood sugar without allowing it to ever spike. Blood sugar spikes cause a lot of effects on other hormones, which contribute to an inability to loose fat (this is, of course, over simplified and not very eloquently stated).

It’s really a whole different way of looking at eating. Basically, you eat as much protein, good fats, vegetables, etc as you want (this includes cheese which is a big deal to me haha). Even though it sounds counter-intuitive to eat a high amount of such high calorie foods as cheese, nuts, oils, etc it is very self limiting. You just can’t eat that much fat at a time–you won’t ever want to.

Anyway, this is just my $.02 from my personal research and experience.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - ceremony at a gazebo outside, reception at neighboring restaurant on a lake

Definitely not trying to argue, but often the paleo diet is hard to maintain for the rest of your life, so I wouldn’t recommend it.  I think that adopting a healthy lifestyle that YOU personally can maintain for forever is much better for your health (both physical and emotional) and will be something that you can then teach your kids in the future also.

Post # 13
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Bee Keeper

@Shera2550:  I will definitely NOT argue that it is difficult (been doing it for about 6 months), but I think it can be worth the extra effort. And, I think it can be really helpful for someone who is struggling to get rid of extra fat and then relearn what foods do and don’t work for them. I think paleo is quite extremist, but it makes sense to me and I have seen the results so it’s something I’m sticking with for now, but I know people who have done it for a period of time to lose weight and then added back some carbs depending on how they responded.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - ceremony at a gazebo outside, reception at neighboring restaurant on a lake

@BlondeMissMolly:  I’m glad it’s working for you!

Post # 15
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Busy bee

Awesome! Keep it up!  Where’s your cardio? I had a body comp assessment done where they measured my fat at my love handles, triceps, calves and back and evaluated my workout routine, diet/nutrition, weight lifting -pretty much everything, thank you Canyon Ranch best wellness vacation ever! But basically they recommended that I focus on keeping my target heart rate above a certain level for me. I’m pretty thin and fit but in order for me to get that last toning that I want they stressed reaching my target heart rate, hopefully that may help you.  bTW,when I swim laps I am floored at how high it gets my heart rate, even higher than running.  I think you’ll see great results with swimming. Good luck! 

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