(Closed) Why can’t I lose weight??

posted 11 years ago in Fitness
Post # 18
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

Oh I am so sorry… I know how this feels! I found myself feeling heavier than usual (clothes not fitting as well, etc.) weeks before my wedding and started freaking out! So… I took probiotics, which is the pill form of the Activia brand yogurt. I couldn’t get beyond the yogurt, so I went for the pill. I paid about $20 for a bottle at Whole Foods and took one a day (the bottle says take 3 a day I think) and it worked for me. The rest takes care of itself. Keep doing your upper body (push ups are great and add definition FAST!) and add more lower body weights… muscle burns more calories.

Good luck! Remember that whether or not you lose the weight, you will be gorgeous because it is your wedding! 🙂

 

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Do you sleep well and enough? that’s very important. Eat dinner earlier than later if you’re not already doing that. Try eating hearty breakfasts and lunches and small dinner.. so swap your lunch for dinner. If you’re hungry after you work out, try working out in the morning? Try eating only homemade food so you can actually know what goes in there. Restaurants that make 1:3 vingar to oil dressing has more calories than the ones you make yourself with 1:1 ratio, for example. If you feel week from not eating enough, divide your food into small portions so that you eat constnatly but in smaller portions each time you eat. Blood sugar will be maintained at the constant level while not consuming as much calories at a time.

IF you have money, maybe a personal trainer will make better suggestions…? No matter what happens, just know that even if you do not lose as much weight as you want, you’ll appear healthy, energetic, and glow beautifully based on a healthy diet and lifestyle! Good luck!

Post # 20
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Hi August15,

I just snuck over to your blog to look at your photos, and I think the reason that you’re not losing weight is because you’re already at a beautifully healthy weight– you’re gorgeous and from the pictures I saw, it doesn’t look like you have any excess weight to lose!  Just a quick question: are you trying to lose 5-10 pounds so that you’ll fit into your dress, or are you just trying to reach a certain "magic number" for the day?

That being said, I can definitely understand the inclination to want to lose.  Have you tried counting your actual calories, with weighing your food and everything included, to see EXACTLY how many calories you’re consuming during the day?  Even when eating healthy foods, it’s easy for the calories to get up over the daily limit, if you’re trying to lose when your body already is at a healthy set point.  Using a food scale, and the calorie counters at sparkpeople.com helped me see realistically what numbers I was working with during a normal day.

If you want to burn serious calories with your workouts, I think you’re definitely going to have to up your cardio time quite significantly.  Running a mile as fast as you can probably doesn’t take that long, and 30 minute sessions don’t burn that many calories.  When you think that it takes a 3500 calorie defecit to lose one pound, no wonder it’s such a struggle!

Anyway, I would just recommend sparkpeople.com, and upping the cardio sessions to at least an hour plus (in addition to weights), five or six times a week, for dropping a few pounds.  But, I think you look healthy and lovely the way you are, so don’t try tooooo hard!  🙂

Post # 22
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I didn’t really lose much either! But i gained right before the wedding and kept on gaining afterwards! Now i’ve got 7-10pounds to lose of post-wedding weight.

If you need a quick fix, cut all the salt from your diet. And soda, and replace with water. You’ll lose 5 pounds of excess water bloaty weight. I lost 7 right before the wedding. It wasn’t "real" weight, but I didn’t feel bloated, so I was thrilled about that.  

Post # 23
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Sugar bee

Are you tracking calories at all?  I found that even though I thought I was getting a good mix of foods, I didn’t really start losing weight until I tracked my calories specifically.  I use mydailyplate.com to put in everything I eat.  It’s kind of time consuming, but I find that it keeps me honest.  And according to the site, it said that I wasn’t originally getting enough calories!  As soon as I upped my intake a little, I starting losing.

Post # 25
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2008

Does your gym have any of the Les Mills training classes, like Body Pump?  It’s a one-hour strength workout that really gets me great results, and I feel sooooo strong afterwards (I mean, after some recovery time during which I can barely walk down the stairs.)  Classes definitely help me push myself harder than I would normally.

Post # 26
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh that reminds me, my friend (a professional cheerleader!) told me that if you don’t put a thing besides water in your mouth after 5 pm, it really really helps.

Boy is it tough though. I usually end up with a very light snack, but i’m much more conscious of what i munch. 

I took bodypump, too! That class is great. Try getting your body fat measured at the gym. I, too, didn’t lose "sizes" but my body fat went down 2% and it LOOKED like I lost weight. Nope, same ole pants. Maybe you need a different indication of your weight besides numbers. Especially if you’re already at an ideal healthy weight. It’s tough–i’m at a normal weight, too, but that sitll doesn’t mean I want to lose 5 pounds! 

Low carb diets make me sick and icky, too. Boo. 

The trainer I used a couple years ago (he used to be a professional male body builder) said that plain oatmeal is the best pre and post workout fuel if you’re hungry. For 130 calories, it’s filling and you typically don’t want the whole bowl. 

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m no expert, but I have two suggestions:

1. Maybe try to change up your exercise routine by adding some more cardio?  Instead of running as fast as you can for one mile, why don’t you try to run a little slower for 2 miles?  Changing up your routine makes your body work harder and burn more calories.  Also, extended cardio will burn more calories, in general.

 2. It doesn’t work for everyone, but something that has worked for me is counting calories, and to do this, you need to measure your food.  Try it one day; for instance, do you know how much peanut butter you are putting on your english muffin?  How much salad dressing on your salad?  How many "servings" of pasta?  It’s surprising when you see how little a serving size really is.  There are a number of websites, like Fitday (which Avocado has blogged about), that will help you track your calories and nutritional intake.  I use the "Lose It" app on my iPhone to keep track and it’s helped me a lot.  It can make you a little crazy and it’s not for everyone, but you might want to try it just for a day!

Post # 28
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

As far as diets go, I have found the best results with Jenny Craig. I have never been successful on a diet where I cut out (or severely limit) one food group or type of food. I did Jenny Craig 7 years ago and lost 35 pounds (161 to 126) and have pretty much kept it off. I now fluctuate in a 10 pound range. I recently went back to Jenny Craig for a booster becasue I hit the higher end of my range (my "oh no" weight) – all those bridal showers and celebrations can sure do it, although I don’t know how I convinced myself 3 cupcakes were a good idea…I am generally happy with my body and shape (especially compared to where I was before), but want to get back on track with my portion sizes. I highly recommend Jenny Craig – the food is good (I’m looking forward ot the chicken fettucine alfredo and chocolate cake tonight!), everything is pre protioned for you (just pop it in the microwave), and it is nice to have someone to meet with every week to keep you accountable, encourage you, and answer any questions. It is generally not healthy to lose more than 1 to 2 pounds per week. I saw (and am seeing again) pretty consistent 1 to 2 pound weight loss each week when I stick to the plan. Weight and body image are definitely tough, especially approapching a wedding. Everyone wants to look their best. No matter if you lose, stay the same, or gain I am sure you will have a beautiful day surounded by all your friends and family. 

Post # 29
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

You’re not losing weight despite working out because you’re eating WAY too many calories in a day to form a calorie deficit or enough of a calorie deficit.  As a small person already, you really don’t need that many calories to exist, and exercise really doesn’t burn THAT many–a few hundred extra.  To burn a pound a week, you need to eat 500 calories less than you use EACH DAY.

I see no problem with your breakfast.  It’s probably around 300 calories, and has both protein and fiber.  No problem with the snack either.

I think one of your problems is your lunch.  Feta cheese and pecans are the protein, but they are also super fatty.  Can you change this to a chicken sandwich on whote wheat bread or a chicken breast with brown rice?

 With such a big lunch, change to just a small 150-200 calorie protein bar before you go to the gym.  If you don’t go to the gym, you don’t get one that day.  You don’t need any more.

 Don’t eat so much for dinner.  Cut out the wine while you’re trying to lose weight.  Halve your portions of chicken and your side.

 Carbs are not the enemy, that’s a fad.  Complex whole carbs will keep you full and provide you with energy to burn.  Eat a healthy diet high in protein and fiber, and moderate to low in fat, and don’t be afraid of carbs.

I know how hard it is to drop weight when you’re already at a healthy, small weight.  I’m 5’6" and went from a size 6 to 0.  We can eat so little just to maintain our weight, so to drop pounds we have to eat what seems to most people to be very little food.  But to lose a pound a week, we have to undercut our body’s calorie usage by 500, even when we may only be using 1600 or 1800 calories that day.  That’s a lot to cut by, but if you watch your portions stop to think about what you’re eating, it can be done with the help of exercise.

Post # 30
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Also, you should be eating something after you work out.  It should have protein in it.  Even a cup of yogurt would suffice.  And if you’re not eating dinner after working out and going with yogurt instead, eat a slightly bigger lunch or snack.

Post # 31
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

You’re eating a lot of sugar. Eat more protein, like eggs and eat less sugar. Plus, you’re working out a lot and building muscle, which is great! You’re probably not changing weight but you probably are changing your body, which is the most important thing.

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