(Closed) Working out and NOT losing weight *rant*

posted 7 years ago in Emotional
Post # 3
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Honey bee

Unfortunately, we can eat too many good foods as well and still gain weight. How long did you do WW for? Sounds like it was working, just not as fast as you would like it to?

Post # 4
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Well you haven’t told us what you eat, just that you don’t eat fast food. But that can still leave alot of sodium, junk, extra sugars, extra fat, extra carbs? What does your usual day look like? Also, for me, I know that eating 6 small meals a day works better than 3 solid meals. I have tried every different type of eating pattern, and thats what worked best for me.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

@futuremrswifey: Are you consuming enough calories? I would suggest charting your calorie intake at least for a week..figure out where your at. I downloaded “lose it” app on my phone and when I eat lunch I can just input the food in there. It also tells you what range you should be at to lose weight. For example for me to lose 1 1/2 lb a week I should eat no more than 1400 calories per day. I try and stick to this..sometimes Im under sometimes Im over but it evens out. If you arent eating at least 1000 calories you are screwing up your metabolism and you will gain weight instead of losing it.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

If you feel like you aren’t eating enough that may just be true!!!

 

If you aren’t getting enough calories your body will go into starvation mode and hoard your fat by decreasing your metabolism.

This is very bad because it is hard to get your metabolism ramped back up. With your history of fad dieting this may likely be the case.

I recommend counting calories. Try out My fitness pal – it’s free and easy to use. By using a calorie counter you can ensure that you are meeting that balance of calories (make sure you are getting enough but at the same time not getting too much).

Good Luck!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I’d rcommend figuring out your BMR and going from there when you decide how many calories you want to have each day. I talked to my GP about how I wasn’t losing weight, and she told me that at my height and current weight, 1200 calories a day is probably too low. Basically: You can’t burn anything off if you’re not putting enough in to begin with! I thought 1200 would be fine, but it turns out I need to have at least 1500 a day.

I’ve found that it helps to log your food on a site like SparkPeople or myfitnesspal. That way, you can see exactly what you’re getting each day in terms of fat, sodium, carbs, etc. 

Post # 10
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Honey bee

@futuremrswifey: That is great results!

For healthy weight loss you want to lose on average about 1 lb a week. so 3 months that is about right.

Go back and keep at it. More importantly, its teach you the right foods and portions.

Post # 10
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Honey bee

@futuremrswifey: That is great results!

For healthy weight loss (and sustainable) you want to lose on average about 1 lb a week. so 3 months that is about right.

Go back and keep at it. More importantly, its teach you the right foods and portions.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@futuremrswifey:

It sounds like you are eating really well actually. How long did you say you were stuck at 151 lbs? It does look like perhaps you aren’t eating enough though, or as frequently as possible. For example your lunch and dinner are very far apart. For snacks I’ll do a berry banana bran muffin ( usually half), almonds, or other kind of nuts, an apple, a piece of cheese, a banana, or some veggie sticks like carrots, celery, etc.

And perhaps, for working out you aren’t pushing yourself hard enough. I heard once it isn’t the length of time you spend, but the intensity of the work out that matters most.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’ve hit the plateau as well. it’s frustrating I hear ya! plus, my gf/fiancee is a personal trainer and really toned and slim, so I feel insecure sometimes, like I’m the chubby one in our relationship (even though she doesn’t think I am and loves me regardless!)

anyway, point being, I’ve had lots of talks with her about weight loss, fitness, diet, etc. And the tricky part is, our bodies get used to exercise. We may think we are doing enough to lose weigh, and it sounds like 1 hour 4x a week is great, but our bodies need to be constantly challenged, doing different exercises, high intensity then low intensity, to shed pounds.

What you need to start doing (or doing more of, if you’re already doing it) is interval training. So instead of running at same speed on treadmill for 30 minutes, you up the speed every so often to make it really intense for 1 or 2 minutes, then bring it back down, recover, then go fast again, then back down, etc etc.

and yes, really watching your diet and calorie intake. Sounds like you are doing good stuff, no fast food, limited alcolhol, whole foods. but like someone else said above, we can over-indulge in healthy food too. allow yourself one “cheat” day where you relax a little, since depriving yourself isn’t fun and can backfire! but for the other 6 days a week, try to be strict with yourself.

one trick I try to do is that if I get nibbly at 8 or 9pm when I know I shouldn’t be eating anymore, I have a tea instead. If I’m feeling for something sweet, I can have a sweet herbal tea and it almost satisfies. 🙂

my last piece of advice is, you could get your thyroid tested and have food allergy tests done just to be sure that there isn’t something else working against you.

Post # 13
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I know you said you don’t have money for the trainers etc, but I would recommend buying the Insanity workouts. I bought this( It was worth the 100$) and lost around 10lbs and still losing. It not only lets you lose the weight but you get toned. It’s a 60 day workout.

I’m not a fitness expert at all, but when I was looking into losing weight, you can actually “workout” too much/hard (as in your heart rate) , I would suggest getting a heart rate monitor. I read that if you workout over and under your target heart rate it’s harder to lose weight.You lose the weigh more easily when you are in your targeting rate. That’s how I understood it at least.

Also, I have alot of friends that run and have lost weight quickly and alot.

Then, I would suggest as snacks are LUNA protein bars! I’m obsessed with them. My favorite it the cookie dough and chocolate flavor!

 

Oh and eat often!! You should eat like every 4 hours, which having those little protein bars or meal bars are good to have available.

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@futuremrswifey:

Oh gosh, your work out schedule sounds really good. The only thing I can think of is to maybe switch it up a little to keep your body guessing, and maybe sperating your hard cardio days from your strength training days. But you know what I’m not sure because I am not a professional. It seems like you are doing everything right, no wonder you are frustrated. Keep in mind though 5’6, 151 lbs isn’t something terrible, it just might not be ideal in your eyes.

Have yo thought about continuong the WW thing on your own, because I think 10 lbs in 3 months is great!

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