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Weight loss... its not happening :(

Weight loss... its not happening :( Topic: Weight loss... its not happening :(
July 16, 2019 / By Brande
Question: Just as a little back story, I'm 5'4, 230lbs, 21 years old. I started using sparkpeople in April at 250. I've been continually eating 1200-1700 calories a day, exercising 4-5 times a week (30 min cardio, strength training) eating my fruits and veggies and drinking 8 glasses of water per day. I lost those 20 lbs within the first 2 months and I have been at a standstill. I exercise more, i eat less... any of the combinations of things. I don't drink, I don't smoke and I don't drink soda. I'm currently under doctors treatment for hypothyroid and my levels are steady... but I'm at my absolute wits end with this weight loss stuff. Ive talked to my doctor and she just says "eat less" which I know isn't going to help if I'm already only eating what I am now. I would consider meeting with another heath care professional, but I don't need anyone to tell me "eat vegetables" because I already am. ANY help is appreciated... I just don't know where to go from here!
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Alea Alea | 9 days ago
don't eat less..trust me it does slow down ur metabolism..and dont excersise soo much..u HAVE to eat 5 small meals per day and keep drinking lots of water..more than 8 glasses..make sure its ice cold..the body has to warm it up which causes ur body to use energy..dont eat after 7 and dont eat any sweets at all...NO SUGAR. veggies and fruit r very good, but u dont have to keep eating less just small portions.
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Alea Originally Answered: Weight loss not happening, what's wrong?
You could be building muscle first! Which in the end is a good thing! Your food choices don't seem great. Commit yourself! My friend ate a salad with grilled chicken for lunch and dinner along with healthy snacks and lost 10 pounds her first two weeks!

Tristen Tristen
Sounds like you've hit a plateau.. which is perfectly normal during weight loss! Don't worry, you've already lost 20 pounds and now you're body has gotten adjusted to your routine. Switch up your exercise... try new workouts. Do weight training, take a dance class, try yoga, do spinning, etc. Always keep yourself challenged. As for your diet, try cycling the amount of calories you eat everyday. Try new foods.. eat more protein and less carbs/fat. Getting off a plateau is difficult but it's definitly possible.. just keep on going and don't get discouraged!
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Reid Reid
They always say to eat less but for most people you have to eat. What I do is eat 6 to 8 times a day. Each meal is approx 100 to 200 calories. Your body is like a car. It wont perform the way you want it too unless you put fuel in it. All meals extremely healthy and alot of soy and veggies. I stage my fod out every 2.5 hours You have to program your body to understand that IT WILL get food on a set schedule. If your body knows food is coming, it will not store food which turns to fat. Also a quick way to determine how much water your body needs is your take your weigh and divide by two. So you are 230 so your answer is 115. You need 115 ounces of water every single day. Hope this helped.
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Medad Medad
I use spark also. I think their is something on spark that will work for you. It's called calorie cycling. It basically has the idea that you take how many calories you would eat in a WEEK and divide them unevenly between the seven days. You are going to eat more on the days that you workout (when you need more food) and you will eat less on the days that are your rest days. Their is a team on sparkpeople called calorie cycling. I am in it and I think its a great idea. The leader of the group has been dieting for a long time and she has never plateaued. The other thing that this routine does is it makes it different every day and so it keeps your metabolism guessing. Your body is trying to find a balance and if you mix up how many calories you eat each day it will keep your metabolism working hard.
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Johnie Johnie
mmmMMMmmm i had this problem for a while... do you do 1000 steps a day? thats the average steps a human makes a day also buy a step counter instead of guessing your 1000 steps (trust me a thousand steps sounds like a lot but its actually kinda fun well for me) i lost 13 pounds this way are you sure you getting 1200-1700 calories like you said you are doing? try a measuring cup and measure proportions i lost an additional 7 pounds if you go out to eat, eat half and save the other half later lesser calories to work off also carry a food journal too see how many calories you have intake for the day and you have a new goal to lose that much or you can see a dietitian thats what i did
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Gyles Gyles
More strength training, less cardio (don't minimize all together). Make sure you keep your fats low (EG.:a small handful of walnuts per day; 1/2 an avocado). Keep your carbs healthy and moderate (bowl of oatmeal for breakfast, yam for lunch or dinner). 1-2 Cups beans The rest fresh fruits and veggies! If necessary, keep a journal of what you eat. It's a good idea to periodically check out a calorie-counting website especially when you've added a new food item to your regular diet.
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Dylan Dylan
Forget the diet for a day a or two and eat what you want - reset the diet. If you have plateued then you have to change things up, and sometimes the best action is just to go off the diet for a day or two then start over again from scratch. You have to switch things up one way or another. People try different things such as shifting carbs - eat all your carbs in the morning one day then all at lunch the next day, then back to breakfast the next day. What usually works for me is to ease off the diet for a couple days, then restart while cutting out all the carbs in the evening.
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Buster Buster
pick up a 5 or 10 pound weight at the gym and visualize that weight coming off holding the weight in your hands helps bring home just how heavy even 5 pounds of extra fat can be
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Buster Originally Answered: I've been working out for about 2-3 weeks and no weight is coming off? Whats happening?
Okay, are you ready for MY answer...? 1. Never crash diet to lose weight When you lose weight rapidly your body is typically only losing glycogen (carbohydrate) and water weight, not fat. Your body thinks that it's starving and reduces its metabolic rate, which makes it harder for your body to burn each calorie (they burn at a slower pace than they normally would). Then when you start eating normally again, your body stores as much food as it can into your fat cells in case of another “famine.” 2. Best weight loss plan: substitute foods instead of eliminating them Although many people feel that “diet” or “reduced fat” foods are not as good as the original, it can be a big help to buy less fatty snack foods. Try out different reduced fat brands and items and who knows, you may find something that you like even better than the original. The key is making sustainable changes - if you can't live without tortilla chips, trying to eliminate them entirely from your diet won't work. Making the change to a lower-calorie reduced fat tortilla chip can make a noticeable change in total calories consumed over time. 3. What drinks for losing weight Cutting soda out of your diet completely can save the average person 360 calories or more each day. Even diet soda, fruit juices, and whole milk can add unnecessary calories to your daily intake. Instead, drink lots of water and switch from whole to skim or even soy milk; the little things can make a big difference 4. Weight loss = healthy diet and moving around Getting up, moving around, and exercising will reduce the amount of food that you will need to cut back on. There are obviously many opportunities to be athletic and active (i.e. sports teams, the gym, going for a jog, etc.) if that interests you, but these aren't the only ways to increase your activity level. You can walk to school, bike to work, walk up and down the stairs a few times before you take a shower, take an extra lap or two around the grocery store. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends 30-45 minutes of moderate aerobic performed 3-5 times per week in their Guidelines for Healthy Aerobic Activity, but if all you can do is walk around the block twice before you go to bed, that's a good start. Anything is better than nothing, and it's harder to be eating while you're moving around, so it may result in you eating slightly less as well as burning more calories. The best thing about aerobic exercise is that the benefits are cumulative - you essentially gain the same health benefits from taking three ten-minute walks throughout the day as you do from taking one 30 minute walk. With this in mind, it can be much easier to break your activity goal into manageable pieces that will fit into your day. 5. Gradual changes are best for losing weight Gradually ease into your diet if possible. Many diet programs allow you to do this. Remember that small changes are easier to stick with than drastic ones. Start by always leaving a little extra on your plate, or drinking water instead of soda. Smaller changes are also more likely to remain with you when the duration of your diet is complete. Aim for behavior-change goals that you know you will be able to maintain over years, not just weeks. 6. Don't overeat If you're full, or even simply satisfied, stop eating. There's no need to eat until your stomach feels like it's going to explode. Also, keep in mind that it takes a while for the nutrients in your food to enter your bloodstream, and circulate to the nerve centers in your brain that regulate appetite. Eating slowly is helpful in this regard--you give your body a chance to recognize that you've had enough to eat 7. Try not to banish certain foods when dieting Don't tell yourself that you can NEVER have something again because you will immediately crave it. People need to eat fats to be healthy as well, just make sure that you're eating them in moderation, and maybe try to balance out a fatty food you ate earlier in the day by choosing celery sticks over chips for your snack. Try to get yourself to think, “I know I CAN have it, but should I have it?” 8. Successful weight loss: be in it for the long term Crash diets and unsustainable exercise routines will not keep you at your desired weight for the long term. You need to focus on realistic, acheivable goals - behavior modification that you can live with for years, instead of just weeks. For an example, let's say that a hypothetical person is ten pounds overweight, but at perfect energy balance - they eat exactly as many calories as they burn every day, so their weight remains constant. If that person sacrifices one small snack that they have every day, let's say a handful of chips equaling 100 calories, over the course of a year that person will lose over ten pounds! A pound of fat on your body represents 3500 stored calories. 100 calories X 365 days in a year = 36,500 calories, or over ten pounds of fat.

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