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Eating healthy and not losing weight

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I have been on weight watchers since June and I lost up to 18 pounds at one point.  I was happy with my size, so I started exercising to tone up.  I quickly went from 113 to 118, within one month.  I am eating about 1000 calories a day, which I have been told is too little.  Can someone tell me about how many calories I need a day in order to lose weight.  I usually exercise for at least an hour every day.  I am 5 ft 3 in and currently weigh 118.  Thank you for your help and advice!!! I certainly NEED it because I am getting so frustrated.  I just don't understand how I have gained weight and I am exercising and eating healthy every day.  Please help!!!

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How old are you?

I am a 25 year old female

Yes, you are definitely eating too little... you as a woman should eat no less than 1200 calories a day in order to sustain your body at normal functioning. The best bet is to plug your numbers into CC and see what it tells you your daily calorie intake should be. Remember that it is only as estimate based on the information you give it so be honest with yourself and the calculator.

Also, as for the weight gain it could simply be that you are putting on muscle with your work out regiment. Muscle weighs more than fat. I wouldn't stress the scale, really. Ask yourself... "How do I feel?" That is all that should really matter!

Good luck!

You are at a healthy weight for your height (BMI-20.9). Why do you want to lose any more weight?

Anyway, you're eating too little, 1200 is the bare minimum for sedentary females over 21. And seeing as your work out atleast an hour everyday. You need to be eating more. Your body is in starvation mode, thats why you arent losing.


You can put your stats into to get tailored recommendations.

For what it's worth... I agree on the "You are eating too little" thought expressed by others here. I'm going even a little more. 1300 calories would be good, and I wouldn't stress about even hitting 1500 occasionally. 1000 is way too little and your body has gone into the mode of fighting to keep it's weight on because it thinks it's being starved.... and it is. 1300-1500 with the exercise you say you are doing is good... you didn't mention what kind of exercising... are we talking about simple calisthenics? (Push-ups, sit-ups, jumping jacks?) or are you talking about running 3 miles a day? What's your water intake? Make sure you are getting plenty of water.... especially if the exercising is something you've recently started doing. My recommendation would be to supplement whatever your eating with a banana (A great source of potassium) if you find your new exercise routine is cause you to sweat more than usual. Water is a good replacement, but you need potassium to go with that water to help your body recover from exercise.

My 2 cents.... interested in hearing your responses. Also, 2 more cents... 5'3" and 118 puts you in an excellent height to weight range.... are you trying to lose? Or just stressing about gaining? Reason I ask is because that toning exercising you are doing might be adding to some muscle mass as well. What is your exercise routine?

I think a lot of people have this experience on WW.  

When I was on it (and I do love helped me lose a total of 65 pounds) I got to a certain point and just stalled...for two years.  I kept trying and trying and being soooo good, but my weight wouldn't budge.  I was to the point where I was supposed to eat 22 points a day.

Now, that equals roughly 1100 calories.  No wonder I wasn't losing!  I was also (and still am) working out 6 days a week pretty seriously in addition to playing competitive tennis.  It simply wasn't enough for me

So, I've dropped that and have come here, and I'm working on tracking my calories, nutrients, and creating that deficit.  I'm also much happier, because I get to eat more!  :)

Plug in your stats and activity level... sedentary is a couch potatoe, lightly active fits most people, moderately active is for people with an active job, chasing after kids, etc. If you are workinig out an hour a day, you definitely need to be eating more. You may gain a pound or two at first, but then it will start to come off again. Try a weight lifting routine like the New Rules of Weight Lifting for Women. There is a forum and group here on cc to check out. You lift pretty heavy which really burns the calories and gets your metabolism going. You will not BULK up but you will lose inches so take your measurements, so you don't get discouraged when you don't lose weight! Remember, muscle weighs more than fat. At your height and weight, you don't really need to lose any  more weight. My guess is that you want to wear a smaller size! Weight lifting will do it. 2-3 times a week. Drink more water and watch your salt.

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My take is that you are eating to little for sure, I agree with the above comments on that.  I did WW too and never ate that little.  Sounds like you did not eat your acitivity points and weekly points allowance or you would have never had so little to eat.  WW is a good progam if you eat well (lots of whole foods and not alot of 100 calorie crap) and eat all your points which is really important if you workout alot.

For comparison, I am 39, female, 5' 4'' and weigh 117 on average.  I understand why you want to lose weight, if you have a small frame like me you might need to weigh less for your height to be happy with your size.  I eat about 1900 calories or more every day to stay at this weight, to lose I was eating only slighly less around 1700.  I run 2-3 days a week (6 or so miles), walk one day (6 miles), and weight train about 2 days a week (30 min or so).

So eat more!!!  I lost the last 10 pounds with CC because I did the same as you, gained when I started working out more.  Using CC helped alot to track better and get a good balance of 40-50% carbs, 30-20% protein, and 30% fat (healthy fat!).  I love that I can eat nuts, avocado, and other foods that are high in points on WW but are really good for you.

Good luck!

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