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Been going to gym for 3 months now and have only lost 5 pounds...

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Arghhhhh.  I've been doing calorie count now since last summer and had great weight loss when I was just sticking to the counting calories.  But since I joined the gym three months ago (I've not been counting my calories as much), but I've only lost 5 pounds.  I've tried to be better in the last month, but just can't seem to break 150 pounds.  Any ideas why?  I've been doing the aerobics class or bike 5 days a week.  I don't want to give up now, I'm so excited by the initial weight loss, but I still have more than half way to go and want to see if there is anything different I can do to keep losing the weight.


thanks much all and enjoy!!!!!

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Have you taken your measurements over the past 3 months? Maybe you are building muscle and toning up which would not show up on the scale, but would most definitely show on your body.

How are your clothes fitting? Are you eating enough?

Also my own personal experience is that the closer I get to goal, the harder and slower it is to lose. Don't know what your height is but if you are at 150 lbs that could be fairly fit already maybe? I am a 5'7" woman with med/large frame and 150 lbs is thin for me (size 6).

I haven't taken measurements, I will try that.  I have noticed that jeans I had back when I was a size 6 are fitting again so that is good.  I'm definately eating enough, and then some (with the holidays --- so many snacks around the office).  I'm 5ft 1inches so I'm hoping to get down to 120.  thanks for the advice and hopefully the scale will show results soon too :)

Chances are you've gradually increased your calorie intake and haven't realized it. Weight loss is a numbers game in much the same way balancing your budget is. Calories in, calories out--take in fewer (not drastically fewer mind you) than you use, and you will lose.

I recommend you do three things:

First, start logging ever bite you eat. Yes it really truly is a royal pain in the booty but you need to know how much you are eating.

Second, measure and/or weigh your portions. I was shocked when I started actually MEASURING my two tablespoons of peanut butter. I'd been using far more than that--not a welcome surprise but it was good for me to learn I cannot accurately guess my portion sizes.

Finally, continue with the exercise. You are, without doubt, increasing your fitness level and also increasing your muscle mass. Muscle helps raise your metabolism and also take up less room, pound for pound, than fat does. Plus you'll just feel better in general.

Use the tools on the site to recalculate what your calorie count should be to allow you to reach your weight loss goal in a healthy and sane manner.

Happy losing and working out!
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I haven't taken measurements, I will try that.  I have noticed that jeans I had back when I was a size 6 are fitting again so that is good.  I'm definately eating enough, and then some (with the holidays --- so many snacks around the office).  I'm 5ft 1inches so I'm hoping to get down to 120.  thanks for the advice and hopefully the scale will show results soon too :)

What if the scales don't? For me anyways I started at 285 and am at 178 now about 6 months later. I am pretty much where I want to be now, but if I stopped losing weight at 210 but looked like a professional football player I would have no complaints. Point being that if you are getting in shape and gaining muscle and shedding fat the scale may not change much even though you're healthier and smaller and fitting in all the clothes and sizes you think you should. It's part of why I hate the BMI as a measuring stick and why the scale is over-rated for determing health.

Good luck, don't over look how your clothes fit because the scale didn't drop. One of the guys I look up to is Dr. OZ and he is all about waist size and not the scale to determine health. It's a more informative measurement then just plain weight in my opinion.

As someone who had initially lost a lot of weight without exercise, I understand how gratifying it is to see the weight melt off - but losing weight to keep it off really requires both a reduced calorie intake and serious working out.

I've been working out for three years now.  And the most I had lost was 10 lbs because I wasn't hitting the right combination of frequency working out and eating less.  And while I am more fit and can exercise better, I haven't continued to lose weight, just maintain and not gain more weight, which it sounds is where you are right now.  

  • Use the tools on!  Figure out your BMI and use the other tools to figure out how many calories you need to eat depending on the level of exercise you are doing. 


  • Talk to your doctor! If you haven't had a physical or talked to your doctor about weight loss, do it.  Make sure you don't have any health problems before you start altering your diet.


  • Follow an actual diet. Eating less sweets alone is not going to cut it. Get advice on an appropriate diet for you so you know how much you should be eating.  You won't have to follow a diet forever if you lose weight in combination with working out, but it helps at first to train your body to eat healthier.


  • If you don't use a scale, consider getting one.  Once you use it for a while, you'll intuitively learn what the portions you should be eating look like and don't need to use it all the time.


  • Do routine measurements and weigh-ins either weekly or 2x a month.  I would do 2x a month b/c that's what my trainer did while I was with him.


  • If it's in your budget, consider getting a trainer for at least three months.  If you live near a university with a kineseology program, they usually provide discounts for training sessions.

I hope this helps and good luck! 


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I agree with pretty much everything posted so far... especially the counting every single little thing you put in your mouth... a royal pain, but SOOO worth it.

working out can really mess you up... I've been running cross country for four years. My first season, I lost about 20 lbs over 3 months just by running 6+ miles a day, every day. And not having any prior fitness experience, that was a LOT of calories burned for me because I wasn't used to it. Then when I competed in field for spring track season, I gained a bunch back in muscle. And following this pattern, I've found myself losing less and less weight each year because my body is used to this workout. So when I topped out at 159 this August (I hadn't been counting calories mind you, so that was a big change this year) I decided I needed a new workout plan. I still did one more season of XC because I love my team, but I also started doing a 1/2 hour of yoga every morning and an hour of pilates ever other day... and now that my XC season is over, I switch up machines at the gym to blast through cardio workouts. What I am saying is, you need to really mix up your workouts and count CAREFULLY or you can end up living pretty healthfully but still gain weight or get stuck losing barely any weight!

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