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Weight not changing - Advise Please...

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I've been seriously exercising and watching what I eat for 2 - 3 weeks now and my weight is not changing.  I did loose 1 lb, but within 1 week I was back to my original weight of 150 lbs.  I'm 5'2" tall and according to my doctor I need to be about 120 lbs, but I'd be happy between 125 and 130 lbs.

I am logging in my food intake here and watching my calories.  Trying to eat healthy foods, salads, veggies, fruits, whole wheat bread, etc.

I'm exercising at least 30 minutes a day with a combination of weights, resistance cords, exercise machine with lots of different activities, ab lounger, and I'm trying to jump rope too.

I try to work out for at least 30 minutes each morning.  Then I do household chores - laundry, cleaning the kitchen, picking up after kids, etc.  And hubby and I work out for at least 30 minutes each night.

Why isn't the weight changing?  I'm trying not to get down about this, but I would really like to go to  my physical in June and have lost around 10 lbs.  I know it's not realistic to expect to loose it all by then, but I can't understand this.

Any comments, suggestions, advice????


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How many calories are you eating a day? How many grams of carbs are you eating a day? How many times a day are you eating? How late are you eating at night? How much bread and fruit are you eating a day?
how are your clothes fitting.....have you been taking measurements?

with all that weight stuff you may be gaining muscle...and not seeing the change on the scale as muscle is heavier than fat

also...are you sure your eatting enough cals?!
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According to the calorie counter I should be eating about 1100 calories a day.  But I'll be honest and it's usually more like 1200 - 1400 calories per day.   The carbs are staying between 100 - 125 most days.

I didn't measure before I started my exercise routine and I probably should now.  Clothes did fit better last week, but this week I'm really bloated but that's to be expected (I started yesterday) and that always throws off the way my clothes fit.

My muscles are sore - not too bad, but I can tell I'm using muscles that I haven't used in a while.  So I'm trying to take that as a good sign.

I've also increased my water intake - to help curb my appetite and help keep my hydrated.  So maybe that's some of the weight that I'm seeing???
and what calorie counter would that be?....i dont think this site EVER says to go below 1200 for women (im assuming youre female :D)

I suggest (and im pretty sure others will too...) to up the calorie intake....especially on excersize days....apparently you are supposed to eat back what you burn off as to not have an extreme deficiency....500-800 is the recommended...
Kathy, go ahead and measure today (bust, navel, hips) and write it down and add the numbers. Then five days after your period stops, measure again, write it down and add the numbers. Then see how many total inches you went down.

My scale has barely moved either but taking my measurements once a month (5 days after period stops) has been the best motivator to keep at it.

Nearly all women's pants these days have lycra (or whatever) in them so mine haven't been a great indicator; they fit comfortably weather I'm up an inch or down an inch. But the measurements tell it like it is.

My measurements are listed in a journal entry on my profile. I did a lot less walking last month and it showed up when I measured today.
Yeah, where did you come up with 1100, this site definitely didn't tell you that number unless there's a bug... you need to eat at least 1200 net. Make sure you're eating back what you burn in exercise. If your allowance is 1200 calories, and you burn 300 calories exercising, you need to eat back the exercise calories. So 1500 calories. Does that make sense? You might be having trouble losing if you are starving yourself by accident. :)

Edit: I plugged your numbers in to the tools on this site (I guessed on your age) and it tells me that you burn 1800 just sitting around. So 1300 would give you a nice calorie deficit so you'd lose a pound a week or so, and you can eat even more on the days you exercise. Hope that helps. If you don't seem to be losing you can always try zig zagging and I'd definitely use measuring tape too.
you should be eating at LEAST 1500-1600 with all the calories you burn.  Probably more.  according to the tools on this site. I guessed your age at 30 since you didn't list it, you need to eat 1250 each day to be 120 by the end if August.  Now you need to eat back whatever you burn.  You need to go on the tools and see how many calories you burn with the work outs and eat those back.  You are really under eating and your body will not loose weight
1400 is a little on the low side, but your carbs seem fine, just a little lower than 40% of your intake at 1400 cal. I agree with kae03 on the 1500-1600 calories. I wouldn't just up your calories all at once though. maybe a 100 cal a week till at that range if you are eating 1200 cal more often than 1400. Also you should break your calories over 5-6 meals. That gets your metabolism up a lot quicker.
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Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for all the advice.  I must have been mistaken with the 1100 figure.  You all are right.  I recalculated my calorie intake and it is at 1400 a day (more with exercise).

And to answer a couple of questions, yes I am a female and I'm 37 years old.

So basically what I'm understanding from all the posts is I need to eat approximately 1400 calories per day and I should eat more if I'm exercising heavy to replace the calories burned. 

I am using the calorie counter on this website.  Trying to be as accurate as possible, but something I realized today is I'm not inputting my drinks each day.  I try to drink 4+ glasses of water each day.  But I do have a couple of cups of coffee (yes with cream and sugar) each day and I also love whole milk.  I haven't been putting those items into my food intake, so my calories are definately higher than I thought.  But I am exercising and the clothes are fitting differently, so I think I'm on the right track.

Several of you mentioned measuring as opposed to weighing.  I understand that idea and I will start that tonight.

But I do have a question.  If muscle weighs more than fat and I am building muscle (and I'm sore today from exercising) when should I see results on the scale?  In a month or so?  I'm asking because I would really like to have made some progress on weight loss when I go for my physical in June.

Again thanks for all the information.  I really appreciate it.  Also any other information or website suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Are you on any medications?

Have you had your thyroid tested to rule out any problems there?

Weird suggestion, but, try incorporating yogurt with live cultures into your daily diet. There's some new research out that seems to indicate that certain gut organisms can slow your metabolism, and other gut organisms can increase it. What's not known yet is which came first... did weight gain change the flora and fauna in your gut, or did the flora and fauna cause the weight gain?

All I know is, I gained about 25 lbs over the course of only a few months while battling heartburn and taking nexium. Once I went off the nexium, despite walking an hour every day and watching my diet, the scale barely budged. But then once I started eating yogurt every day, I finally saw the scale move.

It certainly can't hurt to try it! And if you do, let me know how it goes for you...
You metioned that you have upped your water intake, and wondered if that could be a reason for extra weight.  It's not likely at all.  The easiest way to fix water retention, is to drink more water!  It's when we are dehydrated that the body holds on to all the water it can, because it doesn't know when it will get more.  Proper, daily hydration will cause the body to let go of any water it is holding in reserve.
As someone else stated, I wouldn't focus on scale weight since you are doing weight training / anaerobic exercise in addition to your aerobic exercise.  As you are new to working out, (I am assuming you are) you will be able to build muscle while burning fat during the first 6 months or so of training, even while eating a daily deficit of calories.  What is important right now is body fat percentage.  You need to purchase a set of calipers and take weekly body fat measurements as well as scale weight measurements.  I would bet that your scale weight will stay the same or even go up (depending on your training method, intensity, diet, body type, etc) while at the same time your body fat percentage continues to drop.  And this is a good thing!  Muscle is beautiful.

So keep eating properly, train hard, and use your body fat percentage and lean muscle mass as the reference for your progress.

Good luck!

EDIT: Forgot to mention, keep your protein intake high.  You may want to try eating 40/40/20% protein/carbs/fat or perhaps even 50/30/20% protein/carbs/fat depending on your body type and the amount of body fat you need to lose.  Keep your daily protein intake higher than your carb intake or at least equal to your carb intake. (caloric percentages)
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