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I am a 21 year old active female, and I'm having issues losing weight. I'm starting to wonder if it's a metabolism problem or something with my diet/exercise regimen.
I'm 5 foot 3, 127 lbs. I'm trying to get back down to a size 4 and around 120 lbs or less.
I do cardo 6 days a week for about 35-40 minutes, and then substitute 20-30 min of weight lifting legs, arms, abs depending on the day on top of the cardio.
6 days a week I eat very healthy, keeping a calorie log. I eat between 1300-1600 calories a day. Once a week I go out for drinks and might sneak something like taco bell or diner food the next day.
Is there anything I can do to improve, or do I just have unrealistic expectations of myself?

Sun. Nov 18, 2:35pm

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Saturday, November 11, 2006, 4:51 PM

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another thing, I have been working out like this for the past 3 years. I only miss days when I visit my boyfriend who lives in a different state than me, and when I go on vacation.

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 2:44 PM

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I'm no expert, but your exercise regime looks awesometastic!

I can't see what you are eating though, and what you think is healthy, and what I consider healthy, could be at opposite ends of the health food spectrum.

I hate to say it, but I'm guessing it is the drinkiepoos that may be sabotaging your weight loss efforts. I could be wrong though. How much do you drink? If the calorie hit is large enough, it could be undoing all your hard work... and then if you go to the after hours diner at 4:00am, it can be brutal on the bathroom scale. And you are so tiny! You have too pay closer attention to portions than average sized folks.

I hope you get a lot of good feedback here. Because of your age, I'm guessing you should see a doctor, because if you are eating clean, and doing all the exercise you do, I'd imagine you'd have a difficult time holding on to weight.

Take a closer look at the drinks and diner food. And stop it with Taco Bell... isn't there a healthier fast food option in your city? Taco Bell is poo poo.

Sunday, November 18, 2012, 6:01 PM

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Taco bell is a once-a-month 3 am splurge, I usuallly fight the cravings and hit the hay. I did just turn 21 3 months ago so I might be overindulging, but lately It's been about 3-5 drinks in one night, once a week
. Whenever I see doctors they get flustered because I am a in a healthy weight range for my age and height, but I dont think that they understand my fitness goals.
As I'm getting over the bar scene, I've been offering to drive more lately instead of indulge. Hopefully that will help!

Monday, November 19, 2012, 8:30 AM

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Excellent Job on the Health and Fitness!!

I am curious if maybe you are eating something that just doesn't work well for you... I personally found out just this year that my dad has a gluten intolerance. He never mentioned this to us when we were growing up. I did the Peertrainer Cleanse diet and discovered that gluten actually bloats me and makes me retain... I lost 3 inches in two weeks on the Cleanse diet. When I mentioned this to my dad, he said, "Oh yeah, I can't eat that, I've had problems for the last 20 years."

Ugh. Now he tells us... My younger brother has had a bunch of medical problems in the past 10 to 15 years... all symptoms of gluten intolerance.

I'm not saying you have this... but consider you might be eating something that seems healthy but might not be for you... Maybe try an elimination diet?

Possible culprits: Gluten, Dairy, Eggs, Soy, Peanuts, Corn, Nightshade Vegetables, Strawberries, Oranges, Sugar, Artificial Sweeteners, Artificial Preservatives, and of the Chemicals used in packaged/boxed/convenience foods...

Ask your parents if they have any allergies or health issues.

Good luck to you, I hope you find that tiny shift that will make your fat loss avalanche!

Are you taking body measurements and body fat readings?

Monday, November 19, 2012, 9:18 AM

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The pps all had valid points. I'll add that the most common culprits are underestimating your intake and overestimating your exercise. Meaning you're eating more than you realize and you're not working out as hard as you think. And if you've been doing the same workouts for years you're likely not getting the same benefit you once were. Just things to consider. You wouldn't be the first to think they were doing everything right only to realize there was a lot of room for improvement!

Good luck!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012, 11:37 PM

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You are female... that is your first hurdle. Your body is made to preserve fat for babies. So although you have been working out so consistently and eating so healthfully, your body sees this as a bad thing and is fighting to maintain some fat. Try changing your routine... find some new workout, class or even a challenge like a race to train for, it may help you out.

Saturday, November 24, 2012, 5:11 PM

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Until I actually had babies to distract me I never had a problem dropping the pounds as long as I stayed completely mindful of what and how much I ate! Especially at your age! Don't let being a girl be an excuse. :)

Sunday, November 25, 2012, 6:47 PM

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