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Don't seem to be losing weight

I'm probably being impatient but normally when I diet/exercise I lose weight pretty quickly. This time though I'm trying to make a life style change to keep the weight off.

I have been doing this for a few weeks, and have been going to various gym classes including arobics. body pump. yoga and circuit as well as being really good with food and not having carbs in the evening/late.

Anyone got any tips? I'm a bridemaid in November so I'd really like to look better for that. I'm only just over 5'1 so any weight loss/gain shows a lot on me.


Sat. Aug 18, 1:39pm

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here are my two cents on the possible reasons:

1) you've gotten older and it's more and more difficult to lose weight with age;
2) you've screwed up your metabolism with the previous fast diets;
3) you're suddenly consuming too little calories and your body doesn't understand what's going on so it fights back.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 1:55 PM

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Try adding Interval Training and up the intensity of your workouts. Also had weight training to build muscle and lose inches

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 2:06 PM

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Thanks for the ideas...

I'm only 21 so I don't think the age thing is too much of a factor, and I've never crash dieted or done really stupid fad ones just cut out crappy food so I can't see that it's had too much of an affect. I'm trying to eat a balanced diet now, cereal for breakfast, fruit in mid-morning, then pasta or something healthy but filling at lunch and then a light dinner. If I need to snack I eat fruit or have a cuppa soup or something light.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 2:07 PM

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My post...

by the way the comment about my diet and age is by me...I wrote the original thread....

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 2:08 PM

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Other possibilities:

-you're consuming too many calories despite it being the 'good stuff' (do you count, measure, weigh, etc. so you really know your intake? It's SO easy to underestimate and calories add up quick...)
-if you take in liquid calories (lattes, soda, alcohol, etc.) are you counting those?
-it's still early, be diligent and focus on making those good choices and the results will follow...

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 2:20 PM

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Are you losing inches?

Maybe your body is gaining muscle and changing its shape rather than losing pounds. I'm 24 and 5'2", and it took me two months of exercise and healthy eating before the pounds started coming off. BUT my body was looking much better in the meantime... things firmed up, shrunk, etc, etc.

The only other explanation I can think of (since you've previously lost weight easily) is that you're not eating enough. Sounds like you're burning a lot of calories at the gym, too. So maybe you're body is holding onto all the calories it can. Not sure if it'll work for you, but I try to eat around 1200-1500 6 days a week and then 1800 for one day. Its helped me lose what I have so far.

Good luck!

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 2:36 PM

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I think it looks like you're eating a lot of carbs: cereal...fruit...pasta...more fruit. Don't see much protein in there. Especially with all your workouts (WTG on those, BTW!), you need lots o' protein. Start with eggs or egg substitute in the morning, with a slice of whole-grain bread. Try cheese, nuts, cottage cheese for snacks, along with your fruit. Fruit is fine -- just try to limit it to 2 servings/day. Many women have trouble losing weight if they get more fruit than that. Good luck!

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 2:47 PM

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Thanks everyone.

Thanks for all the advice. Really appreciate it - I'm probably being impatient as it hasn't been that long. I just want results yesterday. I'm eating protein in my evening meal - should I eat alot more protein and cut carbs more? I am counting all calories and making sure all my intake is healthy. I'm exercising 6 times a week and about 4 - 5 of these are quite intense and 1 tends to be yoga or body balance or something more to help me de-stress and just someting I enjoy.

Thanks everyone.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 2:59 PM

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I definitely agree with the protein thing. You need to eat more protein, otherwise, you will not uild any muscle from all those workouts and they will go to waste.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 3:46 PM

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Recipe/lunch ideas

Does anyone have any high protein lunch ideas? I'm a vegie too.

I eat a lot of qourn in my evening meal as this is protein (non meat product like chicken).

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 4:47 PM

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Here are 2 of my favorite high-protein lunches/snacks that are vegetarian:

Health Valley veggie soups. You can find them at any grocery store that has an organic section. Each can has like 20g protein, no fat, low calories. The protein is from beans, so it's pretty high-carb, but they're "good" carbs and it's high-fiber, too. Here's a link to their website, which has nutrition info and coupons:

Try a protein smoothee. You can use tofu or soymilk (or milk or yogurt, if you're doing dairy), some frozen fruit, and a scoop of protein powder. I order mine online from Puritan's Pride. It's just $15 a can, so it's a lot cheaper than the stuff you find at places like GNC. Here's their site:

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 8:51 PM

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I appreciate this thread. I am older (50) and 60 lbs overweight. My weight loss has stalled for the last month. I workout in the 'zone' almost daily and have started weight training also. I hadn't been counting calories; just trying to eat healthier, but last week started counting my calories at just to see if I was eating more than I thought. It turned out I was eating less, about 1300 calories a day. Fitday also tells what % of what I eat is carbs, protein, and fat. I was surprised to find that the % of protein I am eating is only about 26%. I do eat 2-3 servings of fruit a day. According to fitday's calorie burned/eaten estimates I should be losing about 2 lbs a week. I would be more than happy with half that, but Instead I am exactly the same. Could this be why my weight loss has stalled? Don't say I'm losing inches because I'm not. I checked.

Saturday, August 18, 2007, 9:21 PM

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How many pounds do you weight right now? Perhaps you don't have a lot to lose so thats why it's taking awhile for your body to lose the weight? And I completely know what you mean about being impatient. How many weeks have you been "dieting"?

Monday, August 20, 2007, 3:16 PM

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9:21 poster here. I weigh 214lbs and probably should weigh around 150, so I'm no where near my goal weight. I've been actively dieting since January and have lost 26 lbs. I joined PT two months ago and got really serious. The first month was good, but now it seems the harder I try--nothing. I've been reading some of the other threads about plateaus. I think I'm going to try eating a little more, especially protien for a couple of weeks.

Monday, August 20, 2007, 5:27 PM

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5:57, how many calories are you eating per day? I noticed a lot of people suddenly go down to 1200 calories...and it's like they don't realize they're going to eventually hit a plateau so it's better to stick to say, for example, 2000 at first, especially if you're used to eating 3000 cals before, ya know? I read in an article a girl who couldnt seem to lose the weight b/c she wasn't eating enough, so she boosted her cals to 1800 and lost 12 pounds in 2 months!

Monday, August 20, 2007, 10:30 PM

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After I turned 40 the pounds came off very slowly. I've learned to be patient, not give up and it's very important to keep exercising.

Wednesday, August 22, 2007, 12:19 PM

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Hi - I sent the original thread....

I'm not losing weight but I guess I'm losing inches, I never measured myself but I'm fitting into clothes that didn't fit a month ago.

Friday, August 24, 2007, 9:43 AM

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