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Shay wrote:Hi hi!
So its been a few weeks and to date i haven't lost any weight I've been eating right and exercising, and neither my weight or measurements have decreased. I thought this might happen a little later when I plateau, not in the beginning! Its getting really annoying, and I'm not sure what to do (besides curl up in the corner and start crying "its not fair!"). I've haven't given up, but its bumming me out. Anyone out there similar or anyone out there with some tips or sympathy?
HappyGirl83 wrote:I guess there could be a lot of reasons why you aren't losing weight...not enough calories, too many calories etc!
Are you counting calories or just winging it? Are you measuring and weighing the things you are eating? Drinking at least 2L of water?
So yeah it could be anything!
Have you tried doing anything different to make it shift? Like different exercises, cutting out processed foods, eating at different times etc?
Like HappyGirl83 posted above. Maybe post what you're doing here and we can all offer some advice?
Miss Jo wrote:Hi Shay!
I had the same problem when i started! I was 900gms heavier than you! and had so much trouble losing anything! (i still have trouble) how tall are you? if you are within your healthy range like me - it may be harder to lose! well i found that was the case for me! how much are you eating? I realised, thanks to the members on this forum, i was not eating anywhere near enough... which was why i wasn't losing anything! have you tried calorie king?
I have always struggled to lose weight. I could see improvements in the mirror and my measurements would go down but the scales would drop VERY slowly. I think it was because I was always in the healthy range, and I did A LOT of exercise to turn fat into muscle. For example, in the last two weeks I've lost a measly 400grams! I'm very near the end of my weight loss journey and I have gone from about a size 14 to a small 10, despite only losing about 8 kg. Sooo my advice to you is don't worry so much about the scales, especially if you are lifting weights and eating protein. Just concentrate on eating well, exercising, and maybe measure yourself against a piece of clothing. I use my jeans!
Just relax though, because stress hormones make you hold onto weight!
Good luck xx
Daisybeck wrote:Hi again Shay,
It sounds like you may be plateauing? My advice would be to stick with what you're doing and soon enough the weight will start shifting again. I remember about ten years ago I was losing weight and I went for about four or five weeks where the weight just stopped coming off. Luckily I stuck with it and it started coming off again eventually. One thing that I have found that helps (you may be doing something like this already) is varying your calorie intake a bit each day. One day eat 200 - 400 calories more, the next day eat 200 - 400 calories less, then add 200 - 400 more etc.... For me it seems to reboot my metabolism and helps the weight start coming off again a little quicker. I see my metabolism as almost a seperate entity and I like to trick it by being unpredictable with my daily calorie intake.
Either way, just stick with your current plan and the weight WILL start coming off again. But I know how you feel - all that hard work and you just want to see results as soon as possible and when they don't show it's frustrating and disheartening.
What ever you do you'll do a great job and I know you'll start seeing results again soon,
Oliviasf wrote:Hi Shay,
I am so with you on this!! I have also been stuck it seems at one point. So, hun you are not alone
Someone suggested calorie cycling too, like what Daisybeck suggested, one day up your intake the next day be extra cautious.
I have done that for about three days and I've now dropped 400 g in that time - Amazing for me. Have a look at my posts for my progress.
Our metabolism is an amazing thing as it reajusts itself all the time, so - from what I can understand - if you keep it guessing you can use it to your advantage.
My plan has been to do something like this and so far it's worked:
Sunday: 4800 Kj
Monday: 5000 kj (or 5100)
Tuesday: 3600 kj
Wednesday: 4500 kj
Thursday: 5200 kj
Friday 3800 kj
This isn't exactly as my plan is, but it will give you an idea, so my aim for this week for example is to average 4400 kj, now this is quite possibly too low for me and I should be eating an average of 5000 kj with all the exercise I do. So for you it may be say 5300 kj, so one day go between 15 - 20 % below that. The next day go above. But it requires careful calculation of what you have each day!
Oh, I really hope it all goes well for you Shay. I think sometimes our system need a little shaking up esp when we plateau!!!
For me I think my body was used to me eating and excercising the same amount, so I've varied things alot.
Other things I'm personally doing, which may help you is to build more muscle tissue as this raises your metabolism and is healthier, and secondly drinking green tea in the mornings. I also try and eat more calories during the day than in the evening as I burn more around lunch time when I go to the gym.
Let us know how you go!
miss_viva wrote:Hi Shay,
It sounds like you're doing all the right things, so I'm not sure what advice I can give you. Maybe you could consider varying your exercise routine and trying new sports or exercises to work different muscle groups? You might be able to 'shock' your body into action! I know it's frustrating not losing anything, but on the plus side, you've maintained your weight over these last few weeks and not gained anything, so that's a positive!
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