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I have been working out 7 days a week for the past 6 weeks. I have not lost 1 pound. I am eating 1200 calories a day with a food diary. I am being so good. Why haven't I lost anything yet?

Mon. Mar 3, 2:38pm

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Is this right before your time of month?

Monday, March 03, 2008, 2:40 PM

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No not yet. A couple weeks before.


Monday, March 03, 2008, 2:42 PM

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We need more information...what is your height, weight, age ..are you M or F...you may not be eating enough calories and your body may be in starvation mode holding onto every single pound for dear life. Provide more information so that we may help you more..

Also, how many calories do you burn per workout?

Monday, March 03, 2008, 3:07 PM

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She gave us just enough information to diagnose the problem - interesting. It's like the OP knows exactly what she's doing wrong: insufficient calories, no days off from the gym to let her body recover. No mystery there.

Monday, March 03, 2008, 3:27 PM

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I listen to my body. I do cardio and weight training 5 days a week and yoga 2 days a week. I am in great physical shape. I get plenty to eat. I am 5'7 and weigh 145 lbs. I am trying to lose my final 10 lbs. I have been eating 1200 calories a day for the past 7 years with working out at least 5 days a week. I just added the 2 extra day 6 weeks ago. BTW, I'm a female.

Monday, March 03, 2008, 4:56 PM

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Also, I burn around 600 calories per work out give or take.

As for 3:27 , I posted this for a little perspective not sarcasm.

Monday, March 03, 2008, 4:59 PM

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Huh, you definitely should be losing more! Maybe get your body fat tested? It could be you're at the right body fat percentage for your fitness level, height, and weight. If you lose more you might go into your lean muscle....but these are just guesses on my part. 145 for your height (same as mine) is a good BMI, but I understand having bigger goals. Getting a trainer/nutritionist may help. They can see give you something to kick start your body again...at this point it sounds like you're refining everything so you may need an expert!

Monday, March 03, 2008, 5:40 PM

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frustrated

i feel your pain. I can be so good for a relatively short period of and may be lose 6 pounds. It sucks. I think age as a lot to do with. A few years back I did the Atkins and lost 11 lbs in 10 days and was amazed but the thing that disappointed me was that I knew I couldn't eat like that the rest of my life.

And then there are times that in my head I think that I am at the gym working really hard and eating right at home, but that one meal, lunch at work with friends is the one meal that throws me off. What are you eating at lunch? What are you munching and snacking habits at your desk? If you're anything like me you probably mindless munch or snack without even realizing your doing it. Just an outsiders observation.

Monday, March 03, 2008, 5:51 PM

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It's is very frustrating! I am very honest about what I eat. I have a food diary and write down everything I put in my mouth. I just cut dairy out of my diet about a week ago. I only eat lean white meats or fish. I eat small meals throughout the day to keep from snacking because if I don't eat all day I tend to eat more at dinner. I have been eating this way for quite some time now.

I think I will just stay off the scale. I will take the advise of getting my body fat tested. My clothes fit the same, so at least I'm not gaining. Maybe with the recent change in my diet it will rev up that metabolism. I am 31 years old. Maybe it just isn't that easy for me anymore?

Monday, March 03, 2008, 7:18 PM

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With your work out levels (plus all the normal everyday activities), you need more than just 1200 calories. You should do a google search and you will see that you need more than 1200 calories. I like the Mayclinic's calorie calculator and I computed the amount of calories you need to reach 135 according to your age, goal weight, activity level and you need 2050 calories. Or just boost your calories to 1700...don't be afraid of food. I'm only 5'2 and 130, but I've been able to lose weight with eating 1800 calories (work out 3-4 days per week).

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/calorie-calculator/NU00598

Monday, March 03, 2008, 8:49 PM

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I actually am scared to boost my calories that high. I have been taking in 1200 for so long. I know that I need a change up. I was thinking about zig zagging my calories and alternating between 1200 & 1400 every other day.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008, 12:35 PM

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Sounds like you're on a plateau. Zig-zagging on calories or slightly increasing calories might help, but also consider changing up your exercise instead of just adding. The more you do any particular exercise, the better you get at it, so over time you become more efficient and burn less. Try some cross-training!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008, 12:46 PM

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The cross-training is a great idea!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008, 2:18 PM

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also - are your 1200 calories the SAME 1200 calories each day? That may be another area you want to mix it up a little. Eat different foods, eat at different times of the day, change the amounts you get at different parts of the day, etc.

And, of course, as always - make sure you're drinking enough water!

Tuesday, March 04, 2008, 3:27 PM

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I think my 1200 cals each day were pretty close to the same. I am realizing as I am going trough this thread is that I am in a rut. I eat several small meals per day. A friend of mine just suggested that I eat different foods and change my meal times. I am actually trying that today.

I think I also need to try mixing up my workouts. I am really interested in trying rowing. I took boxing lessons last summer and those were a blast, just a little pricey to keep up. I think I will take a spin class at my gym tomorrow to change things up a bit. It's really hard to get new ideas. This thread has helped alot! Thanks to everyone that has given me positive input. I really appreciate you taking the time to give me your perspectives.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008, 3:44 PM

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