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the scale won't budge!

I have been so good for two weeks now and and have not lost an iota!!! So very sad :(


Mon. Jun 11, 5:16pm

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It's frustrating when you feel like you're doing everything right and the scale isn't reflecting your efforts. What does 'so good' mean? Do you have an idea of how many calories you're consuming? Are you exercising?

Monday, June 11, 2007, 5:24 PM

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I was about to make a thread just like this one, I am having the same problem, except it has been more like 3-4 weeks that the scale wont budge.

I am 5'2'', 131 lbs. I started at 155 lbs. I lost the weight by eating 1100-1200 a day, pretty strictly, I didn't go over 1300 at any point ever and I lost the weight very consistantly.

For the past few weeks I have made it a point to eat no less than 1200 and no more than 1400 calories. I have done this for the past 3-4 weeks and I actually gained 2 lbs... I don't know what I'm doing wrong. What's going on?

Monday, June 11, 2007, 5:35 PM

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5:35pm Is your workout stagnant? Are you really challenging yourself when you're working out? Are you eating high sodium foods and therefore holding onto water? A few things to consider. Your calories sound good for weight loss, so maybe it's your workout?

Monday, June 11, 2007, 5:57 PM

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OP and 5:35

I TOTALY understand, I am having the same problem. 1200 - 1400 cals / day, working out 5 days / week, burning 600 - 700 calories / workout (if you can in fact trust the machines), and nada ................... zip ...............

I even did 1 hour on elliptical fat burn, did 8200 strides (nearly dropped dead) ......... nothing. In fact clothes are getting tighter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Going to cry now

Maybe the gravitational pull is getting stronger

Monday, June 11, 2007, 6:14 PM

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5:35 here...

I get in about 30 minutes walking every day at the very least. But the funny part is I didn't exercise AT ALL while I lost those first 25 lbs. Now that I walk, I am not losing any more. Why is that?

Monday, June 11, 2007, 6:23 PM

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6;14 here

I was told the old "building muscle story". I know that the body can plateau, but if you have started the walking thing, it should help boost the metabolism, and thus get over that plateau. How long have you been doing the 30 min walk?

Monday, June 11, 2007, 6:34 PM

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Hi. I'm a personal trainer. A couple of things about plateaus or not losing weight at all. When you start exercising or increase your exercise your body senses the additional hydration demands and starts to retain water. Sometimes it can take 4-6 weeks for your body to adjust to the additional physical demands and stop holding onto the water. If this is the case, hang in there and you should get over that hump in a few weeks. This info comes from Bob Greene's second book (name??).

Also, if you are exercising very strenuously and burning lots of calories, you need to add some calories into your diet to compensate. Otherwise, your body starts to hang on to fat because it perceives that it is "starving." I did weight watchers a few years ago and found that I lost more when I ate at the top of my point range and added in the extra activity points. If you haven't changed up your cardio program in the last 3 months, you might want to try a new activity or increase the length of time you are exercising.

Finally, a dietician friend suggests adding some more fiber to your diet to help with weight loss -- oatmeal, whole grain bread, rice, etc.

This is the most frustrating situation in the whole world of weight loss. Good luck!

Monday, June 11, 2007, 6:46 PM

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OP here - I am eating about 1400 calories a day. And working out to boot!! That, for me, is so so so soooo good!!!!

Monday, June 11, 2007, 7:52 PM

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Wow thanks 6:46 - maybe there is hope for me

Monday, June 11, 2007, 8:04 PM

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