1100-1200 calories a day doesn't seem like enough, for the amount of exercise you do. 1200 calories is the minimum for a completely sedentary woman. If you've input all your calories burned, goal weight, goal date info into Spark, and it gave you a range of 1200-1550 calories to consume-- it would be because you've set a goal of losing up to 2 pounds a week. Which is *possible* but not realistic.
Have you tried eating at the higher end of your range? I'm not suggesting not eating healthy; use whole eggs instead of egg whites, add some nuts into your diet, some avacado or full-fat cheese here and there. Some peanut butter on apple slices for snack.
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3/20/13 9:05 A
I am the same height as you and started at the same weight. You obviously have a very healthy diet and exercise routine, so it is surprising that you are not losing weight. Have you tried tracking fat/carbs/protein to see if you are hitting the right balance? Is weight training part of your exercise routine? You may be someone whose metabolism could benefit from "calorie confusion" Try eating at the top end of your calorie range (presumably around 1550 calories) once in a while to see if that speeds up your metabolism.
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3/19/13 10:54 A
Sometimes our bodies get comfortable where we are at and need a good push to get things moving again. How about trying a new workout regimen? Maybe if you work different muscles, this might kick start your body and wake it up again.
Just a thought...and I might take this advice for myself too! Good luck! I know this whole 'journey' can be frustrating. You feel like you're doing everything 'right', yet, nothing happens.... But do keep on moving...just move differently. Maybe your body is just bored. :)
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4 3/19/13 9:30 A
Yes I have been tracking my food intake, not on this website, but I have an app on my phone called LoseIt! that I use. I typically eat 1100-1200 calories a day and exercise 6 days a week for 45-60 mins. On a normal day, I eat oatmeal, egg whites, chicken, sweet potatoes, apples, natural peanut butter, and lots of veggies. I also weigh out all my food, like 4-6 oz of chicken, a half a cup of my carbs (oatmeal & sweet potatoes), and I usually don't weigh my veggies but I typically have a half cup to a cup for every meal minus breakfast.
3/19/13 9:01 A
Do you track your food here on Spark with the Nutrition Tracker? Do you use the Fitness Tracker to get your calories burned through exercise? What calorie range do you have? It would be practically impossible to suggest anything, without seeing how you're eating. Do you weigh and /or measure everything you eat?
You could be overeating... but on the other hand, depending on how aggressive a weight loss goal you've got set up, and how much exercise you're doing-- you could very well be UNDER eating as well. If we don't eat enough, our metabolism can slow down to compensate for all the exercise we do. And that makes it very hard to lose weight.
Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 3/19/2013 (09:03)
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4 3/19/13 8:38 A
Yes, it is very frustrating. Everyone keeps saying don't give up, you can do it. But it's so hard to keep going when you don't see results. I tell people that I have been on diets since the summer time and they tell me that diets don't work and that I need to eat healthy for life. I plan on eating healthy for life and what they don't understand is that these diets I'm trying are not extreme ones. They are more of a healthy eating style with an exercise program mixed in. And everyone says that I'm doing all the right things then and that I will eventually see the scale move, but I have yet to have that happen and it's been over 6 months. I'm losing hope! But good luck to you too and I hope you find something that works!
3/19/13 12:00 A
Other than the hypothyroidism diagnosis, you sound just like me. A year ago I tried WW and lost 10 pounds in 3 months. I have lost and regained the same 4 pounds since. I started on here a few weeks ago and lost 2 pounds, but its back. I just haven't changed the ticker to reflect it. Last week I did not track or exercise and I really didn't overeat, just didn't track it. I gained 4 pounds! Like you, I am frustrated and have no answers. I know all these boards talk about dieting and lifestyle changes you can sustain long term, but I feel like I've been in "maintenence" for a year doing what other people call weight loss diets. I do know I'm stronger than I was a year ago, so maybe there has been fat loss and muscle gain that isn't reflected on the scale, but it sure is depressing to see no movement on the scale. Good luck to you and hopefully we both figure out the problem, soon.
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4 3/18/13 10:56 P
I am 5'6" and 158 lbs. and I cannot lose weight no matter what I do. I would like to lose 30 lbs., but any weight loss right now would be great. I have tried so many diets and have been on diets since July 2013. I went to the doctor and was diagnosed with hypothyroidism in December, but was given medication. My doctor said that as soon as my levels are normal, I will start to lose weight again since I eat very healthy and exercise 6 times a week. Well, according to my last blood test, my levels are normal, and I have been on my medication for about 3 months now, and no weight loss has occurred. I just did JJ Virgin's "The Virgin Diet" and lost four lbs the first week and then gained it back. I'm so frustrated right now because anything I do does not seem to work. Someone please help me!
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