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N16351D Posts: 2,349
10/30/12 11:03 A

You wrote that from Mon- Fri you eat vegetables and water, and a few other things. However, I did not see foods with protein and carbohydrates in that list. Are you eating a balanced diet? The SP fitness tracker can help with that aspect of your diet.

POLKIE05 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/29/12 4:31 P

Thanks so much. I do circuit training and i lift weights. I keep reading in all my fitness magazines to have a cheat day but that ideal is not helping me or anyone!

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (77,037)
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10/29/12 4:25 P

Daily strength training is not real strength training. At best, it must be circuit training type workout, which is good for beginners, but not enough for others.

Try weight lifting, with weights that feel heavy. You can't do more than twice or three times a week. And put in the non-ST days intense cardio of short duration, 20mins max. The purpose is to keep the metabolism high.

Cheat day calories may be spoiling your prospects of further fat loss. Try to track those calories and try to reduce them as much as you can.

POLKIE05 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/29/12 4:00 P

Thanks all for your tips and info.

I have been an active exerciser for years. I hit my 138 weight this month and i want to drop to 120. I have been 135-138 for months now but my body has resisted to go below 138. ON saturdays i tend to eat more than i should. But that's my one cheat day. M-F i eat veggies. fruit, drink water and i tend to be consistent.

I Strength train daily. I do the body rock tv exercises. I was doing turbo fire but I stopped after 3 months. I ride my bike Wed and Fridays and have been doing fun exercises also on friday.

MPLANE37 SparkPoints: (77,037)
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10/29/12 2:22 P

What is your body fat %?

Your weight does not mean much, how much fat you have relative to your total mass is what matters. Get it measured by some professional who is good at such measurements using a skinfold caliper. Don't try to use the impedance measuring electronics, they are unreliable. Your body fat % will tell you if you should lose any more fat and how difficult it would be if you wanted to lose some more fat.

The way to achieve this goes through a good strength training program. Cardio is wonderful to lose the fat when you are overweight, but won't help when you have a normal BMI.

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10/29/12 12:20 P

You don't say how long you've been at it this time around since gaining the 5lbs back. Like others said, once you're at a lower weight, weight loss can be very slow... less than a pound a week if you're doing it all right.

Also, you say you're "trying" to eat 1200-1500 calories, but are you actually doing it? Are you tracking your food intake so you know for sure if you're staying within range?

Edited by: YOJULEZ at: 10/29/2012 (12:20)
MMEEAAGGX3 SparkPoints: (1,281)
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10/29/12 10:42 A

It's because you're at a low weight. When I was 127 it took me almost 3 months to get down to 123, then another 2 to get down to 121.

BUT, at the same token, when you're smaller, you can notice weight loss more. Like, even if you lose 5 pounds, there will be a DEFINITE contrast. The smaller you are, the more you can notice tiny weight changes. I'm a different size jeans at 121-122 than I am at 127 and that's only about 5 pounds.

Edited by: MMEEAAGGX3 at: 10/29/2012 (10:44)
CHEETARA79 SparkPoints: (104,416)
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10/29/12 9:54 A

When you're already at a healthy BMI, it's hard to lose weight. The closer you are to your goal, the slower you will lose.

POLKIE05 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/29/12 9:39 A

Hi, I am sure everyone post this but why am I having trouble losing?
I'm exercising 4/5 times a week. I eat well during the week. I try to maintain a 1200-1500 calorie limit.
I lost 5 lbs 5 months ago but i have gained it back. Maybe it was water weight but I want to lose 20 lbs. Any tips?

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