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1,036 4/26/13 8:59 P
My best guess is that you have not waited long enough for the results to show and you should continue what you are doing and eventually the scale will show it.
That is if you are honestly looking up calorie counts, not adding dressings, or creams, sugars, etc. to foods that you are not counting, and measuring (Preferably weighing) the portions.
I would only suggest changing some of your meals to something you don't usually eat or prepare, but not changing the calorie intake for the day. I know many will say that I am wrong but I do not agree that it is possible to actually gain weight (fat and/or muscle) when you are taking in too few calories. That would be like suggesting a fire might burn hotter and longer when it runs out of wood or fuel!
Scientifically speaking, our bodies "oxidize" food in much the way a fire burns fuel. I do agree, however, other factors such as water retention may keep the scale from showing a loss, even when fewer calories are taken in, than are burned. Eventually, though, if you are really taking in fewer calories than you burn on a weekly basis, there is a point this plateau will end and the scale will show a loss.
Fitness Minutes: (392)
8 4/26/13 4:34 P
I strongly recommend measuring not weighing yourself. I have been plateaud for weeks and was discouraged at my scale. I started measuring and what a difference! I would also suggest consuming all calories you are alloted. I wish you success!
How are you measuring your food and keeping track of your calories?
If you are eyeballing portions or even using measuring cups you may be consuming more calories than you think.
I really recommend using a food scale and weighing out all of your foods.
Edited by: LOVE4KITTIES at: 4/26/2013 (15:18)
Fitness Minutes: (30,418)
1,846 4/26/13 2:00 P
Try going to the higher end of your calorie range. You may not be eating enough. You are getting healthier and may be building more muscle. Are your clothes fitting better? BP lower? Blood sugar lower? Look for non scale wins.
You might want to go to the Diet and Nutrition forum and look there for posts identical to yours. This question is asked all the time, and in order to even begin to answer, we would need to know your size, age, gender, and how long you've been working at this. You'll get more help in the Nutrition forum. In fact, the answer is probably already there waiting for you in a previous thread!
Don't know how long a time period you are referring to but really, don't give up, just keep tweaking and don't get stressed.
The pieces will fall together and you'll get there. Really.
Maybe also talk to your doctor about this if you haven't to identify any factors that you might not have considered regarding weight loss.
Wishing you the best of success and just don't give up on it! Hugs.
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1 4/26/13 2:51 A
I have been strictly adhering to the recommended caloric intake; in fact, I stay on the lower side of what's recommended. I do belly dancing and have classes 4 to 5 nights a week, ranging from 1 hour to 3 hours per night. My caloric intake is from healthy foods, i.e. fresh fruit, fresh veggies, mostly chicken and fish, and red meat probably twice a month, not a whole lot of starches, very little milk. My milk substitute is almond or coconut milk. I swear I have not cheated and I can't lose one pound. Not even one pound. I do drink a lot of water. Only have one cup of coffee in the morning getting ready for work, and then I switch to herbal tea once I'm at the office. If I do snack, which is rare, I still log every morsel into my tracker. I...just...don't...get...it!!! Even my coworkers can't figure it out. Anybody else out there experiencing the same thing?
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