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4/17/13 8:29 P

Your weight seems right on for your height. Maybe another 5, but 10? Thats a lot. Your body is trying to tell you that your weight is good where it is, so in order to get anymore off you are really going to have to push for it.
Strength training like everyone else said is your best bet. You may not lose anymore on the scale but you will redefine your body. That would be the more healthy solution.

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4/17/13 1:11 P

Everyone has a set weight. I weighed the same for about 30 years and no matter how much or how little I ate I stayed the same. I agree with the previous comment that your weight is good, just tighen up all your areas that need tightening. Sometimes you can stay the same weight or more by substituting the adipose tisse (fat) for muscle. I have much tighter thighs since I started SP. My measurements have gone down a little but more significantly my curves are more shapely. There is no such time as spot reduction but your body composition can change from flab to fab as they say!

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4/17/13 12:48 P

Based on that data, your BMI (with all of the appropriate criticism of the BMI calculation here) is 21.3, aka very healthy. If it were me, I'd focus more on increasing my fitness level rather than focusing on a number.

MEIXII Posts: 12
4/17/13 12:29 P

I'll try strength training then. Thanks everyone for your help and suggestions! I'll work hard :)

In reply to Dragonchilde, here are the details:
Height: 5'3
Current Weight: 120lbs
Waist: 26.5"
Hips: 33"
Thighs: 21.5"
Daily Intake: Approx 1300kcals
Typical Run: 30mins, 3.5km

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4/17/13 12:10 P

I would say try some strength training, good luck with your final 10 emoticon

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4/17/13 11:48 A

This article will explain exactly why you don't have to be afraid of the weights, because as the others said, they won't bulk you up, even if you lift heavy:

You mention exercise and low carbs, but you don't say anything else about your nutrition. What is your current calorie range, and how many calories are you burning? How tall are you, and how much do you weigh? If you are already in a healthy BMI, you're going to find the process very slow and painstaking, perhaps even impossible if your goal is unreasonable :)

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4/17/13 11:24 A

No, no, no. Like the PP said, women don't have the testosterone to bulk up. You need to stop focusing so much on the number on the scale! Compared to a year ago, I may weigh a little more now, but I'm a pant size down, my legs, arms and shoulders have definition, and my stomach continues to shrink. I'm probably between 115 and 120 now, but I look better than I did a year ago. START STRENGTH TRAINING! Make yourself love it!

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4/17/13 10:58 A

First question: No. Women do not have the amount of testosterone needed for this to be an issue.

Second question: Maybe. But then why is a number on a scale so important? I run 10-15 miles per week and strength train. I don't lose weight very quickly but I have seen a significant loss of inches around my waist/hips and less flab in my arms. Frankly, I don't really care too much what my scale says anymore as long as my clothes fit the way I want them too.

MEIXII Posts: 12
4/17/13 10:52 A

I see... But the thing about strength training..

Won't you bulk up and look large?
And at the same time, gain mass (unable to lose weight) since muscle is heavier?

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4/17/13 10:35 A

What you might be doing wrong: running too much and not doing enough strength training. It took me almost a year and a half to lose the last ten pounds. I was doing A LOT of cardio (in the form of running) and almost no strength training. I did get there eventually, but once I got there I was considered "skinny fat" because I hadn't been strength training regularly. I lost a lot of muscle in the process (something I didn't have a lot of to begin with.) Don't make the mistake I made - you need to add some strength training to your routine!

PS - You shouldn't be running everyday anyway - your body needs time to recover!

Edited by: KRISTEN_SAYS at: 4/17/2013 (10:36)
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4/17/13 8:17 A

You didn't mention any kind of strength training program which is actually the second most important element of fat loss after nutrition. Building more muscle helps your body to burn more calories by raising your BMR. Check out some of the videos on SP for exercise ideas.

MEIXII Posts: 12
4/17/13 8:09 A

I have been stuck with the last 10 pounds for months. It just doesn't seem to go away.

I have reduced my carbohydrates intake and have been doing cardio regularly (3 times a week; 30mins). I try my best not to snack though I do have cheat meals once or twice a week. What is it that im doing wrong? Am I not doing enough cardio?

Note: I want a workout that I can maintain in the long run. If I were to run everyday, I would give up easily. That's why I stick to thrice a week. :(

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