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2/10/14 5:20 P have lost alot of weight!! I can already tell by what I tracked today that I have been eating way more than I thought I was..I've got to get me one of those little things at the bottom of my page to show my progress..As you can tell I'm still learning this website...I can't believe all of this is free but I'm definitely glad it is

2/10/14 5:16 P

Apparently you can't do one without the other...After tracking today I realized that I've probably been eating alot more calories than I thought...We will get the hang of it together lol

2/10/14 2:07 P

Tracking what you are eating is a must. If you start tracking your nutrition and you still have issues with weight loss, you may consider a check up with your doctor to rule out thyroid issues, etc.

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
2/10/14 2:02 P

Actually, you already have a good exercise routine going.

You really need to track your food. It is a pain in the neck for about the first month, but the Nutrition Tracker makes things easier in the long term, because you can save groups of foods that you regularly eat, and as long as you measure your quantities, you'll know what your calorie intake is.

Also, there's a smartphone app for the nutrition tracker that is worth every penny if you're a busy person who is always on the go.

You likely eat way worse, and way more, than you think you do. I certainly did, it was a total shocker for me. I bet once you get a handle on your nutrition the pounds will melt right off!

ABISSEN Posts: 5
2/10/14 12:49 P

you sound just like me!!! i am really trying to get healthier as well and cut down on light beer and do crystal light and vodka maybe if i am out with friends and want something!!!

TINKER112 Posts: 72
2/10/14 11:34 A

I am just the opposite. I eat right, but don't get enough exercise; therefore, the weight is not coming off. I am starting full speed ahead today and going to start being faithful on the treadmill I have at home and I also have the ball to work out with, free weights, and jump rope. Going home tonight after work and clean that exercise room start using it daily. I will be 49 in July and very hard to lose weight at this age. I weighed myself this morning and am at 160 which is really bad for me cuz it all in middle and I'm only 5.1 tall. I love beer, but gonna have to say no to that if I want anything to happen. So "new and need advise", we can do this!!!! Just remember, you can't do one without the other or it won't work! Let's challenge ourselves and see what happens! I'm ready, are you?

2/10/14 8:57 A

Your exercise habits are great. If you add in calorie control, you'll lose weight. You won't lose weight if you aren't tracking your eating, but people who only diet and don't exercise eventually stop losing also, so both are crucial. But it's true, you can't out-exercise a bad diet. I started eating more and stopped tracking calories last fall but kept up my exercise routine, and I gained 10 pounds.

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,443
2/10/14 5:43 A

For most people, weight loss is 80% nutrition, and just 20% exercise. Unless and until you tackle the intake side of things as well, you are unlikely to see significant weight loss. Or as someone else put it, you can't outrun a bad diet.

You don't need to be obsessive about it, but tracking your food for just a week or two can be really educative about where your calories are coming from, portion control, and can help you identify areas where you may be able to knock a few hundred calories off, without feeling deprived.


BOLTNUT55 Posts: 38
2/10/14 4:26 A

I agree on the tracking/watching your food intake. About 10 years ago, I was losing weight, then decided to train for a marathon (as a walker, not runner), which entailed a lot of training. Between the time I started training and the day of the marathon, which represented about 5 months, I only lost 5 lbs. While I did gain muscle (I could tell on my arms and legs), I was not watching my food intake as much (some, but not as much as when I was following WW right before that). Luckily, I was not discouraged by the weight "loss" because I was focused on training, but that was one lesson learned.

The other thing is that your body gets used to a specific workout, and you will plateau. As others have already suggested, lower the food intake, track your intake, and work out with a trainer. It doesn't have to be 10 sessions... just get 3 for now. You can always add later. you need to consult and get a plan, do a workout, then have him reevaluate how you are doing and make tweaks. Then tell/her, you want to do this for a while and get back to him. See if anything changes.

TACDGB Posts: 6,136
2/9/14 11:15 P

u can not out train a bad tracking what u eat is a must. u are eating more calories than u burn off. a diet made up of lean meats.......whole grains...fruits and veggies plus good fats like nuts will help with that weight loss.

DOLLY1259 Posts: 401
2/9/14 10:45 P

Diet is crucial. That being said, have you lost inches? Muscle weighs more than fat. I would rather not eat than exercise but I find that when I exercise I am more conscience of what I eat! Loosing weight is hard for everyone keep track of your food and never ever give up!

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2/9/14 10:34 P

ZORBS13 is correct. If you don't change your eating habits and only focus on exercising you will not see a change in your weight. But if you do both you will see a difference. I have also found that if you cut back on your caloric intake and don't exercise you will still lose weight. The eating part is crucial. Good Luck!

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2/9/14 10:17 P

If you already have a gym membership and enjoy going ... I suggest you work with one of their trainers to develop a routine to follow.

I started my journey 6.5 years ago at the age of 52. I am 5 feet 2 inches tall and weight 203 pounds.

I have used exercise DVD's because I can't imagine myself going to a gym. But I like/need the structure of a routine to do and having DVD's to do gives me that structure. Perhaps a professional trainer can give you a more structured routine.

If you really serious about losing the weight, you'll have to get serious about your eating habits. As the saying goes, "You can't out exercise a bad diet." I have learned the hard way that the saying is right.

Good luck!

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2/9/14 9:47 P

Not tracking your food is absolutely why you haven't been losing weight.

2/9/14 9:42 P

I am not sure how to start my exercise and strength training routine. I am 49 yrs old, thankfully pretty healthy but I need to lose about 75 lbs. I am 5'1 currently 205 and my goal is 130 lbs.
I don't know what I'm doing wrong but I have not lost a pound in over 5 months of going to a gym 5 days a week. I do cardio for about 40 minutes and triceps and chest 2 days a week, biceps and back 2 days a week and legs 1x a week. I realize my eating is not that good but I would think that just doing the cardio would have helped me lose weight but not yet...I really enjoy the strength training and especially the triceps and back ...I alternate the eliptical and treadmill - I don't like cardio that much and about 40 minutes is about all I can stand of it...
I just joined sparkpeople and I know once I start tracking my food that will help but I want to get a good workout routine going..
Thanks for any help or advice :-)

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