And I agree with some previous posters that you may not be eating enough. 1200 calories isn't much fuel if you're exercising an hour almost every day.
If you weren't exercising very much before, your muscles do tend to retain water for a while, so that could be playing into what you're seeing, too.
Think about adding some calories and hang in there - we always want to see results right away, but sometimes that positive feedback is delayed a little while. Try to think about the other benefits that you may be seeing already and not paying attention to - how's your energy? Is it easier to make it up a flight of stairs? Do you sleep better?
You may not be eating enough calories. I started at the roughly 1400 suggestion and did not lose. When I went up to 1600, I started dropping pounds. We are all different. You need to experiment a little. Good luck and don't give up.
Yea, I am stuck too. Been relatively at the same spot for several weeks. I still feel like I am toning and defining the muscles.
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The first couple of weeks of any new exercise routine you are building new muscle. New muscles add weight, which means they are replacing the fat you are losing so you may not see a change on the scale. Try measuring your waist, hips, Thigh, and upper arm. If they are getting smaller even if you are not losing weight you are losing fat. Also if your clothing is fitting looser. And if your muscles are sore you may have temporary swelling that will go away soon leaving you with a sudden drop in weight. Hang in there, you may have accomplished more than you realize. Just keep it up a little longer. More muscle will increase your calorie usage and help you to loose more weight. One more thing, keep track of how many calories you are using. It is possible to sabatage yourself by under eating too. If your body goes into starvation mode if will use up those muscles rather than the fat stores.
it can definitely be frustrating to think you are doing all the right things and to see no results. Give it time. You've been exercising for 2 weeks. Learn what works for you. I see so many people who work out really hard and then burn out. Start out slow, do exercise that you enjoy. Eat healthy foods you enjoy. If you give up, you'll never get to your goal. You have 20 pounds to lose? That's certainly attainable. If you said you had 100 or more I'd say the same. It's all about life style choices and lasting changes. Stick with it. If you make small changes and stick with them you WILL see results. If you are only willing to do this for 2 weeks you won't see results or keep the results you get. You have to make permanent changes. If you exercise and eat well you will lose weight.
Definitely, eat more...within your calorie range of course. Eating 1200 and exercising 1 hour a day seems extreme.
Are you doing strength training? That makes a huge difference! Try Coach Nicole's Spring Bootcamp. It's short videos. (I started Sunday and the longest one so far is 10 min) It'll give you something to stick to...the challenge lasts 28 days. Are you supposed to quit after 28 days? Of course not. You find different exercises that work for you. And you eat foods that nourish you. It's also about learning what works for you.
Spark People is amazing. There are so many resources to help you along the way.
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Put up your page, log your food and exercise religiously.. weigh and measure never eye ball food amounts.. Make sure your eating enough, the calorie range doesn't work just eating at the low end.. We have to increase the calories within the range as we exercise. The body will burn them off if they are very lean, many people make the mistake of also eating crap choices within the calorie range.. This can and will also slow down weight loss.. Make food from the base up and remove unnecessary saturated fats, sugars and hidden extras in processed foods..
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I had a similar experience and I truly think it is because I didn't use portion control. Now that I use portion control I found myself eating when I thought I needed to, now I am starting to eat when I am hungry. Results are still pending.
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Thought I was doing so well, but now I am having a pretty rough day. I have been dieting off and on forrr, well forever really. But just recently I made a promise to make a lifestyle change and not diet. It's been two weeks. I've exercised religiously for an hour, 5 days a week, at least. Have cut my calorie intake to 1,200 calories. Just weighed myself today, and NOTHING! If anything I may have gained a half a pound. This is really discouraging and I just want to give up. Is this common? Is the weight delayed in coming off? What am I doing wrong? I have about 20 lbs to lose, and this time last year I was 20 lbs lighter so this disappointment in myself often discourages my motivation.
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