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JANKE1028 SparkPoints: (30,671)
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6/25/13 11:58 P

Can you make your trackers public on your sparkpage so we can see what you're doing?
Also, if you are eating below your calorie range, your weight loss is going to plateau.

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,615
6/25/13 1:05 P

almost everyone is heavier after physical activity unless you're dehydrated. pick a consistent time to weigh yourself.


"Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish." - John Quincy Adams

No matter how slow you go, you're still lapping everyone on the couch!
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NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (75,472)
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6/25/13 11:24 A

Also, you don't want to be below your allowed calories, you want to be within the allowed range. Eating too little can stall weight loss, too.

YOGAGEEK SparkPoints: (4,929)
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6/25/13 10:45 A

"I am 5 out of 7 days below my allowed calories so that isn't the problem"

How much are you going over your calories on the other two days? If you're going over significantly it can still impact your weight loss.

HIPPIE94681 SparkPoints: (8,974)
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6/25/13 10:06 A

Thanks for replying. I do track all of my foods daily. The only thing I can think of is the cause is the the heavy lifting I'm doing. I am 5 out of 7 days below my allowed calories so that isn't the problem. I guess I'll get it figured out sometime.

JANKE1028 SparkPoints: (30,671)
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6/25/13 5:05 A

Are you tracking your calories? If not, you really should start. It's 80% of the battle for weight loss. Personally, I've started and stopped SP many times, but once I started to consistently track every calorie consumed, my weight loss has become consistent. It definitely helps keep you accountable. Also, try to stay away from pre-packaged foods as much as possible. They tend to be very high in sodium which causes water retention and a higher number on the scale due to water weight (not fat! not fat!).

Good luck!

6/24/13 9:01 P

Hi everyone- back on SparkPeople after months of avoiding the scale. One thing helping me is the calorie differential tracker on SparkPeople- it tells you how many calories you burned taking your basic metabolic rate into consideration. Using simple math I am figuring if you are in the negative every day, once you add up to 3500 more calories burned than consumed that should equal about 1 pound. If you are having trouble losing you could try tracking through that report and make sure you are burning more than you are consuming. Did this for 10 days and was down 3# today from last weigh in. So it seems to be working. Best wishes!

ALDECKER08 Posts: 142
6/24/13 8:50 P

Did you drink during your work out? If so, then you have the drink in you when you weighed again. Also, scales fluctuate. Don't OC over half a pound.

REYNINGSUNSHINE SparkPoints: (20,381)
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6/24/13 7:29 P

Two months is a long time. Definitely check your eating and your workouts. You can't lose weight if you don't watch your intake!

Do you measure yourself? You may not be losing weight but still losing inches which is still amazing :)

Also keep in mind that water weight can play a role. Do you drink enough water? If not you may have excess water weight stored up.

"One step in the right direction won't change the world, but it's a start. Someone's got to see the good in everything." -- Said the Whale, Banks of the English Bay

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6/24/13 5:08 P

If your problem is as you stated it you need to check your nutrition (diet), nutrition is the primary (80% or better) factor in fat loss, exercise only improves your physiology and overall health. You can not out exercise a bad diet.

It is called WORK-ing out for a reason.

I said getting fit was simple, I did not say it was easy.

Cardio burns calories, strength work burns fat.

Eat well to lose weight, exercise to get fit

You can not build a six pack using twelve packs

Often when we seek a magic bullet for fitness we end up shooting ourselves in the foot.

"I think calories are little germs in food that all moms are afraid of" Dennis the Menace

HIPPIE94681 SparkPoints: (8,974)
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6/24/13 4:41 P

Thanks for the post. I have just been stuck at between 225 and 226.7 for over two months and it is really getting frustrating, seems like whatever I do the weight is not coming down.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
6/24/13 1:08 P

Because your weight is not a static number. It's a vital sign just as your heart rate, blood pressure, or blood sugar level is. 0.4 pounds is NOTHING. It means that your scale might be slightly inaccurate.

Don't weigh yourself more than once a day. Don't weigh yourself more than once a week if you can help it. Let you body have time to take in the adjustments you're making.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (80,279)
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6/24/13 1:04 P

Because weight isn't a static number, it fluctuates due to how hydrated you are, the time of day you weigh yourself, what you're wearing at the time, if you have to use the bathroom, how you stand on the scale, hormones, exercise etc.

I can step on my digital 3x in a row and sometimes it'll give me a slight variation each time.
Scale weight is not the most accurate tool to measure fat loss because there are so many variables that effect your weight at any given time of the day. Take it with a grain of salt and pay more attention to the trend over time, whether you're *consistently* losing, plateauing or gaining.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 6/24/2013 (13:08)

Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
HIPPIE94681 SparkPoints: (8,974)
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6/24/13 12:57 P

I weighed myself this morning before my workout 226 lbs. After the work out ( I had not eaten or drank anything) I weighed myself again 226.4. I did 1 hour of strength training so why the gain?

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