Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,689 8/14/12 5:28 P
Your sparkpage isn't different; it's just your personal page here on Sparkpeople. click on mine for an example. :) You can blog, share pictures (or not) and more. If you share your trackers, we can take a look by going there.
When things aren't working, the first place to look is to check your numbers. The most common reason for no weight loss is underestimating calories eaten, and/or overestimating calories burned.
Start measuring and weighing every time... track everything, including drinks, condiments... everything.
As for the HRM, usually they're accurate, but user error or improper setup, or even the HRM itself can be at fault. For yours, are you using a chest strap, or just the wristwatch part? Does it track your age, gender, and weight?
Are you using your HRM during strength training? HRMs aren't helpful for strength training; if you are, that could be part of your problem. HRMs don't accurately estimate the burn for non-aerobic activity... only cardio.
Sodium intake can really mess with the body's ability to retain water weight. Process foods are loaded with salt, so make sure you're reading the labels and tracking the total being consumed, daily. Also drinking plenty of water helps to dilute the sodium in our system, so drink up.
Also, adding in new exercise will cause the muscles to retain fluid, as they build and repair. This process can take anywhere from 4 - 6 weeks, so patience is key. Don't give up!
I track my foods and exercise in Sparkpeople. Usually I measured my food but honestly I think I had been inconsistent. I do Strenght trainning 3 times a week for an hour and zumba once a week. It kills me to know that my heart monitor always indicates so many calories burned but now I am questioning its accuracy. Is Sparkpage different than just the regular sparkpeople? Thanks for writing back to me.
Fitness Minutes: (14,252)
9,689 8/14/12 4:32 P
How are you tracking, exactly? Are you weighing and measuring food? Are you exercising at all?
If you will create a Sparkpage and share your nutrition and fitness trackers, we can look at your exact program and give you specific recommendations based on what you have there.
I have been tracking my foods for the last two months. I have stayed within the 1200-1500 calories. I have not lost any weight. Actually I have gained weight. I am going through some life changes but I think it is getting ridiculous. Do you have any suggestions where to start auditing my plan?
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