First of all, you ARE NOT eating enough. Your body is holding on to everything because it's afraid you may not eat again. Eat more... by that I mean more lean protein, complex carbs, veggies fruits, and drink lots of water.
Second, you are retaining water. Zumba, contrary to what some people say, does build musle. In my classes I do a lot of strength and toning moves with my routines. So, as others have said, your muscles are building and since they are a living, breathing organism, they retain water.
Third, congrats on taking the steps to lose the weight. You rock!
I agree with increasing your calorie intake and seeing where that takes you.
Whenever you correctly adjust your fitness goals on the Fitness Tracker, you can change your nutrition goals (calorie range) on the Nutrition Tracker to correspond with how many calories you are burning.
I agree with Dragonchilde - when you start/increase an exercise program, it is common for your muscles to retain water. This increase in your lean mass can lead to little change in the scale, even as you are burning fat.
However, muscle and water are considerably denser than fat, and typically this will show up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative.
The only thing you are doing wrong is your measurement system - start with the tape NOW. The tape is a much more reliable measure of your progress than the scale.
What made you decide on 1200 calories? 1200 is the minimum most women should eat to get the nutrients they need, and that assumes a fairly sedentary lifestyle. If you exercise in the moderate to intense range, you may well need more to stay healthy. I would suggest putting your information into spark and letting it compute a calorie range for you. Make sure your goal weight and date are reasonable. Then work on getting within all your ranges as often as you can using the most healthy and nutritious foods you can manage. A range is just that.....I know I hit the high end on most days, but that's OK too.
I know 65 pounds seems like a lot, but losing a pound a week is a reasonable goal, and you can sustain the changes you make to get there long-term. Slow and steady loss will increase your chances of KEEPING it off---and isn't that the point? Just keep in mind that you'll have weeks of no loss or even gain sometimes; that's just the way our bodies work. There are hundreds of processes going on at any given moment in the human body, and it's constantly adapting to the environment we put it in--but it takes time to do so.
Your body will probably adapt to the motions and exertions of zumba pretty quickly, so you should probably throw some other forms of cardio in there for variety and challenge. If you have access to a gym, try some intervals on the treadmill, or try another class just to mix things up. If there's no gym available, try some workout DVDs at home, or just power walking outside. You should also add some full-body strength training in the near future, as that will help minimize muscle loss and help shape you as you lose weight.
Trust in the process and be patient - it will happen!
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I would try upping your calories a bit (closer to 1500) and seeing how your body reacts to that. I didn't believe that eating more would help me lose, but I was shocked when it did! :p
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It's unlikely to do anything wrong. However, it's totally normal to see an upward shift in weight when you start exercising to lose weight, and this SP expert answer explains why:
It can usually take about 4-6 weeks before you notice any difference on the scale. If you are active with Zumba, which I know can burn upwards from 600+ calories, your calorie intake of 1200 may be too low. You may need to adjust your settings in Sparkpeople to get a correct caloric intake.
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I am just beginning my weight loss journey and I feel REALLY motivated and I am ready to lose the 65 pounds that I have gained since I graduated college...most it I gained in my last year...I used to be 150 pounds and maintained that weight by hardly eating and living an "anorexic" lifestyle, so eating healthy but still eating is a new thing to me...I am still trying to adjust.
I decided that I would eat 1,200 calories a day and try to Zumba at least 3-4 times a week for 45 minutes. I have been doing this since May 27th and I have now become perplexed...I am NOT losing weight, but rather, gaining. I drink a lot of water, so I know that is not an issue. I know with any aerobic activity there is a possibility to gain muscle mass which can be reflected on the scale, but still... I haven't lost a pound. I can tell that I am losing weight and Zumba is tightening my body, but I would still like to see weight loss being shown on the scale...especially when I have so much to lose.
Am I doing something wrong or will it take longer to finally show up on the scale? Do I need to Zumba more often? I don't understand why my weight loss is not showing on the scale. I have decided to avoid using the scale and to just rely on my measurements (which I have yet to take), but there's got to be a simple explanation for my situation...
If someone could give me some guidance, I would GREATLY appreciate it. I am willing to do whatever it takes to lose the weight and maintain a healthy lifestyle.
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