Like others have said track, what you eat. Even though you cut out the calories, you still my not have a calorie deficit, and are still eating within the range to maintain.
For about 8 months, I had been exercising and I thought I was eating healthy, but the scale wasn't moving. (I had actually gained weight during that time) When I started tracking I realized that I was underestimating what I was eating, overestimating what I was burning through exercise and was way off in portion sizes.
I am now going on 7 months of maintainance-tracking was the key to me losing the weight and tracking is the key to me keeping it off.
I echo the words from previous posters. I'll get more specific in some areas.
Are you drinking any alcohol? It is loaded with calories. How about fruit juice? Again, lots of calories, but more beneficial if you eat the fruit instead of drinking it.
What about your snacks? Are they lean and healthy, or laden with fat and sugar?
Are you watching serving sizes and portion control? (See SP quiz, "Portion Sizes".) Did you know that one serving of ice cream is only 1/2 cup?
There are hundreds of ways to sneak excess calories into one's diet and not realize what we are doing. I agree with other posters...track your food. Then you'll find the answers to your questions.
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Congrats on achieving your goal of cutting out the high calorie Starbuck's drink!! Don't be discouraged. You've just proved you can accomplish great things toward your goals.
I've got to agree with the other posters. Tracking would be a great tool for you. You can make sure you haven't inadvertantly substituted another source of calories. Getting a total picture of your nutrition can be very helpful. In addition to calories, carbs, protein, fat, I've chosen to track calcium, fiber, and sodium. It all helps.
Were you drinking that 500 calorie drink daily? Giving up 500 calories without replacing them should equate to a 1 pound loss per week. Sometimes it takes the scale a while to reflect your hard work. Sometime all you have to do is not get discouraged and keep on doing what you are doing. Also, if you did something like start eating dill pickles or something else high in sodium that will affect your weight.
Keep up the good work to improve your eating and drinking!! It will pay off in the long run. For sure.
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Losing weight isn't really about cutting out a source of extra calories. It's about changing your entire lifestyle. It is GREAT to quit starbucks- for one, horribly overpriced (think about it: if you get one specialty drink a day, you are spending over $1,000 on sugary coffee... you could get a BodyMedia Fit Link, pay for subscription for the year, and get a yearly subscription to a gym, or a brand-new workout wardrobe... etc). For two, horrible for you.
But, what is important is that you aren't replacing the starbucks and that you understand that starbucks doesn't make you overweight. YOU are what causes you to have extra weight, and only YOU can lose the weight- and that comes with eating healthier in your day to day life, not just cutting out one drink. It comes with choosing to be active instead of vegging out by the TV after work each day. Stuff like that.
Like others have said: track! You may cut out 500 calories, but that doesn't mean you aren't eating it back in other ways.
Track, track, track! You have cut out a 500cal drink (well done, by the way!) but you could be eating an extra 500cal without really knowing it if you aren't tracking. It is very easy for extra calories to sneak in.
My weight loss really took off when I started tracking. I avoided it for ages and ages and got OK results (but I kept a mental tally in my head, I know the calories in everything), but the weight started flying off when I started tracking. Sure, I've had bad weeks/months, because nothing is 100% guaranteed, but for the most part being an honest tracker helped me to reach my original goal weight.
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Removing that is a great first step, but it may not be enough to trigger weight loss if you're still eating too much! Remember that losing weight is about a calorie deficit; removing that extra treat may be enough to bring you to maintenance, but not provide enough of a deficit to trigger actual wieight loss.
Weight loss is about how much you're eating, overall, and how much you burn, overall.
So start now, with tracking every bite of everything you eat. Don't just guess or eyeball... humans are notoriously terrible at knowing how much they're actually eating. WEigh and measure... it will surprise you to learn just how much is in, for example, two table spoons of salad dressing. I used to pour it on big time... it's a salad, it's healthy, right?
nope i honestly dont think ive replaced the calories w/ anything else. i got a new puppy so she has to get her exercise so im gonna start walking her 30min a day(or at least several times a week)
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I agree with needing to track your food. Maybe you replaced the liquid calories with solids unknowingly.
Edited by: COTTERR at: 1/2/2013 (18:59)
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Congrats on having the motivation to give something up that you know is bad for you! That takes a lot of strength!
Are you keeping track of the rest of your food and exercise on here? Looking at that might give you an idea of why the weight hasn't come off. Are you eliminating the Starbucks but replacing it with calories in other areas?
i posted in the motivational section as well. my biggest hurdle was to quit drinking venti white mochas from starbucks at like 500cal. i havent had one in 4weeks! well actually i had one the other day and it was soo gross cuz my taste buds were so sick of it i guess.Well,i havent lost even a half lb! that was biggets diet fail and i thought for sure once i quit drinking those,the weight would come right off. what gives? why wont the scale budge even by cutting out that 500 cal drink for 4 wks????
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