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DASHKATH Posts: 861
7/5/13 6:23 A

I agree with the others, you are not eating enough. You need to fuel your body for daily activities and exercise. If your body doesn't get enough fuel it will compensate by slowing your metabolism.

Reevaluate your daily calorie intake, give your body some time to adjust to the proper fuel and then you will likely see the weight come off. It is a long process, however, it is very much worth is.

Keep up the hard work!

SIMONEKP Posts: 2,617
7/4/13 10:43 A

It can take up to 6 weeks to see results from a new exercise program.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,623)
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7/4/13 8:10 A

First, you're eating FAR too little for your current weight. Eating too little can be just as detrimental to losing weight as eating too much. It will also cause your body to burn lean muscle stores rather than tapping into just fat stores. Leaving you "skinny fat" at your goal weight. I'm 5'2 117 lbs and eat 1500 cals a day when losing weight. You should be eating a lot more than me. Not to mention the havoc you will be wreaking on your RMR (resting metabolic rate) which will mean you will be hit with plauteaus and have to work even harder and eat even less to lose weight. You will also regain like mad trying to eat at your projected maintenance once you reach your goal weight. Do you honestly think you can keep up that low of a calorie intake for the next year or two it takes to lose weight? Are you prepared to eat even less than that?

Second, what MOTIVATED_LAST said is true, when you begin an exercise program (or increase intensity/duration of current exercise program) your muscle retain more fluid (glycogen stores) to prepare for your next workout. This causes fluid gain which will mask any fat loss on the scale for the first month or so.

Make sure you strength train in addition to cardio and eat enough to minimize lean muscle loss and the metabolic decrease that is inevitable with dieting.

Even 1200 cals would be far too little for you, especially if you exercise. Make sure you've entered all your information correctly. Your goal date should be allowing a 1-2 lb/week loss (3 lb/week max if you are in your obese BMI) and you should go to your fitness setup and manually enter how many calories you burn per week through exercise. This will adjust your calorie range. Although Spark would never give you a calorie under 1200 cals/day, stay in your Spark calorie range.

It would not be a plateau. Plateaus are caused by prolonged dieting and your body adapting to your exercise as you become more fit/lose weight.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/4/2013 (08:24)
BENTOGYRL Posts: 278
7/4/13 7:29 A

The other possibility is a plateau. You can be doing everything right and still see no results. I've been stuck at the same weight for four weeks, but the scale finally moved today. If you keep making good choice it will change.

Besides, the scale doesn't really mean anything. It's just a number, if you are getting smaller that's all that matters. :)

MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 15,412
7/4/13 12:54 A

It is a common response when you start/increase working out for your muscles to retain water. This can lead to little change (or even an increase) in the scale, even as you are burning fat.

However, muscle and water are considerably denser than fat (check
for a great photo of this), and typically this will show up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative.

The tape is a far more reliable means of tracking your progress than the scale. And it sounds like you are seeing results where it counts.


CORTNEY-LEE SparkPoints: (67,852)
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7/3/13 11:22 P

it would really help if you could share your trackers - that way we can get a better idea of what you are doing.

Based on the information you gave, I don't think 1,000 calories in enough. You should be aiming more for a minimum of 1200.

Please share some more information it will make it easier for us to help you

EPROCUCTS30 SparkPoints: (2,816)
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7/3/13 10:21 P

Hell0, i am working out three weeks not and I eat a lot less and i do not snakc and me food choices are healthy, the portions are always less than needed like i take about one thousand to one thousand five hundred calories per day. I am in my forties but guess what, I am not losing any weight. I am losing inches, my clothes fits better, i know i could be making muscles and getting learer but I still believe that after three weeks, I should be losing some weight. am I wrong. Send me a message and tell me what you think

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