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Why am I not losing weight?

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I am eating under 2,000 calories a day, my carbs are low (except for yesterday I got a munchie attack) and everday I am exercising about two hours. Hard,dripping with sweat exercising...and still, the scale isn't budging. I don't want to cut down my calories too much because I know that slows your metabolism, but I don't want to be doing this for nothing...

Maybe I am just impatient. Its only been a week after all.....
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    I started on a low carb diet, and it did nothing for me. I switched over and eat a low fat, good protein diet, never more than 15 g of fat per meal, and I have lost 8 pounds. in a little over a week. And i reduced my calorie intake to about 1600 a day . Its what works for me, but I know everyone is different. I also drinks tons of water, at least 8-10 cups a day.
    2265 days ago
    When are you weighing? The only even close to accurate time is first thing in the morning, naked, after you pee. If you're weighing at ANY other time, you're also weighing food and water in your gut. (And if you aren't, um, regular, even an early morning weighing is including a buildup of food in the colon.)

    Scales are a HORRIBLE way to measure. Take measurements and get your body fat measured reliably.
    2266 days ago
    Lots of things can affect weight loss. Depending on where you are in your monthly cycle, you could be retaining water weight. This also happens sometimes if you're eating a lot of salty foods - even if you're within your correct calorie range & carb range.

    With low-carb, sometimes a lot of the foods we eat are high in sodium. Cottage cheese is surprisingly high, so are many other cheeses. Beef jerky, slim jims, etc., other cured meats, roasted nuts unless you buy them unsalted, all have a lot of sodium.

    You can track sodium on the nutrition tracker.
    2267 days ago
    While it's not unusual for loss to slow drastically after the first two weeks, you should definitely be showing a decent loss by now.

    You might want to invest in a package of Ketostix to test and confirm how low you need to go on carbs to get into ketosis. If you're really carb sensitive you may need to go lower than what you have been. Also, once you do hit ketosis be aware that every single time you throw a bunch of carbs in your system you will immediately begin storing fat again, not burning it. Once the carbs are gone the process reverses itself, but if the goal is to lose stored body fat, keep those fires stoked!
    2267 days ago
    You may also want to check out a BMR calculator (Base metabolic rate, I think it stands for), which tells you how many calories your body burns just going through your day, with no added exercise. Mine, for example is 1505 calories, which means, if I do no extra exercise, I can eat 1505 calories per day and not gain. If I want to lose, I either have to cut calories lower than that, or increase exercise.
    I only point this out because you may have to cut back a smidge on your calories.
    Also, you could be building muscle depending on what type of exercise you're doing, and that won't show up for a couple of weeks and then you'll really drop weight!
    Keep it up!!
    2267 days ago
    DO NOT GIVE UP! Sometimes it doesn't show right away, you'll weigh the same for a week and then BAM! you'll drop a few pounds. Wait for it and keep working out. Did you find the place on Spark to type in your current weight and goal weight and then it calculates how many calories you should consume to meet those goals? That might be helpful also, it's on your start page.
    2267 days ago
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