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SIMONEKP
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8/2/13 1:48 P

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It can take a few weeks to start seeing results and you sometimes experience a gain when you start an exercise program. That said, I know it must be frustrating. Try measuring to see if you've lost any inches since you started.

Simone

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LILLIPUTIANNA
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8/2/13 12:51 P

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I can't see your nutrition tracker, because it's set to private, but my guess is you aren't eating enough. That seems to be the thing I see over and over again when people are stuck and not losing weight.

It seems crazy, but sometimes you have to eat more to lose weight.

Also...you could be gaining muscle, which weighs more. That's what's happening to me right now. I look better. I feel better. But the number is bigger on the scale.



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BANDOMOM1
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8/2/13 11:57 A

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This happened to me too, until I realized it was a certain medication that I was on, I also exercise a lot, watch what I eat, No pop or sugar, I do cardio, and powerwalks ,strength. I was Not able to loose an ounce for months!!! Now I'm off my med. and have notice a difference in just 3 weeks!!!.



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8/2/13 11:41 A

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First, your are probably retaining water since you are working out and your muscles are repairing and growing. They need water and oxygen to do that. Thus, the water retention. Check your diet. Make sure you are getting enough protein, water, fiber, etc. in.

It is what it is....


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MOMMYTOJAKE
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I never thought of that. I mean, I knew that people track progress by measuring themselves but I've never done it. I just always went by the scale. I'll definitely try your suggestion. Thank you.



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MOMMYTOJAKE
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Wow, that's definitely a way to think about eating things that could jeopardize weight loss. Thank you:)



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MOTIVATED@LAST
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8/2/13 7:47 A

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When you start/increase a workout, it is a common response for your muscles to retain water - it takes 3 water molecules to bond to each glycogen molecule, and this helps deliver energy to your muscles more effeciently, and helps them cope better with the new demands you are making of them.

In the short term, this increase in your lean mass can lead to little change (or even an increase) in the scale, even as you are burning fat.

About the only thing you are doing wrong is using the wrong means of tracking your progress. 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 tape is a much better means of tracking your progress than the scale. And if you haven't been measuring to date, are you noticing your clothes fitting better?

M@L

The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.


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LAZY_DAVE
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8/2/13 7:33 A

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Just a guess is its diet. Be sure to cut out the sugar and junk food. Read labels to be see if there is sugar or high fructose corn syrup, it's common in packaged food. Also hard exercise could very possibly make you hungrier due to the increased calorie needs. It takes a lot of exercise to burn many calories. One cookie or coke about wipes out whatever you did that day. I read once that you have to walk the length of a football field to burn off the calories from just one M&M. Might not be true but its a good concept to keep in mind.



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8/2/13 7:20 A

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Hi,
I posted this in a different message board but I think this is a better place for it...
I have been exercising for the past month. I eat as well as I can. I control my portions.
Problem? I am not losing weight.
I work out with a personal trainer twice a week doing machines, circuit training, lifting, squats, burpees, etc.... I run on the treadmill.
What am I doing wrong? Not only did I NOT lose, I gained 3 lbs!!!
Help!!!!!!



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