I am not having much luck here on sparks either. I have been doing this since july and have only managed to lose 1 pound. I did great on Weight Watchers and managed to lose 70 pounds, but just am not having luck here. I exercise 5-6 days a week and eat well within my allotted calories that the spark tracker gives me and nothing. I do (on occasion) eat things that may not be the best for me, but I still stay within the confounds of my calorie range. I have no idea what to do and am really looking forward to going back to work so i can start ww again.
current weight: 158.0
Fitness Minutes: (33,254)
21,851 1/25/14 9:09 P
I agree with the other posters re the lack of food. I went to have a peek at your Nutrition Tracker, but IF you use it, you don't share it. My suggestion is that IF you aren't using a tracker, to start doing so. Weigh all of your food for increased accuracy. Then you will see exactly where you are, and have the knowledge to make positive changes. To me, it sounds like not only are you calories way below what would be recommended, but that your protein and (healthy) fats are also below recommendations. If you open your tracker to the public, you will get better feed-back.
Consistency isn't the issue here. You consistently ate a diet that didn't cause weight loss, and it worked.
Your diet was the problem. Find a diet that you can live with and causes a small amount of weight loss every week. Then, since you are already able to be consistent, you just stick to it. You already have a head start by being able to be consistent. Most people struggle with that.
Try changing things up a bit, and give it 2-3 weeks to see results. If nothing happens, don't expect it to change. I am not going to tell you what will work for you, but once something does, only then will consistency pay off on the scale.
By the way, the ability to stay the same weight is also a benefit, for when you get to goal weight. People struggle to maintain, and end up gaining 5, and losing 5, and struggling to stay at goal weight. Look at these 3 months as a learning experience, and not as a waste. Any experience will help you, even if it is teaching you what NOT to do.
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current weight: 179.6
Fitness Minutes: (5,730)
2,196 1/25/14 8:30 P
What is your: age, height, weight? How is your sleep and stress levels? How active are you? Is your pedometer accurate? I encourage most everyone to aim for 10000 steps/day minimum and an additional 20minutes per day exercise. I believe in movement for all the body systems to work optimally.
Edited by: MICHELLEXXXX at: 1/25/2014 (20:39)
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I agree that it sounds like you're not eating enough. What is your SparkPeople recommended calorie range and how many calories do you typically consume? Are you falling into your recommended carb, fat and protein ranges too? How much weight are you trying to lose?
If you can provide some additional details, we'll try to help.
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You may not be eating enough. Hard to say.... What is your height/weight, calorie range, how many calories are you eating, how many do you burn through exercise? What do your carbs/fat/protein ratios look like? Do you exercise beyond the 2-4 K steps per day at work? If you track your food here on Spark, you could make the tracker public (even if it's just for a little while) to get some more specific suggestions. From the basic ouline you give of what you eat.... depending on the size of the portions.... my first guess is, not enough. But you *could* be eating large enough portions to get enough calories. Hard to say.
Ruth in Cookeville, TN Central Time Zone
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For the past few months, I have been tracking meals, watching portions, and being mindful of how much & what alcohol I consume. I've cut back on carbs (no bread, potatoes, or pasta Monday - Friday) and sweets & snacking have never really been a big thing for me. I have been very mindful of my calorie consumption.
My breakfast most days is plain greek yogurt. I add cinnamon and about 1/8 cup each of organic granola and frozen blueberries.
For lunch, I have 2-3 cups mixed greens (I generally dress it with a squeeze or two of fresh lemon or a splash of some form of vinegar) and 1 serving of soup that is typically 100-150 calories per serving.
On the drive home from work, I generally eat an apple.
Dinner during the week consists of some form of protein/meat and vegetables. I'm not big on sauces for the protein or veggies. I very, very rarely fry foods; I tend to grill, sautee using little oil or use cooking spray, or bake the foods I eat (and that has been true for years).
I've also upped my water intake, started parking further away from the building at work, and take the stairs instead of the elevator at work. (I wear a pedometer to work, and my step count at work alone tends to run between 2 & 4 thousand steps).
I've been consistent for months, but I not seeing much for results. My weight actually went up about a month ago, and I'm only down a few pounds overall...I'm getting frustrated.
I am wondering if I need to change the diet up?? How do I know if I'm the body type that would do better on more protein or more carbs?
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