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BEEZAUR SparkPoints: (525)
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4/28/13 4:17 P

For me, losing weight exercising is harder than without.

The main problem seems to be that exercise makes me hungry and energy-depleted, so I eat more to refuel than I need if I want to lose weight.

The best luck I have had is to to a cycle kind of thing: focus on losing weight for a few weeks, then focus on exercise for a few weeks. I have to count calories too.

5 years ago I lost 80 lbs and limited my exercise to walking 30 minutes a day. I had lost weight by exercising before, but always gained it back.

Managing both refueling and weight loss together is a bit much for me. The only way I've really done it was cycling 200+ miles a week.

SCAREWALDORF SparkPoints: (0)
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4/28/13 1:17 P

Are you doing the same type of exercise over and over? If you only rely on one form of exercise, your body gets use to it and won't burn calories as effectively. Mix it up!

PENAM87 Posts: 46
4/28/13 12:59 P

A scale won't tell you when you're building muscle. Also, when and how often are you weighing yourself? Weighing yourself every week or every month can be discouraging because your body is telling you one thing but the scale another. When you start losing fat and gaining muscle, your muscles tend to hold onto water for sometime, which is why a scale can go up and down in numbers. Evaluate your food choices and caloric intake. Also, evaluate your workouts. Sometimes it's beneficial to change up your workout often so your body/metabolism doesn't get stuck in neutral.
Something I like to do is every 2-3 months I take a front and side body picture and I measure myself every month because that's how I truly see how my body is changing. I stick to weighing myself every 3 months or so mostly just to see where am I as far as numbers go but I try not to rely on a scale too much.

JCWIAKALA Posts: 347
4/28/13 8:03 A

Do you feel better? Are you able to exercise longer? Can you hold a plank position longer? Don't short change your non scale accomplishments.

That being said, I know your ultimate goal is to lose weight so that can be frustrating. Several questions for you:

1. Are you tracking all of your food? Honestly? Estimating calories will get you nowhere.

2. Are you eating enough calories for the level of activity that you're doing? It is possible to shortchange your body if you're exercising that much. Remember calories are fuel.

3. Have you changed up your exercise program? If you work out differently every time, this isn't a concern. However, if you do the same machines, same exact exercises, same routine, you're body will get used to it and not burn calories as efficiently.

MLAN613 Posts: 19,227
4/28/13 8:02 A

I certainly understand your frustration! Many of us have been right where you are.

First and foremost, remember healthy living is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise. In other words, you can't out exercise a crappy diet. Make sure you are staying within your SP range, count every bite that enters your mouth and measure everything. You can also make your nutrition and exercise logs public. If you ever want help, your fellow SPers can view it and provide help.

Another thing, are you counting your exercise calories? If not, you can add your expected weekly calorie burn into your range by going to your fitness page. Click "fitness setup". Scroll to the bottom of the page and add your expected calorie calorie burn due to exercise and save. Your calorie range will increase a bit.

BOB240 SparkPoints: (6,131)
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4/28/13 8:02 A

Weight loss is mostly won through diet. Are you tracking? How many calories a day are you eating?

SUNNYMARIELEE1 SparkPoints: (2,338)
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4/28/13 7:53 A

I have been workng out for 3 months now and i do it 6 days aweek 3 days r strength training and the rest is cardio..trying to eat healthy but my weight stays the same im about to give up but I know I got to keep on going any advice would be app. don't know what to do

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