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2/10/12 10:06 P

Help......I need to know what is going on and why I am not losing weight. I eat an 8 oz. yogurt and a few nuts and raisins for breakfast. Lunch I have romaine, veg's, and 5 slices of lean turkey to make a salad, then have a small dinner. Drink over 16 ounces of water and other liquids ie, diet iced tea. I also go on the teadmill for 30 minutes jogging and walking at least 3 times a week and walk every Saturday at least 3 miles. My weight has been the same for 3 weeks. I am 53 and know my body is changing and it's very hard to get the weight off. I need some help from someone to give me some pointers as to what I should do different...

DANCINGGRAMMY SparkPoints: (15)
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2/10/12 1:46 P

Thanks everyone for all the tips and encouragement. I am trying to increase my protein as I read when you work out your body needs more protein. I just got done doing 80 minutes of cardio.(normally I do 60 minutes) I took my frustration out on my workout instead of going to the kitchen. I start adding strength work out to cardio so maybe that will help. I will stick with it and try to be more patient.

MICHOU83 SparkPoints: (10,424)
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2/10/12 12:14 P

Hi there!

As much as I hate to say this... staying at the same weight for one week is an annoying thing that happens to us all from time to time. I sometimes go a whole month of working my butt off only to see practically no change (but I see non-scale victories which are amazing). Remember too that if you're building a lot of lean muscle it will keep your weight the same, but will tone you up and trim you down (your pants will feel looser, or your clothes fit looser, etc).

Also, it's very possible that you're not eating enough. If your intake goes below 1200 your body goes into starvation mode, which causes the body to retain its weight instead of lose it, and since you're doing 60 mins of exercise a day you are burning a LOT of calories (if it's cardio). So make sure to have a bunch of healthy snacks available for yourself, especially high in protein and low in fat. :)

Also, if you keep doing the same exercises over and over your body will acclimate. So make sure to switch it up from time to time so that your body is trying new things.

I hope this helps, sweetie, and if you're ever looking for a new spark friend I'd be happy to friend you back. :D

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2/10/12 12:13 P

Hi DancingGrammy,

Weight loss is not a linear process. In other words, there may be some weeks where you will lose, some weeks where you remain the same and even some weeks where you may gain, but none of this means you are doing anything wrong.

Losing a lot in the beginning is very common because a large percentage of what we are losing is water. While you did lose some fat, it is a much slower process than losing fluid.

Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

Know that all changes within the body must begin at the cellular level...all the way down to the fat cells need to release the free fatty acids, to the muscle cells making bigger and more numerous mitochondria-these are the organelles within the cells-to give us energy.

It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

Hang in there!

Coach Nancy

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2/10/12 12:06 P


Don't assume something must be wrong because the scale didn't move this week. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks when you gain ! That doesn't mean you've done something wrong. Weight loss is not an exact science. What works very neatly on paper doesn't always mesh with human biochemistry.

The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. This isn't the Biggest Loser. those types of losses are just not typical.

However, if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time. But, you really do have to be patient with yourself and your body. there are no fast ways to lose and like I said, there may be weeks you don't see a change and that doesn't mean something is wrong.

There are changes happening to your body that you can't see on a scale. Example, do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped since you started your quest for a healthy lifestyle, your doctor would be thrilled even if the scale didn't move. Lowering your blood pressure or your cholesterol or your blood sugar are all signs of success !

I know we'd all love the weight to be magically gone overnight, but it really is a slow steady process that takes time. Thus the need for patience.

DANCINGGRAMMY SparkPoints: (15)
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2/10/12 11:58 A

Well I will check back later, I got to go do my cardio and strenght training for the day.

DANCINGGRAMMY SparkPoints: (15)
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2/10/12 11:40 A

I have been stuck on the same weight for the last week.Grrrr I have been either at or below my calories, my calories goal say eat from 1290-1640 range so I try to stay at 1200-1600, but some days may be 1170 just a little below. Some days right on target. I excerise 60 minutes a day 6 days a week. I can't figure out why I'm not losing any more weight. I lost the first 8 pounds at a good regular pace,but it slowed down and now it has came to a screeching halt. I got over 80 pounds of fat to lose so my body has plenty of reserve to burn off. Any help or advise would be greatly appreciated as I really am trying hard to lose this weight. Thanks for listening and have a great friday everyone.

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