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    Why am I not losing weight?

    So I've mostly been doing cardio on the elliptical for 1 hour x5 days per week. I typically burn about 520 calories, I'll be drenched in sweat because i change inclines a lot throughout the workout. I limit myself to 1300 calories per day as well, just of whatever I want or feel like eating as long as I dont pass the calorie limit I set for myself. I'm losing some weight but it just doesn't feel like its happening fast enough, I've been doing this for 2 months now and no change. I'm 140lbs and it hasn't budged but I can tell based on my clothes that I've lost some.

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    Usually the answer is to eat less until you start to see weight loss. But if you're doing cardio 5 days/week maybe don't go lower than 1200 and def not below 1000. And make sure eating "whatever I want" doesn't mean your 1300 cal is coming from junk food, alcohol, etc. This applies in general when working out, but esp on a low cal diet, make sure you're getting a lot of protein and sleeping enough.

    If you weren't active before 2 months ago, you may be losing fat while gaining muscle. You said the scale hasn't changed but your clothes fit looser - so don't rely on the scale as the only indicator of progress. In addition to how your clothes fit, you could also measure your waist or use the old look in the mirror test.

    Also the calorie meter on the elliptical isn't accurate. You may want to mix it up and add spin class or treadmill, or even add some light weight training.

    To me it sounds like what you're doing is working, so keep at it - maybe just tweak your calories and training a little. Progress is never really as fast as we'd like it.
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    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    Usually the answer is to eat less until you start to see weight loss. But if you're doing cardio 5 days/week maybe don't go lower than 1200 and def not below 1000. And make sure eating "whatever I want" doesn't mean your 1300 cal is coming from junk food, alcohol, etc. This applies in general when working out, but esp on a low cal diet, make sure you're getting a lot of protein and sleeping enough.

    If you weren't active before 2 months ago, you may be losing fat while gaining muscle. You said the scale hasn't changed but your clothes fit looser - so don't rely on the scale as the only indicator of progress. In addition to how your clothes fit, you could also measure your waist or use the old look in the mirror test.

    Also the calorie meter on the elliptical isn't accurate. You may want to mix it up and add spin class or treadmill, or even add some light weight training.

    To me it sounds like what you're doing is working, so keep at it - maybe just tweak your calories and training a little. Progress is never really as fast as we'd like it.
    I mean, its not total junk but its not the healthiest. I'll try adding better food in and seeing if that helps. Yeah, for some reason the scale never really moves with me so I'm not really sure whats going on.. I just make sure with my workouts that I'm SWEATING, like water running down my face for a good amount of the workout despite what the calories burned say.
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    How many cals you calculate is quite arbitrary if scale weight doesn't change. The real accuracy comes from adjusting calories based on weight change.

    To give you an example:

    1. Person expends 2500 a day. He eats 2500 but counts it as 1800. Scale weight does not change.

    2. Person reduces calories by 20%. He's now eating 2000 but counts it as 1500.

    3. Person loses 1lbs per week (est. 500 deficit per day).

    4. He acknowledges his TDEE as 2000 cals, doesn't matter because he counts 2.5k worth of food as 2k. Everything still works.
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    Hi ! Below are the three basics of fat loss
    1.Eat less
    2.Do Cardio Exercises
    3.Include Strength Training

    3rd point “Strength Training” is presently missing in your plan and should be included.

    Strength training increases muscle mass which in turn increases metabolism therefore one is being able to burn more calories throughout the day.

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    Another thing your not factoring in is water retention. How much water your body retains fluctuates week to week. When your physically very active your body will start retaining more water weight. Whenever I go on a weight loss program I dont just rely on a scale, but also keep a log of bodyfat measurents every few weeks.
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    Originally Posted by nicole019 View Post
    I mean, its not total junk but its not the healthiest. I'll try adding better food in and seeing if that helps. Yeah, for some reason the scale never really moves with me so I'm not really sure whats going on.. I just make sure with my workouts that I'm SWEATING, like water running down my face for a good amount of the workout despite what the calories burned say.
    You definitely need to change the diet most. That is the key honestly. Soda, junk food etc as others have said will destroy your chances. I cut out soda and lost 10 pounds from that alone in time. Sweating or cardio is not the answer alone. If you change your diet, you will be surprised of the results.
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    Originally Posted by nicole019 View Post
    I mean, its not total junk but its not the healthiest. I'll try adding better food in and seeing if that helps. Yeah, for some reason the scale never really moves with me so I'm not really sure whats going on.. I just make sure with my workouts that I'm SWEATING, like water running down my face for a good amount of the workout despite what the calories burned say.
    Name of foods don't matter, portions do, so ignore the whole "junk/healthy" mantra. You could eat an excess of "healthy" foods and gain weight. You could eat of deficit of "junk" foods, and lose weight. Calories in, calories out.

    How are you measuring and tracking your intake?

    Are you attempting to "eat back" exercise calories?
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    I kind of agree with BS57, a calorie is a calorie is a calorie.

    But... If I eat 300 calories of cotton candy I won't be kept full for long, it might even cause hunger pangs 30 minutes later.

    If I eat 300 calories of canned green beans/french beans, that's 3.5 cans!! I won't want to eat for half a day after that.

    Wise food choices including fresh vegetables help, but due to the satiety (how long they keep you full) rather than any "good calories" or " bad calories" nonsense you sometimes read

    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition...-filling-foods
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    I kind of agree w/ OFT above, both on a calorie is a calorie and certain types of foods keeping you feeling full longer. But I assume most people who want to lose weight also want to stay healthy, and proper nutrition and a somewhat balanced diet don't go out the window just b/c someone is on a calorie deficit.

    So at 1300 calories or possibly lower, especially if exercising 5x/week, someone should be extra picky about what they eat, to make sure they get enough nutrients - especially protein. For ex, if you eat an entire big bag of chips (we've all done it at some point), you're done for the day - while if you were on a dirty bulk and did it, you'd still get most of what you need from other stuff you're shoveling into your mouth.

    For your body and metabolism to get the most out of the whole cardio/dieting process, I think it does help to have the calories come from healthy food incl. protein sources.
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    Originally Posted by air2fakie View Post
    I kind of agree w/ OFT above, both on a calorie is a calorie and certain types of foods keeping you feeling full longer. But I assume most people who want to lose weight also want to stay healthy, and proper nutrition and a somewhat balanced diet don't go out the window just b/c someone is on a calorie deficit.

    So at 1300 calories or possibly lower, especially if exercising 5x/week, someone should be extra picky about what they eat, to make sure they get enough nutrients - especially protein. For ex, if you eat an entire big bag of chips (we've all done it at some point), you're done for the day - while if you were on a dirty bulk and did it, you'd still get most of what you need from other stuff you're shoveling into your mouth.

    For your body and metabolism to get the most out of the whole cardio/dieting process, I think it does help to have the calories come from healthy food incl. protein sources.

    I've read enough to know the calories in/out. I understand it is better for my in longevity for my diet to eat healthier but i focus on 1300 per day. I track is in an app on my phone.

    This was weird.. after the gym it felt like I was body slammed into the wall the next day. I went for a walk for 10 mins and was sweating and felt faint. i had to stay in bed all day.. I didn't feel sick but my body felt sooooooooooo exhausted.

    Has anyone else experience that?
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    Originally Posted by nicole019 View Post
    This was weird.. after the gym it felt like I was body slammed into the wall the next day. I went for a walk for 10 mins and was sweating and felt faint. i had to stay in bed all day.. I didn't feel sick but my body felt sooooooooooo exhausted.

    Has anyone else experience that?

    Yes, I experienced it while on a cut.
    I've ate and I felt better.
    Maybe not enough nutrients?!


    Some questions:
    1. How fat are you? You said you have 140lbs, but what is your height? How is your bone structure?
    2. "I'm 140lbs and it hasn't budged but I can tell based on my clothes that I've lost some." - so what does it matter more? To looked more fit or to weight less? In my opinion, if you're looking better in the mirror, that's a progress.
    3. What foods do you eat? I know that for some people this doesn't matter because "calories are calories, bro", but it might be important
    4. Do you have other problems? Constipation, water retention?


    Like others said, I would include some weight lifting. Cardio is good, but it doesn't keep the muscle mass while on a deficit like weight lifting does.
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    Originally Posted by nicole019 View Post
    I've read enough to know the calories in/out. I understand it is better for my in longevity for my diet to eat healthier but i focus on 1300 per day. I track is in an app on my phone.

    This was weird.. after the gym it felt like I was body slammed into the wall the next day. I went for a walk for 10 mins and was sweating and felt faint. i had to stay in bed all day.. I didn't feel sick but my body felt sooooooooooo exhausted.

    Has anyone else experience that?
    maybe if you have a zero carb diet? Otherwise maybe you were just a little sick that day and it hit you much harder than normal due to the diet. Take it easy and look after yourself.
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    Originally Posted by nicole019 View Post
    This was weird.. after the gym it felt like I was body slammed into the wall the next day. I went for a walk for 10 mins and was sweating and felt faint. i had to stay in bed all day.. I didn't feel sick but my body felt sooooooooooo exhausted.
    A lot of things can contribute to that - empty stomach, dehydration, lack of sleep, slight sickness - either at that time, the days before, or just overall w/ pushing yourself hard and dieting. Sounds a bit like dehydration but who knows - if it happened once I wouldn't worry about it, sometimes your body just needs a rest in general. If it starts happening more often, then maybe there's an ongoing issue.
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    Not losing weight = consuming too many calories

    The vast majority of people are completely off when it comes to monitoring their calorie intake. Anything from forgetting to include a bite of chocolate, to misjudging a serving size, to saying "well, my app has the nutrition facts for 90% lean ground beef--this beef is 80% lean, that's close enough" will add up to significant discrepancies between what you're consuming vs. what you think you've consumed.

    I read a study ages ago, I think done by Layne Norton (or referenced by him, I don't remember the details) that basically found that, when people who were new to the ideas of calorie tracking were told "eat 2000 calories per day", the average person ate closer to 3000.

    It's much harder than just plugging in food names to an app, and will take a while to get the hang of. If you haven't lost weight in two months, your tracking is inaccurate
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    Blinkmoore is right. Unless you measure/weigh and track food (at least for just a week to see it) you'll be hopefully out.

    First time I measured a portion (it was breakfast cereal) it was a real moment of: WTF???? THAT tiny amount is supposed to be a portion???
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    I’ll start to track my calories more accurately.

    I’m finding every time after I have a gym session I’m tired all day. Not to the point of being unable to do anything but I’ll just feel really tired? Maybe I should start going to do workouts before I go to sleep?

    Also I’ve just started drinking water the last few days and taken off diet sodas.. I’ve been SUPER bloated! Again, is that normal? I’m not worried because it’s water.. it’s not like I’m chugging 2L of beer.. it’s 2L of water.
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    It feels good to drink the water and my body wants it but DAMN my stomach is huuuuuuge. Is it because it’s adjusting to the change of diet sofa to now just plain water?
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    Originally Posted by nicole019 View Post
    I’m finding every time after I have a gym session I’m tired all day. Not to the point of being unable to do anything but I’ll just feel really tired? Maybe I should start going to do workouts before I go to sleep?
    That's not a bad idea, although if you feel your tiredness is unnatural given the intensity of your workouts you may want to look further into that. Also, some people find it hard to sleep if they work out at night but doesn't sound like you'll have that problem.

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    Also I’ve just started drinking water the last few days and taken off diet sodas.. I’ve been SUPER bloated! Again, is that normal?
    I'm not sure if bloating is the typical result of switching to water if you've literally been drinking and hydrating with diet soda instead of water for a long time, incl. the last 2 months - but think you're making the right move regardless. If you weren't drinking water at all & were only drinking diet soda that probably would have some effect on how efficiently your body/metabolism reacts to the dieting and working out.
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    Yeah, the bloating is weird. I’ll see how long that lasts.. the thought though of drinking Soda, diet or not makes me feel sick though
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    Also, would wanting to do more cardio, say 1.5 hours be too much?

    I’m really motivated to lose the weight to just get it the eff off of me. Is there a thing as working out too much that it would do something weird to my body? Or I could just work out more than 5 days per week I guess too.
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    It's usually easier to reduce calories rather than add cardio.

    Some cardio is good, too much is bad. Where to draw the line is not an easy answer and is mostly down to your individual conditioning.
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    Also, would wanting to do more cardio, say 1.5 hours be too much?

    I’m really motivated to lose the weight to just get it the eff off of me. Is there a thing as working out too much that it would do something weird to my body? Or I could just work out more than 5 days per week I guess too.
    1 hour of sweaty cardio 5x/week is probably enough since it sounds like your body is pretty tired afterwards. As you get in better shape, you can make the workouts longer or more days/week. When you do that, you may want to mix in some weight training or bodyweight exercises rather than just doing more cardio (for variety, muscle gains and since they also burn calories).

    If you reduce calories, first as suggested by others make sure you're calculating them correctly so you know whether your starting 1300 is accurate - then if you reduce just track how you feel as you get closer to / below 1000 since you want to eat enough in general and to fuel your workouts.

    It sounds like there might be a few things that were contributing to the lack of movement on the scale - possibly inaccurate calorie count or need to reduce further (probably mostly these two), lack of proper nutrition/protein from what you eat, and a diet soda / no water hydration issue. It should all work itself out as you get things in line, so keep motivated and don't forget your clothes were looser so you were making progress anyway. The best way to track progress is to just look in the mirror - take pictures for yourself every few weeks or month if you find it hard to tell if your body is changing since you see yourself every day.
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    Yeah, I mean at the end of the day the number on the scale doesn’t matter, it’s how I look.

    I can tell by looking in the mirror I’ve lost a bit.. but it’s still not where I want it to be. I’ll try cutting down calories.. I find 1300 is already so little but I mean at 5’2” I guess I don’t need much.

    My bra is too big for me and how shirts and my jacket is fitting is baggier now too. I know I’ve lost some. I’ve at least lost a cup size on my boobs too.

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    Ive always been a calories in/out guy. I lost 100 pounds with that mindset and kept the weight off. Then something really weird came and screwed up everything for me.

    My wife works out 5 days a week. She eats healthy, and not a lot. I know. I do all the cooking and I only cook healthy/clean foods. But despite this, she gained 30 pounds and no matter how many calories she cut, she could not lose an ounce.

    Then a few months ago she went the Dr. The DR did some tests and found out her hormones were extremely out of whack. Gave her some RX. In three months she lost 30 pounds without eating any differently or working out any differently. That screwed all my thinking up and made me re-evaluate how I look at people. For her, eating at a deficit did NOT cause her to lose weight because her hormones somehow magically stopped her from losing weight.

    So, I no longer view calories in/out as the only answer to the OP's question. I thought that way for years. But I have witnessed a 1st hand example of this formula not being so black and white.

    Edit: The weight she lost was primarily fat, too. She is now lean and muscular with definition. So not only did she lose weight... she actually lost fat. Ive analyzed this wizardry from every angle and cant get it to line up with my nutrition/food science studies.
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    Originally Posted by nicole019 View Post
    I can tell by looking in the mirror I’ve lost a bit.. but it’s still not where I want it to be. I’ll try cutting down calories.. I find 1300 is already so little but I mean at 5’2” I guess I don’t need much.
    If you look different, I imagine if you keep going as-is the number on the scale will go down. You're right, 1300 isn't a lot esp when you're working out 5 days/week, so take off another 100 (counting that & overall total accurately) and see if your weight goes down faster & if you have enough energy to get through your workout without the exhaustion after getting much worse. If you want after that, take another 100 off.

    If your weight doesn't change with another 100-200 off per day and you see yourself getting thinner, maybe buy a new scale. You'll get where you want to be, it just may not happen as fast as you like. Just stick w/ it.

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    My bra is too big for me and how shirts and my jacket is fitting is baggier now too. I know I’ve lost some. I’ve at least lost a cup size on my boobs too.
    Unfortunately we can't target exactly where the fat comes off. As your overall figure slims, I think that'll work itself out proportionately.
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    Yeah, I agree it is working just not as fast as I want it to.

    I feel super motivated to get it all off though. After today’s workout I don’t feel exhausted but more energized.
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