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May 31, 2011 5:26 AM
Ok I have been busting my butt for months. Since last summer. I admit that it has not always been the best butt busting but I have been working hard and I am no closer to getting into my clothes then I was last summer. These last few weeks I have really really been busting my butt at the gym really really watching what I eat, staying under my cals by 3-600. YET I am gaining weight! WTH> I am back up to 160lbs and at Christmas I was at 151lbs. WHAT am I doing wrong I am so frusterated. I just don't understand. PLEASE I don't know what else to do. I am running 3 miles or biking outside or spin class, I lift weights, I workout out 4-6 days a week. on the weekends I admit to not staying on course with food as well as I should but I am still ususally under cals. because I work out.
  614191
May 31, 2011 5:30 AM
one of two things to consider...
1. you are building muscle faster than you are burning fat. but there is a silver lining to this, muscle burns more calories than fat does while your body is at rest and while its building and repairing. the weight drop will come.
or
2. you might have cut too many colories and pushed your body into a starvation mode with out knowing and your body just doesnt want to burn the energy and fat stores it has.

some of the women in my office had the same thing, and it was usually one of these two situations.
May 31, 2011 5:30 AM
I was in the same situation but started losing again when i satarted eating a bit more. Staying under by 3-600 is too much. Try to always eat your 1200 plus and exercise calories you have burnt.
May 31, 2011 5:32 AM
Thanks!
Here are some examples maybe this will help
these are 3 of the last few days
Cals
  614191
May 31, 2011 5:32 AM
Thanks!
Here are some examples maybe this will help
these are 3 of the last few days
Cals
  614191
May 31, 2011 5:33 AM
MFP already cuts your cals by 500, so if you are cutting an additional 300-500, you are way to low on calories. Then if you add exercise on top of that, your so far below your NET calories that your body is storing fat. This is a prime example of starvation mode and what can happen if you are not eating your exercise calories.

You HAVE to net atleast 1200, at the bare minimum and then you HAVE to replace your exercise calories. You burn 500, you eat an extra 500. There is a reson MFP gives you back those calories.

As a FITNESS PROFESSIONAL you are eating way to little. I tell al my clients to eat with in 100-150 of what mfp says either plus or negative. Its not the end of the world if you go over with healthy food on days you workout, but its a big deal to be under.
May 31, 2011 5:47 AM
This is 3 of my days
Cals Carbs Fat Pro
DID- 1018 91 48 43


Rem- 665 140 7 19
Work out cals 293


cals carbs fat pro

Did 1162 181 34 40

Rem 1171 139 43 47
work out cals 943


Cals carbs fat pro
did 1297 120 29 40

Rem 667 149 35 33
work out cals 574



Now here is my things While I know I need a little bit more cals because I workout I think that the amount of cals they say I have is just nuts. If I would eat over 2000 cals I would never lose any weight. Of course I am not losing any weight staying under my cals range of 1390 at the start of my day.
  614191
May 31, 2011 5:52 AM
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May 31, 2011 5:54 AM
QUOTE:

MFP already cuts your cals by 500, so if you are cutting an additional 300-500, you are way to low on calories. Then if you add exercise on top of that, your so far below your NET calories that your body is storing fat. This is a prime example of starvation mode and what can happen if you are not eating your exercise calories.

You HAVE to net atleast 1200, at the bare minimum and then you HAVE to replace your exercise calories. You burn 500, you eat an extra 500. There is a reson MFP gives you back those calories.

As a FITNESS PROFESSIONAL you are eating way to little. I tell al my clients to eat with in 100-150 of what mfp says either plus or negative. Its not the end of the world if you go over with healthy food on days you workout, but its a big deal to be under.


How do you do that, I already feel like I am stuffing myself most days. I guess I am just not understanding that if I start my day out at 1390 cals and then add for workouts that I am going to lose weight. Maybe I am just not eating the right food. I know I have a problem with carbs, I love bread and pasta. I also know I have issuses with protien I don't like meet very much although I do eat it some. I HATE beans, and nuts ( love ) are too high in fat. I have tried tofu ( gross ) For me it is a textur thing and it is very very hard to get past if you know what I mean.
  614191
May 31, 2011 7:01 AM
Feel free to look at my food journal. I eat close to 2300-3000 a day and have lost 83 pounds by exercising for 45-60 minutes 6 days a week and eating correctly. Just don't look at this weekend :)

Protien shakes with whole milk, Endorux R4 (recovery shake) after workouts, protien bars, nuts (like almonds, pecans, brazilain nuts, exct...), string cheese, cottage cheese, greek yogurt, and fruit are great snacks. YOu should eat 5-7 small meals a day.


I always tell my cleints to exercise respondlibly- if your gonna bust your a$$ in the workout, make sure you can eat back the cal's or else you are wastng your time.

Your situation is what happens when you are not eating enough. YOU HAVE TO EAT TO LOSE, its plain and simple. You have WAY to may calories left. Like I said, PRIME example of what happens when you don't eat back your calories. IF you started eating with in 100-150 cal's left, you would lose weight.

IF you opened your diary to teh public I could offer additional insight to your eatibng.
May 31, 2011 7:05 AM
Also, check out this thread, he does a very good job of explaining it http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/10589-for-those-confused-or-questioning-eating-your-exercise-calo
May 31, 2011 7:33 AM
Thank you so much I added you as a freind so that you can see my stuff. Yeah I didn't even bother putting it in this weekend. I know I should have but I didn't. I know that I didn't go over board other then sunday however. Thank you for your help BTW
  614191
May 31, 2011 8:26 AM
It is funny that you posted this because I am honestly in the same boat...I didn't realize that MFP already cuts the calories. I have a limit of 1490 without exercise. I work out 45 mins cardio usually at least 4x a week (sometimes more). I have been working very hard in the last 3 weeks and have only lost 4lbs. I am new to all of this stuff so I wasn't sure what to do and how many calories I should cut/eat etc. I am WAY over weight and want to get down to at least 185 (i started at 248). I am frustrated that I have only lost 4lbs. I get 1490 a day without exercise.....

So I am wondering if I am in the same boat with the starvation mode. I am just not sure how many I should cut and eating pretty good and have only gone over on calories once....

Soo...as you get feedback, I am looking for myself!!! Thanks and good luck!!!
May 31, 2011 10:26 AM
I'm also experiencing the same problem. I'm on my 3rd week of the P90X Lean program and I've gained almost 5lbs! I really hope it's muscle but I'm not seeing any results yet - opinions? advice?

Thanks!
May 31, 2011 10:39 AM
Hi Erin,

Thanks for posting your website. I am a bit confused about the "net calorie" thing. Is it that you can eat back the calories you lose and still lose weight?
May 31, 2011 11:14 AM
Muscle does not weigh more than fat. A pound is pound. Trying eating closer to your calorie goal. Please eat your food, nurioush your bodies!
May 31, 2011 11:25 AM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

MFP already cuts your cals by 500, so if you are cutting an additional 300-500, you are way to low on calories. Then if you add exercise on top of that, your so far below your NET calories that your body is storing fat. This is a prime example of starvation mode and what can happen if you are not eating your exercise calories.

You HAVE to net atleast 1200, at the bare minimum and then you HAVE to replace your exercise calories. You burn 500, you eat an extra 500. There is a reson MFP gives you back those calories.

As a FITNESS PROFESSIONAL you are eating way to little. I tell al my clients to eat with in 100-150 of what mfp says either plus or negative. Its not the end of the world if you go over with healthy food on days you workout, but its a big deal to be under.


How do you do that, I already feel like I am stuffing myself most days. I guess I am just not understanding that if I start my day out at 1390 cals and then add for workouts that I am going to lose weight. Maybe I am just not eating the right food. I know I have a problem with carbs, I love bread and pasta. I also know I have issuses with protien I don't like meet very much although I do eat it some. I HATE beans, and nuts ( love ) are too high in fat. I have tried tofu ( gross ) For me it is a textur thing and it is very very hard to get past if you know what I mean.


Keep in mind that the fat in nuts are a good fat that your body needs. I agree that you are eating to few calories, try cutting the items with sugar out too if you can.
May 31, 2011 12:15 PM
Hi Armywife, I looked at your food diary and this is what I see right off the bat
Wednesday - you ate 1000 calories and burned 293 of them with excercise so your net was only 707 calories- 683 calories short of your daily goal (keep in mind that your body will go into starvation mode if you are under 1200 net calories on a consistent basis)
Thursday - you ate 1162 calories and then burned 943 of them giving you a net of 219 calories!!
Friday - you ate 1297 calories and burned 574 - net calories 723

Now do you see why you are not losing weight?? You're body is trying to hang onto every ounce because your not giving it fuel!
Like Erin said, you have to feed your body.
~Donna
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June 1, 2011 12:52 AM
thank you all I am now understanding that I need to eat more, now the question is WHAT do I eat?
  614191
June 1, 2011 10:26 AM
QUOTE:

Muscle does not weigh more than fat. A pound is pound. Trying eating closer to your calorie goal. Please eat your food, nurioush your bodies!


Right, but a pound of muslce is much smaller than a pound of fat. I think when people say "muscle weighs more than fat" they really mean the size of one compared to the other.
June 3, 2011 9:35 AM
thanks everyone I have been trying to do better about getting all my cals in!
  614191
June 3, 2011 10:42 AM
smooched This post was PRICELESS!!! The replies were fantastic...
Every time I have a question moving around in my head it's like someone is thinking the same thing. And then baam there is the answer from all of you.

And then all those doubts about whether or not this will work ... Goes flying away!!!

THANK YOU FOR THIS
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June 4, 2011 4:51 AM
Bingo, at last someone in exactly the same shoes as me..........what are we doing wrong. I only want to loose 1 1/2 to getbme back to what I was after my first child, hormones Are a bit of an issue but other than that I go to the gym 3-5 times a week, spinning, punch classescascwell as walking the dog and working at the same time. I would normally be in the habit of eating breakfast and then nothing till tea time just because things are so hectic so started a few weeks ago to eat regularly three meals a with two fruit snacks and I'm putting weight on!!!!!!!!!!! Do you think we are eating enough calories?


Plse friend me as it would be great to know how your getting on.

Rachel
June 4, 2011 4:54 AM
So how do I get my body put of starvation mode............. And how long does it take as I have been trying for a month or so!

Any help would be very grateful.

Rabc
June 4, 2011 5:00 AM
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