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April 10, 2012 3:18 PM
Hey guys, really looking for some help here. I am not over weight and only have 4kilos to go but i am still not loosing weight !! Why is this ?? I am doing everything I can, im under my calorie goal every day and im working out for an hour a day (and i dont mean light exercise). Im burning an average 650 cals a day on exercise and despite my calorie counter saying i should loose a pound a weight i havent seen any change!! Please tell me where Im going wrong ??? Any advice greatly appreciated !!
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April 10, 2012 3:19 PM
If you're not eating your calorie goal and working out twice as much as you should, I would say you are in "starvation mode".
April 10, 2012 3:28 PM
hey thanks for your reply ....im dont think im working out more than i should (an hour a day) and i dont think im starving myself, i am eating breakfast and a good dinner every day, i just happen to be below on my calories because when i work out i do not eat back my calories as to me it defeats the purpose !! I seem to have been stuck on the same weight for around 8 months and so thats why i have upped the exercise but my eating is pretty much the same !! I do not know why i cant shift the last few kilos ? have u reached your goal or are you loosing weight steadily ?
  1494619
April 10, 2012 3:30 PM
muscle is heavier than fat. Are you loosing inches rather than kilos ? Just a thought.
April 10, 2012 3:30 PM
I'm not all knowledgeable by any means but eating more seems to be the thing to do - can't hurt to try it. And starvation mode doesn't mean you feel hungry, just your metabolism slows - meaning you won't lose weight. People on here say try eating more for approximately a month - you need to eat back some of your exercise calories I think is the usual thing.
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April 10, 2012 3:35 PM
Hey, em well i guess so that wud be true, ive lost weight off my waist and ive lost weight off my thighs and they have become more defined but my kilos seem to have gone up by a kilo and a half or so. I am trying to loose 4 kilos so if im turning my fat into muscle and that weighs more then how will I end up loosing weight ??
  1494619
April 10, 2012 3:37 PM
ye i know i have heard that about eating more aswell but i couldnt bring myself to do that, i did try doing the eat every 2 hours thing where i was eating small meals but that didnt seem to work...........im getting annoyed now not seeing results !!
  1494619
April 10, 2012 3:40 PM
I agree, you should try eating at least some of your exercise calories back. Start with half for a week or two and see what happens. Also try changing up your workout.
Another thought is your carb intake. For me, when I overdo the simpler carbs like potatoes, bread and pasta, my weight goes up or I do not lose any that week.
Good Luck
April 10, 2012 3:40 PM
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when i work out i do not eat back my calories as to me it defeats the purpose !!


I have lost 14 pounds and I almost always eat back the majority of my exercise calories. The goal calories that MFP recommends you eat has already deducted for your weight loss goal for the week. Thus, your exercise calories are free calories to eat. By not eating these calories, you body is getting more accustomed to getting by on less and thus you will not lose.
  15573309
April 10, 2012 3:40 PM
You are probably under eating which is why many people stall.

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April 10, 2012 3:42 PM
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when i work out i do not eat back my calories as to me it defeats the purpose !!


yes, it defeats the purpose of working out. stop working out or start eating properly.
April 10, 2012 3:42 PM
If you open up your diary, we might be able to provide additional suggestions!
  15573309
April 10, 2012 3:46 PM
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when i work out i do not eat back my calories as to me it defeats the purpose !!


yes, it defeats the purpose of working out. stop working out or start eating properly.


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April 10, 2012 3:50 PM
Thanks guys, I know everyone hear seems to be saying that i should be eating more so maybe it is something that i should look into, today for example i have had 1300 or so calories so its not that im starving, ive had cereal, fruit, meat and veg , ive even had a gin and tonic!! So i dont know, maybe i should try and eat more but i do not where to draw the line at eating enough and over eating, as i said in a recent post, i generally have 3 meals a day plus 2 snacks! Could there be any other reasons for not loosing weight ??
  1494619
April 10, 2012 3:51 PM
Eating back exercise calories has worked well for me personally. I know that's just one personal experience, but if what you've been doing is no longer working, it's a good time to try something a little different. Also don't forget to take a rest day every now and then. :-)
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April 10, 2012 3:51 PM
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So i dont know, maybe i should try and eat more but i do not where to draw the line at eating enough and over eating


Eat until it says "0 calories remaining".

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Could there be any other reasons for not loosing weight ??


Perhaps, but undereating seems to be the #1 or #2 most common cause here on MFP.
Edited by taso42 On April 10, 2012 3:53 PM
April 10, 2012 3:52 PM
This might be helpful:
http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/512956-tdee-what-is-it-and-why-you-should-not-eat-below-your-bmr
April 10, 2012 3:52 PM
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when i work out i do not eat back my calories as to me it defeats the purpose !!


yes, it defeats the purpose of working out. stop working out or start eating properly.


Ya, this. The deficit is already included in your calorie goal. You make it bigger by exercising and too big by not eating the exercise calories back.
April 10, 2012 3:53 PM
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I agree, you should try eating at least some of your exercise calories back. Start with half for a week or two and see what happens. Also try changing up your workout.
Another thought is your carb intake. For me, when I overdo the simpler carbs like potatoes, bread and pasta, my weight goes up or I do not lose any that week.
Good Luck


Hey thanks a million for your reply, i tend not to overdo it where possible on the carbs they are a nightmare i know !!
  1494619
April 10, 2012 3:55 PM
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when i work out i do not eat back my calories as to me it defeats the purpose !!


yes, it defeats the purpose of working out. stop working out or start eating properly.


this one. if you don't eat, you don't fuel your body properly, and it holds on to fat which is stored energy.
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April 10, 2012 3:56 PM
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when i work out i do not eat back my calories as to me it defeats the purpose !!


yes, it defeats the purpose of working out. stop working out or start eating properly.


Ya, this. The deficit is already included in your calorie goal. You make it bigger by exercising and too big by not eating the exercise calories back.


ok i get ya, thanks for that, god i will have to try eat back some of my calories from now on !!
  1494619
April 10, 2012 3:56 PM
QUOTE:

I agree, you should try eating at least some of your exercise calories back. Start with half for a week or two and see what happens. Also try changing up your workout.
Another thought is your carb intake. For me, when I overdo the simpler carbs like potatoes, bread and pasta, my weight goes up or I do not lose any that week.
Good Luck



There is much misunderstanding about Carbs. Potatoes and bread are not necessarily simple carbs. See link:
http://howtothinkthin.com/instincts2.htm

Also, I always eat back my exercise calories. You will likely hit a plateau the closer you are to goal weight. I've been trying ZigZag calorie counts, but it's too soon to tell whether I'll get results.
April 10, 2012 3:57 PM
Im not an expert hun but i do think you need to eat your calories up as its probs like you are in starvation mode.? I remember years ago when i lost a lot of weight with weightwatchers i got stuck at a certain weight think it was around 8 stone 3 or something but she recommended i didnt go any lower. But this time round when i went to weightwatchers only a few years back i got stuck but it was because i wasnt eating my exercise calories orbasically not eating all my daily qouta. Try just eating them hun for a week see how it goes? xx
  20712519
April 10, 2012 3:58 PM
Eat until it says "0 calories remaining".



Perhaps, but undereating seems to be the #1 or #2 most common cause here on MFP.


ok i will give this a go but i think i wil find myself looking for things to eat to fill up my calories !! hahaha!!!! thanks for your help !!
  1494619
April 10, 2012 3:59 PM
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Im not an expert hun but i do think you need to eat your calories up as its probs like you are in starvation mode.? I remember years ago when i lost a lot of weight with weightwatchers i got stuck at a certain weight think it was around 8 stone 3 or something but she recommended i didnt go any lower. But this time round when i went to weightwatchers only a few years back i got stuck but it was because i wasnt eating my exercise calories orbasically not eating all my daily qouta. Try just eating them hun for a week see how it goes? xx


ok chica, thanks i will really aim to give it a go and eat all the calories and see if it makes any difference , please god it will cuz its driving me mad been stuck at the same weight for so long !!
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