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February 6, 2013 6:41 AM
I lost weight doing South Beach. Went to counting calories on January 15th and started to gain weight after a few days. Gained back almost all I lost. I upped my calories from 1200 to 1400 and I have been losing slowly but steadily since I started eating the 1400 calories. I have been going over a few calories but have not been eating my exercise calories back, and I have been exercising about an hour five-ish times a week.
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February 6, 2013 6:45 AM
I'm with you. I feel your frustration because I am there as well. However I know that what others are saying is most likely true. Even for me. Meaning...Doctors are practicioners heavy on the workd PRACTICE. Two months is not being impatient in my opinion but have you taken your before and after measurements. I have officially lost 7.5 inches over all since I started Jan2 and I am yo yo ing between 3-4 lbs weight loss. 1000 calorie intake seems way to little for someone who is working out daily for that matter just living.

I once gaine 25lbs because I wasn't eating enough. REALLY! I joine WW and they told me to eat 5 times a day. Not candy bars of course but there were complexed carbs..regular simple carbs...and healthy fats in my meals. I lost 35 lbs doing this.

I would talk with some other nutritionists about what your calorie intake really should be.
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February 6, 2013 6:48 AM
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For the past few weeks I've been completely plateaued!
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For the past few weeks, I've been going to the gym EVERY DAY and sometimes even TWICE a day! And, honestly, the exercise seems to be what stopped the weight loss....which doesn't make ANY sense!


When you start an exercise program, it's normal to hold onto water weight to help muscles repair. That can mask weight loss. It's normal and temporary.

And if you're going twice a day, you might be overtraining, too.
Edited by LorinaLynn On February 6, 2013 7:02 AM
February 6, 2013 7:06 AM
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It's this diet doctor that my friends have all gone to...and they've all successfully lost TONS of weight! One lost 80, one lost 50, and I'm not sure about the other...

To be fair, I have less to lose than they did. I'm down to needing to lose between 20 and 40 pounds (20 will get me into the healthy range...40 will put me closer to the bottom of my healthy range...)

For the first month, I wasn't allowed to eat anything except fish/meat, non-starchy vegetables and 2 servings of fruit per day. I lost 18 1/2 pounds that first month. Since then I keep losing and gaining another 2 pounds and I seem to be stuck around 20 pounds of weight loss. (The rest on my ticker was from before I started this diet).



Do you think it's normal to lose 18 pounds in one month. It's not.. and I wouldn't be suprised if it all came back on. You need to be geared towards a lifestyle change, not a diet. You need to make long term plans, not short term ones. If you want to lose the weight and keep it off, you need to see a registered dietician, not a "diet doctor".
February 6, 2013 7:09 AM
It sounds to me like you may be in the "fit" stage level. If your are just trying to look lean and slightly ripped it will be harder to lose that extra bit of body fat. You will have to trick your body into losing it.

Try upping your caloric intake to 1200-1500 with Protein/Carbs/Fat in that order of most to least. Incorporate a supplementation of Fish Oils for Omega 3 & 6, also add a mutlivitamin if you haven't done so already. Such low caloric levels mean your losing out on some essential minerals and such.

Then since you're not hungry much use the Intermittent Fasting approach, whereby you intake your calories in an 8 hour window; essentially fasting for 16. What I am doing now is eating between 12:00-20:00 so I can still have supper with family/friends etc (I also supplement with protein shakes because I can't afford 2 steak dinners daily). Try to do your exercising in the morning while you are fasted. I use a BCAA supplement (14g pre and post workout) to counter any muscle loss. Training while fasted will make the body attack fat cell calories more than food calories if you've been training at the end of the day. Drinking water is highly recommended during the fast, and coffee WITHOUT whitener or sugars (sweeteners) may help give you that push.

Try it if you like.

Here's some info for you to read more...

http://www.leangains.com/2010/04/leangains-guide.html
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February 6, 2013 7:17 AM
Have you measured inches??? Also, are you doing strength training? Are you sore? If your sore, then you tore muscle. If you tore muscle, your muscles will have retain fluid to repair the muscle. If your strength training, you should be building muscle. Muscle weighs more than fat but takes up less space.

Also, if your stressing about it, this will only make matters worse. If I am stressed, my body will not lose weight no matter what I do.

How does your water intake look? If your not drinking enough water, your body will retain fluids.
February 6, 2013 7:29 AM
I know that 18 pounds in a month isn't normal. I also know that the first 8 pounds was in the first week and was mostly water weight because I gave up all liquids except water and I dropped my sodium intake DRASTICALLY. As for the other 10 pounds...I don't think 10 pounds in 3 weeks is really that abnormal when you start a new weight loss regime.

Most of my workout is cardio. I joined a new gym and the equipment looks completely foriegn to me for some reason! lol

As for the stress...that could be a problem...I'm a single working mom with more on my plate than I can handle most of the time. I think it's why I've become addicted to cardio...it's a mindless hour or two a day when I can forget my problems for a little bit!

I'm doing A LOT better with my water intake since starting this diet...I've never been a drinker of really anything...even sodas, which I loved, would get thrown away half full at the end of the day. So, I've been extremely conscious of taking in more water...that being said, I still have a REALLY hard time drinking more than 4 to 5 glasses a day...
February 6, 2013 7:45 AM
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For the first month, I wasn't allowed to eat anything except fish/meat, non-starchy vegetables and 2 servings of fruit per day.

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I can't have anything dairy, I can't have eggs, etc.

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in moderation...like a serving of carrots once a week...

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a small serving of brown rice once a week...half a sweet potato...)

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A diet that doensn't allow you to eat this, that, and that, is generally not what you want if you want a long-term solution. a serving of carrots once a week??
You lost some weight the first month, but my guess is, as you already pointed out, it was mostly water weight. If you want to lose body weight, eat more, eat healthy, eat everything you want, and eat untill you reach -20% of your TDEE.

Try to get as much protein in as you can
Try to get as much water in as you can
Don't over-exercise :-)
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February 6, 2013 7:46 AM
I totally sympathize with you!! I am in the same boat! The first week I dropped like 4- 5 lbs, then a lb or 2 since, but have stayed between 171 and 173 for the last 2 weeks. I workout 5 times/wk, and have , for the most part, stayed below my calories, which I thought would increase my weight loss! It is definitely frustrating! From the responses you have gotten, it does appear that we are just not eating enough. Let's take everyone's advice and see where we are in a few weeks! WE CAN DO THIS smile
February 6, 2013 7:49 AM
My opinion, doctor's aren't qualified to give nutritional advice. You should see an nutritionist if you are going to rely on someone else's opinion. The problem with having such a low calorie intake is eventually you will get sick of only being able to eat 1000 calories a day, and you are going to give in one day, then it will turn into two days... and then there goes the whole diet. i've seen it happen so many times, and i've done it also.
February 6, 2013 8:11 AM
Your weight has plateaued because your not eating enough calories and your metabolism is in starvation mode, so your body is clinging onto anything you eat. A better idea would be to increase your calorie intake to 1400 calories. You might be thinking you need to reduce your calorie intake even further, no, stop! Increase those calories. I read an article the other day about a woman who was obese and was convinced her weight had nothing to do with her diet because during the week she ate hardly any calories, well this was true but she'd binge at the weekend, her body was in starvation mode, so when she had those binge days her body would just hold the calories.
February 6, 2013 8:29 AM
I think the hardest part for me to understand is why MFP is telling me to eat 1,200 calories a day (without exercise, at lightly active) if that's not enough calories for me to lose weight...
February 6, 2013 8:37 AM
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I think the hardest part for me to understand is why MFP is telling me to eat 1,200 calories a day (without exercise, at lightly active) if that's not enough calories for me to lose weight...


What MFP "tells" you depends on what you tell it. Pretty much everyone who gets 1200 selects their lifestyle as sedentary and their weekly goal at 2 pounds a week, whether or not that's accurate or appropriate. So that automatically takes 1000 calories off your "calories burned from normal daily activity." Plus, MFP assumes you'll add more calories by exercising, so you get a lower than normal goal because of that.

With 46 pounds to go (by your ticker), one pound a week is the more appropriate choice.
Edited by LorinaLynn On February 6, 2013 8:37 AM
February 6, 2013 8:38 AM
Are you drinking enough water? I had the same problem. Then I started drinking 10 huge glasses of water every single day and I instantly lost 3 pounds and now seem to be losing a pound a week.

Also, your diet sounds like something that my coworker is doing. Do you take a horomone drug along with this diet? If so, I know my coworker had a plateau from using the oral form of the drug then she switched to the shot and it seemed to be more effective...
February 6, 2013 8:41 AM
You are not eating enough calories for the amount of exercise you are getting. The first time that I started trying to lose weight, I was working out 4-5 times a week for an hour a day and eating strictly 1200 calories. I lost 5# in 3 months and most of it was probably water weight. Once I read about fueling your body and eating more when you work out, I started losing 1-3# a week.

I don't understand why a doctor would tell you to eat 1,000-1,200 calories? 1,000 calories is DEFINITELY WAY TOO LOW! Since you are not seeing a movement in the scale, up your calories but 100 or so and see if things start moving again
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February 6, 2013 8:51 AM
You've had a lot of advice and answers from the MFP community but it sounds like your question hasn't been answered, might be time to see a nutritionist.
February 6, 2013 11:54 AM
You say that a lot of your workout is cardio. Don't forget about weights and resistance training. You can still lose weight while putting on muscle if you're eating in a deficit. More muscle will also help you burn more calories too, so add some weights in to your cardio routine. I would check out your TDEE and reevaluate your calories needed. You might also benefit from talking with a dietitian, but from my experience they never told me explicitly to eat a certain amount of calories. They help with food choices, portion control and accountability.
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February 6, 2013 3:07 PM
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I'm doing A LOT better with my water intake since starting this diet...I've never been a drinker of really anything...even sodas, which I loved, would get thrown away half full at the end of the day. So, I've been extremely conscious of taking in more water...that being said, I still have a REALLY hard time drinking more than 4 to 5 glasses a day...


I have the same problem. I would be happy with a cup or 2 of coffee all day. I've had to push myself to start drinking water and it has helped me TREMENDOUSLY to add a drink mix in (not all of the time, but usually for 1/2 of the water I drink). The mix I use (Arizona Ice Tea Pomegranate Green Tea) is sugar free and everything else free. I use 1/2 pack per bottle of water and that's enough for me. I know, I know, not everyone will agree, but it works for me. I can usually manage 8-10 per day (with and without the mix), without feeling like I'm forcing it.
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February 6, 2013 3:23 PM
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Edited by TigressPat On February 6, 2013 3:24 PM
February 6, 2013 4:49 PM
When you start a new exercise program your body holds on to water to help repair your muscles you can gain or stay the same this can last 2 to 3 weeks hope this helps
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February 6, 2013 5:02 PM
I am in the same boat - diet and exercise but not losing pounds or inches.

MFP calculates me at 1200 BRM says 1400

So is that what I need to eat?
February 6, 2013 5:08 PM
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Hi - are you weighing yourself everyday? If so stop! Weigh in once (or maybe twice) a week. You could be building muscle from all your gym work - which weighs much heavier that fat. Good luck xx


Yea, and if you travel too far you might fall off the edge of the world.

Up your calories and decrease your activity, or eat those cals back!
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February 6, 2013 5:35 PM
First question is why are you on a 1000-1200 limit at this point? Anyone can lose weight short term by reducing calories but at some point you own body adjust to it and then you're stuck. You have to gradually minipulate you metabolism by exercising and actually eating more. I've proven to myself the method works. Each time I have plateaued in the last 6 months, I have added a couple hundred calories and started dropping again. It's not an overnight process, it's a long term commitment.
Many others have posted good tips in this thread as well.
Edited by rezn8 On February 6, 2013 5:39 PM
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February 7, 2013 7:52 AM
IMHO,

You need to eat back the calories that you gained from your exercise. Your body is staving because of the added exercise, which then it forces it to store the fat. Try it for a week. If it does not work, what have you lost?
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February 7, 2013 9:11 AM
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QUOTE:

It's this diet doctor that my friends have all gone to...and they've all successfully lost TONS of weight! One lost 80, one lost 50, and I'm not sure about the other...

To be fair, I have less to lose than they did. I'm down to needing to lose between 20 and 40 pounds (20 will get me into the healthy range...40 will put me closer to the bottom of my healthy range...)

For the first month, I wasn't allowed to eat anything except fish/meat, non-starchy vegetables and 2 servings of fruit per day. I lost 18 1/2 pounds that first month. Since then I keep losing and gaining another 2 pounds and I seem to be stuck around 20 pounds of weight loss. (The rest on my ticker was from before I started this diet).



Do you think it's normal to lose 18 pounds in one month. It's not.. and I wouldn't be suprised if it all came back on. You need to be geared towards a lifestyle change, not a diet. You need to make long term plans, not short term ones. If you want to lose the weight and keep it off, you need to see a registered dietician, not a "diet doctor".


Many accomplish this fast weight loss and stick to the lifestyle entailed in keeping it. It is normal (dependant on BF%) to shed that much weight in the first month mostly from water retention. I for one lost that much in January and did not notice a difference in waist size until late last week. Now that the water weight is gone I only seem to be losing about 1.5 - 2lbs a week (based on my scale). This means the weight loss program I am on is now accommodating to my stable (actual) body weight since the clean diets minimize this water retention associated with bad diets.

She is probably retaining water again and now needs to up her caloric intake for the body to release the water she is retaining.
Starting out on such low caloric intakes is ok usually when you are OBESE and the weight being carried is immediately dangerous to ones health. Think of gastric bypass surgery. She is not obese, now she needs to start eating closer to her BMR to start seeing results again.

http://www.webmd.com/diet/guide/lose-weight-fast-how-to-do-it-safely
http://www.leangains.com/2010/01/how-to-deal-with-water-retention-part.html
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