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TOPIC: Eating 1200 calories a day and not losing weight (5'2)

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February 7, 2013 6:09 AM
I have been dieting for about 3 weeks now. I have started at about 153 and am now 148. I lost most of that weight in the first week. I havent lost any weight in about 5 days. I eat exactly 1200 calories a day, weighing out all my food. I exercise about 3-5 times a week. I usually run about 2-3 miles or use the elliptical for about 30 min on my not so intense days. Is there something I am doing wrong? It is very discouraging when I put so much work into eating healthy and exercising and not losing weight. I wanted to lose about 1.5 lbs a week. So i need to lose about .2 lbs a day. WHY HAVE I STOPPED LOSING WEIGHT? Is this normal.

Any suggestions/help is appreciated.
  24788905
February 7, 2013 6:17 AM
Sometimes it just takes some time for your body to catch up. Give it some time, drink plenty of water. Weight loss is not often a straight line, you can lose nothing for days and then all of a sudden 2lbs will be gone.
February 7, 2013 6:18 AM
Check this out ...

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/weight-loss-plateau/MY01152

Hitting a plateau is normal when trying to lose weight. I would say try to change up your work out routine (ie. If you're on the elliptical every workout, try the row machine, spinning or other aerobics). I change up my routine, but doing a set pace run during the week then run intervals Sunday. This is just my cardio. Change it up, let me know how it goes.

Dru
  37480721
February 7, 2013 11:58 PM
QUOTE:

Sometimes it just takes some time for your body to catch up. Give it some time, drink plenty of water. Weight loss is not often a straight line, you can lose nothing for days and then all of a sudden 2lbs will be gone.


This.. And also, make sure you are netting 1200 calories per day, not just eating that amount. Meaning, after you factor in your exercise calories, make sure you eat enough to bring you back up to 1200.
February 8, 2013 4:38 AM
QUOTE:

I have been dieting for about 3 weeks now. I have started at about 153 and am now 148. I lost most of that weight in the first week. I havent lost any weight in about 5 days. I eat exactly 1200 calories a day, weighing out all my food. I exercise about 3-5 times a week. I usually run about 2-3 miles or use the elliptical for about 30 min on my not so intense days. Is there something I am doing wrong? It is very discouraging when I put so much work into eating healthy and exercising and not losing weight. I wanted to lose about 1.5 lbs a week. So i need to lose about .2 lbs a day. WHY HAVE I STOPPED LOSING WEIGHT? Is this normal.

Any suggestions/help is appreciated.


Because you need to fuel your body. With only 20 lbs to lose, you should be aiming for 1 lb per week max. In all reality it might be 1/2 - 1 lb for optimal loss. Also, if you exercise your body needs more calories. So you can either set your account to lightly active since you workout 3 days a week or you can eat back 50% of your exercise calories if MFP is estimating them. If you take the calories from the elliptical, eat 60-80% as they over estimate too.
February 8, 2013 4:45 AM
Water. Quality of food (not just calories). Eat back calories burned if possible. Remember the battle is won in the kitchen. Exercise is the "icing on the cake." The kitchen/fridge/eating is the "cake". Hang in there. You can do it. Be patient and remember this is a journey, not a battle.
February 10, 2013 5:38 PM
thanks a lot for everyone's input and help!
  24788905
February 10, 2013 5:45 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

Sometimes it just takes some time for your body to catch up. Give it some time, drink plenty of water. Weight loss is not often a straight line, you can lose nothing for days and then all of a sudden 2lbs will be gone.


This.. And also, make sure you are netting 1200 calories per day, not just eating that amount. Meaning, after you factor in your exercise calories, make sure you eat enough to bring you back up to 1200.


Yeah...and, weight loss is not linear. You don't lose .2 Lbs per day every day or xxx Lbs per week or any such thing. When you average your numbers out over a longer period of time they come out to xxx Lbs per week...but it's not linear. I can go a couple weeks without losing...then lose 2 Lbs...then lose nothing...then lose .5 Lbs ....then lose 1.5 Lbs...then gain .5 Lbs...then gain 1 Lb...then lose 3 Lbs...etc, etc, etc. It's not a linear thing, it's a progression over time and a general trend. I've been doing this for almost 4 months and I'm all over the place...but when I break it down over the weeks I've been doing this, it comes out to 1.2 Lbs per week...it's just not the same every week.
April 18, 2013 8:42 AM
I had the same problem. Looking to share food logs with other petite ladies. I'm 5'2 trying to manage a 1200 calorie goal. Currently think its not enough cal. Trying to keep under 1600 and workout everyday. Also started blogging healthy recipe ideas at www.petitehealth.com
April 18, 2013 8:46 AM
QUOTE:

I have been dieting for about 3 weeks now. I have started at about 153 and am now 148. I lost most of that weight in the first week. I havent lost any weight in about 5 days. I eat exactly 1200 calories a day, weighing out all my food. I exercise about 3-5 times a week. I usually run about 2-3 miles or use the elliptical for about 30 min on my not so intense days. Is there something I am doing wrong? It is very discouraging when I put so much work into eating healthy and exercising and not losing weight. I wanted to lose about 1.5 lbs a week. So i need to lose about .2 lbs a day. WHY HAVE I STOPPED LOSING WEIGHT? Is this normal.

Any suggestions/help is appreciated.


First of all, she hasn't hit a plateau, it has only been 5 days.

- You should only be weighing yourself once a week, so the last 5 days means nothing. Your weight will fluctuate every day, throughout the day.

- You are not eating enough. I don't know where you got the 1200 calorie number - but I'd bet money it is too low. Then you are working out on top of that and not eating those calories - you are probably netting like 600 a day. Way too low. You are not fueling your body. You won't lose weight - and it is unhealthy.

Use one of the many calculators out there to figure out your TDEE - 20% and eat at that number.
Edited by CM9178 On April 18, 2013 8:47 AM
  18707619
April 18, 2013 8:48 AM
You lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks! How do you figure you're stalled? Give it a little more time and keep doing what you're doing. You've got this.
  36110546
April 18, 2013 8:50 AM
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You lost 5 pounds in 3 weeks! How do you figure you're stalled? Give it a little more time and keep doing what you're doing. You've got this.

So you want her to continue netting 700 calories per day?

Awful advice.
  18707619
April 18, 2013 8:58 AM
Bump it up to 1500. If your body doesn't have enough fuel to get you through all that exercise, it can affect weight loss. Make sure you're always changing up your workout routine.Don't let your body get used to anything. It's only been 5 days. Give it time. You took longer than 5 days to put that weight on, it's not going to disappear overnight.
  10975745
April 18, 2013 9:04 AM
QUOTE:

I had the same problem. Looking to share food logs with other petite ladies. I'm 5'2 trying to manage a 1200 calorie goal. Currently think its not enough cal. Trying to keep under 1600 and workout everyday. Also started blogging healthy recipe ideas at www.petitehealth.com



I am very similar to you at 5'3". I started at 1200, but it didn't take long to realize I needed 1500 to feel satiated and happy. Also trying to work out daily, whether it's a little or a lot. I can also relate to OP in that I lost the first few pounds very quickly and thought "this is easy!", but haven't seen much change in a week or two. I am just trying to be patient. My diary is open (I think), feel free share with me if you like.
April 20, 2013 5:05 AM
I am having the same problem. I workout 5 times a week, and burn 400 calories at least each time I go to the gym. I am eating 1200 calories a day, and I eat back the calories I burn to make it an overall 1200 calories a day. I have been doing this for a month, and I have lost 1 lb. I have noticed that I am always hungry though, and I feel like I am not eating enough. My body will even wake me up in the middle of the night because I am soo hungry. I calculated my TTDE which is 2179 calories a day. I think I may be eating too little, but not sure. I am 5'2, 136 lbs and 28 years old. Its so discouraging to be working so hard at this, and not seeing any results. From reading these posts I am going to up my calories to 1500 a day and see how that goes. Let me know if anyone else has any other ideas or tips for me! Thank you so much
April 20, 2013 5:16 AM
1.5 lbs x 3 weeks = 4.5 lbs ... so you are ahead.

I don't lose steadily either and it often discourages me too. I have to do good for along stretch and suddenly I see dips. I'm doing about the same as you. I've been back on MFP for about 3 weeks and have lost 6 lbs. I'm 5'4 and trying to eat about 1200 a day.

What has helped me is to make a chart with my weight and my future losses by week. That way, as long as I'm under the weight I'm "supposed" to be at for that week, I figure it's working and keep it up.
So for example.. mine looks like:

Date Weight Goal
4/15 152.8 (start date and actual weight)
4/22 151.3
4/29 149.8
5/6 148.3


I actually wrote mine all the way to my goal weight of 115. I weighed in this morning at 149.8 so I figure I'm a couple weeks ahead so if I don't get discouraged and just keep up the good fight, I should stay on track for another drop and onwards to my goal.



I've also always been a big fan of switching up my calories every so often and I recently found and started to try the 5:2 diet. I really like it, but it's not for everyone.
  33350572
April 21, 2013 6:58 PM
RE: Stephanie
Okay! Thank you very much :) Once I actually start losing the weight, I am going to keep a goal list like that! I haven't gained any weight, just staying at a consistent 136.4 lbs. I started eating the 1500 calories yesterday and will continue for this week to see if there is any change in weight. I am learning some new recipes and stuff to also switch up my calories :D
Edited by natashashepherd1 On April 21, 2013 6:58 PM
April 21, 2013 7:45 PM
I normally weight in on Tuesday mornings. I found that I generally weigh the lowest throughout the week on this day. I still weigh the same as I did last Tuesday. I suspect I will drop about a lb in the morning when I weigh in. I always seem to drop on Sunday or Monday. I do not drop weight in a linear fashion, it's normally a random pound or two dropped when I wake up one morning.
  37865011
April 21, 2013 7:51 PM
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RE: Stephanie
Okay! Thank you very much :) Once I actually start losing the weight, I am going to keep a goal list like that! I haven't gained any weight, just staying at a consistent 136.4 lbs. I started eating the 1500 calories yesterday and will continue for this week to see if there is any change in weight. I am learning some new recipes and stuff to also switch up my calories :D


Give it at least a full month at the higher goal. A week is no where near long enough.
Edited by tryclyn On April 21, 2013 7:52 PM
  26882553
April 22, 2013 10:58 AM
QUOTE:

I am having the same problem. I workout 5 times a week, and burn 400 calories at least each time I go to the gym. I am eating 1200 calories a day, and I eat back the calories I burn to make it an overall 1200 calories a day. I have been doing this for a month, and I have lost 1 lb. I have noticed that I am always hungry though, and I feel like I am not eating enough. My body will even wake me up in the middle of the night because I am soo hungry. I calculated my TTDE which is 2179 calories a day. I think I may be eating too little, but not sure. I am 5'2, 136 lbs and 28 years old. Its so discouraging to be working so hard at this, and not seeing any results. From reading these posts I am going to up my calories to 1500 a day and see how that goes. Let me know if anyone else has any other ideas or tips for me! Thank you so much

If your TDEE is 2179, then your 20% deficit should be 1743. Eat at that number.. gradually increase from 1200 to 1700ish (like 100 per week). It will take a few weeks before any results most likely and you may see a weight gain initially.
  18707619
June 5, 2013 1:38 PM
May I know what is 5:2 diet?
  6776146
June 5, 2013 1:49 PM
I'm almost 5'2" started at 140, now 131 but with high body fat %. My TDEE is around 2000 calories and I had best luck eating 1400-1500 calories a day with 3ish workouts per week. Granted weight loss was slow, but you want it to be slow given that you don't have that much to lose. I think a more realistic goal is .5-1 lb a week.
  15019753
June 5, 2013 1:59 PM
The 5:2 diet (fast diet) is 5 days of eating and 2 days of fasting (500kcal in 36hrs)....its not really meant to be a weight loss diet (this is just a side effect) but a health plan, the Horizon docu makes for very interesting watching....I have tried this and it does work, but I have very picky toddlers and if I am not eating or not eating the same type of stuff as them then they wont either so have given it up for a while

http://thefastdiet.co.uk/

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xvdbtt_eat-fast-live-longer-hd_shortfilms#.Ua-mF9iwWWY
June 19, 2013 3:18 PM
Well all calories are not created equal! And I have found the older I have gotten my body responds differently to intake/output. I was a fitness instructor for a lot of years but your body will become very used to your regimen. It's why athletes "train" right? They do drills so that their body becomes efficient - meaning they can do more with less energy. It's really important to change up your exercise program. Also, after the age of twenty the body starts to lose muscle cells at an increasing rate which are replaced with fat cells which burn for less energy. So incorporating resistance training/weight training is important, too - just to MAINTAIN the muscle mass you have...I have found my body needs much less in calories than it used to. Another phenomenon I see when coaching people is that they generally overestimate what they burn at the gym, and underestimate what they eat - OR - they go to the gym and then say - I was good today!! I can go to happy hour, or out to eat with my friends, and then end up eating more than what they burned. The machines will only give you guidelines as to how much you are burning. Change things up --- average out your losses and I agree - 5 days with no weight loss does not mean a plateau!wink
July 31, 2013 10:49 AM
Hello, Ok, so I started working out almost 2 years ago. I did P90x and lost 20 lbs. I have been stuck at the same weight for over 5 mo. I still work out daily, still eat 1,200 cal a day but I cant manage to loose the last 10 lbs. I currently weigh 132 im 5'3. I keep reading that I may need to up my calories but im not sure, and every time I work out I add the calories burned to mfp and it tells me I have to eat more calories! Anyone have a similar issue?

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