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Why I Can't Lose Any Weight With A Low Calorie Diet?

I m trying to lose the last extra pounds I have left from my last pregnancy. However, not matter how low my calorie intake and how much a workout the pounds don't seem to go away. Worst ! I m gaining weight and I don't know why. Why do you think this is happening? H: 4' 10" , W: 112 lbs. Cals. consume daily 1300 and calories burn during the week by working out (strenght training and cardio) 2000 cals. There is not a chance that the weight gained is b/c of the muscle gained. I m track my progress by measurement and not the scale. qwe
Asked on Nov 16, 2010Improve / edit this question

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Rebecca Adele Scarlett   L3: Expert   41 answers   +14 votes
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112 lbs is really small. Yes, you are of short stature, but you may have really reached the limits of what you can lose on a healthy diet. Although you could safely cut another 200 calories a day (I'm not a doctor, this is what I have read.) any more than that would take you into the unhealthy territory of anorexia. Gaining muscle would also increase your measurements; gaining abdominal muscle can push your stomach out farther, gaining leg muscle makes your thighs bigger, so even if your measurements are increasing it could still be muscle gain.

Pregnancy can change your body (the pelvic bones don't come back as close together as they were before givnig birth) so you may just have a slightly higher healthy weight now.

Either way, your routine sounds really healthy, so I'm sure you look great and have a lot of strength and stamina. You should be proud of your dedication!

Posted on Nov 16, 2010
Sandy Shannon   L3: Expert   420 answers   +312 votes
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Sometimes when you plateau, you have to jog your metabolism a bit. Some people find alternating low and higher calorie days as a way to keep the body from thinking it is starving and storing fat.  For example, go up to 1500 calories one day and then back down to 1300 for 2 days in a row. Just as your body starts to think you are going to stick to 1300, give it another little jolt to 1400 or 1500 calories. And keep the cycle going. It's sort of like alternating muscle groups when you strength train or alternating days between aerobic exercise and weight training. It is also possible that you may have some inflammation from the strenuous workouts, which may result in your body holding a bit more water than usual. You may wish to switch your routines a bit to alternate between high workouts and milder workouts. Perhaps a combination will do the trick. Also, if you have restricted fat from your diet too much. Sometimes again, a little jolt will get the body processing things again at a higher level.

Posted on Nov 16, 2010
Sam Montana   L6: Pro (Ambassador: L2)   1,851 answers   +1,347 votes
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You might try cutting out some carbs for a couple of weeks and see how that works. Stop eating brown rice, quinoa, pasta, breads and both kinds of potatoes (white and sweet) and replace these with vegetables like broccoli or salads and see if that helps. I am not in favor of the very low carb way of eating, but sometimes the last extra weight is stubborn and cutting out these carbs can help. Once the extra weight or inches is lost then go back to eating the healthy whole grain carbs.

And if you were eating and any white flour products, most certainly cut those out of your diet.

Posted on Nov 17, 2010
AmyR   L3: Expert   25 answers   +17 votes
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Bringing in a bit of variation in your cardio could help overcome the plateau phase. Increasing the repetitions and duration of workouts might help. I don't think you should cut your calorie intake anymore because it'll be unhealthy. Try following these tips to lose weight effortlessly. Make sure you're getting a balanced diet because that also helps you lose weight healthily. Good luck!

Posted on Nov 17, 2010
Beverly Anne Sanchez   L4: Guide   37 answers   +13 votes
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Greetings!

You might try checking out the below article which appeared some time ago, it may be an answer but I wouldn't worry about dieting right now, just concentrate on eating nutrionally good food as has been suggested below by other posts. Just don't get depressed and have faith. There is a way back to your healthy weight.  And enjoy your holiday meals...enjoy those who are with you...the eating may be a temporary emotional outlet as well. 

http://knoji.com/the-metabolic-diet-an-overview-of-a-personalized-weight-loss-plan/

Posted on Nov 18, 2010
Page Coleman   L2: Contributor   71 answers   +57 votes
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Try  a low carb diet and be very scrupulous about eliminating refined carbs. Up your weight training - lift fewer reps of heavier weights. Muscle will been more calories. 

Posted on Nov 18, 2010
UmiNoor Leman   L2: Contributor   10 answers   +7 votes
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I have checked your BMI (Body Mass Index) and you're already in the normal weight range so you shouldn't worry that much. Perhaps you're still seeing some flabs here and there? That is why you feel still not at your correct weight?

Posted on Mar 26, 2011
Eric Scott   L1: Member   11 answers   +3 votes
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A very low-calorie diet may allow a severely to moderately obese person to lose about 3 to 5 pounds per week, for an average total weight loss of 44 pounds over 12 weeks. Such a weight loss can improve obesity-related medical conditions, including diabetes, high blood pressure, and high cholesterol. However, VLCDs are no more effective than more modest dietary restrictions in the long-term maintenance of reduced weight. Combining a VLCD with behavioral therapy and exercise may increase weight loss and help keep it off for the long-term. Behavioral therapy helps you to recognize what causes you to overeat so that you can consciously change those behaviors. regards...burn the fat feed the muscle review for those who are willing to buy this program.

Posted on May 20, 2011
Chris Krieger   L1: Member   2 answers   +0 votes
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The last few pounds always seem to be the most stubborn don't they? As Sam said, you should look at exactly what foods you are eating and change something there. Maybe try eating raw fruits and vegetables with every meal, along with a little lean protein such as fish or grilled chicken. What are you doing for your cardio? If you're just doing one thing like jogging for a set time, maybe switch it up and try doing some interval training. All you need to do is sprint for 30 seconds and then walk for 60 seconds, and repeat that as many times as possible. Start with 4 or 5 and build up to doing 8 or 9. If you can doing that, you'll definitely be able to get rid of those last few pounds.

To learn more tips like these, read my <a href="http://bestwaytoburnfats.com/burn-the-fat-feed-the-muscle-review">burn the fat feed the muscle review</a>. That book has everything you could possibly need about losing fat and gaining muscle.

Posted on Jun 27, 2011
uma jangir   L1: Member   2 answers   +2 votes
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You can do it by yoga.........................

Posted on Sep 13, 2011
Jorolo Kakac   L1: Member   5 answers   +0 votes
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You can lose weight by living healthier, exercise and eating less calories than burned.

More Info:

  • http://www.medicinenet.com/weight_loss/article.htm
  • http://losebellyfat101.org/
  • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/metabolism/AN01772
Posted on Apr 10, 2012
Virginia Lulham   L2: Contributor   12 answers   +1 votes
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Your body needs a certain amount of coalories every day in order to function properly. This includes being able to burn off excess fat and flush out toxins. Focus on eating healthy foods, but also try to get close to the amount of calories you need in the day. You can make up the remaining calories by eating a  "cheat treat" later. For example, say you are supposed to have 1200 calories a day and you have eaten 1000 calories so far. You can use the remaining 200 calories for something like a candy bar or other treat. This performs two important things - 1. Fills in the rest of the calories and 2. lets you have something you really want without feeling guilty about it and in fact helping your weight loss goals.

If you love chocolate, switch to dark chocolate. I know not all dark chocolate is the same. I personally like Hershey's Dark Chocolate Bliss candies. I let myself have 3 or 4 of them if I am low on calories and want something sweet. My favorite snack is Orville Redednbaucher's popcorn with light butter. Popcorn is healthy and although the butter is not very healthy, it is ok in small amounts.

Be realistic about what you want. Just because the world portrays "sexy, beautiful"  women to be ultra-thin with barely any curves (or curves that are fake due to plastic surgery) does not mean that that is the only way to be accepted, attractive,beautiful, or sexy. In fact, you can be the most gorgeous person in the world, but if you are stuck up, arrogant, and selfish, no one will want to be around you regardless of your looks. So make sure you are losing weight for the right reasons, make sure that you are not over-exaggerating to yourself how you look, and also remember that 98% of the "mates" out there who are worth having would rather have you with a little extra curve and a selfless personality than stick thin, no curves, gorgeous, and snobby.  

Posted on Apr 15, 2012
Virginia Lulham   L2: Contributor   12 answers   +1 votes
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Also - sometimes measuring yourself will not always be an accurate measure of muscle gain/loss because you don't necessarily get "bigger" with muscle gain. You also get more toned. So if you are more toned and firm than you were 6 months ago, then you have gained some muscle weight and that is not a bad thing. Plus, many guys don't really like the thin bony type regardless of hollywood's opinions. So keeping some of the softness could be a plus.

Posted on Apr 15, 2012
Garry   L2: Contributor   22 answers   +3 votes
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Try eating the same amount of calories, but break it up into 5 - 6 small servings per day. In addition avoid eating the same amount each day. Eat more on some days and less on others. 

Mix up your training routine. If you stay on the same program for several weeks, you become more efficient. The better you get, the fewer calories you burn.

 

 

Posted on Apr 16, 2012

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