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hcred123
04-21-2009, 10:39 PM
I've been tracking my calories for a week and exercising pretty much every other day, at least a mile of walking a day with that. I've been keeping track of all the calories with an app on my ipod touch and when I put in the exercise I do, it says I can get more. I've been eating a net calorie balance of 1300 cal a day which is supposed to be what I need to eat to lose 2 pounds a week but instead of losing weight, i've gained two pounds....I'm so incredibly discouraged...please help


Thighs Be Gone
04-21-2009, 10:47 PM
I don't concern myself with net calories--it is guesswork at best. I keep my calorie level below x and move all I can. You may also be dealing with fluid retention.

canadianangel
04-21-2009, 10:47 PM
i hear you, sometimes it can get very frustrating!!! could it be possible that you are gaining musle weight. or if you are excersising alot and not eating enough calories, or protien your body will go into starvation mode. i know personally i need to eat ever 2 to 3 hours to keep my metablism up, and not go into starvation mood..and remebr to get protien.

dont give up..it will come off,i knowhow you feel


best of luck

angela


photoRuth
04-21-2009, 10:48 PM
it's most likely water weight you have gained. it gets discouraging but keep it up and the pounds WILL come off slowly. I "gain" about 6-7 lbs during my montly cycle then a few days later I get on the scale and it is gone.

I do think you could increase your walking to 2 miles to start, too- 2 miles at an easy pace should give your metabolism a boost too.

EZMONEY
04-21-2009, 11:17 PM
Keep in mind that you will lose only about 100 calories walking one mile. Good luck....just keep adding to your work-out and learning about what works for you on your healthy food energy!

Jacqui_D
04-21-2009, 11:20 PM
I agree that it's water weight. It's impossible for it to be fat weight since you have started exercising and have cut way back on calories. Have you been consuming much sodium? Are you drinking enough water?

Jennelle
04-21-2009, 11:50 PM
I'm not sure you're eating enough. I plugged your stats into a basal metabolic rate calculator (I guessed at your age...I made you 25) and it spit out 1583 calories just to maintain your basic life support. You're 250 calories below that AND exercising regularly. I plugged your stats into a calorie calculator and it said that, to lose 1 lb a week, you need 1569 calories per day. To lose 2 lbs. a week, you'd chop another 500 cals from that and get 1069 cals per day - wayyyyyy fewer than is healthy.

It sounds counterintuitive, but if you don't eat enough calories, your body will hang on to every ounce it can because it will think it's starving.

Blackie
04-22-2009, 12:03 AM
Jennelle: Would you mind posting links to the calculators you used? Thanks....

ringmaster
04-22-2009, 12:10 AM
If you are out of shape it could be water weight from your muscles and body getting used to the exercising. 1300 seems ok and not enough to cause you to go into starvation mode so soon, if you are concerned you can bump it up to 1500 and maybe 1 1600-1700 calorie day a week.

If you are really out of shape just walking can be more of a workout than most think. I struggle with just 1 mile on the treadmill, and around 2 I get winded and have to really push myself to keep going or stop- one reason I always say I not only want to be thin, but fit, who wants to get winded walking 2 miles? lol

littlejojo
04-22-2009, 12:19 AM
I agree I think it's water weight - one of those annoying things that happens to all of us when we start out.

unwanted37lbs
04-22-2009, 12:38 AM
maybe you had something solty and solt keeps the water in?

teawithsunshine
04-22-2009, 03:15 AM
It seems you need to up your exercise... one mile several days a week generally doesn't give you the 2 lb loss you want :(

You might also have too much sodium in your diet.

Hope this helps!

~ tea

hcred123
04-22-2009, 01:06 PM
I really do hope it's water weight! and the hour of walking a day is a minimum. I go to the gym for an hour about 4 days a week and do a lot of cardio like elliptical and bike. I feel better today so I'll try to continue to keep my mood up and not let the numbers get to me too much

alinnell
04-22-2009, 01:50 PM
I tried counting all my calories during the day and subtracting my exercise calories (at least what I can figure from either fitday or my treadmill) and I gained weight. Instead I count what I eat and leave it at that. I have much better results with that. Also, I find that when I diligently weigh and measure I will lose. If I eyeball it, then it isn't accurate and I find that I either don't lose or I gain.

Jacque9999
04-22-2009, 02:05 PM
I've been keeping track of all the calories with an app on my ipod touch

I am using Lose It on my touch too. I LOVE IT:carrot:

I don't get obsessed with it being exact but it still has worked for me. I have it set that I stay under 1200 a day (which I haven't EVERY day). Needless to say, it has kept me on track for the most part.

;) Funny story: I weigh myself every morning so I can track that on the touch and I went away this past weekend. Since it was one of those "extremely cheating weekends", I didn't track everything. So a friend of mine was asking me about the whole thing and I told him that that day didn't count since I couldn't weigh myself while I was away. He was hysterical...but back to you. Remember, we have monthly cycles so we can gain/lose sporadically. Just stick to it...you can do it!!!

Ija
04-22-2009, 03:17 PM
What do you mean that you're eating a net calorie balance of 1300? Does this mean you eat more than 1300 calories per day but subtract the amount you assume to burn during exercise?

WhitePicketFences
04-22-2009, 03:20 PM
But you only have 1 week of numbers? Cheer up; that's day-to-day data and in my opinion, is unreliable.

Truck on, keep weighing yourself every week and after a month, look at how much you lost for the month.

(Also make sure that you stand on your scale the same way and/or always either take the lowest or highest number for consistency.)

I weigh every Monday morning. I tend to stay the same weight or even show an extra pound or two for 1-2 weeks out of the month -- but I 'lose' a month's worth (7-8 lbs for me lately) during the other weeks combined. Basically I just finally show the loss combined with another week's real loss.

hcred123
04-22-2009, 10:24 PM
What do you mean that you're eating a net calorie balance of 1300? Does this mean you eat more than 1300 calories per day but subtract the amount you assume to burn during exercise?

Yes, I eat about 1700 cal a day but I work about to burn about 400-500 calories. When I dont work out, I dont eat as much

JayEll
04-23-2009, 08:07 AM
I agree with Jennelle, who said you're not eating enough.

There are lots of tools on the web that can help you figure out what the proper target for your daily calories should be. Here's one:

http://www.freedieting.com/tools/calorie_calculator.htm

I'd say don't even pay attention to the calories burned--that's a really difficult number to estimate. Set your activity level to how many days a week you work out and see what you get. Don't worry about the "extreme weight loss" number--that's not a target.

You can still set your daily average target lower than the number Freedieting gives you, but at least you'll be using a realistic number for your age and activity level.

Jay

MindiV
04-23-2009, 08:23 AM
It's only been a week...just breathe! When I started counting calories and working out I didn't lose a pound for a MONTH. In fact, I gained five pounds. Keep at it and don't stop...

hcred123
04-23-2009, 06:17 PM
It's only been a week...just breathe! When I started counting calories and working out I didn't lose a pound for a MONTH. In fact, I gained five pounds. Keep at it and don't stop...

After that month, did the weight start coming off? well...obviously it did because you lost weight but I mean steadily. I was talking to my bf and he said a lot about how my body has to get used to the way I'm eating and it needs to get used to everything and my metabolism will get better the longer I keep with everything...Thanks so much everyone. I relaly appreciate you taking time to help ease my mind and help me!

melwolfe
04-26-2009, 03:46 PM
I know exactly how you feel. I'm doing WW and this week kicked up my exercise to include an extra 20 - 40 mins per day, I go weigh in and I've gained 1.8 lbs this week!

I stayed within my points but I did eat all the daily points that I should have, I increased my water and cut back on the diet soda so it should have been a great week, but instead I gained!

I'm going to try and stay positive and see what happens next Sunday, but it's very frustrating to do everything right and then see a gain!

UrsusMaritimus
04-26-2009, 06:24 PM
If it makes you feel better, I gained three pounds overnight. Yesterday morning the scale said 152, today it said 155. It's water weight.

Give it time - your body will get used to your new lifestyle and the number on the scale will reward your hard work!

I agree with those who say you should probably be eating more. When I first started out, I was eating about 1400 calories a day. I was hungry at night and had no energy. I bumped my calories up to 1700 a day (whether I worked out or not), and the weight steadily came off.

rachinma
04-27-2009, 12:47 PM
Yes, I eat about 1700 cal a day but I work about to burn about 400-500 calories. When I dont work out, I dont eat as much
I also doubt you are burning 400-500 calories a day. You have to really rock it out on the elliptical to burn 500 calories. Don't trust what the cardio machine tells you...

hcred123
04-27-2009, 10:06 PM
I also doubt you are burning 400-500 calories a day. You have to really rock it out on the elliptical to burn 500 calories. Don't trust what the cardio machine tells you...

the 400-500 calories are from a half hour on an elliptical, 20 minutes on a bike, some lifting and I live on a huge college campus so I walk at least 2 miles a day. I work in the dining commons as well which is a lot of running around

flatiron
04-27-2009, 10:41 PM
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hcred123
04-27-2009, 11:16 PM
haha thats adorable!

CJZee
04-28-2009, 08:39 AM
I had roughly the same experience.

I started a (for me, not having done anything before!) vigorous schedule of cardio 4x week plus weight training with trainer 2x week, plus logging every calorie, now on my 9th week. I weight lots more than you so should theoretically lose more initially. I didn't lose ANYTHING for 2 weeks or more, I was at 1700 calories a day (I don't subtract out exercise). So dropped it to 1550 a day, and lost 2 lbs. Then started moving my diet to fewer grains and fruits, more veggies and proteins (and fat, which tend to go with protein), and dropped 5 more pounds. I just started Atkins induction because this has convinced me it is also the composition of food that's important for some people. BTW, I was eating only "good" foods, veggies, fruits, whole grains and lean protein so I wasn't eating "empty" calories.

And, everyone is correct, muscle torn by weight training sucks in water so that is probably part of your weight gain. The exercise itself is soooooooo good for you. It is a process of learning about your body and I know you'll do well!