Calorie Counters - Counting Calories, Working out! Not losing weight! GRR help

02-03-2014, 02:15 PM
I am so frustrated. I eat 1200 calories a day, work out and burn 350 - 500 calories (currently on a 37 day workout streak) and nothing, not losing anything!.

I tried those calories calculators to tell me how many calories I need to eat to lose weight, but something isn't right.. I put in that I am lightly active as I am a stay at home mom, who works from home. Should I up my calories?

So confused and frustrated! I just want CHIPS and CHOCOLATE.. lol

I know I'm not the only one who has experienced this, I can't be.. Can someone please give me some guidance before I quit this counting thing and grab a tub of ice cream (jk)

Any help would be appreciated!


02-03-2014, 02:32 PM
I think it is something that happens occasionally. You could try upping them for a few days then going back down...

02-03-2014, 04:08 PM
I've been doing this just over a year and IMO I would say have one big cheat Day to shake things up. Your body may just be used to your routine. I'd also look into BMR and TDEE numbers. 1200 cals isn't the perfect # for everyone. Good luck ma'am

02-03-2014, 04:10 PM
If you're working out every day I would consider that to be more than lightly active.

02-03-2014, 04:41 PM
I've never experienced a plateau that long. I eat pretty well though, usually around 1700 calories a day, some days up to 2000. I've recently started fasting twice a week though, 500 calorie days that is. I started this in hopes to jump start my weight loss after a 6 month period of not even trying anymore. I lost 3 pounds this week, I wonder if that'll continue. I also make sure to ease up a little on the exercise. I do cardio/weights 3x a week, then an hour+ of yoga 3x a week at home, Sundays off. I drink lots of sound like you're doing things right though. Why not try eating more, or maybe changing your diet a little? Do you eat white flour products? Cheese? I know those things keep my belly big! Maybe add weight training if you're not already?

Velvet bean
02-03-2014, 05:10 PM
I know how you feel, tripletmomplus1! Whenever a longer period like that came along, it just passed by itself in two weeks tops. In your place I wouldn't do anything different and just be patient with the scale. Maybe you step on in just one time per week to take the pressure off a little? Sometimes I lose 3 pounds per week and sometimes none. Looking at the average loss makes me feel better sometimes.

At the moment I'm having my day 6 without weight loss and this week I've been swimming, running, doing aerobics + eating 1200 per day! :s:

02-03-2014, 05:39 PM
You probably have some water retention caused by muscle repair. You also do not have a huge amount to loose. Looses tend to slow down considerably in your weight range and exercise can stall weight loss on the scale. Maybe just forget the scale and focus more on measurements. You should see results there as you loose fat and build muscle. Also make sure that you get enough calories, particularly protein in. Heavy exercise paired with severe calorie restriction can have long-term negative effects. If you do not eat enough protein, your body may cannibalize muscle tissue and your biggest muscle is the heart. Exercise is great for your health and for toning your body, but weight loss is mainly due to changed eating habits. So, you should focus on making long-term changes that you can adhere to.

02-03-2014, 07:00 PM
I found in the past, when I didn't lose too much weight then I would take my measurements and see a difference. For a while I took my measurements every month or two and sometimes even though the scale didn't go down, my measurements did.
But keep at it! At the very least be happy with what you've lost so far and don't give up! (Learn from me!! Lol)

02-04-2014, 12:24 AM
Have you had your thyroid checked? I had a LOT of weight gain & no loss for a long time, it was the pits. I went years chugging away for no results via the scale. Then, things normalized again, I shook things up big time and I'm seeing a loss....for now.

02-04-2014, 08:45 AM
Definitely up your calories and then work your way back down. You sound more moderately active and I'm sure your crazy active as a SAHM/working Mom :-). I'm 5'4" at about 1800 calories per day with moderate activity, I've had my share of plateaus but I was pleasantly surprised when I was losing weight pretty consistently at this calorie level. Give it a try. Go to a couple sites and see what they say and figure out your calorie comfort level.

02-04-2014, 03:24 PM
Thank you everyone for your great responses! I am going to take off working out today, I think (so hard!), up my calories and check back in a bit. If not I will get my thyroid checked.

You help is appreciated so much!! Fingers crossed the pounds start slipping away sooner than later, or I will be grabbing that ice cream :)

Just one question, if a was going to go for a "cheat day" do I not work out that day either or do I work out and eat what I wish.

02-04-2014, 03:35 PM
Thank you everyone for your great responses! I am going to take off working out today, I think (so hard!), up my calories and check back in a bit. If not I will get my thyroid checked.

You help is appreciated so much!! Fingers crossed the pounds start slipping away sooner than later, or I will be grabbing that ice cream :)

Just one question, if a was going to go for a "cheat day" do I not work out that day either or do I work out and eat what I wish.

Even on my cheat day, I try and get a good chunk of working out in there. Keeps my energy up. :s: But I know plenty of people who laze about on their cheat day and it works for them. Taking the day off is for enjoying yourself, ya know?

02-04-2014, 04:37 PM
Calorie cycling is a good idea for someone who has maintained the same weight for a while.

02-04-2014, 04:44 PM
1200 is extremely low, especially if you are working out every day. I would up it to 1500 or so.

02-04-2014, 06:22 PM
Do you have an activity monitor? I use a Fitbit and keep careful count of my calories burned and also calories eaten. I work from home and have a one story house. If I don't do any exercise I can burn as few as 1500 calories a day. (I'm a little taller but older than you). Exercise does help of course and gets up to 1800 to 2000 calories a day. So, yes, I mostly eat about 1200 calories a day and lose about 1 pound a week.

I don't see how increasing your calories eaten will help you. The idea that you can stop all weight loss due to starvation mode is simply a myth. Here is a good article on the subject:

If you aren't losing weight over a sustained period of time then you don't have a calorie deficit. Do you weigh your food? I've noticed with some foods the package gives a measure of volume and a weight measure. In that case, test to make sure that the weight measure is the same as the volume measure. There is a popcorn that I buy that the package used to say that 3 cups or 28g was a serving. So, I was eating 3 cups. One day I checked the weight and found that 28g was only 2 cups! So I had been overeating even though I didn't realize it.

Also, if you eat out a lot, restaurants are often wildly off on their calorie counts.

02-05-2014, 03:40 AM
I find it crucial to eat back the calories you burn. If I burn 500 calories in a workout, ill eat ~500 more calories that day. Seems like your body might be holding on to what you eat because you aren't eating enough

02-05-2014, 07:14 AM
see, now I'm the opposite of that queenie91. When I was "eating back" my work out calories I wasn't losing. Now that I just keep my calories at around 1200 I'm losing. I think it depends on the person.

02-05-2014, 09:35 AM
Some days I eat them back, and some days I don't quite make it or don't feel like it (or, more frequently, don't trust myself to stop once I have eaten them back and just keep eating).

I usually change up my strength training. Either I'll add in more exercises, switch from my machine to freeweights or kettlebells, or do them more often. For me personally, it feels like it is mostly about the exercising.

02-05-2014, 11:50 AM
If it's been 37 days at strict 1200 with exercise, you may want to see your doctor. I'd expect you to see some loss.

If it's just been a week or so, that's normal.

02-26-2014, 07:21 PM
I bet you're doing too much and not eating enough, so your body is in pure survival mode. Your body needs a minimum of 1 day per week to rest. I'd up the calories to 1,400 and exercise a maximum of 6 days per week. 5 is even better.

03-01-2014, 11:19 AM
Whatever you do, don't get discouraged! Keep playing with the numbers until you figure it out because your reward for all of your attention and hard work IS COMING! Don't blow it before you get to reap the benefits :)

03-01-2014, 12:10 PM
How long have you been stuck? If it's only been a few weeks it could be temporarily caused by any of a number of factors.

03-02-2014, 06:20 PM
Doesn't seem like enough calories to keep up with breathing. No wonder you want that ice cream!

Weekends are for eating like a normal person and weekdays are for a stricter eating plan.

What kind of "workouts" are you doing?

03-09-2014, 05:08 PM
It's soooo frustrating! I am stuck! I feel like a BORG charatcter from Star Trek. Every 5 pounds or so my body adjusts and I can't lose anymore until I come up with another combination of something different. Lower intensity, more calories, carb cycling, more water, take a day off, walk, run, do weights. AHHHH it's really all enough to drive you right to the ice cream parlor !
But do not give up!! I am not either. I have come this far and I am not stopping, I may be slowing down for sure and readjusting but that's life..when something doesn't work, readjust, reaffirm and stay the course! I googled plateau and found a ton of strategies and I am working through it. Good luck! Stay strong :)

05-02-2014, 10:42 PM
Thanks again everyone! I have tried a few things. Started doing HIIT a few days a week, taking a day off a week and throwing a high cal day in the mix. I have dropped 12.7 ( every . points right? -lol) It's certainly coming off as fast as I like but I'm not giving up. :) Thanks for the support!