Originally Posted by josanne
Hey I'm Jo,
I'm 24 and a full time student. Since 2nd January (I couldn't count the 1st as i was still up and going with the food and drink until the early hours) I have been going to the gym regularly 2-3 times a week and recently I'm there every day except Wednesdays doing classes or swimming, and all I've managed to lose is 6lbs. I don't eat like a normal student I cook all my meals from scratch and love meals like casseroles that I can cook on a budget. I just cant lose any more weight and im struggling to think of other things to try.
Any suggestions would be great.
They are right. weightloss is 80% diet and 20% fitness or at least that's the ratio that is often touted as a good approach. From having tried various approaches i would agree that this is probably the most sustainable approach.
So do as they say, keep a food diary. I think its worth while actually knowing what you eat and being able to look back on it, not just monitoring as you go, although that's useful too.
I use my fitness pal though there are apps that seem to make it easier.
Its great you are doing your own cooking. I mean its brilliant as most overweight people seem to get that way from junk food, myself especially included.
Another thought is that you have to remember that muscle weighs more than fat so you are probably burning fat and building muscle - which is a good thing.
If you do not monitor what you eat, you may find you are just eating more to compensate for the extra energy you are burning at the gym.