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Old 04-07-2008, 01:56 PM   #1
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I started a new diet 2 weeks ago. I was 129.5 lbs when I started it. The same week I was down to 127lbs. And now I'm back to 128.5 lbs.
I usually eat very healthy and I don't pass 1200 calories a day.
For breakfast:
I have a 3/4 cup of flaxseed cereal, with skim milk. and one cup of coffee with fat free half/half

Snack: a fruit

Lunch: salad with chicken breast

Snack: a fruit

Dinner: Chicken breast/or fish with 1/2 cup of rice/mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables

If I get hungry at night I drink a cup of skim milk, or have some baked chips.

I drink at least 8 glasses of water a day.


Exercise:

I do 30-40 minutes on my exercise bike and 30-40 minutes of TAE BO.


WHY AM I STILL NOT LOSING ANYTHING??? Please help me.
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:04 PM   #2
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You don't mention your height, but you're exercising quite a bit. It could be that you actually aren't getting in enough calories.
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:08 PM   #3
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I'm with Faerie...1200 a day should be your MINIMUM calorie level, not your maximum (at least not over a long period). Your body will stop losing if it doesn't get enough calories to sustain basic operations...it's how the body prevents itself from starving to death.

Also, depending on your height, your goal might not be reasonable. Do you know what BMI you're aiming for?

I'd recommend upping your calories to 1200-1400 a day and seeing if your weight starts to drop a bit. Also keep in mind that, at your current weight, you don't have very far to get to goal...losses slow down a LOT as we approach our goal weights, so you may just have to be patient.
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:09 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies.

Faerie:
I'm 5.4 "

Mandalinn82:

I tried to consume more calories during the day, but I usually end up gaining more weight.
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:12 PM   #5
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Here's some info on why the scale fluctuates:

Fluctuations in Scale Weight and Water Weight

It could be you're doing nothing "wrong". It could just be a normal fluctuation. I think you need to give it some time.

Also wondering, just how many calories were you eating PRIOR to this?
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:16 PM   #6
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I was at least eating 1500 calories previous to my diet.
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:24 PM   #7
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I'd keep at the 1200 for a few more weeks. I know it's hard, but you don't have all that much to lose and it's just not going to melt quickly away. I think you need a bit of patience. Try to eat as clean as possible, which it surely looks like you're doing. Hang tough, you'll get there.
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Old 04-07-2008, 02:40 PM   #8
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I agree with rockinrobin. Your weight loss will be much slower as close as you are to your ideal weight!
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Old 04-07-2008, 03:13 PM   #9
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And I'd just like to add... maybe you don't need to lose another 7 pounds?

According to the BMI scale, you're normal weight now. 120 would also be in the normal weight range... So, why do you want to be 120? Just curious.

I'd say that you need to eat a little more (I'd say 1400) and exercise a little bit less... It sounds like you're exercising that much every day. Try cutting back to 5 days a week; in other words, give your body time to rest and rebuild. Don't worry about what the scale says--weigh only once a week. See how it goes for a month.

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Old 04-07-2008, 03:55 PM   #10
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JayEll,
I want to stay between 118-120 pounds. I carry most of my weight on my upper body and I look bigger than I weigh. My butt /hips are small and my breasts and stomach is big. My sides are bigger than my hips. I want to be able to wear a bikini comfortably.
Here's a picture of me. http://bp3.blogger.com/_djX28R1oYSU/...0-h/resim1.jpg
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Old 04-07-2008, 04:22 PM   #11
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In your picture you look just fine. The advice you have been given is great advice try some of it out and if works great if not than you may be at the weight your body just wants to be.
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Old 04-07-2008, 05:08 PM   #12
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Have you done any weight lifting? That's a pretty nice slim looking body. Maybe if you felt stronger and firmer ... 128 lbs would be just fine.

There's lots of great reading in this forum
http://www.3fatchicks.com/forum/weight-resistance-training-80/
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Old 04-07-2008, 08:01 PM   #13
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Say, you're lookin' good! And I agree with SusanB that doing some resistance training, aka weights and weight machines, would really help you change your shape. It would tighten your waistline and give your arms some definition--but don't worry, you won't look too muscle-y.

A side benefit is that toned muscle burns fat, so you might just drop those pounds, too.

Do you have a YMCA or a gym that you could join? Of course, there are lots of muscle toning exercises you can do on your own, also.

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Old 04-08-2008, 03:36 PM   #14
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I'm still 128

I will try to do more weight training. I have a resistance band and I work my arms with that.

Oh, I'm losing my patience
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Old 04-08-2008, 03:57 PM   #15
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You really do look good, try to enjoy that fact and don't let your impatience get the best of you!
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