why cant I loose weight!?

Blanca - posted on 07/11/2014 ( 19 moms have responded )

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I've being working out for like three months already and I haven't lost a pound! I do cardio, weight lifting and cycling and nothing seems to work.

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Guest - posted on 07/14/2014

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So that means that because i'm not eating enough my body is producing more fat?

Very essentially, yes. When you are not getting enough nutrition, your body changes the way it metabolizes the food you do eat. Instead of immediately converting as much of the fats and sugars you need into energy and storing the excess, it converts only a "survival" amount to energy and the rest is stored as fat to use later. Stored fat is more difficult for the body to convert to energy, thus, you will feel very tired when your body is using the stored fat--your body will only use it when it absolutely has to....unfortunately, you have to use it to get rid of it.
So if you are not getting enough nutrition, your body is producing more fat, and less energy. It will continue this pattern until you start eating a regular, healthy diet. Switching your metabolism out of starvation mode and back into regular mode is very tricky, and it makes losing the stored fat very difficult because the body only wants to use that fat when it is starving, but as long as it is starving, it will keep storing new fats.

The secret is a very, very, very regular diet. You need to eat breakfast, lunch, dinner, and one snack (morning or afternoon is fine, but it should be before dinner, not after) at the same time every single day, and you need to keep the portions of each meal as similar as possible from day to day. The largest meal should be breakfast, lunch should be slightly smaller, and dinner should be very light. The snack should be low in sugars, fats, and less than 100 calories.

All meals right now need to be high in proteins and very low in fats, carbohydrates, and sugars. The main focus of your diet for now should be veggies with a little meat or egg whites. Until your body has switched out of starvation mode, keep fruits to a minimum. Fruits are VERY good for you, but they are also very high in natural sugars, which quickly convert to stored fat, so avoid them for now, but eat up once you are back to normal.

For breakfast (the most difficult meal to eliminate carbs and sugars), think egg whites scrambled with bell peppers and onions or Ham cups filled with egg whites, green onions, and spinach. Avoid dairy and breads--no toast, pancakes, waffles, etc. Also avoid juice--it is very high in sugar and your body will store that as fat very quickly unless you immediately go for a run. If you do choose juice, go for a run right after you drink it, then come back and eat the rest of the breakfast. Drink water for all meals.

For lunch and dinner, you can pretty much eat anything you want as long as you avoid fruits, pastas, breads, dairy/cheeses, and pre-packaged meals. Raw veggies dipped in Greek yogurt. Be careful if you buy granola bars already made--they can be very high in sugars and carbohydrates. It is better and cheaper to just make your own. Egg drop soup (made at home, not purchased) is great (just 1 cup chicken broth, 1 egg, a dab of cornstarch to thicken--I use 1/2 teaspoon for a cup, and seasoned with salt, ginger, and green onions. No noodles). Veggie stir fry is good, just go easy on the sauce.

Salads are wonderful and they offer tons of variety, just choose a vinaigrette dressing or skip the dressing all together, and avoid cheese, croutons, crackers, and fatty meats. load the salad up with bell peppers, tomatoes, corn, black beans, soy beans, cucumbers, carrots, olives, etc. If you need something crunchy to replace the bacon or croutons, choose unsalted sunflower seeds or unsalted nuts (just not many, the nuts are high in fat). Also, the darker green the lettuce leaf, the more nutrients you get, which cannot be turned to fat and will make you feel better while burning off the stored fat (which is going to make you feel like crap). Chose kale, arugula, spinach, romaine, and red lettuces.

Gena - posted on 07/12/2014

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My friend is my personal trainer.I would like to add that if i were you i would ask a pro that can give you advice.Nothing against Jacquelines advice,but she should know that you should get personal advice because every individual needs an individual training programm /diet. Just for example,if it were me and she would have given me that advice,i would get serious health problems. A personal trainer will ask you about your health,and in my case for example i first had to speak to my doctor to ask how much i may do of what first. Also a pro will guide you through out your process of training and losing weight,not just one talk and finished. I dont know how much it costs where you live,here its expensiv but i am lucky that its a friend i know since years. And alot about losing weight has got to do with the food you eat.
Jacqueline,not to be rude,but since you are a pro you should know that everybody needs individual help/advice. Not only with training but also with food. Blanca,my advice would be to get a personal trainer if you can financialy. Or even ask your doctor,my doctor gave me great advice.Good luck with losing weight

Jacqueline - posted on 07/11/2014

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Hey, Bianca. I was just really tempted to answer you after hearing your innocent routines!

Most of these are muscle exercises rather than "lose weight" exercises.

You probably are losing weight, but you just don't realise it, because of the weight of the muscles you are gaining.

The kind of exercises you are probably looking for rather than weight lifting are the female workouts you'll find on youtube (sit ups, squats, you know - all that kind of thing).

If you don't have much taste in gaining muscle but really want to lose weight, then you're going to want to cut down on your diet and eat healthily and go on a thirty minute jog around your neighborhood followed by a thirty minute female workout in the morning.

Also go to the gym at a minimum of three times a week (hopefully more?), and do cardio. JUST do cardio.

That will be PERFECT for you, and the morning jog will not only be the key to losing A LOT of weight, but will also make a huge difference to your overall well being and heart health. Also, the morning workout and gym cardio will add a lean surface to your thinness, to tone you up and make you look and feel healthy (also, this armour will make it more difficult for your body to gain weight if you want to let go of your diet for just one day!)

I advise that you don’t ignore me. There’s not many days when you will get advice from someone like me for free. I have two bachelor degrees and one masters degree. One as a Hygienic expert, one as a Health Expert and one as an expert dietitian, and am the head bos of a very successful health organization in California.

Good luck, you receive my best wishes, Jaqu.

Anne - posted on 07/16/2014

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Knock out mostly dairy and gluten in your diet.
Eat raw salads, fruit. & Superfoods.And snack only on nuts & seeds. Eat Dark 70' chocolate, 20 mins before food or 5 mins after food only.
Drink 1-2 cups green tea day. Then u have stacks of energy & feel amazingly healthy. Took me 4 mths to get to size 8 from a 12. (Australian size)

Nancy - posted on 07/15/2014

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These are all great tips. I work with a company called Melaleuca.com . They carry a line called Vitality with Oligo (it's patented). The product line helps your body to burn the fat that's already stored in your body. Your body naturally tries to store as much fat as possible. The Oligo tricks your body into burning the fat that's already stored, thus improving your weight loss immensely.

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Rachel - posted on 07/14/2014

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[momoftwo] - posted on 07/14/2014

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Omg thank you for explaining that to Blanca hahaha cause I have some knowledge but I'm not smart enough to explain it hahaha

Oh and to what Guest said about salads and salad dressing, my sister actually uses a little lemon juice to flavor it! (just advice if you did want to avoid dressings altogether)

Blanca - posted on 07/13/2014

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So that means that because i'm not eating enough my body is producing more fat?

[momoftwo] - posted on 07/13/2014

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Maybe you are waiting to eat once your body is in starvation mode which is causing what you eat to store as fat....?
As far as I know breakfast is the most important meal of the day and you should have a healthy snack every 2-4 hours or else your body goes into starvation mode.
I would usually get up and have a glass of milk and a banana in the morning and then 2-3 hours later and have a little yogurt and glass of water, etc etc...
One thing my sister had just told me too (because I'm bad for over-eating) is a lot of people still feel hungry after they eat because they are actually thirsty! Wtf! Lol so I make sure I drink a lot of water throughout the day so I'm not confusing my thirsty feeling for hunger.

Blanca - posted on 07/13/2014

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Thanks!
Regarding my diet, well I dont know why but since I had my baby I dont really feel hungry at all. Sometimes I eat one or two times a day, (eggs, beans, cheese, fruit, veggies and maybe a few times crackers. ) when I wake up, it doesnt matter if I went to bed early I feel like my body is shut down and it hurts.(This is an everyday thing). I dont know if something is wrong with my health thats making me feels like this and not loosing weight.

[momoftwo] - posted on 07/13/2014

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I don't have too much advice but I did hear about a website to track your stuff online called myfitnesspal.
Everyone did give good advice though, I remember a model on YouTube said that a healthy diet is for losing weight and working out is just for muscle. I've been doing it wrong this whole time LOL it's no wonder why I haven't been losing weight.

Nicole - posted on 07/13/2014

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I see this all the time when they start Health Coaching with me. It seems as though they are doing the right things but not seeing the progress they are wanting. Without seeing your diet, it is hard to direct you BUT how you eat is just as, if not more important that what you do at the gym. Other things that affect your weight would be stress, vitamin deficiencies, imbalance of omega 3 & 6's, too many carbs (or foods that turn into sugar), improper use of "replacement" meals like bars, drinks, etc.
I would be happy to talk with you in more detail and at least point you in the right direction, just let me know. But I wish you the best of luck. Don't give up on working out!

Gena - posted on 07/12/2014

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Also if you drink coke,fanta etc try drinking just water or unsweetend tea. I find it helped alot when losing weight cuz i didnt drink alot of water and fanta etc are full of sugar. Water is healthy :-)

Amy - posted on 07/12/2014

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You didn't mention your diet at all. I had really great luck with weight watchers and after my second child I kind of just followed their premise without joining. I virtually eliminated carbs from my diet when I first started, only about a cup a day. I stopped buying all crackers and chips because if it was in the house I would grab a handful here and there and snack out of boredom. Instead I bought fresh vegetables, so anytime I went to the fridge I would grab a handful if baby carrots or cut up peppers because they're relatively sweet and crunchy.

When running or doing cardio break it up. You actually will burn more càlories by walking 1 minute and then running 2 rather then getting on and running miles. My personal trainer also said to do cardio at the end of the workout and had some scientific explanation that I would get wrong if I tried to explain to you. If you have a gym membership you can usually get one session with a trainer for free. And even if you can't afford weekly sessions you could do once a month and that way you can keep building on what they tell you.

Pinterest also has a lot of great ideas if there are areas you specifically want to work on. My final suggestion is don't live life by the scale. Do you have more energy? Do you feel better? Are your clothes a little looser? I only weighed myself once a week when I was in weight loss mode, usually Friday am, then that would be my cheat day where I allowed myself a treat whether it be dinner out, ice cream whatever you crave and then I would be right back at it.

Blanca - posted on 07/11/2014

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Thank you so much! It’s an honor to get an advice from someone with so much knowledge; I am going to start doing what you say.

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