8 Reasons Why You're Not Losing Weight

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4/28/2013 6:00 AM   :  134 comments   :  2,139,857 Views

Sometimes, people can diet and work out and track their calories and do everything right—but still not lose weight. I can't begin to tell you how often members, friends and even acquaintances ask me why they're not losing weight despite doing X, Y or Z. It's one of the most common questions I get as a trainer. Sometimes, the answer isn't that easy to come by.
 
But usually, when someone seems to be doing the right things but not making progress, a list of possible problems runs through my head. These are the most common scenarios I tend to see that stop people from getting results—and they could be the culprits for your weight woes, too.
 
So here are a few cold, hard truths about why you're not losing weight.
 
You're eating back all the calories you burn.
When you work out, you're burning extra calories. That's why exercise is so important in the weight-loss equation. But a lot of people overestimate how much they burn—and even use the "I exercised today" excuse to later overeat, overdrink (think alcohol) or overindulge. How many times have you faced a food temptation and thought, "Well, I worked out today, so it's OK this time." Or even, "I'll have this now, but work out extra hard tomorrow to burn it off." If that sounds all-too-familiar, this is one major reason why you're not losing weight. For the exercise to help you lose, you can't re-eat all those extra calories you burned. And in most cases, we overestimate how many calories we actually burned and underestimate how many calories we're actually eating, which means using that 3-mile walk (240 calories burned) to justify that restaurant meal (1,000+ calories, anyone?) leaves you in a worse position than if you may realize: at a calorie surplus.
 
The Takeaway: Exercise can help you lose when you're really using it to burn extra calories, not as a reason to eat more.

You're relying on exercise alone to do the trick.
Yes, exercising can help you lose weight (and it has so many other health benefits) because it helps you create that calorie deficit needs to drop body fat. But here's the truth: Exercise alone will not help you lose weight. For emphasis, I'll say it again. If you are relying on exercise alone to lose weight, you are fighting an uphill battle. Here's why.
 
Exercise burns calories, but not as much as people think. When you consider how many calories you burn in a day, exercise burns very little. And it takes a lot of time and effort to burn even a few calories. A full hour of intense exercise may only burn 400-500 calories for a lot of people. On the flipside, it's easy to eat hundreds or thousands of calories in even a few minutes. But it would take hours of exercise to offset those calories. If you are not changing your diet and reducing your calorie intake, exercise alone probably won't help you much. As they say, "you can't out-train a bad diet." No amount of exercise can make up for a poor or high-calorie diet. You've got to have both (calorie reduction through diet and exercise) for optimal weight-loss results.

The Takeaway: The best way to lose weight is to cut back on what you eat and increase your burn through exercise—not one or the other.
 
You're not eating as healthfully as you think.
We know that Americans and others who eat a Western-style diet have a lot of health problems—and weight problems. The vast majority of people are overweight these days. Yet research shows that the vast majority of people also think they eat healthfully and consider eating healthy a priority. Are you as confused about that as I am? Clearly, we are not eating that well if we continue to see steady increases in heart disease, type 2 diabetes, overweight and obesity.
 
Here's the thing: We all think we eat pretty well. Even people who eat a pretty bad diet don't think it's that bad. No one really wants to admit that their diet might be pretty unhealthy. We all think we're probably doing better than others. This is especially true if you compare your diet to what you see your friends, family or co-workers eat and consider your choices to be "better." Whether that's actually true or not, the truth is that the vast majority of people could (and probably should) improve their diets immensely. 
 
The Takeaway: If you're not meeting basic guidelines for a healthy diet (which involves way more than just counting calories alone) and/or you don't actually track your food/nutrition to see how it all adds up in black and white, don't make assumptions about how "good" you really do eat. Research confirms that people underestimate the quantity of food they eat, so read labels and measure.
 
You're doing the wrong kinds of exercise.
If you are exercising regularly, you're already doing a very important thing to improve your health. But when it comes to exercising for weight loss, there's a lot of confusion out there. One day you hear that strength training is the best way to lose weight. The next day you're told to focus on cardio—but not just any cardio, intervals. Then you hear it has to be high intensity intervals or Tabata training. What gives?

The truth is that all types of exercise will burn calories, which can help with weight loss. But when it comes to losing weight, it's all about burning calories. And in most cases, cardio is the calorie-burning king. Strength training is important, too (for many reasons), such as reducing the amount of muscle loss that occurs during weight loss, but it's typically not a major calorie burner. So if you are relying almost exclusively on strength training as your weight-loss strategy, it could backfire.
 
The Takeaway:  The best exercise plan emphasizes cardio for calorie burning, but still includes strength training to preserve lean muscle. Both are important; neither option can do everything. (Get the best combinations of both in my critically-acclaimed DVD.)
 

You're not being consistent enough.
When you're struggling to lose those final 5-10 pounds or to overcome a plateau, consistency in your efforts is even more important.  A lot of people stick to strict diet and fitness programs for days or weeks at a time, but their habits simply aren't consistent for long enough. Ever eat "perfectly" and exercise "religiously" for a whole week, only to step on the scale that weekend to see that you haven't lost an ounce? "What's the point!" you may think as you go on an all-out eating fest and skip the gym for a couple days. Maybe you don't even make it a few days "on track," but rather you eat right for one day, then fall of the wagon the next.
 
Or perhaps you do feel pretty consistent in your habits, but the occasional slice of birthday cake or drinks with friends happens more often than just occasionally. Eating that restaurant dessert that's 4-5 times a standard serving size (and packed more sugar and fat than seems physically possible) doesn't really count as moderation, even if it's the only sweet treat you've had all week. Moderation needs to apply not just to the frequency of treats or rest days, but the amount, too. Practice portion control—so that you don't go overboard and set yourself back.
 
The Takeaway: Eat right and exercise as consistently as possible and apply both moderation and portion control when it comes to indulging.
 
You're not measuring the right things.
A lot of people complain that they're not seeing the scale move, even though they are losing inches and clothing sizes. Despite these obvious signs that they're getting leaner, they still want to see the scale change.
If you are noticing other improvements in your body shape or size, you are losing fat. The scale might not always reflect that you've lose weight—but ultimately it is the shape of your body and the amount of lean muscle vs. body fat you have that shows you're making progress.
 
The Takeaway: Don't just rely on the scale to measure your weight loss. That number won't really tell you everything you need to know.
 
You don't need to lose weight.
If you are at a healthy BMI or a body fat percentage in the healthy range, you probably don't need to lose weight for any health or medical reasons. Still, you may want to lose some pounds for vanity's sake, or even to improve your athletic performance. There's nothing inherently wrong with wanting to lose weight when you're already at an acceptable weight. But, when you only have only a little body fat to lose, it can be extremely challenging for some people.
 
Your body is usually content to be right where it is, weight-wise.  For many, their body has sort of settled in to what it feels like is a good, natural weight—which may not be your ideal weight in your head. It's certainly possible to drop your body fat percentage and get leaner, but it will often take even more dedication—and time—than it will for someone who has a lot of weight to lose. For some, it may involve dieting or exercising to extremes rather than a moderate amount. But with diligence and some experimentation, you can get there—especially if you follow the other tips outlined here (consistency being #1).  
 
The Takeaway: When you have less fat to lose, the road may be harder and longer; consistency is key!
 
You have an underlying issue.
When all else fails and you've truly adhered to your program—and all the advice here—and you're still not losing weight, you may secretly wish you had some kind of underlying medical problem that would explain it—a slow thyroid, some kind of hormonal disorder, or something that popping a pill could fix and then magically help melt away the pounds. While it is true that people with certain medical issues or on certain medications can have trouble losing weight, most people struggle with losing it because they struggle with consistently burning more calories than they eat. The only way to do it is to track, measure and weigh your food honestly and accurately, and burn excess calories through increased physical activity.  

The Takeaway: If you've truly tried everything discussed here and more—and simply aren't making progress—it would not hurt to check in with your medical provider to see if any underlying issues are at play.
 
Here are a few other common reasons you may not be losing weight despite doing everything right:
 
Weight loss seems simple, but it doesn't happen easily. But many, many people just like you have fought the battle and won—and you can, too. Just be consistent. Track, track, track. Ask for help and support. And slowly but surely, you will get there.
 
Can you relate to any of these tips? What do you think is the main reason people struggle with weight loss?







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  • MAMAJAN51
    134
    All right, I'm going to give this thing a try....what do I have to lose? (except weight!) I am a mess, mind and body. I love all of your posts! - 10/19/2014   12:52:53 PM
  • 133
    The only thing I disagree with in this article is the calorie estimates given for a 3 mile walk-- according to SP, at the pace I walk and at my current weight, I burn 400+ calories in a 3 mile walk! I took a 8 mile walk last weekend and, according to SP calculating it with my weight, age, gender, and moderate (3.2-3.4mph) pace, I burned 1,000 calories. - 10/15/2014   1:58:00 PM
  • JAMESHELLER
    132
    For the last two months i am following innerfight.com website, this is the platform to teach us how to fight with obesity by doing, exercises, proper diet plans, healthy eating plans, crossfit exercises, online videos etc. With the help of them, i lost my 5lbs of weight within 2 weeks. - 10/7/2014   7:12:29 AM
  • 131
    I agree, inflammation may be involved, but for me I think I can eat more, (mostly because the SP tracker tells me I can) but I choose alcohol, sugar, or processed foods instead picking a healthier choice. - 7/6/2014   2:39:31 PM
  • 130
    I learned from my nutritionist that the foods today cause inflammatory body fat gain, this has been proven to be the reason people are not losing weight. With this knowledge it helped one woman lose 100 pounds, it should help you if you need to lose less as well.

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    - 6/20/2014   1:14:18 PM
  • JOHNFINLER
    129
    Losing weight can be challenging at times. With all of the harsh diets, and the exhausting exercise, some people end up just giving up on achieving their ideal weight. There are thousands of methods a person can use to lose weight, but in all honesty, there is never going to be a better, faster, and safer method to lose weight than doing it through hypnosis. hypnosis provides people with the tools they need to keep a straight mind to help them stick to a healthy diet with ease. Hypnosis2change.com is an excellent website to go to if you are serious about loosing weight. Alisa Abdullaeva is an excellent hypnotherapist who according to her has "successfully helped over 1,000 people achieve their weight loss goals and most importantly help them make the weight loss permanent. Most of these clients came to me as a last resort after they have tried every other option only to be met with repeated failures and disappointments". dont try doing those harsh diets and exercises by yourself anymore, if you really want change then you have to go to Hypnosis2change.com and book a session with the wonderful therapist so that you can join the thousands of people who have already made the changes they want through the program. I did! Now I look and feel fantastic. Thanks to hypnotic therapy I am able to keep the weight off and feel confident. The best part about it is that you can lose the weight fast and you can keep it gone for good. - 5/29/2014   2:54:27 PM
  • KIMOOKI
    128
    For me, I think Buffalobirdie's brutally honest comments are spot on. I have been doing my time in the gym, cycling classes, focusing on high intensity cardio, tracking my activity, and 3/4ths the time tracking calories. Since October 31 I have lost inches, and fit into clothing better, yet I have lost only 2 pounds. I can do better tracking my calorie intake and being more consistent. The words "annoying, it sucks" etc, in caps really do sum it up. Now I'm off to the gym for some cardio, more than I usually do. Thanks for the reality check! - 4/26/2014   8:59:05 AM
  • BUFFALOBIRDIE
    127
    Exercise is important, obviously, but weight loss will ALWAYS come down to your diet. Not only is exercise sneaky because it always makes us FEEL like we are allowed to 'reward' our efforts with high calorie fattening food, but also remember that the more you exercise, the more you are just going to ramp up your appetite. Your stomach is going to start growling extra and once again, you will likely end up eating more - potentially way more. The fact is, and this really does suck, that you are just going to have to deal with the disappointment of NOT being able to reward yourself with fattening high calorie meals because you worked out. After your workout, what can you eat? You get to have water and a grilled chicken salad. Period. Weight loss is all about suffering. Unfortunately you are really just going to have to accept that you will be annoyingly hungry while losing weight. You will feel left out while your friends and family order delicious food and have wonderful cocktails. You will have to suck it up and learn to either ignore those hunger pangs or learn to embrace them. Sorry folks. Losing weight and getting in shape SUCKS. You think you should be losing weight because you FEEL like you are doing all the right things, when the truth is NO, YOU AREN'T. You are doing SOME things right, but obviously not enough - and not long enough to make the difference. Honestly, you have to get militant with yourself. Get fierce about it. When a waitress brings over that bread basket, grab it and throw it against the wall! (just kidding, of course, but that should be your attitude.) Sorry, but NO - You cannot have beer or wine or cocktails with your friends. Sorry but NO, you cannot order that plate of lasagna 'just this once." NO, you can't go have that vanilla milkshake with your family. NO you cannot skip today's workout just because you "worked out yesterday and I'm tired today." It is so frustrating, I know, but you have to know that as hard as you think you are trying, and as miserable as you already are, you simply aren't trying hard enough and the fact is an increase in misery is on the menu if you wish to reach that goal. And how much more lovely achieving that goal will be! - 4/13/2014   8:00:04 PM
  • MYTBEAN
    126
    Also keep in mind that not all calories are the same. Your body will digest and turn 300 calories worth of sugar into fat in no time flat but will treat 300 calories worth of steamed veggies differently. I think some people are staying in their caloric allowance but not actually changing *what* they eat. The body will hit a plateau and store fat because it will think it's in famine if it doesn't get nutrition and that's no matter how little or great the caloric consumption is. - 3/13/2014   9:53:44 PM
  • BBJPO15
    125
    I think one reason people do not lose weight is because, as stated in the article, people think they can eat more because they exercised. The problem is that Spark People, by linking the nutrition tracker and the fitness/activity trackers, is encouraging this way of thinking. When my workout minutes are calculated, my calories range on my nutrition tracker increases; and, there is a message saying "the more you exercise, the more calories you can eat." This is encouraging negative behavior. - 1/16/2014   4:40:54 PM
  • 124
    I can add one more thing... You are not eating enough! I've been stuck forever. Gained back about 30 lbs. Didn't change my tracker. I updated it a week ago. Freaked out at the amount of calories that Sparkpeople was telling me to eat. Decided to trust the system. Dropped 4 lbs. in less than a week. I'll keep watching to see what this means. - 1/16/2014   12:25:55 PM
  • 123
    This article is why the phrase "The more you burn, the more you can eat!" on your nutrition tracking page has never made sense to me. Why bother exercising if you're just going to eat the calories you burnt? - 1/16/2014   12:00:02 PM
  • RUTH571
    122
    This is a good article, made me think of things I hadn't thought of.....ideal weight versus, what my body is happy with.... maybe I don't need to lose that last 5 lbs, but continue to work on diet and exercise for other reasons, endurance when snow shoeing, or working toward a run/jog/walk instead of just a walk.... goals are not always on the scale - thanks! - 1/16/2014   10:57:35 AM
  • 121
    The best way to lose weight is to cut back on what you eat and increase your burn through exercise—not one or the other. I like this takeaway the best.... when I just exercise I get frustrated by the scales... when I just diet, I can't stand the flab that jiggles but love the scales. You hopefully will provide me with a win win solution! :) - 1/10/2014   6:42:00 PM
  • 120
    I am one of the ones who follows the program without cheating and the scale doesn't move. I don't eat extra when I exercise. I can also rule out the idea that I don't need to lose weight. I am going to try doing more cardio and eating more veggies and fruit. - 1/7/2014   2:37:53 PM
  • 119
    I learned from my nutritionist that the foods today cause inflammatory weight gain, this has been proven to be the reason people are not losing weight.

    SEE HERE www.desperateloseweight.blogspot.co
    m/2013/04/desperate-to-lose-weight-
    what-really.html
    - 1/7/2014   12:59:19 PM
  • 118
    Given the first point in the article, why does the newer nutrition tracker factor calories burned into available calories to eat? That's the same philosophy that hurt me with Weight Watchers 2 years ago, and the reason why I still use the old sp nutrition tracker now. - 1/7/2014   9:30:59 AM
  • 117
    I just learned that I have PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) and I had been gradually gaining weight with no explanation and it was so frustrating! Once I was diagnosed, I did a lot of research and have found that I am probably insulin resistant because of a hormonal imbalance. It sucks, but I am glad I have an explanation other than "i'm not exercising enough or eating healthy enough."
    If you are having issues with menstrual cycles, excess hair in unwanted places, experience intense sugar/carb cravings, weight gain or inability to lose weight, then you might want to ask your doctor about PCOS.

    my friend and I started a blog to share our experiences with PCOS
    http://endurepcos.blogspot.com/2013
    /10/pcos-links-to-research.html
    - 10/18/2013   11:19:03 AM
  • 116
    Thanks! I am the on again, scale doesn't reflect my effort, off again. I like your tips and feel motivated to stick to my program and focus on other signs (clothes, feeling more energy etc.) to keep me on track. - 10/11/2013   9:20:30 AM
  • 115
    I know for myself, if I diet for one day I expect to see a loss on the scale the next day ("But, I tried so hard!"). Unrealistic expectations could be #9 on the list. It is frustrating to want instant results but losing weight requires commitment and life changes. - 9/10/2013   10:09:37 AM
  • 114
    you know people always assume i havent been truthful about what i do to lose weight. i was complaining to my cousin about how im not losing weight and she says well it takes more then a day of effort. yes except ive been following a strict diet and workout plan (with some variations now and then so i dont get bored) for 2 years! i eat between 1400 and 1600 calories i burn at least 1000 calories every day. you would think i would lose right? nope. turns out i have a medical issue that my sisters doctor found in her and then tested me for it when i went with her to her app. its a potassium deficiency disorder. i lose potassium faster then normal. my sister is more severe she can drop to near fatal levels in a heart beat. she has to carry pills with her to take when she randomly gets low. but this disorder acts like hypothyroid. my doctor had my thyroid tested before the potassium issue came out and it was clean. but i have every single symptom of hypothyroid. including weight loss problems.
    people always assume im just making bad choices and i am over weight by choice. yes i admit i didnt eat well when i was a teenager. i ate like crap because i was at work or volunteering or doing my homeschool high school or at college. all at the same time. i was barely home so i ate crap. i gained weight with that. but for the past 2 years ive eaten great and i workout i just joined a gym so i can change up my workouts a bit. i have lost all of 5 lbs in 2 years. lovely. - 9/4/2013   3:17:44 PM
  • HEALTHGURU305
    113
    Great article - and we are all guilty of at least one of these things at some point in our lives! I found some other good, quick tips for weight management here: www.healthsource-solutions.com/blog
    /take_charge
    - 9/3/2013   11:31:08 AM
  • ISABELLECLEMENT
    112
    Also, I believe that to achieve our weight goal and to permanently shrink our body is by growing our mind! If the answer was in a diet regimen, in a magic pill, a shake or a cookie... If it worked, if it were, the global weight control products market would NOT expected to reach almost $47 billion by 2015 and members of this industry would have to find another business idea! Dont you think? Of course we must be physically active and eat healthily, but so many times we eat and skip our work-out plan to cope with the events of the day and our life. That is why I think growing our mind is an essential part of being at the weight and size we desire. - 8/7/2013   9:24:52 AM
  • RONI01
    111
    great article,all of these point makes more sensible.
    fortisbariatricsurgery.com/ - 7/23/2013   9:00:31 AM
  • LEILEI4744
    110
    This is great advice however, I do not agree with cardio being over strength training. I have lost more weight doing some cardio and more strength training then the reverse and of course eating right. Strenght training does burn more calories long after your workout. Muscle boost your metabolism to burn calories. Cardio does burn calories but only when you are doing the cardio. I lost weight and when I did I had a much better shape as I was losing. Eating is definitely 80% of the battle, then ST and cardio combined. - 7/22/2013   5:48:12 PM
  • HOLLEYCNH
    109
    I TOO have been having problems losing weight. I am 59 years old. I am in the best shape of my life. Each day I walk at a very fast pace 7 - 10 miles. I have a FITBIT that I wear 24/7 even sleeping. It tells me how far I have been, how many calories I have used etc. In my early 40's I went from 130 to 151 almost overnight because I hit Menopause early. My body wanted to be 151. I joined Weight watchers and lost it back down to 128. kept it off for years. As I hit 50 I changed again gaining up to 186 at my highest. Went back on Weight Watchers, lost again. Got back to 148. Today I cannot maintain 148. My body refuses to get there and stay. It will go to 151 as in my 40s and I can maintain that weight but only if I continue to eat only 3 meals a day, no snacks, drink my 48 oz of water and do my fast pace walking (and I am talking 4.0 to 4.5, per treadmill) If I continue that I can maintain my weight. I went on vacation for a week and gained 4.5 back so come monday I had to get right back on track. Of course on vacation I did not eat as perfectly as I usually do. But I can gain weight OVERNIGHT but I cannot lose weight OVERNIGHT. Today is Friday and I have lost 2 of those 4.5. It will take me another 2 weeks to get the other 2.5 off. I get frustrated a lot because I try so hard. My clothes fit good great and I am a size 12. So I am satisfied at being a size 12 at 59 years old. I have tried to come to the realization that this is what I am going to be and that I will try to be healthy at this weight and size for my age. I hope I have helped someone else who is struggling like me. Just to give you an example of my daily intake of food which is almost exact each day....Great Grains protein cereal 1 cup, blueberries, 6 oz of Almond Milk, coffee, Ahave sweetener 1 tsp. Fat Free Half and Half. that is breakfast. Lunch is mostly salad with Lean Quisine Salad Fixins 250 to 260 calories and a piece of fruit of some kind. water throughout the day, no tea, coke. Supper usually a grilled piece of meat, greens of some kind or salad and sometimes baked potato or rice. Milk 1 glass. Even on the weekends I will eat my cereal and fruit for breakfast, sometimes we eat out for dinner on Friday or grill out on weekends. I do not snack at all throughout the day, three meals, that's it. Im not gaining or losing I am at least maintaining. But this is my life if I want to keep this up. I would love to be a healthy elderly woman and be very active, so in the next 20 years Lord Willing I hope to be where I am now...lol...Thanks for letting me rant :) - 7/19/2013   10:50:18 AM
  • JENNY_ALDRIN
    108
    Hey what do you think about my diet formula? youtu.be/vPrfGPh0dzk - 7/3/2013   3:14:12 PM
  • SARICSEPEL
    107
    So then even if I eat just carbs a day at 1200 calories I won't lose weight? - 6/30/2013   6:19:11 AM
  • RUBYJACKSONN
    106
    Great article.
    Thanks for sharing - 6/25/2013   6:45:49 AM
  • 105
    My Greatest hurdle is eating out! I've ramped up workouts and am tracking away....This article is definitely a huge help. - 6/7/2013   6:32:11 AM
  • CIRANDELLA
    104
    Barring metabolic problems, it's all calories in/calories out. Tracking is the best and most reliable tool I've found in my weight loss/maintenance phases. - 5/28/2013   8:21:10 PM
  • POWER2XCEL
    103
    good artical - 5/22/2013   9:25:23 PM
  • 102
    this was all very good advice. I think my problem with continuing to lose is perhaps a little of everything. I need better portion control. more consistent cardio exercise, although I have been very consistent with stretch and tone exercises and I do see results there. I had stopped tracking and when I restarted I saw where I was eating more then I realized, even if most of it was the right things. I have recommitted to tracking my nutrition and exercise, and hope to get off this plateau I have been on for so long. Thanks for the suggestions - 5/17/2013   7:11:41 PM
  • GENDLEMV
    101
    It's the consistency that gets me. I get so into exercise, the diet, etc. and then when I go a bit off track, I'm liable to fall off the wagon altogether. I'm working on it! - 5/12/2013   12:07:07 PM
  • 100
    Should people eat what they exercise, if you've eaten 1200, and burned 600? So that you're always at least at the minimum? - 5/4/2013   4:07:41 PM
  • 99
    great article which I have bookmarked so I can come back to! I'm down to 8llbs from a healthy BMI, so semi-stalling is the name of the game. S--L--O--W but progressing! Thanks for a good reminder :) - 4/30/2013   12:06:08 PM
  • 98
    Another recycled blog from 2012 that we can't get points for - 4/26/2013   12:46:43 PM
  • 97
    I am at my last 15 pounds and I am struggling a bit. So I started a running routine, actually training to be a runner,this is is my first week. We see how that goes. My thinking behind it is, if I do something different perhaps that will get my weight loss back I gear. I have to fight for every pound. my husband can lose so easily lucky man, ha - 4/23/2013   10:37:03 PM
  • DELLMEL
    96
    I have found out that my weight is coming off from smapp portion of food and exercising everyday. I know that I have to really hang in to lose the extra pounds that I put on over eating. - 4/21/2013   6:46:45 PM
  • 95
    Interesting... - 4/21/2013   2:35:37 AM
  • 94
    disappointing, bio on the author states she's a certified personal trainer, how is it that she's completely skimmed over the rest of the story on strength training? Like anything else in life, Balance is important. A combination of both is cardio and strength with a good diet when done right will give short term results and make long term maintenance easier to avoid gaining it all back - 4/18/2013   10:34:32 AM
  • TASHABROCKMIER
    93
    this article sucked, i thought it was going to tell me how i can lose weight when i am doing all the right things, i am doing all of that, tracking my food and exercise so i eat the right amounts of calories and eating my 3 serving of veggies a day and 2 fruits and i try and get in protien with every meal, so what am i not doing that i need to. - 4/17/2013   3:36:02 PM
  • 92
    Having seen the same before and believe me to see it again and again is a real motiving factor for me. To return back to blogs and/or articles that make me take stock of who I am, where I am and where I want to go/be. I can’t say enough about how I need to be reminded again and again, I didn’t gain my weight in a year and I sure as heck better believe it will take me more than a year, if not longer to rid my body of the excess pounds. I know my weaknesses and short comings and slowly am learning how to face them, make better/wise choices, stop dressing like a “slob”, and stop blaming others for my poor choices. I can overcome my weight and I will overcome my weight, I will be a healthier me. Thanks Nicole! - 4/16/2013   8:33:23 PM
  • 91
    Wow. I wish I knew what my RMR was. I've been trying to lose weight for over 20 years. At one point I was exercising every single day until it became routine. I didn't lose an ounce. I didn't gain weight so I guess the exercise just supplemented my diet. I never ate often because I worked too much but when I did eat, boy did I eat. I love the good stuff but it's never around when I do decide to eat. I love my vegetables but they're so boring. My main problem is drinking water. I absolutely do not drink enough of it. It's almost 5pm now and I think I've only had about 2oz. Anyway I've jumped off script. That test is unaffordable but I really do wish I knew what my RMR was. Great information. - 4/16/2013   5:44:40 PM
  • 90
    This is a REALLY good article, Nicole! I concur on every point. I'm sharing it on my FaceBook page. - 4/16/2013   12:46:35 PM
  • 89
    cardio was the key for me, i was losing consistently, about 2 to 3 lbs a week, walking 2 hours a day, then broke my foot and strength training wasnt doing anything for me, and i hated the bike more than a bee sting!!! so im slowly adding my walks back now that my foot is healing and hoping to start seeing a weight loss again after nearly 3 months of being stalled. - 4/16/2013   9:52:35 AM
  • UTE_TOPIA
    88
    Try menopause! - 4/16/2013   9:45:33 AM
  • 87
    Great blog. Thanks - 4/16/2013   1:26:25 AM
  • 86
    Great blogging here and so true. I'd even like to think I've inspired some the points in this blog. I've been losing weight slowly, but my clothes are getting lose, but my fav comment in this that people think they eat healthier than they might be. I eat extremely healthy, COMPARED TO MANY around me, but still, I've always been more disciplined than most my family and friends. Still, I'm learning even healthier habits everyday!
    - 4/15/2013   8:34:08 PM
  • RSKYNASTON
    85
    There were alot of good points in this article. I really needed to be reminded that I have to be honest with myself if I want to improve my life and health. Thanks for the slap. - 4/15/2013   4:55:19 PM

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