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MOTIVATED@LAST Posts: 14,914
4/28/12 1:47 A

A common response when you start/increase a workout is for your muscles to retain water. This increase in your lean mass can lead to little change (or even an increase) in the scale, even as you are burning fat.

However, muscle and water are considerably denser than fat (check
for a great photo of this), and typically this shows up as inches lost, even if the scale is being unco-operative.

Using the tape, rather than the scale, is a much better means of tracking your progress.


The reasonable man adapts himself to the world; the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man.
KETTLEBURN SparkPoints: (26,629)
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4/27/12 2:23 P

you use THREE tracking systems? maybe that's a bit of what's contributing to the problem here. i mean, it's great that you're trying to lose weight for your upcoming vacation, but it seems like you might be stressing yourself out over losing weight. sometimes when you over think something it doesn't work to your advantage. maybe you're more focused on tracking by using all three systems and that's getting in the way of making your exercise and new healthy eating habits a NATURAL part of your day-to-day life. the more work it is for you, the less happy you'll be about doing it all, and we all know what it's like to do something that we don't necessarily like.

JADOMB SparkPoints: (134,593)
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3/10/12 4:15 P

From what I read in your question, I just don't get the sense you are measuring or tracking. As unident says, RED FLAG. I recommend you get that in order first since any success is pretty much determined on how accurate you are tracking intake and calories burned. Otherwise, I have no idea why it isn't working for you. It works for most everyone else that I see is determined and serious about the whole 80/20 thing. Keep the faith

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UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/9/12 2:00 P

"I sometimes don't even track it so I can't over eat"

Red flag, red flag!!

Track everything.

You must eat enough to fuel workouts and create an appropriate calorie deficit. Being too scared of overeating so you don't track your exercise accurately can lead to under-eating, which can also stall your weight loss! Under eating CAN be just as bad as over eating.

So you should track everything as accurately as you can, and on Spark ensure that your 'calories to burn per week' figure is as close to what you're actually burning as you can get it (change the goal if it's not, rather than change your workout).

With 50lbs to lose, I would suggest a healthy rate of loss is 1 pound per week. As I stated, two a week is really only likely if you're over 200lbs now.

Deb, in New Zealand
DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (58,586)
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3/9/12 1:44 P

Since you don't have a sparkpage with shared food and fitness trackers, it's very difficult for us to pinpoint why you aren't losing weight. Consider creating a sparkpage, and sharing your trackers... then we can look at your individual activity and see what we can suggest as the potential culprit. We have no idea how much you're eating, what you're eating, nor how or how often you're working out,

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3/9/12 1:40 P

My big motivation is that I'm going on vacation the first week of June. Im on weight watchers but I slack in tracking. I just started sp and I use another type of tracking system so basically I use three and I do stay within my calorie intake range and I don't use the calories I burn when working out I sometimes don't even track it so I can't over eat

JENMC14 Posts: 2,775
3/9/12 1:36 P

Are you staying in your ranges provided by SP? Are you using anything else besides the scale to measure progress? PIctures, a certain pair of pants, measurements?

I am 5'4".
Starting Weight (4.6.11) 164.6
First Goal 130 - Reached September 2011
Lowest weight: 116
Gained back 40 or so pounds and now getting back to it.
3/9/12 1:35 P

I actually have like 50lbs to lose. Im tracking what I eat I track when I workout I drink tons of water.

JENMC14 Posts: 2,775
3/9/12 1:33 P

Some people take weeks to see any loss, how long have you been at this? I also get a bit of a red flag whenever I read things like "I eat fairly healthy". This means different things to different people. You can eat nothing but fruits and vegetables and lean meat, but if you're not eating at a caloric deficeit, you won't lose weight. Then, on the flip side of that, if you'ren ot eating enough calories for the amount of exercising you're doing, you may not see a loss. 2 pounds a week is a fairly healthy, reasonable goal, if you have a decent amount to lose. The less you have to lose, the slower it will be. I've been battling the last 5 pounds for about 2 months now. Set up your fitness tracker with an accurate calorie burn (through exercise) and your nutrition tracker if you haven't already. Track all your food and make sure you're staying in your ranges and see what happens. (Again, if you'ren ot already.)

I am 5'4".
Starting Weight (4.6.11) 164.6
First Goal 130 - Reached September 2011
Lowest weight: 116
Gained back 40 or so pounds and now getting back to it.
UNIDENT Posts: 33,498
3/9/12 1:32 P

You can only lose 2lbs a week if you're over 200 now. Only obese people can lose weight that fast. It goes slower the less there is to go. If you have less than 20lbs to lose, you can normally only expect to lose about half a pound a week.

How much do you weigh, how many calories do you eat, how accurately do you track that? These are essential questions to discover if there's anything you're doing wrong to halt your own progress.

Deb, in New Zealand
3/9/12 1:21 P

I workout 5-6 days a week I do Zumba 5 days a week and lift weights 3 days a week. I eat fairly healthy I stopped eating fast food I don't drink soda only water and iced tea. Every now and again I have a little snack or something of those lines. I don't understand what I'm not doing to see results it's kind of frustrating. I need help or motivation. My goal is 2lbs a week to lose

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