Fitness Minutes: (210,425)
20,731 5/23/12 10:10 A
At your current weight and height, you have a BMI of 22.9. That puts you smack in the middle of a healthy weight for your height. I know you think you've overweight, but you aren't. The closer a person is to a healthy weight for their height, the harder and longer it takes for a person to lose any perceived excess.
Someone who is overweight or obese, could safely lose 1-2 pounds per week. But because you're at a healthy weight already, it's going to take much longer for you to lose. Ask any member trying to lose those last 5-10 pounds and they'll tell you it takes months to lose, not weeks.
So, don't beat yourself up because the weight isn't coming off as fast as you'd like it. your loss really is going to take time. What to do ? If you don't like the exercise you're currently doing, then it's time to do something else. Remember, we don't exercise for the amount of time it takes to lose the weight. In order for us to take the weight off and keep it off, we need to be active in some way for our entire life.
What types of activities do you like doing ? Do you like dancing ? If you like dancing, take dance lessons. If you like martial arts, take a tae kwon do class. You can ride a bike, swim, hike, run, dance, play tennis, golf, etc... It's ALL GOOD. Exercise isn't just about burning X calories in Y time. it's really about giving us pleasure and enhancing our over all well being. it's a great way to reduce stress too.
So, if you don't like the exercise you're doing now, try something else until you do find that activity you really enjoy.
As far as what to eat, Coach Nancy is right. You don't want to deprive your body of the calories it needs to be healthy. Eating too little and exercising too much will hinder your efforts at good health, not help it. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose.
But once again, because you don't have a lot to lose, your loss will take longer than for someone who is morbidly obese.
I had a though time losing weight too. I was also like you wondering what's wrong with me since I was only eating 1400 cal and exercising too. And then I switched to a low carb diet and the weight is finally dropping now. Carbs are a horrible weight gainer and most often we don't even know about it. We get enough carbs from fruits and veges. So cut your breads, rice, pasta, noodles and sugars and have more protein, fruit and veg. That has helped me and hope the information is useful to you.
Fitness Minutes: (28,836)
1,990 5/23/12 12:11 A
I second what Nancy is saying. I eat at the high range (often over some) and I'm still losing. And I'm not as active as you. It's counter-intuitive to how we've been taught, but it works. Try eating more calories for a week or so. Good stuff - some almonds, avocado, veggies, protein, etc. Also, what made a huge impact for me was eating 5-9 servings of veggies & fruit a day. If you aren't doing that, try that as well. It's crazy how much a difference that has made. Even if you eat over range, just get those veggies in. I eat more heavy in the veggies than the fruit but I eat both to be sure.
Lastly, if you are currently processed carb heavy, that may be an area you'd want to tweak.
What ever you do, don't throw in the towel! You must be super toned w/ all that exercise. Cardio & weight training are both important - do both. Maybe you even need to cut back your days to four and get a rest day in there (hard w/ the little one, I know).
Good luck to you and hang in there.
Fitness Minutes: (112,042)
46,222 5/22/12 6:25 P
If you are expending 500 calories each time you go to the gym and only eating 1300 calories, you may not be consuming enough calories based on your busy lifestyle. Remember food is actually food for your body. Your body needs calories not just to get you through your workouts, but to repair the damage from your workout routine, to help you with the active lifestyle you have chasing your little one around, not to mention the calories your body needs just for normal biological functions (breathing, regulating blood pressure, heart rate and respiration, grow new cells, etc).
Not eating enough can actually backfire on your goals...in other words, if you are not eating enough your body will begin to conserve the calories you are consuming. And ya can't just give it a couple of weeks to see if this new way of eating works...it may actually take as long as 8 weeks for your body to begin to make the changes.
Lastly, you may want to consider having your body comp done. The reason...if you are quite active you may not need to lose any more weight. However, that does not mean your body will not continue to make changes even if you do not lose another ounce. Remember healthy living is a way of life...it's not just for the moment for us to reach our goal weight only to go back to our old ways once we reach our goal...this is a life-long journey. Even the elite athletes must be committed to healthy living if they want to maintain there level of fitness.
I hope this helps!
Fitness Minutes: (85,122)
164 5/22/12 5:41 P
I am soooooo tired of working my a$% off, and not seeing results!!!!!! I'm bout ready to just throw in the towel :( I'm working out 5 times a week for about an hour at the gym. The rest of the day i'm chasing my little one around the house and doing chores. At the gym i burn about 500 cals each time i go. i'm running, lifting weights, elliptical, riding the bike, everything.... but nothings budging on the scale or measurements. I'm eating around 1300 cals a day. don't know what else to do, soooo frustrating. it's like why am i even bothering working out if i'm not going to see a change? I'm 5'2 and weigh approx 125. What should i do? should i cut out cardio and just focus on weight training? or vise versa? i'm just tired of working sooo hard for nothing.
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