Trying hard but not loosing weight

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bimbobaggins Tue 02-Feb-16 21:46:17

Hi, ive been working really hard over the last month. Cut back on calories and doing exercise and whilst my clothes feel looser, i feel slimmer i am not loosing any weight.

I am over 18 stone and people say oh you are toning but I absolutely don't want to be a toned 18 stone person.

Please help, i am going on holiday in two months and although im not going to have a miracle in that time i want to try to loose a stone

Any help would be appreciated

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CharleyDavidson Tue 02-Feb-16 21:51:19

If taking the calorie counting method, have you worked out your TDEE and your BMR? You could still be eating too much if you haven't worked out what you need to have to lose weight, and if you aren't logging what you are eating, you could still be eating enough to maintain rather than to lose weight.

bimbobaggins Tue 02-Feb-16 22:03:31

Thanks charley, i put my details into an online calculator which told me I should have 1500 calories per day and this is what i have been sticking to

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MrAliBongo Wed 03-Feb-16 07:41:10

If someone is not losing weight after a month, there are two possibilities: either you're overestimating what you should eat, or underestimating what you actually eat. In your case, 1500kcal per day is certainly low enough to lose weight, so let's forget that, and look at how you measure and record what you're eating.

My rule is, unless it comes in a single-serving packet with the weight marked on it, I weigh or measure it. Digital scales (non-fancy), precise to the gram. I also use measuring spoons a bit, and I've even measured my usual kitchen spoons against them, so I know what a standard, 5ml teaspoon of sugar looks like in one of them. Be aware that a heaped teaspoon is equivalent to about three level teaspoons.

Forget the concept of a "medium baked potato", or a "small serving of cereal" - nobody knows what they are, and if you were told the weight of them, you still wouldn't know what they looked like! (I remember the first time I weighed out weight watchers idea of a medium serving of pasta! hmm ). There are things it's easy to forget to measure, and just as easy to forget to log: milk in your tea, gin in your tonic, the chocolates someone brings into work... They add up, so be vigilant.

bimbobaggins Thu 04-Feb-16 06:43:23

Thanks mralibongo , i will start to write everything down . Perhaps there is something im forgetting about although I thought I was being vigilant. Will keep a food diary.

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MumOnTheRunCatchingUp Thu 04-Feb-16 07:10:45

Lots you could do to lose that stone

Mfp..... My fitness pal
Drop the carbs....full of sugar
Drink loads of water
More exercise ( really works for me)
Take measurements.... Literally seeing inches going is rewarding
Cutting right back on processed food

But really, sugar and carbs were my enemy. I've lost 9 pounds in last 3 weeks on biwi low carbing BOOTCAMP threads. A few years ago I lost 5 stone through low carbing and kept it off

mindtheshapes Sun 21-Feb-16 14:37:56

I think you're doing everything right. I'm a weight loss coach and I see people obsess over the numbers lot more than needed.
If you feel slimmer and clothes are looser, you're making progress, the scale will start showing it soon!

Most people lose weight when they start off, not realizing it's just water weight and they haven't lost any fat. You seem to be the exact opposite, don't worry about the scale for now, start taking pictures every 2-3 weeks and you'll see how far you will have come by the time your holiday rolls around!


RunnerOnTheRun Sun 21-Feb-16 20:56:45

Hi, well done you!! I am a weight management coach and think you are doing AWESOME. Ignore the friends who are trying to make you feel better as "tone" doesn't weigh anything and unless you are lifting weights regularly to gain muscle then I expect this is not the case, and if you were then the fat would be flying off.

I would go with tape measurements, photos (front, side and back) and TIME. Nothing happens overnight and if it does then it will rebound and go back on, what you want and need is the gradual approach you are taking to learn proper nutrition strategies to lose the fat and keep it off.

Don't stress over calories, instead look at the quality of food. Ie, an avocado is way healthier than a curly wurly even though it contains more calories! It is the quality of the food you are eating that matters, not the calories. So you want lots of unprocessed, close to nature foods, they are so much easier to digest than packaged man-made foods.

ONatali Mon 29-Feb-16 13:30:20

When you start doing a lot of exercise it means you gain more muscle mass. This means that the weight might be staying the same, but the fat is going away, as you mentioned you feel slimmer.

As nutritionist and weight consultant, I always advice pay ,ore attention of the measurements of the waist and hips. This is more important than checking weight.

Also check your hormones, if you have high cortisol or some other disballances then loosing weight or fat is complicated.

Personally I am not a big fan of calorie counting. So just pay attention of how much sugar you consume. Calculate sugar in everything you eat, it is almost everywhere (ketchup, yoghurt, cakes, snack bar, etc). Even a banana has 14 g of sugar! So limiting yourself with 2 fresh fruits a day is enough to have something sweet, but not consuming to much.

Viviennemary Mon 29-Feb-16 13:44:30

I wasn't having much success before Christmas. But since Christmas I have tried to cut down on Carbs as much as possible. I only have potatoes occasionally and have cut down on bread to around only four slices a week. From about five or six slices a day if I wasn't dieting And upped my walking whenever I can. This seems to be working and have lost around 12 lbs since Christmas. Not exactly quick but I'm not nearly as hungry as I would be on calories counting. If you feel slimmer and clothes are a bit looser you are slimmer regardless of wieght.

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