Not losing weight?

  • I've been on Ignite for a week now. I've stuck to 1200 calories a day, keeping the evil 6 out of what I eat. I have a heart rate monitor, and so I eat back whatever I burn to keep the calorie count at 1200. So, if I eat 1200 calories all day, and burn 340 doing my daily workout, I'll eat roughly 340 calories to get my total back up to 1200. Am I doing this wrong?

    I have 25lbs to lose, after having lost 80lbs already. I hit a plateau and thought this program might get me over the hump. I am just really confused and frustrated.

    Thanks.

    Acidique   by: Acidique
  • 1 vote
    TheodoraDailyBurn  2 months ago by: TheodoraDailyBurn

    1200 calories is fairly low - can you try focusing on the quality of the food, not the quantity of the food?

    • Acidique
      Acidique 2 months ago

      So, I'm not sure what you mean exactly. I do eat very healthy. Many vegetables, proteins, very few carbs and sugars. Healthy fats. Are you suggesting I eat more? I am really wanting to figure out what is happening here, I just want to make sure I understand? Thanks.

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    Tibi  2 months ago by: Tibi

    1200 calories seems really low, even if you are eating back your exercise calories. You don't want to go into starvation mode.

    You need to figure out how many calories you need to maintain your current weight and work backward from there. Say you need 2000 calories a day to maintain your weight. To lose one pound per week you'd need a deficit of 500 calories per day (a pound = 3500 calories), so you'd need to eat 1500 calories a day to lose a pound a week. If you burn 300 calories exercising, you can eat 300 calories and still maintain your 1500 cals a day.

    It sounds complicated... I use myfitnesspal.com to keep track of my weight, the food I eat and my workouts and it works out the calories I need to lose weight. I'm not trying to advertise for them but it's just what works for me.

    The other thing that helps me is taking monthly measurements. That way if I don't see results on the scale I see them on the measurements!

    • Acidique
      Acidique 2 months ago

      I took measurements a few days ago for this very reason! Thank you so much for your input, this helps a lot. After much research and some of the advice on here, I am going to up my calories a bit and try that out. Thanks again!

    • smclark
      smclark 2 months ago

      Don't always go by what the scale says....it will mess with your head....go with your measurements!

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    maxtt  2 months ago by: maxtt

    To lose weight you have to burn more calories than you consume. I may be reading it wrong but to me it sounds like your eating back all of the calories your burning.

    • Acidique
      Acidique 2 months ago

      Additionally, I began at 175lbs, and after this week I am now at 176. So apparently I have gained 1lb. I took measurements yesterday though...so I hope I'll at least see a difference there. I just want a sign that I am doing something right, ya know? Instead of wrong. I don't want to gain all my weight back and start all over again.

    • lesley
      lesley 2 months ago

      I did not loose weight,,,yet... but it will melt off! u r building muscle under that flab- believe me I can feel it.

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    MyloWilliamson  2 months ago by: MyloWilliamson

    Part of ignite is that you don't count calories, but instead just listening to hunger and using portion control. Because of the nutrient dense foods your body will use them better and you hunger and satiety signals will work properly so you do not over eat if you just listen to your body. Not only that but 1200 calories is too low! I had a lot of problems letting go of calorie counting, but I did and I've been doing ignite for 6 weeks (I haven't cheated once) and I have lost 12 pounds!

    • Acidique
      Acidique 2 months ago

      I agree. I am going to try and up my calories to 1400-1500 and see if that makes a difference in the weight loss. I really appreciate you taking the time to answer. Thank you! Congrats on losing 12lbs! That's half of my goal, which is amazing!

    • MyloWilliamson
      MyloWilliamson 2 months ago

      Thanks! I'm so glad I could help! Good luck!

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    smclark  2 months ago by: smclark

    You may have to look at your amount of food that you are eating. If you are exercising and not eating enough....you might hit a plateau. 1200 calories may not be enough for you now. Portion control.....portion sizes.....clean food....this is what I would try....and what I am trying. This is what has given me the most success. Calorie counting always gave me a headache. LOL This way, you stay full..You can eat 5 to 6 small meals a day....get in a good workout and not be hungry. I think you can lose the rest of the weight. Good luck!!!! :)

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    JoeyP  2 months ago by: JoeyP

    Sounds to me like you have a Math problem
    1200 calories would DEFINITELY get you to lose weight
    But if you are eating back the calories that you lose for any given workout you are giving you body back the calories it needs to NOT lose weight
    On any given diet ot workout routine you need to have a caolie deficit in order to lose weight

    • MyloWilliamson
      MyloWilliamson 2 months ago

      Definitely do NOT go as low as 900 calories! I have learned so much about eating this past year and sometimes less isn't better! For a woman anything bellow 1400 calories is starvation which means your body is probably not losing weight because it thinks there's a famine!

    • Turbo
      Turbo about 1 month ago

      The problem with this comment is that, at 1200 calories, a 175 pound person should lose weight just being still. So she's eating back to hit her already reduced number of calories (1200).

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    TexasMommy361  about 1 month ago by: TexasMommy361

    have you done the math to see how many calories you should consume in a day just to stay at the current weight and subtracted the amount of calories per day/week that you need to scale back? i know it takes 3500 to equal a pound so you would have to eat 1000 calories less per day to lose two pounds a week. like for me, because im so big, just to stay my size i have to eat around 2800 calories a day, so if i only eat 1800 a day, i will lose 2 lbs a week. but if i eat too much below that 1800 then my body thinks im underfeeding. so i just wanted to make sure that you have check the calorie amount you should be at, cause that could be causing it, and make sure to factor in the factors of how active you are. i am 275 lbs right now, started at 321 lbs about 6 months ago, so ive learned a lot over that time. this is my first day on this site.

    • Acidique
      Acidique about 1 month ago

      I had my RMR measured at a doctor's office a month or two ago. It was 1710, which was much improved from my original RMR of 1530. I multiplied that by 1.3, which is a "lightly active" lifestyle. That equals 2223. I am currently eating 1400 calories a day, for a deficit of 800. That was upped from 1200 calories in my original post. Hopefully that will help my body let go of the fat. It has to be thinking I am staving, because I can't imagine 1200 calories being too much. I will weigh-in again on Friday to see if I've lost anything. I hope so. If I have gained, I'm not sure what do but give up. I just can't seem to find a combination of calories and exercise that works. We'll see for sure Friday. Thanks!

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    RTERLAU  about 1 month ago by: RTERLAU

    Difficult to do, but as suggested in previous responses, stop counting calories. The best thing I ever did, years ago, was to stop counting calories and weighing myself. That sounds crazy and many folks would probably shudder at the idea of throwing away the scale. The best part of this, however, was that I became more in tune with my body instead of relying on outside measurements and tools to guide my choices. If you prepare most of your meals at home, use whole food ingredients, cut excess sugars and carbs, eliminate as much processed stuff as possible, you WILL lose weight...sometimes we simply have to push through the plateau, but its a "mind" thing, not a "math" thing. Every time you get on that scale and feel frustrated, you further feel helpless, defeated and incapable. But thats just the nasty voice inside your head - time to shut her down. Look at how far you've come...you've lost 80 lbs and that IS incredible. Whenever I feel disappointed in my results, in anything in life, I have a saying I repeat to myself..."stay the course". You're doing all of the right things, you'll get there. Stay the course...

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    Acidique  about 1 month ago by: Acidique

    So I weighed in today. At the same weight, maybe 1/3 of a lb less. Still 176, though. I dunno. I guess I'll try the 1400 another week.

    • Acidique
      Acidique about 1 month ago

      Thanks, guys!

    • JackieChanly
      JackieChanly about 1 month ago

      Actually it sounds like you have been doing really well! You figured out the too-low-calorie issue and tried to modify it all in a week. I'm not surprised that the scale's difference is only 1/3 pound, so don't fret and give it some time. Let the change become part of your routine.

      Another thing is, it looks like you might be a bit stressed about this. Stress is a biggy, especially with those last few pounds you want to lose. If you can, get some yoga or stretching or breathing into your day - the reduced stress hormones will really help let go of some inflammation and water retention.
      Other than that I'm sure you know drinking water and sleeping well will help immensely with the last few pounds. Like she said below, Stay The Course. You can do this! You've already come so far!

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    shaeon  about 1 month ago by: shaeon

    Acidique - I'm not on Ignite but I do Weight Watchers and use Daily Burn for my exercise. I can tell you from tons of Weight Watchers meetings - under eating will PREVENT you from losing weight. I think the science of it is that your body goes into emergency mode and attempts to store as much as possible when you under eat. Don't hold me to that, but at any rate I can tell you that when someone in a meeting says they just can't lose despite how hard they are working, more often than not they are under-eating. Weight Watchers actually REQUIRES members to always eat their daily allowance and not go under it. If you do go under, they do not guarantee results.
    People need a different amount of calories daily depending on their size and activity level. I don't know your gender based on the information available, but I'm guessing you are female just because us ladies get drilled into us that the secret to losing weight is 1200 calories a day. It's just not true. If you find that you need to count something in order to control what you eat, try to find a program that will give you a daily allowance based on your height, weight, and activity level. That will provide you with a truer sense of how much you need to eat, and it will probably re-activate your weight loss.

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    GinaNilce  2 months ago by: GinaNilce

    Did you just start working out as well or just start the nutrition part? When you start a new exercise program it "shocks" your muscles and you retain water for the first week or two that is helping your muscles repair. It could also be that you need a metabolic reset, if you've already been restricting for a while. 1200 is low, and if you've been maintaining that for a while your body will get used to it. Try to follow the plan and eat to fill you up without tracking calories for a week or two so your body can readjust (you may gain a little as your body figures it out) I've lost 60lbs so far (counting and working out) and have had to do a reset twice because my metabolism was so out of wack to begin with. Hope that helps.

    • Acidique
      Acidique 2 months ago

      Well, I wrote a long reply...but apparently I used a bad word and didn't realize? Not sure if it was deleted...

    • cmgaudet
      cmgaudet 28 days ago

      When do you stop retaining water and start actually losing weight? I've been working out every day for more than two weeks and I've gained 3 pounds. My measurements are the same. Kinda discouraging, except I can feel the difference in my muscle tone and I feel super energized! I'd love to see a corresponding drop on the scale!

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