I’m so down. ( Please Help)

Hi Guys. So I’m on 1500 calorie plan. I burn about 300 - 400 calories with my cardio. I exercise at least 3 times a week. I’ve been losing weight for the past months. My starting weight in the beginning was about 195. I’m currently at 167 lbs. But the problem is that my weight has stayed the same for the past three weeks. I always weigh myself at Publix. (Don’t know how accurate their scales are. Anyways today I used a fancy new scale that I purchased. Has body fat percentage and everything. All the reviews online says it’s very accurate. It’s on a tile floor as well. So I went to weigh myself tonight. I know it’s always good to do it the morning. But I was itching to know my weight, and it said 167. I did it real quick. I had my shoes on plus clothes. I ate as well. But even so. I don’t think it would add so much weight? How much would it add on? With clothes, shoes, and eating? At this rate I should have lost 6 lbs and been at 161 lbs with the plan I’m on. I always follow it, plus cardio. I look slimmer in the mirror. But at the same weight. Is my body in starvation mode? I don’t understand at all why I’m not losing anything. I’m at a plateau. I never eat more than what I’m supposed to eat on my plan. I’m sorry if the post sounds super whiny, I’m just super sad and discouraged right now. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks so much.


  • mtiatono
    mtiatono Posts: 6 Member
    What should be my deficit goals? Cause clearly then I’m doing super wrong. Thanks
  • mtiatono
    mtiatono Posts: 6 Member
    mkyoungdds wrote: »
    Breathe, my friend. You may not be doing anything wrong. As @malibu927 said, you can't compare numbers from different scales at different times of day with different clothes on.

    My rule of thumb is to go back to basics when in doubt. Weigh yourself first thing in the morning. Use that information in MFP to set your daily calorie goal. Eat those calories tracking accurately using a food scale. When you exercise, you can choose to eat back those calories, too. Most folks here recommend eating back about 50% of exercise calories as those are challenging to get accurate.

    Use the same scale at the same time of day with the same clothing and over time it will tell you if you need to adjust your calorie goals.

    You say you look slimmer. That's a good thing! Don't let the numbers on the scale derail you.

    Thanks. I really appreciate it. When I saw the scale my heart sank. I was so proud of myself, looking in the mirror. But I always get super anxious, when I go to use to scale. So after three weeks I decided to use my brand new scale. IHealth Brand compared to the one I usually use at Publix. I purchased my own scale to get over the fear of having to weigh myself, and when I saw that, as I said my heart dropped into my stomach lol. I’m guessing clothes plus shoes must add on about 3 pounds maybe? Plus water weight. Don’t think I’ll weigh myself at night again. But even then didn’t think i was gonna be at the weight I was at, from three weeks ago. Even with the circumstances (clothes, shoes, nighttime weighing.) Trying to get my mind at ease.
  • mtiatono
    mtiatono Posts: 6 Member
    RaeBeeBaby wrote: »
    Try not to get discouraged. A new scale will take some getting used to and it will not be the same as a public scale. You also said you wore clothes, shoes AND that you had eaten. Personally, I don't ever weigh with clothes on because clothes and shoes can weigh a lot and vary in weight depending on what it is. For example, jeans weigh a lot more than leggings. Clogs weigh a lot more than flip-flops.

    I normally weigh once a week, first thing in the morning and without any clothes. That way I have the same "factors" and will show true loss or gain.

    Since you've lost nearly 30 pounds you might be getting closer to your goal weight. Weight loss will slow down and you might have to tighten up your logging or increase your exercise if you want to continue losing. Weight loss doesn't always happen in a downward trend and you will have plateaus and stalls. Just don't give up!

  • MissyCHF
    MissyCHF Posts: 337 Member
    Tomorrow morning, weigh yourself, just out of bed, post wee and pre shower. Weigh all your food and track your calories. Have faith, it will happen - perhaps slowly - but surely. :)
  • __TMac__
    __TMac__ Posts: 1,665 Member
    My pajamas alone weigh 1.4 lbs. It adds up quick.
  • Jasp03
    Jasp03 Posts: 54 Member
    People already talked about the different scale and weight of clothing, and I was going to mention that too, so I won't repeat it.

    What I can say is that I've been experiencing the same thing. I spent 3 weeks going up and down a lb daily, even though my calorie intake was still on track and I was still exercising 6x a week. Then over the past few days, the scale started moving downward again. The things that were different the day before the scale started moving: 1) I've been sleeping a bit longer, the 8 hours that I should. It's been tough over the past month getting to 8 hours, due to a new baby in the family. and 2) I had a family get together for a birthday the day before the scale moved, and the meal that was prepared at this party was not healthy friendly. It would have been rude for me to bring my own food, so I just dealt with it for 1 meal. It put me over my calorie goal for the day by 250, and it screwed up my macros for the day. Maybe my body just needed that jolt? I don't know.

    The point is, don't stress if your scale isn't moving. Stress won't help the situation, so just stick to what you're doing and maybe make some minor changes, 1 at a time and give it a few days and see if there is any movement.
  • onward1
    onward1 Posts: 386 Member
    You're not doing anything wrong, and congrats on your weight loss so far. My advice is to step away from the scale. Keep doing what your doing, continue to weigh and log your portions, and accept that they'll be weeks when you just won't lose. Sometimes you'll only lose an ounce or two, sometimes you'll stay the same, it's all good. Keep going, you can do this! :)
  • fitoverfortymom
    fitoverfortymom Posts: 3,453 Member
    You've done great. Now that you have your own scale, weigh yourself at the same time (usually in the morning after you've gone to the bathroom) without any clothes. No one has one true weight, so it might be a little weird to have a "fake backslide" just because you have a new scale. We all fluctuate and all scales are different.

    Some people find it helpful to weigh daily and log it in an app like Libra (Android) or Happy Scale (iPhone). That way, you can see the overall trend of weight loss.

    I weigh daily and throughout the week my weight goes +/- within a few pounds anyway. Seeing the long-term trend helps me not worry because I see the pattern is always weight loss, not gain (I am in a calorie deficit after all!).

    Just keep doing what you're doing.
  • JeromeBarry1
    JeromeBarry1 Posts: 10,182 Member
    At 197 lb starting weight you must've decided to lose 2 lb per week. That was a little too aggressive at 197, being more than 1% of your body weight per week, but it would have gotten your calorie budget down to 1500. Now that you're at 167 you should adjust your mfp weight loss goals to indicate a starting weight of 167 and a weekly weight loss goal of 1.5 lb or even less, 1 or 0.5. That will give you a few more calories to work with, and be a more reasonable rate of loss. I haven't divined an activity level for you from reading your messages, so be sure you describe that accurately.

    In any case, 167 is closer to a your goal than 197 was. Don't get discouraged. You've done this much and should be proud of it.
  • First of all- thirty pounds lost is fantastic! Great job!

    There has been some excellent advice, so I won’t parrot a ton. I do just want to say that I also weigh myself first thing in the morning, no clothes. It’s amazing what a difference even weighing before and after going to the bathroom is.

    Your weight will also fluctuate naturally, so don’t let little bumps up get you down. I don’t mind the variation so I try to weigh daily, but if it’s bring you down you could switch to once a week.

    Good luck and keep it up!
  • JaydedMiss
    JaydedMiss Posts: 4,288 Member
    i weigh 15 pounds more with my work clothes and a breakfast in me lol.
  • 1houndgal
    1houndgal Posts: 558 Member
    mtiatono wrote: »
    I just wanna say thank you to everyone who posted on my discussion. You all gave me such great advice. Feeling much better this week.

    That is great news! :)