Please help - I'm really trying and failing

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  • Burtowski
    Burtowski Posts: 22 Member
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    You seem to be eating a lot of "snack/junk" foods, imo. There was one day your snack calories added up to around 1300. Try eating less snacks, and the ones you do eat, try to make them a protein based snack. Cut out the cake, and dessert bars after dinner. Like others have said, be sure what you are logging is accurate. If you don't have one, invest in a food scale. Good luck! :)
  • smalls9686
    smalls9686 Posts: 189 Member
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    Being a therapist who has struggled with my own eating for years I know weight is more than just about food and diet. But working in the weight loss industry as well can say your calories are too high...especially if your body is "used to that. I would try going down to 1500 and just shocking your body a bit seeing if that helps and revving up your cardio...doing interval training. Invest in a heart rate monitor if you don't have one already...burning more like 600 is what you want to aim for (in 1-1.5) would be be helpful to. Also as some have already said, going to Dr. to rule out thyroid issues is key as well. Good luck!
  • jpinge
    jpinge Posts: 71 Member
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    I would definitely increase your fiber and your protein. MFP goals for fiber are too low....you should be at least 25 - 30 g /day. And protein is so very necessary especially if you are weight training. You are lacking in that everyday. Watch your sodium levels and drink lots of water....especially if you have a high sodium day. Don't get discouraged...Just keep moving along. IF things haven't changed in this long then you need to change things up. :) Make sure you are accurate with your food measures and your calories burned. Get a food scale...a definite must and maybe a Heart rate monitor if you don't already have one. These things make it so much easier to be accurate.

    Good luck and DON'T GIVE UP !
  • muriah2
    muriah2 Posts: 143 Member
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    Can you explain this? I'm not sure what exactly it means...
  • krickeyuu
    krickeyuu Posts: 344 Member
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    We have very similar stats and we eat very similarly, as well. I am 5'4" 52yo and started at 153 lbs. I have my calories set to 1600 due to the fact that calories in the database can be off and calories burned during exercise can be off--this allows me some padding. Try lowering your calories by 100-200 for a month and see what happens. I would also monitor your sodium and make sure you are drinking plenty of water if your soduim intake is high.
  • muriah2
    muriah2 Posts: 143 Member
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    Your calories don't add up to your macros. I would try and ensure

    1) You hit or exceed the protein every day
    2) you stay under on the carbs and sugar
    3) you make sure your food info is correct

    I counted up the macros to several days and one was off by 700 calories! You thought you ate 1700 but you ate 2400!! That is a big difference...


    ^^^^^^^Could someone please explain this to me? Something I've never really heard about, but I find it interesting!
  • lmc8774
    lmc8774 Posts: 129 Member
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    I'm similar in age and height to you and I'm currently a little below your goal weight. I maintain on what you are eating each day, so maybe your calories are too high. If I ate what I've found to be my TDEE, I'd definitely gain weight! What worked for me was figuring my TDEE at a step lower than my actual activity level. My net has to be below 1350 for me to lose any weight at all, and even then it is slow. Good luck to you and don't feel bad for the last two months. You probably gained some good experience counting calories, you might have figured out what doesn't work, and it looks like you've been working out a lot and are in better shape. Good luck to you and I hope you figure this out.
  • neacail
    neacail Posts: 228 Member
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    Your calories don't add up to your macros. I would try and ensure

    1) You hit or exceed the protein every day
    2) you stay under on the carbs and sugar
    3) you make sure your food info is correct

    I counted up the macros to several days and one was off by 700 calories! You thought you ate 1700 but you ate 2400!! That is a big difference...


    ^^^^^^^Could someone please explain this to me? Something I've never really heard about, but I find it interesting!

    I just checked my own. The don't add up. They're out between 49 and -35 everyday, and average out to 7.375 over the course of eight days.

    Carbs are 4 calories per gram.
    Fats are 9 calories per gram.
    Proteins are 4 calories per gram.

    Calculate your total calories for each of your macros. Add them together. Do they match your total calories consumed?
  • dfonte
    dfonte Posts: 263 Member
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    Keep in mind 80% of the food database is inaccurate. Most of the time, people enter the correct calorie count - but not the correct macros. Many people also enter net carbs as total carbs. Always double check

    I've seen people log things like "Pasta - Homemade, 2 cups" and it says 10g carbs. Come on now. 2 cups of pasta with only 10 carbs?
  • iLoveMyPitbull1225
    iLoveMyPitbull1225 Posts: 1,690 Member
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    I would probably lower your calorie goal or excersise more( since you dont eat those calories back ), either way the way we lose weight is by cosuming less than we take in, so I think thats the most obvious answer.

    Also per another suggestion try to pay close attention to your macros. keep your sugar low and protein high and drink lots of water. I hope that this helps... I can understand how frustrated you might be. Don't give up!
  • Frankietb
    Frankietb Posts: 69 Member
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    Your calories don't add up to your macros. I would try and ensure

    1) You hit or exceed the protein every day
    2) you stay under on the carbs and sugar
    3) you make sure your food info is correct

    I counted up the macros to several days and one was off by 700 calories! You thought you ate 1700 but you ate 2400!! That is a big difference...

    Thanks for the response. Could you explain this to me? I'm not clear as to what you mean about counting up the macros... :)
  • ami5000psu
    ami5000psu Posts: 391 Member
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    Keep in mind 80% of the food database is inaccurate. Most of the time, people enter the correct calorie count - but not the correct macros. Many people also enter net carbs as total carbs. Always double check

    I've seen people log things like "Pasta - Homemade, 2 cups" and it says 10g carbs. Come on now. 2 cups of pasta with only 10 carbs?

    I've noticed the same thing. So of course your macros won't add up if they're not correct to begin with.
  • Frankietb
    Frankietb Posts: 69 Member
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    Do you have a food scale?

    I do and use it for everything. :) Thanks.
  • Faunsnyder
    Faunsnyder Posts: 3
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    Your calories don't add up to your macros. I would try and ensure

    1) You hit or exceed the protein every day
    2) you stay under on the carbs and sugar
    3) you make sure your food info is correct

    I counted up the macros to several days and one was off by 700 calories! You thought you ate 1700 but you ate 2400!! That is a big difference...


    ^^^^^^^Could someone please explain this to me? Something I've never really heard about, but I find it interesting!

    I just checked my own. The don't add up. They're out between 49 and -35 everyday, and average out to 7.375 over the course of eight days.

    Carbs are 4 calories per gram.
    Fats are 9 calories per gram.
    Proteins are 4 calories per gram.

    Calculate your total calories for each of your macros. Add them together. Do they match your total calories consumed?
  • Frankietb
    Frankietb Posts: 69 Member
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    I don;t see anything absolutely crazy in your diary so I would just recommend making sure that the amount your are eating is accurate and properly measured so you are logging your calories correctly (you may already be doing that) and make sure that when you are working out that you change it up and it may help you. If you are working out a lot 5x a week you might even need to adjust your calories and possible eat more. Besides that, I am not completely sure what to tell you except to be patient, sometimes it doesn't happen right away. Focus more on body fat percentage and inches lost, your lifting may be making your body leaner, but the scale is not moving. Good luck!

    Thank you! Perhaps patience is key... :)
  • Faunsnyder
    Faunsnyder Posts: 3
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    Your calories don't add up to your macros. I would try and ensure

    1) You hit or exceed the protein every day
    2) you stay under on the carbs and sugar
    3) you make sure your food info is correct

    I counted up the macros to several days and one was off by 700 calories! You thought you ate 1700 but you ate 2400!! That is a big difference...


    ^^^^^^^Could someone please explain this to me? Something I've never really heard about, but I find it interesting!

    I just checked my own. The don't add up. They're out between 49 and -35 everyday, and average out to 7.375 over the course of eight days.

    Carbs are 4 calories per gram.
    Fats are 9 calories per gram.
    Proteins are 4 calories per gram.

    Calculate your total calories for each of your macros. Add them together. Do they match your total calories consumed?

    What?
  • muriah2
    muriah2 Posts: 143 Member
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    Your calories don't add up to your macros. I would try and ensure

    1) You hit or exceed the protein every day
    2) you stay under on the carbs and sugar
    3) you make sure your food info is correct

    I counted up the macros to several days and one was off by 700 calories! You thought you ate 1700 but you ate 2400!! That is a big difference...






    ^^^^^^^Could someone please explain this to me? Something I've never really heard about, but I find it interesting!

    I just checked my own. The don't add up. They're out between 49 and -35 everyday, and average out to 7.375 over the course of eight days.

    Carbs are 4 calories per gram.
    Fats are 9 calories per gram.
    Proteins are 4 calories per gram.

    Calculate your total calories for each of your macros. Add them together. Do they match your total calories consumed?


    Thank you!!! :heart:
  • Frankietb
    Frankietb Posts: 69 Member
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    I think you're doing everything you need to be doing. Are you eating less or more than you were before?

    Am I understanding that you have lost no weight and no inches, or very little weight and very little inches? Have you tracked your body fat?

    My suggestion would be to let it go for another month (I see that you've been doing this for almost two months so far). That will give your lifting a chance to have an impact on your metabolism.

    If you still don't see a change, get checked out by your doctor to see if you have a deficiency or other issue.

    Then drop another 200 calories if everything checks out.

    Thanks. I don't know for sure what my bodyfat % is but from calipers and measurments it seems to be between 26-27%.
  • thesoup11
    thesoup11 Posts: 72 Member
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    It doesnt show your drinkin water thats very important also if your workin out really hard or alot u would need to eatalittle more hope this helps
  • rosiereally2
    rosiereally2 Posts: 539 Member
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    It looks like we're in the same boat. I'm the same age, though taller, and my scale has been stuck for months as well. I have little advice since I'm still trying to figure this out as well.

    What I've done is put the scale away for the time being and am focusing on my strength training. I'll reevaluate after a month to see where I stand.

    I've sent you a friend request. Good luck!