Haven't lost weight and don't know why

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So I've been eating at a caloric deficit for a week and a half and haven't lost any weight and find myself weighing more in the morning than when I started. I lift 5 days a week. Can anyone help me figure out why I cant lose weight?

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  • WhyLime113
    WhyLime113 Posts: 104 Member
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    A week and a half isn't always enough to see results.
    Your best bet is to weight yourself only once a week at the same time (natural weight fluctuations occur through the day and the week, but around once a week at the same time should remove some of the variables involved). You'll maybe see a pound a week, with some variation.
  • nickserrano
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    I just weighed in today (it's the second week) and haven't had any results yet, I'm not really sure what's going on. Unless if the first day that I weighed in I just happened to be dehydrated. I weigh every piece of food that I eat so I should be losing weight with the calories I'm eating.
  • camtosh
    camtosh Posts: 898 Member
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    Hi, just glanced at your diary and see that you have not logged any water -- try drinking tons of it! it apparently helps to shift the glucose out of your muscles, and you might see a drop. Keep at it, you will see a change soon.
  • SezxyStef
    SezxyStef Posts: 15,268 Member
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    If the lifting is new you are retaining water/glycogen in the muscles for repair.

    With new exercise that can last up to 4 weeks.

    you need to put your calories back up as well...with so little weight to lose there is no reason for an 18 year old male to be eating less than me.
  • EvgeniZyntx
    EvgeniZyntx Posts: 24,208 Member
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    If the lifting is new you are retaining water/glycogen in the muscles for repair.

    With new exercise that can last up to 4 weeks.

    you need to put your calories back up as well...with so little weight to lose there is no reason for an 18 year old male to be eating less than me.

    Age has less to do with energy needs it's primarily on weight (LBM, organs) and activity. He should likely keep his goals for a few weeks before doing adjustments.

    (ETA: Likely should eat more at some point)
  • WhyLime113
    WhyLime113 Posts: 104 Member
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    If the lifting is new you are retaining water/glycogen in the muscles for repair.

    With new exercise that can last up to 4 weeks.

    you need to put your calories back up as well...with so little weight to lose there is no reason for an 18 year old male to be eating less than me.

    Age has less to do with energy needs it's primarily on weight (LBM, organs) and activity. He should likely keep his goals for a few weeks before doing adjustments.

    (ETA: Likely should eat more at some point)
    Not quite! Generally speaking, those who are younger need more calories for their day; younger people have higher metabolisms (pound per pound) than their older counterparts. That's why children can eat almost as much as a healthy adult and still not gain much weight. Energy needs peak in early adulthood.
    So it probably wouldn't hurt for OP to up his caloric intake either.

    I was also wondering, OP, if you do anything other than lifting? Lifting will burn some fat but will in the long run lead more so to muscle build up (aka weight gain, but the good kind). If the goal is fat loss, you should throw in more cardio as well. Even just walking an extra half hour, but also running, biking, swimming, etc. I personally lose weight faster when I'm eating better and running also.
  • kindel2
    kindel2 Posts: 67 Member
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    I am struggling to lose weight myself. Once I am at a weight my body seems to be able to keep it on for years at a time with very little flunctuation. I wonder what that means for my metabolism. I was 150 for years and then it spike to 180 in three months once I got a desk job and stayed at 212 since which is now six years later.

    Sooo when I start in MFP it had me at 1700 calories and I gained weight. I was also working out a lot so last week I decided to do a short experiment and raised my calories to 1900 and did not workout. I did this because MFP from what I can tell - is telling me that I am just barely eating enough on the 1700 amount and then to add exercise to the mix is burning up what I managed to eat. Tell me if I am wrong. I literally went to Wendy's just to have a cheese burger right before the gym. Another port choice to increase my caloires one day was to eat twobinstead of the one candy bar. I would feel quilty if in reality i actually wanted the second bar but that's not the case. I knew i would not eat until much later.

    It seems like people on MFP do not like when people say they can't eat enough. So I won't say that. I will say that this is a learning experience. I have never dieted, yo-yo dieter or anything so I don't know how my body response to anything really.
    So the question is what am Im doing wrong? I just read a post of a guy who might be overeating calorie rich foods like almonds. Mabe I can try something like that?
  • nickserrano
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    We'll I'm a wrestler so I do drilling 3 times a week and I'm bumping up the cardio for summer tournaments. I need to be as lean as possible to get the weight advantage
  • MyouTakaraTriesAgain
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    I am struggling to lose weight myself. Once I am at a weight my body seems to be able to keep it on for years at a time with very little flunctuation. I wonder what that means for my metabolism. I was 150 for years and then it spike to 180 in three months once I got a desk job and stayed at 212 since which is now six years later.

    Sooo when I start in MFP it had me at 1700 calories and I gained weight. I was also working out a lot so last week I decided to do a short experiment and raised my calories to 1900 and did not workout. I did this because MFP from what I can tell - is telling me that I am just barely eating enough on the 1700 amount and then to add exercise to the mix is burning up what I managed to eat. Tell me if I am wrong. I literally went to Wendy's just to have a cheese burger right before the gym. Another port choice to increase my caloires one day was to eat twobinstead of the one candy bar. I would feel quilty if in reality i actually wanted the second bar but that's not the case. I knew i would not eat until much later.

    It seems like people on MFP do not like when people say they can't eat enough. So I won't say that. I will say that this is a learning experience. I have never dieted, yo-yo dieter or anything so I don't know how my body response to anything really.
    So the question is what am Im doing wrong? I just read a post of a guy who might be overeating calorie rich foods like almonds. Mabe I can try something like that?

    1) Nobody likes to hear people say "I can't eat all that!" because HELLO, you got fat somehow! So unless you switched to a purely raw food diet, you sound like you're full of crap.
    2) Thirty pounds in three months is pretty drastic; did you talk to your doctor?
    3) Are you weighing your food accurately? If you're not, then start. Kitchen scales aren't that expensive. If you're "struggling" to eat all your calories, but gaining....you're probably eating more than you think.
    4) It sounds like you have issues planning. Try putting healthy snacks, like nuts or jerky, in baggies and carrying those and some fruit/veggies around with you.
  • onlytati
    onlytati Posts: 45 Member
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    Kindel dear, just because you can eat those extra calories, doesn't mean you should be eating a cheeseburger or an extra candy bar. Sure, indulge yourself, but make sure you do it in moderation. Eating a healthy meal, with high protein and carbs before a workout is much better than a cheeseburger or candy bar.
  • Aaron_K123
    Aaron_K123 Posts: 7,122 Member
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    I just weighed in today (it's the second week) and haven't had any results yet, I'm not really sure what's going on. Unless if the first day that I weighed in I just happened to be dehydrated. I weigh every piece of food that I eat so I should be losing weight with the calories I'm eating.

    It will take probably 6 weeks before you can see fat loss on the scale past your bodies just typical weight fluctuations due to water retention. Expecting to see clear weight loss in 2 weeks is not reasonable.
  • WhyLime113
    WhyLime113 Posts: 104 Member
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    Kindel dear, just because you can eat those extra calories, doesn't mean you should be eating a cheeseburger or an extra candy bar. Sure, indulge yourself, but make sure you do it in moderation. Eating a healthy meal, with high protein and carbs before a workout is much better than a cheeseburger or candy bar.
    This.
    I mean, hey, if you have the calories and really want a cheeseburger, go for it, but don't eat a cheeseburger just because you have leftover calories.
    That said, I know what you mean by "I can't eat all that." When you change your diet to include fewer calorie dense foods, it can be hard. MyouTakaraTri is wrong pretty much about you being full of ****.
  • nickserrano
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    We'll I'm a wrestler so I do drilling 3 times a week and I'm bumping up the cardio for summer tournaments. I need to be as lean as possible to get the weight advantage
  • nickserrano
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    If the lifting is new you are retaining water/glycogen in the muscles for repair.

    With new exercise that can last up to 4 weeks.

    you need to put your calories back up as well...with so little weight to lose there is no reason for an 18 year old male to be eating less than me.

    Age has less to do with energy needs it's primarily on weight (LBM, organs) and activity. He should likely keep his goals for a few weeks before doing adjustments.

    (ETA: Likely should eat more at some point)
    Not quite! Generally speaking, those who are younger need more calories for their day; younger people have higher metabolisms (pound per pound) than their older counterparts. That's why children can eat almost as much as a healthy adult and still not gain much weight. Energy needs peak in early adulthood.
    So it probably wouldn't hurt for OP to up his caloric intake either.

    I was also wondering, OP, if you do anything other than lifting? Lifting will burn some fat but will in the long run lead more so to muscle build up (aka weight gain, but the good kind). If the goal is fat loss, you should throw in more cardio as well. Even just walking an extra half hour, but also running, biking, swimming, etc. I personally lose weight faster when I'm eating better and running also.
    We'll I'm a wrestler so I do drilling 3 times a week and I'm bumping up the cardio for summer tournaments. I need to be as lean as possible to get the weight advantage

    also sorry for any spamming of replies, Im not used to message boards
  • JennyHollyHansen
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    If you are not losing weight then try changing what you do. Cut out the workout for a week. Look at the ingredients of what you are eating. Try cutting different foods out. For me it was removing added sugar. I have a friend that lost weight after removing dairy from her diet. I think if you are only gaining then your body is telling you what you are doing is not working. I think a week will tell you if what you are doing is working or not. My eating habits has me losing every week.