Feel like giving up now.

Hi

I have been dieting and exercising for over a year now and am so close (have just a stone left to lose) but for the past 3 months nothing is working, the weight just won't shift, In fact this week I have gained a little, I feel so disheartened and fed up.

I am 42, 5 "5 my weight fluctuated between 150-153lb

Last week for example:

MFP is set to 1450 and I ate back some/all of my exercise calories.
I walked everyday, between 5 - 9 miles per day. I walk quite briskly and included hills.
I use a HRM so I know the exact calories.

After eating back some/all of my exercise calories below are my daily nets:

Mon - 1163
Tue - 1334
Wed - 982
Thur - 1160
Fri - 1559
Sat - 1217
Sun - 1500

Got weighted this morning really expecting a loss and I've gained 0.3lb, really sick

In the past I have tried eating more and it's great that it works for a lot of people but it never has for me.

The only thing that has ever worked for me is eating about 1400 and exercising. But doing that level of exercise on such a low number of calories well I can't do it. Well say can't, I did but ended up in hospital with a hypo.

As I say last week I walked every day, but normally it is 5 times a week. I don't want to decrease the amount I walk because I really enjoy it and with my job it really clears my head. So feel I just need to get the food intake sorted.

Any help would be much appreciated, after 3 months of no losses I feel like giving up :(

Lisa

Replies

  • Firefly0606
    Firefly0606 Posts: 366 Member
    You might be at a point that you need to look at your macros.

    This is not personal experience - I am only starting out and am concentrating purely on calories at the moment. i was talking to my brother last night who is at goal after a 30kg loss over 3 years. His advice to me was a just watch calories at this stage, but when he got to a point where he only had 10kg left to lose, the weight just wouldn't shift. At that stage he started concentrating on WHAT his calories were made up of...it was this change in focus that broke through the plateau.

    Maybe a it of research into what level of protein / fat / carbs would be optimal?

    Sorry I couldn't be of more help!!
  • SezxyStef
    SezxyStef Posts: 15,268 Member
    Macros are for health not weight loss really....if you hit your macros you are hitting your calorie goals.

    At this point it is time to look at your logging...

    Your net calories for most days are quite low and it is quite possibly impacting your workouts...meaning you aren't getting as much out of them as you think...

    If you aren't losing weight and just a small gain you are in maitenance. It really is that simple.

    Do you weigh all solids? measure liquids? If not start. Log accurately and consistently.

    The last 10-15lbs may come off slower if you are doing this at a reasonable pace but they should come off just as easy as the first 10lbs...
  • Hi

    Can you clarify about the exercise (may not be as getting a much out of it)? I wear a Mio HRM and they are suppose to be pretty accurate.

    Yes I weight everything solid and liquid. I only really drink coffee and water and weight the milk for my coffee.

    It makes no sense to me.
  • _Zardoz_
    _Zardoz_ Posts: 3,987 Member
    Ok so you've been doing this for a year and haven't yet worked out that your weight will naturally fluctuate? 0.3 pounds well I fluctuate that in an hour. You only have a stone to go which is about the same as me and it will be slow going. You will not get a loss every week some weeks it may seem like you gain but as long as you are being accurate and patient it will come off. You need to learn to except these normal fluctuations because that's just how it is. If I gave up at every fluctuation I would have given up a year ago. You need to learn patience and Steff gave some great advice. Good luck
  • yeahfatty
    yeahfatty Posts: 228 Member
    I don't really have any advice as I'm just starting out.

    However I just wanted to let you know not to give up, you'd regret it so badly later on in life!

    Besides it's a lifestyle thing right? So you will continue the same way after you've lost the last few pounds, so just think about it that way. (:

    Great job on reaching out for a bit of support though.
  • graysmom2005
    graysmom2005 Posts: 1,882 Member
    It sounds to ME like maybe you need to switch up your routine. Your body has gotten very efficient at walking, so maybe add in something different a couple times a week? If you love walking keep doing it obviously, but it may have turned into your body's new normal. Dance, yoga, weight training, kickboxing....whatever strikes your fancy. Maybe give it a go.:flowerforyou:
  • Francl27
    Francl27 Posts: 26,372 Member
    Do you weigh your food?
  • Liftng4Lis
    Liftng4Lis Posts: 15,150 Member
    Can you open your diary?
  • norcal_yogi
    norcal_yogi Posts: 675 Member
    Macros are for health not weight loss really....if you hit your macros you are hitting your calorie goals.

    At this point it is time to look at your logging...

    Your net calories for most days are quite low and it is quite possibly impacting your workouts...meaning you aren't getting as much out of them as you think...

    If you aren't losing weight and just a small gain you are in maitenance. It really is that simple.

    Do you weigh all solids? measure liquids? If not start. Log accurately and consistently.

    The last 10-15lbs may come off slower if you are doing this at a reasonable pace but they should come off just as easy as the first 10lbs...

    pretty much this. you are maintaining... so try taking a little off of what you are currently averaging...