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47 yr old Female, eat 1400 cals/day, burn 2400 in a week...ughhh not losing weight, Why?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 15, 2013 at 11:26 PM

I weight train, cardio, good stretching, walk vigorisly to burn off calories and I still can't lose weight. In fact, I now have gained steadily over the past year doing this. Culd it be that all my fat is now strong muscles? Just too bulky, and gained inches, and weight! Help please!

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on April 28, 2013
at 09:38 PM

You're overeating. Plain and simple. If you checked into a metabolic ward, you'd "magically" lose weight.

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on April 16, 2013
at 01:56 AM

It's a fallacy to believe in the calories in, calories out theory. As you can see, it does NOT work. Your hormones play a role in how the food is processed in your body. That's why some people can eat way above their calculated metabolic rate and stay thin as rails while others practically starve and don't lose.

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on April 16, 2013
at 12:52 AM

and then add 15% - 25% to fitday -- it is typically low, and we underestimate how much we are really eating.

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on April 15, 2013
at 11:32 PM

You did not give your height or weight, which is important in order for people to help you. It could be that you are at your ideal weight or perhaps underweight hence can't lose from where you are.

How are you determining your 1400 calories per day? Measuring and tracking food intake is no fun, but you might enter everything that you eat into fitday.com or similar to make sure you're really eating what you think you are eating. A lot of people will snack on things like nuts which have a lot of calories, not realizing they're eating an extra 200-500 calories per day.

If you post everything that you eat in a week (including portions if possible) you'll get a bunch of feedback.

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on April 16, 2013
at 12:52 AM

and then add 15% - 25% to fitday -- it is typically low, and we underestimate how much we are really eating.

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on April 16, 2013
at 08:45 AM

It would be good to read what you are eating over the day.

In my opinion (and from what I studied to date) calories certainly do matter, and I believe matter even more if your overall nutrition is low and resulting overall health is low. That being that if you are supplying everything your body needs for the cascade of chemical reactions (metabolism) that support the health and functionality of your 50 trillion different cells, then your turn-over and usage of the energy you consume will be better than if you didn't and weren't.

Set yourself a goal to maximise your nutrition over the next month, rather than counting calories. Have a look at these PHD recommendations as a template. Try it for a month with your current activity levels and see how you go. Of course you may have other underlying health issues, but getting a consistent nutritional base in place first for a few months will put you in good stead to investigate these without muddying the waters.

What I recommend is that you need to be very well nourished in order to lose weight... Hunger is the brain's understanding that you are malnourished and you need food in order to be healthy and function properly. Our brain evolved all these mechanisms for detecting that you need food. The brain is usually not making a mistake, and so if you are getting hungry then there is something that you need that you are not giving yourself. It's worth your while to try to figure out what that is. So if you are supplying everything you need, and the only thing you are missing is a little bit of fat which is already present in adipose tissue, then your brain wont feel hungry it will just say "all right take that fat out of the adipose tissue; you know release it from our fat cells, and we will use it there and we will have everything we need.". Paul Jaminet. The Perfect Health Diet.

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on April 16, 2013
at 12:58 AM

Please read Why We Get Fat, by Gary Taubes! If you want I can email you a free copy of the book, I just read it and it explains a lot. Yo should not be cutting calories like that, it's not going to help you lose weight!! :) I don't know what your carb intake is like, but if you are eating a-lot of carbs then drop them and replace with fat/protein. Exercise is not going to make you lose weight, it might make you gain muscle, but generally it will just make you more hungry and you will eat more! Basically if you hormones are out of whack you are going to have lots of trouble losing weight. One thing, your age, you may be going into menopause soon and estrogen is lower at this stage of life making it almost impossible to lose weight in some situations.. just read the book and it may actually help you alot :) Also if you are very near a healthy weight/are a healthy weight I would also consider that you body may not be built to lose any more weight, if this is the case, then aside from starve yourself there is no way that you will able to maintain long term weight loss.

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on April 28, 2013
at 09:35 PM

I'm in a similar situation. I am also 47 years old, work out 5-6 days a week. I weight train and do a 20 minute interval run 4 days a week. I was strict paleo for 1 1/2 years. I lost 13 pounds over that time but over the past 6 months, I have gained back 7 pounds. I started to introduce a very limited amount of foods that are not on the diet out of frustration (rice occasionally with sushi or sweet potatoes). I was so proud that I achieved such a drastic change and I have incredible willpower, however, although nothing changed about my diet or routine, I just started to gain weight. I am very fit, but not happy at all about the fact that my clothes don't fit well anymore. My body usually responds well to changes in my diet, but I am not sure how much more I can improve my eating habits!! I would love suggestions.

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on April 16, 2013
at 05:10 AM

Eliminate carbohydrates from gluten and most grains. Especially in the beginning, all grains. Even super starchy veggies. After you have achieved your goal, add slowly the starchy vegetables in, and possibly some rice or non gluten grains or legumes, or quinoa if you tolerate it. But if you eat any of these right now, you will not lose weight, no matter how hard you exercise. Also, try HIIT for 20-25 minutes instead of slow cardio.

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81feb1022a28f534867616b9316c7aa4

on April 16, 2013
at 12:59 AM

Please read Why We Get Fat, by Gary Taubes! If you want I can email you a free copy of the book, I just read it and it explains a lot. Yo should not be cutting calories like that, it's not going to help you lose weight!! :) I don't know what your carb intake is like, but if you are eating a-lot of carbs then drop them and replace with fat/protein. Exercise is not going to make you lose weight, it might make you gain muscle, but generally it will just make you more hungry and you will eat more! Basically if you hormones are out of whack you are going to have lots of trouble losing weight. One thing, your age, you may be going into menopause soon and estrogen is lower at this stage of life making it almost impossible to lose weight in some situations.. just read the book and it may actually help you alot :) Also if you are very near a healthy weight/are a healthy weight I would also consider that you body may not be built to lose any more weight, if this is the case, then aside from starve yourself there is no way that you will able to maintain long term weight loss.

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on April 16, 2013
at 12:28 AM

Other than being displeased with where you are size-wise, how do you feel? If you feel strong and healthy, you are likely just more in shape. Muscle weighs significantly more than fat too, so it is okay for the scale to go up a bit while putting on muscle. If you are coming from being lanky, and possibly underweight you can expect to bulk up a bit as you develop a healthy muscle mass. And that is a good thing as far as your health is concerned (especially bone health) going into peri-menopause or menopause when it can become more difficult to build muscle.

Speaking of menopause, hormones play a huge role in how our bodies are shaped and how our weight is distributed. As sucky as it is there is natural thickening in the middle that comes with menopause for many women, so it might have nothing to do with your routine, and more to do with hormonal shifts.

I'd say keep doing what you are doing, and get a full hormone panel done. It is usually difficult for women to bulk a lot without a hormone imbalance, so the scales might be tipping towards too many androgens if you have become extremely muscular without trying too hard.

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