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weight loss issue

By Anonymous August 15, 2013 - 12:45am
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Please i need some help.
I am 23 years old and I am trying to loose weight..
2 years back.. I followed a diet plan and i lost around 10 kgs in a period of 10 months ... it was not a serious thing and I was not in a hurry, my diet was not very harsh and very little amount of exercise.

Now, i want to loose another 10 kgs and i am very serious and determined... i started one month ago exercising 6 days a week.. 1 hr 30 mins per day... i walk for an hour (6.3 kms) and do some cycling and abs workouts for 30 mins (when counted the burned calories they were around 400 to 450 ). Now the diet... am following a healthy one... little amounts of food, low fat milk, low fat cheese, brown bread, grilled chicken, sweet & low (no sugar), no soft drinks, no junk or fast food, no cakes or donuts... however but very rarely i eat something with some extra calories... (very rare, maybe once a week like a fried cheese pastry or 10 pieces of french fries).... not to take too long, in one month I lost only 2 kgs!! actually my weight is unstable, i lost between 2 and 3 kgs!! why its that slow... is it normal? are there other people similar to me? will i get results but maybe after 2 or 3 months? or do i have a health issue in my metabolism rate..

pls suggest . what should i do.... not loosing kgs is discouraging me! :( however, i feel my body shape changed a bit to the better or maybe i lost inches....

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Hi Anon,


Welcome to EmpowHER.  Here are some tips that might help to continue losing weight. Lifting weights will dramatically jump-start metabolism and fire up more weight loss. You will not bulk up. You'll lose weight, which means you'll get smaller.

You might think you're saving calories, but many times, the absence of a morning meal will cause greater hunger later on, causing you to eat more than you would have, had you eaten breakfast. The lack of morning nourishment might also slow you down, leading to fewer calories burned -- and a halt to weight loss.

You're skipping meals or going long periods without any food. Throngs of people still believe that an effective way to lose weight is to skip meals, or go long periods without eating. However, this backfires with a weight loss plan, because it actually slows metabolism. Your body does not "know" when the next meal or bite is coming, so it clings fast to stored body fat. Eat every three hours; not always a full meal, but a healthy snack will do.

Overall daily calorie intake isn't enough to subsidize your physical activity level. If you're exercising a lot, but that 1,400 calorie-a-day diet has suddenly stopped working for weight loss, it's because it's no longer enough to adequately fuel your body. Thus, metabolism has slowed down to compensate. Increase calorie intake and your metabolism will fire back up, causing more weight loss. 

If you still find it hard to lose weight.  You might want to check with your doctor first before starting to exercise.  Other conditions can also cause changes to your body.




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