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If you’re having very little weight loss success, then you may need to exercise and eat smarter. Read this question about weight loss and my answer:

"Question: Okay -- I'm way frustrated and a little confused. Help! I'm 45 and
started at the gym (five days a week) about four weeks ago. I've been
eating way healthier for about six weeks now, and have lost about 23

BUT here's my dilemma. When I go to the gym and really work out
(1 hour plus on weights, really pushing myself, and often an hour of cardio

via intense racquetball) I DO NOT lose a pound and often gain a little.
So -- I stay home and don't exercise and I lose about a half pound a
day or I go to the gym, work my butt off and gain a half pound a day.

What gives? My diet is totally under control (that's easy for me), and
the mysterious factor here seems to be hitting the gym so hard and
gaining weight. Can you help enlighten me?? Anyone???"

My response to this question:

"There could be several reasons for your slower decrease in weight loss:

1) Your body might have reached a plateau. Weight often comes off easily at the beginning of a workout program. But then your body adapts to your workouts. When this happens, you need to vary your workout routines and intensity.

Do different lifts for the different body parts, such as substituting bench presses with stability ball dumbbell presses or doing step-ups and lunges instead of leg presses and squats. A shorter, more intense 30 minute full-body circuit weight workout will work better than a one hour weight workout when you are trying to lose body fat and weight.

A circuit workout is one in which you do one exercise after the other with little or no rest between exercises. Also, change up your cardio routines such as rotating treadmill, bike, elliptical, stair-stepper and swimming.

2) It is more important to lose body fat and lose inches than it is to lose weight. Have your body fat percentage checked and your circumference measurements done by a trainer to see how much fat and inches you have lost. Muscle weighs more than fat, so your body could be shrinking. Don't worry, the weight loss will take care of itself.

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