Hey ladies. So I'm honestly confused by the weight loss process 🤔. I completely understand calories in > calories out notion however feeling discouraged that I'm not doing enough to lose weight....

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Combination of fitness tracker watch, MyFitnessPal for everything I eat, kitchen scale for everything I eat (grams, because I'm neurotic), varying workouts.

Also, a couple of important things to remember:
- it took a long time to gain the weight, it's not going to be super fast to lose it.
- your body (biology) doesn't want you to lose weight, so your metabolism will slow down (especially if you cut too many calories or make other rapid and extreme changes). It'll come off, but be patient - it's super unnatural (again, biology), so be gentle to yourself.
- and lastly - your body has to do some prep work before things like building muscle. They will sort of suddenly appear, give it about 6 weeks. You also won't have as big of a scale change if you gain muscle; look for non-scale victories. Take measurements, how do your pants fit, stuff like that.

Slow and steady. Remember, everything you're doing is making you healthier, weight aside - it's still worth it.


If you feel you're stagnating in weight lose would use MyFitnessPal for counting calories and change macros to include 40-50% protein.

Sounds like you go on the elliptical or treadmill and to see calorie burn. Stop doing so much cardio. Warm up for 5 minutes with cardio and then start weightlifting for 30-45 minutes for 3-4 days a week. As you build muscle you'll burn a lot more calories during the day even if you're sitting for most of it.

I used to do the same thing you're doing. Once I switched to the routine mentioned I cut so much fat! I lost 20 lbs in 4 months going from a size 4 to size 0. You can reach your goals too with a new routine!!!! Good luck!


I understand that it is not a linear process, body takes time to adjust. Give it 6-8 weeks and you’ll see results.
Eating out however could be a lot more calories than what you estimate due to hidden oils and sauces so that may compromise your equation.
Good luck!


I started actually using a food scale to see what portion sizes should be. It was eye opening and I’ve lost weight since.


Calories do play a large part in weight loss however you need to increase your output. You not only should do cardio but weight trying. Muscle burns more calories than fat. Also it is a matter of what you eat. Are you eating clean and a lot of fruits and vegetables. Eliminate processed foods and sugar as much as possible. Eat lean meats (if you eat meat). Any medical condition or medication you are on can have an impact as well. Drink half your body weight in water a day. Water is very important in weight loss. Stop sodas and fruit juices. Use zero calorie crystal light if you need flavor. Watch you card intake. Pay attention to how different foods make you feel.


No matter how much you workout you will never be able to outwork a poor diet. Eat clean remove all the sugar, soda, processed foods, snacks etc.


I've started to go to the gym 2-3 times per week and significantly decreased my caloric intake, carbs, sugars and eliminated soda. And at the gym I kinda get discouraged by looking at how many calories I've burned vs. the amount of calories I've eaten, even if I've only eaten a small amount. Overall, how does one lose weight without starving themselves? Sorry for the lengthy post!

*typo- calories in < out

It could be helping to count how many calories you’re consuming as well as track how many calories you’re burning. A Fitbit could be really helpful

Hidden sugars in most of our foods & sauces add up as well. Even yogurt can have 14g of sugar in it (maybe 3 from natural sugar & 11 from the fruit/syrup). Hot sauce has loads too. Really need to read the ingredients list rather than the nutrition label to see what you are really eating. If sugar is 4/6 ingredients- pass. If sugar is #1 or #2 ingredient - pass.

Everyone, thank you so much for your advice/support! It's been really helpful and keeps me motivated!

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