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Why am I gaining? Freespirit Due August 29; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Michigan 3357 posts
20th Jun '13

Started doing the elliptical for 20 min every other day and weights on the days I dont do the elliptical. I know its not much but I figured it would help me drop the 5-10 lbs I was looking to lose. I also am tracking my food/calories with My Fitness Pal. Most days I stay under what they recommend. (1200 calories) I even switched out my chai tea concentrate for green tea with honey amd reduced my eating at night for the most part. Have gained 5-7 lbs in the past couple months since I started :( the most frustrating part is I have no idea why. I know most of you will probably say its muscle weight but its not. My clothes are tighter and stomach looks flabbier.anyone have any tips or thoughts on why this may be happening? I am 5ft2located and was 126the lbs a couple months ago. Now I am at 134the lbs

Mummy-2-2-Monsters 2 kids; Seven Hills, Australia 8778 posts
20th Jun '13

Your body is going into starvation mode because you are not getting enough calories.



So with that its holding onto more calories good and bad etc to accommodate for what you aren't taking. If that makes sense. So it's making you gain instead of lose.



You need around 1200-1500 (that's what mine says.. Yours might say different) but for what ever calories you burn you need to re eat those calories. Kwim?

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, New York 55137 posts
status 20th Jun '13

20 minutes is barely a warmup

Aim for 45 minutes of sweating on the elliptical every day, and strength train 4 days a week

user banned Due November 7 (boy); 1 child; Dayton, Ohio 26853 posts
20th Jun '13

You are not eating ENOUGH calories. Your body needs AT LEAST 1200 calories just to run your organs and get you through a day. You also need to work out more. 20 minutes barely gets your heart rate where it needs to be to burn fat. You should also make sure you are eating at least 60 grams of protein a day.

Freespirit Due August 29; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Michigan 3357 posts
20th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Mummy-2-2-Monsters:</b>" Your body is going into starvation mode because you are not getting enough calories. So with that its ... [snip!] ... what mine says.. Yours might say different) but for what ever calories you burn you need to re eat those calories. Kwim?"</blockquote>




I forgot to mention I am eating the calories I burn. Wondering if I should up my calories by 100-200? I have actually been eating prettt well also. We go out to eat once a week (thai) and I cook at home the other days. Never eat fast food. Im just super frustrated :(

Freespirit Due August 29; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Michigan 3357 posts
20th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kelly&Coralie:</b>" 20 minutes is barely a warmup Aim for 45 minutes of sweating on the elliptical every day, and strength train 4 days a week"</blockquote>




45 min? I feel like I want to die at 20 min lol. I do walk a lot with my daughter..what about 20 min of something with higher intensity..tae bo?

Kelly&Coralie 1 child; Rochester, New York 55137 posts
status 20th Jun '13
Quoting Freespirit:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Kelly&Coralie:</b>" 20 minutes is barely a warmup Aim for ... [snip!] ... I want to die at 20 min lol. I do walk a lot with my daughter..what about 20 min of something with higher intensity..tae bo?"



Anything that gets your heartrate up, and keeps it there, for at least 30 minutes (not including warmup and cooldown)



Crazy Train 18 kids; Killeen, Texas 1478 posts
20th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Freespirit:</b>" <blockquote><b>Quoting Kelly&Coralie:</b>" 20 minutes is barely a warmup Aim for ... [snip!] ... I want to die at 20 min lol. I do walk a lot with my daughter..what about 20 min of something with higher intensity..tae bo?"</blockquote>




Cardio(fat burning) is about intensity plus time. If you dont do it long enough there's not much point.
Also up your calories to 1400 and be sure to eat 60g of proteins.

Freespirit Due August 29; 1 child; 1 angel baby; Michigan 3357 posts
20th Jun '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Kelly&Coralie:</b>" Anything that gets your heartrate up, and keeps it there, for at least 30 minutes (not including warmup and cooldown) "</blockquote>




Thanks ladies for.your suggestions. Im going to try the tae bo workout that my sister suggested that I believe is 45 min long. Also going to up my calorie.intake by 100-200 and see what happens. I have noticed my sugar intake is a lot higher than My fitness pal suggests. Seems like sugar is in everything! Even milk...what do you ladies recommend for protein? I eat a lot of lean proteon..chicken and turkey burgers and bison.. A little red meat. I also eat greek yogurt after my workouts. How do you ladies feel about protein shakes? I hear good and bad..

[[Breezy]] 1 child; Savannah, Georgia 12885 posts
status 20th Jun '13

Are you eating a lot of grains and dairy? If so, cut both of them out completely.

CokiMonsta 1 child; Virginia 341 posts
20th Jun '13

I would try yoga as a warm up/cool down, continue to walk and buy a weighted hula hoop.
Anybody can hula hoop, I did it as my career prior to pregnancy and it was one of the best work outs I've ever picked up besides contortion.



Remember variety is key. Change it up or you will plateau.
Use your own body resistance as this works best in most cases.

akmaldo 1 child; Georgia 2778 posts
20th Jun '13

Honestly, you're barely working out plus you're barely eating. You need to up your calories and up your exercise to lose weight! I eat around 1600-1700 a day and do 45 minutes to an hour of insanity a day and the weight is falling off.

Sierraaaa 1 child; Texas 3088 posts
20th Jun '13

Ive heard that your body starts burning fat after 20 minutes of working out. I've been doing 1 hour which burns 650 on the elliptical. Interval training is also best for weight loss and a lot of elliptical have a interval program. Also try to aim for an intensity that burns 100 calories per 10 minutes. Even when I use to do 30 minutes on the elliptical I was losing weight and burning around 350-400 calories.