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6 Reasons You're Not Losing Weight

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It's been three months since I embarked on this adventure, and I've lost 12 pounds -- a solid pound a week. I've increased my water and protein intake, I move more throughout the day, and I'm trying to stress less. But one of the best things I've done has been -- go figure -- not weighing myself, at least for a little while, as Olson suggested. I was tempted in the beginning, but I stuck to my scale embargo for a month. Now I weigh in weekly, but the fluctuations don't bother me. Really. Because I know I'm creating a daily calorie deficit, and I've found other ways to measure my progress (see "Beyond the Numbers," below). I know the fat is coming off, no matter what the scale says. I feel enlightened -- in more ways than one.

Beyond the Numbers

When the scale bums you out, here are three other ways to gauge your progress.

How do your clothes fit? Try on the same pair of jeans and shirt every six to eight weeks.

How do you feel? You should have more energy, sleep better, and feel less stressed.

How much can you do? Keep a workout log and track how much weight you can lift and how many miles you can walk or run.

Originally published in FITNESS magazine, May 2013.


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taratompson wrote:

I've been trying to get in shape the past few months. At first it was working really well but I plateaued. I don't even want to get on my scale anymore, but I think I'll try having more protein in my diet! Tara |

4/8/2014 01:37:06 PM Report Abuse
BeFitBeFree wrote:

To all the ladies that are older and having issues, first off KUDOS to you all for still going out and fighting the fight...and there are things that can help. Look into Suma Root. Cleaning the diet. Focusing on weight lifting, and less "cardio". With the hormone changes we go through, we have to work on finding what our bodies need. If you need help, have any questions, I would love to try to help you out. Feel free to email me!

1/5/2014 12:22:55 AM Report Abuse
lesliedwilbur wrote:

I am with patrish & sk8jack; I have gained about 20 lbs. in the last year and a half due to menopause, I am watching my snacks and get regular exercise, but have only lost a couple og lbs. since keeping tract.

10/16/2013 08:35:37 AM Report Abuse
patrish8124 wrote:

Yes! Please explain why older women retain weight and it is next to impossible to take it off!!!! Please help. I am 57 years old. I never had trouble taking off weight before. It's only 20 to 25 pounds.

10/15/2013 06:48:32 PM Report Abuse wrote:

Fascinating - some I knew (like the water) but storing water because you are active... !!

10/15/2013 10:53:43 AM Report Abuse

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