What do I need to do to lose weight? According to all of your articles I’m doing everything right, but I keep getting bigger. Help!
Even though you are eating “healthy” you can still be eating too much to lose weight. If you eat more calories then you burn off you will gain weight, even if you are only eating vegetarian foods. To lose fat you need to eat less calories then you burn off during the day. It is really as simple as that.
When you weigh yourself you need to be consistent. Weigh yourself once a week at the same time (i.e. every Saturday morning) your bodyweight can easily fluctuate up or down 5 lbs. over the course of the day just from water and food in your system. If you eat more then usual one day your weight may be higher then normal for a few days just from extra water retention. Also your period will affect your bodyweight due to water retention.
Make sure that you use the same scale to weigh yourself each time, different scales can vary by several pounds.
Dress the exact same each time you weigh yourself (or weigh yourself while wearing nothing) clothing varies in weight and through off your reading.
Working out will not cause you to gain weight. The only way to gain weight is over eating. If you really did gain 8 lbs. over the last 3 weeks it was from over eating. Not your workout routine.
To lose weight you need measure and write down everything you eat and keep track of your calories you are eating every day. Start off eating 12 calories per pound of bodyweight each day. So at your current bodyweight 136 lbs. x 12 will equal 1632 calories per day. Space your meals apart so that you are eating about 4-5 small meals per day. A good book to help you keep track of your calories is “The Complete Book of Food Counts” you can get this Amazon.com
Stick with this amount of food for 2 weeks and keep track of your bodyweight. If you are losing at least 1 lb. per week then keep doing what you are doing because it is working. If you do not lose at least 1 lb. per week you will need to increase your exercise to burn off more calories, or cut back on your food intake until you are consistently losing at least 1 lb. per week.
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