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Hey guys, not sure if this is the right platform for this kind of thing but i have a problem. I went to see a nitritionist 6 weeks ago and have been following the diet religously for the last 4 weeks. I have also been going to insanity classes 3-4 times a week. Not only have i not lost any weight but i have gone from 62 to 64/65 Kg. Its really getting me down and i feel like giving up. Don't know whats wrong with me. I am 21 and don't really go out because i am self concious. Any similar experiences or advice would be helpful.

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Hi nothingworks. This group is for people doing the Couch to 5k running plan, rather than a weight loss group, although plenty of people here are also on assorted diet/healthy eating plans. There's far more to being healthy than the number on the scale; if you're regularly exercising you'll be building your fitness, and that's always good! Maybe think about measurements rather than the number on the scales - quite often the two don't change at the same rate!


I have just written this response to another post about weight. Unless you are really short I can't imagine you have a lot to lose? That sounds like a healthy weight to me! I'm am 5'4 and sitting around 70kg and only just tipping into the overweight BMI range from healthy so unless you're a lot shorter than me you're probably a very healthy weight!

The only way I have ever got weight off is by counting everything that goes in my mouth and sticking to 1100 calories a day. Exercise was the one thing I wasn't doing and everybody said that diet isn't going to change anything without exercise. Then I finally start exercising and everyone is saying that I can't lose weight by exercising! I have paid to see a private nutritionist who was no help, have tried slimming world (I think I'm the only person in the world who it hasn't worked for) and the doctor told me that it might just be that 'this is the weight I am' (and that's a doctor!).

I'm a little bit down at the minute as I'm not running but when I was running regularly I knew I was getting fitter and eating healthily (albeit not 1100 calories a day) and I started to not mind so much about what the scales said. It's frustrating I know, but don't give up the exercising. It's probably the best thing you can do for your body! It's a lot more about what's going on in the inside than outside and it's your visceral fat that's the dangerous kind - I've had it checked with electronic scales and it's very low whereas for some slim people it can be very high. It seems some people carry their weight on the outside and some people on the inside (which is worse).

Google 1lb of fat vs 1lb of muscle and you will see the difference size wise it takes up in your body - you could weight more but actually be much slimmer! If you have a lot to lose then carry on what you're doing and remember how good for your body exercising is. :)


Why aren't you running? If you start again it will really boost you. I'm also 70kg and a size smaller than I would have been if not running as it's completely changed my body and I love the effect.... Hang in there and get running???

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In the middle of 4-6 weeks recovery for ankle injury. Trust me, I would be if I could! It's why I feel so down at the moment, every time I see a runner go by I'm desperate to be out there too!


Start running and it will help but also give you something else to focus on....


Try not to be a slave to the scales, muscle weighs much more than fat! Just concentrate on your body shape and aim for a more toned version?

Personally I found the 5:2 diet the only one that was sustainable long term, but when I had to give up fats completely for medical reasons the weight fell off massively!

Running is far better for your state of mind though, it helps you to build confidence and stamina. Think if it as a shield of armour wrapping around you. Worked for me!


Just decided that I really need to lose weight and have signed up for this and the Couch Potato to 5k app. Looking forward to getting started. I used to run and had to give it up for a while and then didn't go back to it. I've enjoyed reading the comments here and love the support that you give each other. :-)


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