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Gaining weight yet dieting

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I am currently on my 6th week of dieting with my daily calorie intake being 2572 or slightly lower. It started of okay with losing a kg in the first week but now I have noticed that when I weigh myself at the end of week 5 I have actually put on more weight before I started to diet. I have started to do a lot more cardio such as 20 minutes walk either on the treadmill at 20% incline or around my area which has a steep hill along with walking my dogs for 45 minutes in the evenings. It is really demoralising. I don't know what else to do.

Thank you for reading :)

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BridgeGirl profile image

Hello and welcome, Musicman98 :)

I'm assuming you got that calorie target from the NHS BMI calculator and it's appropriate for your age, height, activity and weight. If it is, then I suggest you start focusing on what you're eating, rather than how much. Exercise has many benefits but has much less of an impact on your weight than does what you eat.

Here's a simple plan you might like to consider

You'll find everything you need to use the forum by following this link to Pinned Posts. A good place to start is by joining a weekly weigh in and using the Daily Diary but please take the time to look through all the Pinned Posts so you know what's available.

Active participation makes all the difference so I hope we'll see you joining in around the forum :)

I'll look into the pinned posts :) I didn't think my eating was a problem as its usually vegetables with meat such as sausages or chicken etc and mashed potato with low fat butter and skimmed milk. I can try and change my eating to see if that helps.

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BridgeGirlAdministrator in reply to Musicman98

I'm just thinking if you're eating to your calorie allowance and not losing weight, then that's the thing to look at. Calories can be misleading, if you're not making the best use of them to keep you feeling full.

For myself, I don't eat anything low fat or skimmed as I prefer less processed foods.

You might find some interesting reading here

Thank you :) I'll have to read more into it all as I was just following the NHS app. Is any pop zero bad? Such as Dr. Pepper Zero and such ones? As I went to drinking them thinking they are the better solution to full fat drinks

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BridgeGirlAdministrator in reply to Musicman98

It depends what you're aiming for. They certainly have less sugar. I was meaning dairy products when I mentioned full fat. Have a look at what they - and anything else you eat and drink - contain and if they have more than 5 ingredients or anything you can't pronounce, they're probably not great. But you'll be making changes step by step :)

Never thought about the 5 ingredients or the pronunciation but that is really good advice I've never heard of :)

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BridgeGirlAdministrator in reply to Musicman98

You're welcome :) You're certainly best eating real food, home cooked, so you know just what you're getting. What are you like at cooking?

Mainly using the oven or grill. Not that exciting I'm afraid

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BridgeGirlAdministrator in reply to Musicman98

That's fine. You can learn :)

Tank_EG profile image

Hi Musicman98 and welcome to the forum.

Whilst our bodies are not quite this simple but basically eat more calories than your body needs and we gain weight, eat less than it needs and we lose it.

Maybe give it another week and if you still gain weight then try reducing your calorie intake by around 500 kcal a day and see what happens. Exercise only has small effect on weight loss compared to our diets. Don't get me wrong, exercise is important for our overall health and it does aid weight loss it's just not as effective as eating less.

Lowering refined carbs definitely seems to help with cravings

All the best.

Cynistra profile image

One thing to keep in mind as well is that if you're increasing your amount of exercise at the same time you may be building muscle as well.At points it may seem you're not losing any weight but what may be happening is that you're losing fat but putting on muscle at the same time (which is obviously a good thing, especially since that extra muscle will be burning calories even in rest).

I had a period of about a month last year where my weight was relatively stable, but I was dropping inches and clothes size - in fact it seemed to be mainly in that month people really noticed me "losing weight"! This was also with me suddenly increasing the amount of exercise I took.

It might be an idea to take your body measurements as well as just focusing on the number on the scales to give you another point of reference. If you can't be bothered with all that faff, a piece of clothing that's tight or a bit on the small side will do the trick as well!

Peptink profile image

I think you should try reducing your caloric intake by 400-500 calories. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised in a couple of weeks. Keep up the good work on your exercise!

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Musicman98 in reply to Peptink

So instead of 2500 (according to my bmi) I should try 2000?

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morelessAdministrator in reply to Musicman98

Have you seen this, Musicman98?

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Musicman98 in reply to moreless

I have seen it. I need to check what I can change. It is very rare that I eat junk food and tend to eat more veg and drink water or zero sugar drinks. If I do have a snack it's usually 1 of those 99 calories slim fast bars

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morelessAdministrator in reply to Musicman98

Why not post your menus on our Daily Diary, so that we can offer more informed advice? :)

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WhitesparrowRestart Oct 2021

I have managed to lose weight by reducing the quantity of food I eat. Never fully check calories but probably less than 1500 per day. At least 30 mins brisk walking per day will help. Last week I averaged double that.Trouble with dog walks is the walkers I have seen seem to walk at the speed of the dog🤭. Try using the Active 10 app.

Hope this advice helps.

I do use active 10. I used to use the treadmill to get the 10 minutes brisk walking but at the moment I am changing to lifting weights.

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