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I exercise & eat only 1500 calories a day why am I gaining weight?
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I exercise & eat only 1500 calories a day why am I gaining weight?

I have been doing an hour of cardio everyday along with a 30 minute toning exercise. I eat special k cereal for breakfast or a cereal bar. I snack on veggies only & I eat lean cuisine for lunch and dinner. I have been doing this for a month. I decided during this diet that I wouldnt weigh myself or wear jeans so I wouldnt be discouraged. On my goal date I stood on the scale. It said I weighed 157 and I started off at 141 so I decided to try on my jeans. They do not fit!!! I have 2 babies. One 18 months the other 5 months. I lost my weight instantly after the first but this time I see nothing! I am 23 & im 5'3. 157 is not flattering on my small body...why am I gaining weight? I have been busting my *** for a month now!
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It could be that you are not eating enough for the work outs your doing your body needs fuel when your working, 1500 might not be enough, try upping it to 1700 at least and if that still doesnt work then you might want to see a dr.  but also lean cuisine or any tv dinner for that matter really isnt all that healthy it could be your body doesnt like all the sodium that is in it, I know alot of people that when they eat thoses foods all the time they gain cus of the sodium,  how much water do you drink how much sleep to you get those can also be factors
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When a body undergoes too much stress it can gain or retain weight. Exercising every single day can put a lot of stress on your body. Try to cut it back by 2 days to give your body a day or two to rest. That could help.

Also is 1500 calories too much for you? Personally I've got to stick to my 1450 very closely to loose anything and I'm a bit larger that you. (5'5 and 192) I was personally told by Jenny Craig to stick to 1433 calories until I get under 170lbs then switch to 1320 calories to help me loose weight. Keep in mind though, with 2 munchkins I recon you're a lot more active than I am. Also if your breast feeding that needs a lot of calories too. Still try dropping 50-100 calories and see if that helps you. Listen to how your body feels- if you start feeling weak, ill, brain fogged then maybe it's too few calories.

Also - is it possible you're pregnant again? Do you have any family or personal history of thyroid disorders? Perhaps you should ask your dr to test your thyroid. Make sure you ask for free t3 and T4 as well as the standard TSH as they are more reliable at showing what the thyroid is doing. Even if your thyroid is a little off, it can ruin all efforts at diet and exercise.

Finally, this is more personal opinion than anything- but I think those fast, easy, heavily processed meals are just no good. It's easy to get bogged down with the kids but maybe you can make your own frozen meals a head of time. Personally -the first time I've ever lost weight in my entire life- was from moving away from all processed foods. My body is healthier, my figure is lots slimmer, my bowels are much happier. So I believe wholeheartedly that these meals, while low in calories and high in vitamins (which might be added), are still processed food and therefore not good. Also what is your husband eating? Mine gets everything I do (plus), but it's all healthy. He doesn't feel like he's on a diet but we don't let any junk in our house. So even though you're doing this for you, it's not a bad thing to have the entire house eating healthier.  
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With all the exercise you're doing, your building muscle, too, so that can also make it look like you aren't losing. You should take your measurements, as well as weighing, so you can see where you really are.

Be sure to switch up your exercise and calorie intake.  Once your body gets used to the same thing, it's no longer a challenge.
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Thank you everyone for your comments! I will try home made food. I just recieved the "eat this not that" book today & it says the same thing about the frozen meals. I did buy a 48 hour detox yesterday and Im going to give that a try then a new meal plan. I really hope Im not pregnant again. Thats a scary thought since I had my tubes tied but it can happen. Thanks again everyone for your imput!
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1809109_tn?1331807377
Good luck - and sorry for bringing up the 'P' word. Didn't mean to stress you out.
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When I first read your post, my initial thought was that your diet seemed to be the culprit. I try to avoid processed foods of any kind, especially the tv dinners, they are loaded with sodium. I find that making meals is not as hard as I always thought, for instance, today for lunch I had some turkey chili I made last night, which some shredded cheese and an apple. I tend to do better when I eat stuff thats higher in protein, especially on days that I work out, protein helps with muscle recovery.

Some people mention that 1500 maybe to too much, or too little. Personally, to me that sounds like too little for all your physical activity, but before I would change the amount of calories your taking in, I would change your diet first. I am 5'4 and I eat around 2,000 cals a day and I'm still losing, I am very active, and on the days when I drop too low on calories I will gain! So I make sure that I eat. I find, its easy for me to cook a few meals ahead of time and put in tupperware and toss in the fridge, that way I always have something to eat on hand. And I try to eat a balanced diet as well, but I love my protein lol.
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i have finished the 48 hour detox system & i have already lost 5lbs & my tummy is flatter. Im sure it as mostly water weight but I feel alot better already. I havent eaten any process food since the suggestions were made. I have been making my own low carb & low sodium meals. It will take awhile to get use to but im sure I will have better results with being healthier overall! Since I had 2 babies in such a short period & ate whatever I wanted, staying away from the sweets has been hard but not unbearable. Thank you again everyone!
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the p word was definitely scary! lol
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I'm having the same problem. Working my butt off and eating well. Why am I gaining but my stomach seems smaller?
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1) If you were not exercising much, before you began the cardio and toning, it is quite possible that the "weight" you gained is muscle.
2) Most likely, you are not eating enough, slowing down your metabolism and putting your body in starvation mode, which makes it hold onto whatever you do eat as fat.
-If you want to lose the weight back, i would actually suggest increasing your cals to 1,800-2,000 a day, which will actually make you burn a lot more calories in your exercise  and speed your metabolism back up.
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Your probably gaining muscle, which actually weighs more than fat, however 1lb of muscle is the size of a clementine,  while 1lb of fat is the size of an orange.
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You've added your comments to a thread that's more than 2 yrs old and I think I'm the only one of the previous posters still active on the forum.

Just for your information, muscle doesn't weigh more than fat... a pound is a pound no matter what it's made of.  You're right, however, that a pound of muscle is smaller than a pound of fat, because the molecules are packed more densely.
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Yeah...that sodium is brutal. Also sugar slows the metabolism down. Processed food is loaded with it and only God knows what else is in it.
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Hello, I have found a great website thst tells u how many calaries u should be eating to lose weight... At 5ft 3, 1500 I think is too much...  At the maximum I would suggest no more then 1200 a day.... I csnt remember the site, but if u type in along the lines of.... How many calories should I b eating to lose weight u will get options to click on... As I said I got n app that showed me if I want to lose 15kilos.. it shows the reduction in calories over the weeks...  Good luck :)
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I think it may have to do with your body being capable of what you're doing and give it time to show and the scale. Keep doing the right things and when it starts to fall off; I believe it will be a nice deduction.
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