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I’m working out more than ever but still not losing weight. Why not?!

I’m working out more than ever but still not losing weight. Why not?!
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Probably your diet.
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thanks paxiled
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You could easily be gaining muscle at around the same rate you're losing fat. Muscle is denser than fat, so you may look like you're slimming down but still weigh the same. Try using other measurements, like waist circumference, hip circumference, chest circumference, and (if you can afford it) body fat percentage by calipers or a special scale.
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I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but exercise actually has very little effect on your body weight.  Exercise is good for you - good for your heart, good for your mood, good for your body - and it helps you shape your body.  But your actual weight - the number you see when you step on the scale - is almost wholly determined by diet.
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Here you go again.  Are you going to post this on all posts ever put on this forum?  Look, it's a combination of dietary changes and exercise changes that determines weight.  The most important factor in weight isn't diet, it's how sedentary you are.  You don't have to have a formal exercise program, that's true, but you gotta move.
Sorry to disagree, Paxiled, but the latest research shows that exercise really has very little effect on your weight.  Exercise is really good for you, but if your goal is to shift the number you see when you step on a scale, it's diet, not exercise that determines the outcome.
No.  Impossible to be true.  If you don't move -- and again, you're confusing exercise with movement -- you can't burn off what you eat.  Sedentary people have the most obesity, the shortest life spans, the most illnesses.  Again, you don't have to have a formal exercise program to be active -- not driving, walking everywhere, bicycling to places, are things people do all over the world who have much less obesity than those who might eat wonderfully but sit at a desk all day and the couch all weekend.  Humans are animals, and all animals are made to move.  Don't move, nothing flows through your body, including the nutrients you take in.  
Perhaps you're misunderstanding what I'm saying:  exercise is VERY good for you, and there are many health benefits that come from exercise - good for your heart, good for your brain, good for your body. But it actually has very little affect on your weight because most people don't exercise enough to fundamentally alter their resting metabolism rate.  Going to the gym for an hour five days a week is wonderful for your body, but it doesn't really affect your weight, which is why people often feel frustrated when they don't see weight loss even after dedicated exercise programs.  Exercise is really important, but if your goal is to reduce the number that you see when you step on the scale, it actually won't help you very much; you'll need to focus your attention on what you eat rather than exercise.  Again, exercise is VERY good for you, and everyone should be active and moving as much as possible.  But, unless you're an Olympic athlete, very few of are able to get in the amount of exercise that would be required to fundamentally impact your metabolism rate and your overall body weight.  
Sorry, "affect" should be "effect."
This is getting too repetitive, so this is for anyone reading this -- the person above keeps referring to exercise and I keep referring to movement.  So just know, there are several long-term studies going on all around the world that look at how people eat, and how they live, and the apparent effect on both weight and health.  So again, people who are not sedentary -- and this does not mean they have to have a formal exercise program -- have less weight problems than people who are even if they eat fairly similarly.  Therefore, diet alone isn't the answer.  This is just common sense, and the opposition to it is odd, but I think everyone knows by instinct that people who sit on the couch all day and at their desks all day will not lose weight by diet alone to any great extent.  It will improve their health, because a good diet will include a lot of nutrients that protect us from the stresses of life.  But if you sit around all day, one hour of exercise won't be enough, but it will be a lot better than not moving at all, not for health but for weight control.  It is obvious that if you burn off more of what you take in you will be lighter and accrue less fat.  So while it is true that diet is the most important factor in healthy people (those who don't have some physiological reason for weight gain but who have too much weight because they eat too much and burn off too little) and for weight, if you don't move, you will have a very hard time maintaining the weight you desire.  We can go back and forth on this forever, but those of you out there I think know from personal experience that regular exercise does in fact help keep weight gain under control.  In short, both are important -- diet and being active.  How much each matters differs on the person, on what you eat, on your genetic inheritance, on how well your body functions, etc.  Over and out.
And just to add, I did situps for years until I hurt my lower back (I don't think it was from the situps) and some other parts of my body.  At that point I started seeing orthopedists and physiatrists and chiropractors and physical therapists up the yin yang, and was told by one and all to never do situps because they strain the lower back.  That's where I learned it, it's a unanimous opinion of all the pros I have been forced to see over the last many years since I started to hurt.
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Have some lemon
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From personal experience, I was also doing barre around 5-6 times a week and was not losing any weight. I switched up my workout and started integrating HIIT workouts (e.g  bootcamp, yoga sculpt with weights) and that's when I noticed myself getting leaner.
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what is barre?  I also do bootcamp with light weights and find it to be a great work out and I walk.  Does yoga make you feel better or you notice a difference with it?
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Massage for problematic body parts.
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Massage for problematic body parts.
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