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Updated on Wednesday, July 29

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QUESTION: Okay it's about weight loss. I know I should have a calorie deficient and work out and tada. But kind of didn't work for me. I worked out and watched what I ate and I'd hardly lose 1 pound in almost 3 weeks.
Over the last term I was so busy with school I hardly had the time to move. It also affected my sleep, didn't get adequate amount of it. I ended up gaining 10 pounds. I also got an allergic cough which is still there and doctors can't figure it out and basically it hinders y breathing if I try to do something vigorous.
I need to lose the pounds though. And some more because I'm so overweight. With the issues as stated above, how do I go about it? Thanks. 

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  1. 3 weeks is no time at all in the grand scheme of things. If you just started working out then you're probably still just getting the muscle memory down and haven't been lifting anywhere near your potential. With the cough you're also not likely to be going for jobs/bikes/swims as much. Just keep at it and make sure you're working hard at the gym. If things aren't better after 3 months then you should definitely investigate further.

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  2. Someone asked something similar so i'm c/p'ing my answer. Hope it helps :)

    I'm 5"3', a girl and 105-110lbs now
    I lost 30 lbs and gained a lot more muscle in 7 months by changing my diet and exercising. I've plateaued at 105-110lbs though because I'm building muscle. Just remember that gaining weight after excising doesn't mean you're getting fat because muscle weighs more than fat. Best way to measure your progress is to measure the circumference of your waist/belly/limbs/etc.

    1) I did a water diet where I cut out all drinks that would have sugar in it so I only drank water or tea. I allowed myself to drink pop and alcohol only when I go to parties

    2) Less carbs (but not no carbs) and eat smaller proportions (but don't starve yourself). Eat more sides instead of rice/noodles/pasta/bread/potato

    3) Don't eat late at night (3-4 hrs before bed)

    4) Eat less to no fatty foods (fast food, junk food, desserts, etc)

    5) Last term I played badminton for 2-3 hrs for 1-2 times a week (aka got some exercise)

    6) Walked to school instead of busing (10-15 mins) and taking the stairs at school when possible

    7) I have never worked out in my life before and I started working out since mid May. I go to the gym for 1-3 hrs for 3-6 times a week. Usually start off with 5-10 mins of cardio and the rest is usually weights and core exercises. Adding occasionally swims to the workout is a huge plus

    8) If you're trying to build muscle: I take protein supplements after I workout. Don't go for the cheap ones; those have lots of sugar fillers that don't benefit your body

    I lost 20 lbs doing #1-6 and lost another 10 lbs after I started working out at the gym. It seems like a lot of work, but trust me ... I've never been happier with my body. Used to think working out was boring and time consuming; i'd prefer to play sports than do something so repetitive and stationary. I used to think going to the gym was a waste of time and I was just too lazy.

    It's now become addicting; trying to beat personal records and feeling good about myself. I can see my body's transformation and it feels amazing to get compliments from others about my body. It really helped having friends that already frequently go to the gym. Going to the gym to see them was a huge incentive for me and a bonus from going to the gym. My friends taught me things I could do at the gym and did workouts with me at the beginning.

    So if you don't have time to work out right now, simply try changing your diet or little things like walking to/from school (which might only take an extra 10 mins of your time). Then slowly incorporate 1 hr workouts, etc

    You just need the right motivation and the right push. Good luck!

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    1. fyi one lb of muscle is equivalent to one lb of fat so no, muscle does not weigh more than fat..muscle is just more dense than fat you ignorant fuck.

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    2. "Ignorant" is actually the most misused word on the internet. Here 2a used it to mean "tripped up on a technicality, and although everyone knew what they meant, I will be an asshat and deride them for it".

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    3. +1 to 2b, they obviously meant density 2a you don't have to be so rude

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  3. Um, eat less and exercise more? It's not rocket science. You just ate more than you thought you did.

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    1. ^Someone who doesn't know shit about what they're talking about. SMH UW.

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  4. Did you track your calories and exercise? No way to determine whether you're telling the truth re: "worked out and watched what I ate" unless you tracked hard numbers about it.
    Food can be surprising, calories from late night stacks, random drinks etc. can add up without you noticing. that 30 minute exercise may not be as intense as you thought if all you did was walk/jog.

    I'd suggest going back to eat less & exercise more, but actually track your amounts. Track how much exercise you did and what that amounts to in calories lost. Track EVERYTHING you ate and how much calories it is. Myfitnesspal is your friend!

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  5. You can't possibly be counting it right if you managed to gain 10 pounds. I lost 40 pounds without doing a single exercise, and I was overweight for my entire life. Went from nearly 200 to under 160 - I'm an average height male.

    During my co-op, I drank nothing except water on most days, alcohol when out, and low sugar Chatime rarely (could live without this, honestly). For meals, I'd eat a banana for breakfast, a small lunch with meat, lots of veggies, and very little carbs. Same thing for dinner. I generally ate whatever I wanted on weekends but made a conscious effort not to go over ~2000 calories on any given day, which is pretty easy since I only eat 2 meals (plus fruits) and will only ever eat out once a day. I completely cut out eating junk food (candy, chips, cookies, etc. are absolutely awful in calories) unless I was high as shit or something. My go-to snacks were fruits (apples, oranges, and bananas mostly cause I'm lazy), chewing gum, and seaweed.

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    1. ugh, this sounds aweful. I'll never understand people who eat less than 3 meals a day. btw, fruit is actually not the best is you're eating a lot of it. Very high sugar content.

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    2. Yeah, I know 3 meals per day isn't for everyone, but there's definitely low calorie options for a third meal as well. I've eaten 2 meals a day my entire life (even when I wasn't losing weight) so it didn't make sense for me to bump up the number of meals either.

      Obviously I didn't follow a perfect diet - I followed what would be an improvement on my previous lifestyle and maintained a solid calorie deficit. You can do much better if you actually take the effort to research.

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  6. All this advice basically has one thing in common, if you eat less and work out more you will lose weight. Slowly, but surely.

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    1. Nope. If you eat RIGHT along with exercise then you're chances of losing weight greatly increase. It's never a sure thing.

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  7. I can't believe the tumblrites in this thread that are trying to suggest that eating less and exercising "wont necessarily" make you lose weight.

    Yes it fucking will. Your body uses energy. This energy comes from food -> glycogen -> fat. Not some mysterious SJW source of unicorn trigger land.

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    1. Lmao. Grow up. Go read a damn book to educate yourself. You can start with high school chemistry dealing with equilibrium instead of making yourself look like a bigger idiot.

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    2. I'm with 7a on this. Maybe everyone is misunderstanding each other though. Yes, if you eat a significantly smaller amount of food and exercise more FOR EVER you will lose weight and look good guaranteed. The problem is people's lives aren't food and exercise.

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