Why Aren’t I Losing Weight?!

Even though my fat % has been decreasing and I am maintaining a calorie deficit of 1000+ calories, my weight loss stalled after losing 10 pounds.  While my fat percentage has been slowly dropping, I’ve been gaining and losing the same two pounds for a week.  It is very frustrating!

Here’s my Fitbit food summary:

FB Summary Aug 4 2015

This article was inspiring for me today – Water Retention and Weight Loss: You Can Lose Fat, But Not Weight? | Muscle For Life

If you find your weight stuck for several weeks despite sticking to your diet and exercise routine, here’s the likely culprit, and how to get the scale moving again.

Here’s what this article suggests to help break through –  it’s pretty much in line with other articles I’ve read on the topic:

  1. Reduce sodium to 1-1.5 grams (1000-15000 mg) per day for a few days.  I will give this a try, but I do love my salt.
  2. Drink 1 gallon (128 ounces) of water per day. Wow!  That’s twice as much as I have been drinking, and getting to 64 ounces was hard enough!
  3. Cut back on the exercise for a week. I’ve been focusing on exercising consistently every morning.  Not sure this will work for me right now.
  4. Make sure you’re not in too severe of a caloric deficit – shoot for 500-calorie deficit.   I do need to eat more on days I expend more.  My calorie deficit is too big.  For starters I will change my Fitbit goal from Harder (-1000 calories) back to Medium (-500 calories) at least for now.
  5. Take time each day to relax.  Worth a shot, but my job is getting more and more and more and more stressful!
  6. Get 7-8 hours per night.  I am working on this, but being a night owl with an extreme night owl spouse makes it hard.
  7. Eat a large carb-filled meal and enjoy it.  This one I can work with!  Hubby is away this weekend with the son on a Boy Scout camp out.  I can eat my favorites without contradiction!