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Posted by: Dawn | 2011/01/11

Training but no weight loss

Ihave been going to gym consistently from august about 4 times a week. I alternate between weight training and cardio. I have noticed overall cm loss but no change in weight. Surely in 5 months there should be some weight loss. I also take a protein shake twice a day (diet fuel). I have hypothyroidism but its all under control. My eating whilst not perfect is not bad. I do not consume alcohol either. Please advise.

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Dear Dawn
A number of factors could be playing a role in your apparent inability to lose weight despite doing exercise 4 times a week. Exercise on its own rarely causes pronounced weightloss, it should be combined with an energy reduced diet to achieve significant weightloss. You may also have developed more muscle tissue esp with the weight training and muscle tissue ironically weighs more than fat tissue, so you do have proof that you are losing fat if you experience cm losses, but your weight may not reflect this change because your body composition has changed. Check the protein shake to see how many kJ the 2 servings a day contribute to your energy intake. Increasing your energy intake could be hampering significant weightloss. If your weight is close to or within the normal range you will also not see dramatic weightloss unless you reduce your energy intake.
Hope this helps to sort out what is going on.
Best regards
DietDoc

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Posted by: DietDoc | 2011/01/11

Dear Dawn
A number of factors could be playing a role in your apparent inability to lose weight despite doing exercise 4 times a week. Exercise on its own rarely causes pronounced weightloss, it should be combined with an energy reduced diet to achieve significant weightloss. You may also have developed more muscle tissue esp with the weight training and muscle tissue ironically weighs more than fat tissue, so you do have proof that you are losing fat if you experience cm losses, but your weight may not reflect this change because your body composition has changed. Check the protein shake to see how many kJ the 2 servings a day contribute to your energy intake. Increasing your energy intake could be hampering significant weightloss. If your weight is close to or within the normal range you will also not see dramatic weightloss unless you reduce your energy intake.
Hope this helps to sort out what is going on.
Best regards
DietDoc

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