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I started my raw diet about 2 weeks ago. Its only about 80% raw though. The un-raw things I throw in at least once a day include rice/or/pasta and bran flakes. Its pretty much an uncooked vegan diet. Ive been veggie for 12 years though. However I have never been very healthy - I could have used more fruit and veg in my diet! I would also often skip breakfast and/or lunch which I know isnt good for your body either. However I am now getting plenty of fruit and veg - loving those green smoothies! and I am making sure I eat often, small meals throughout the day. I have really learned to listen to my body and have learned that I often nibble on crap when I am bored. I have since stopped doing that!<br><br>
I am also getting more exercise!<br>
I do about 15 minutes in the morning (specific post natal stuff as my tummy muscles still are not together)<br>
15 mintues in the afternoon (more specific post natal stuff/aerobic type workout)<br>
40 mintues late afternoon (specific to tummy, bum, and thighs)<br>
and about 15 minutes aerobics in the evening (all over body work out - its great it really gets your heart going and sweating etc despite it being short - though they have a plan that slowly will build this up to 35 mintues over a few weeks)<br><br>
But I have not lost any bleeding weight!!!<br>
However I have measured myself two weeks ago and I have lost about an inch off my tummy (nearly 2) and an inch off each thigh. I dont have a tape measurer big enough for my bottom...lmao<br>
So thats something... But where has the weight gone?<br><br>
Come to think of it - even after just a year in the army, I didnt lose any weight either and as you can guess they work your body to death.<br><br>
Before my diet, I wasnt gaining weight either (despite the amount of cakes I ate lol) - My body is just at some sort of stand still. No matter how little I eat or how much crap I eat, my weight is not going anywhere....<br><br>
Help me understand my body!!!
 

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<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/bag.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Bag">: Maybe your just healthy and your body is supposed to weigh what it weighs? It sounds like your taking great care of yourself and firming up, I say just enjoy yourself. (But as a full disclaimer I am personally trying to start a complete body image revolution.<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">)
 

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Yes, I am at a weight "plateau" also.
 

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with that much exercise you are probably building muscle mass which accouts for you not losing weight on the scale. Go by the inches instead<br><br>
Good for you by the way!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">with that much exercise you are probably building muscle mass which accouts for you not losing weight on the scale. Go by the inches instead<br><br>
Good for you by the way!</div>
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Muscle weighs more than fat, so inches are a more accurate measuring stick for how you're doing sometimes than weight. If you're losing inches, you're doing something right. Just keep doing what you're doing, and you'll get there!
 

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O.K. not to be rude but this really bugs me. 1lb =1lb A pound of butter weighs the same as a pound of flour. But, 1lb of muscle is denser than 1lb of fat so its commen to loose inches but not pounds while exersizing because of gaining muscle while loosing fat. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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Your body may be trying to adjust to your new eating/workout style. It might think that it's starving so it's 'holding' on to the weight. This happened to me when I started eating right and working out a lot the beginning of January. It took about 3 weeks before my survival mechanism gave up and let me start losing pounds.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Your body may be trying to adjust to your new eating/workout style. It might think that it's starving so it's 'holding' on to the weight. This happened to me when I started eating right and working out a lot the beginning of January. It took about 3 weeks before my survival mechanism gave up and let me start losing pounds.</div>
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That does make sense - but I dont think thats me because I am actually eating more now than I was before - just more of the right stuff (lots of fruit and veg) - Before I would skip out on breakfast and mostly lunch so wasnt eating at all really until the evening meal - which I know isnt good for you either. I wasnt meaning to, I just wanst thinking of myself and making sure my son was fed and happy and then...forgetting about myself! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> I think then my body was in 'starvation' mode - I wasnt gaining or losing weight then either.<br><br>
I think it must be that I am just toning up more. Maybe if I did more aerobic sweaty stuff ...hehe...I would lose actual pounds. I dont want to be all muscly - obviously that can only go so far! lol<br><br>
At least I have lost inches! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile">
 

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I think it is probably that you are losing fat, but gaining lean muscle. You are losing inches because the fat takes up more space (as a pp so politely pointed out<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/eyesroll.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="roll">). You will likely lose some pounds as the ration of fat loss to muscle gain changes. Sounds like you are doing some great things for your body, though!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 

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Are you getting enough calories? Even though you are eating MORE, if your overall calorie consumption is significantly less, then as a PP mentioned, your body might be in survival mode.
 

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I find that when I actually eat more often during the day, I eat way more than I need. So I do best on 3 meals a day, and not snack here and there. Too easy to eat too much. Also, I would increase veggies, but fruit does have a lot of sugar.
 
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