Nutrition & Dieting/Not losing.

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Hi
I am a female, 18. I weigh 133 pounds and my height is 5"7.
My diet is healthy - I do not eat any junk food/drinks at all.
I eat 5 times a day. Breakfast, mid-morning snack, lunch, mid afternoon snack and dinner. I do not eat after 8 at night.

My exercise routine; I do weights, lunges, squats, crunches ect. For about an hour on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. I also do an hour of pilates on those days.
Tuesdays and Thursdays I do light ballet exercises for half an hour.
I don't exercise much on those days because I know my muscles need to rest
every other day.

I do home schooling, I don't work yet. But I am active and always on my feet.
I'm persistant and I love exercising and being healthy.
I want to lose 8 pounds, and I've already lost 3.3 pounds. But now I'm just standing still on the scale. I don't know what I am doing wrong.
My jeans don't feel tight any more and I can see I've lost weight, but it bothers me that nothing is happening on the scale.
I eat between 1075 and 1200 calories a day. Am I eating too much or too little? Or am I not burning enough calories?

Answer
There's one bit of important advice I can give you:

DON'T BE A SLAVE TO THE SCALE!

Your body WEIGHT is meaningless. When you exercise, you BUILD MUSCLE which is denser than fat. So even though you might have burned 10 pounds of fat, you gained 7 pounds of muscle which is a GOOD THING.

SCALES ARE ALMOST MEANINGLESS.

Go with how you FEEL, how you LOOK in the mirror, and how your clothes fit. These are much better indicators than how much gravitational force the Earth exerts upon you. :)

Richard

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I am happy to answer any questions from those who are overweight and want to learn how to lose weight through proper diet and exercise. I spent a year of my life studying weight loss and brought myself from 340 pounds down to a healthy 185 pounds the RIGHT way: no fad diets, pills, or crazy machines - just healthy eating and some moderate exercise. I'm happy to share my knowledge with you. I also have my own web site at RicksWeightLoss.com

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My knowledge is all practical, life experience. I spent over a year reading dozens of books, online literature, magazines, and lots of other sources. I've studied nutrition, weight-lifting, bodybuilding, exercise science, and many other fitness-related fields.

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I have no formal education in fitness or nutrition. But, then again, I am a computer programmer and trainer with no formal education in my field either. I'm completely self-taught in everything I do. However, I can give you plenty of tips and pointers on how to safely lose weight.

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