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Why can't I lose weight?!@!@!@!?

My weight usually fluctuates between 230-240 pounds. I'm 6 foot 2 inches tall, medium heavy build, and I'm a man btw. I've always had a gut, was pretty heavy when I was a kid, until 7th grade when I started working out for track, and all the fat melted off me like hot butter, and I stayed skinny, even when not working out, for 3 years until cross country ended my sophomore year in high school. Then I got my gut back, and have never been able to get skinny again. I was never very heavy, but always had that annoying belly. Every time I've tried to get skinny again, I've only managed to work out for a week or two at a time, and then every time I workout really hard I get extremely hungry later in the day and can't help but eat so much more food, and I gain all those hard lost calories back! I've gotten serious about losing the weight, and joined a gym, and I ride the elliptical machine everyday for at least 20 minutes, some days 30 and even 40 minutes. I hate lifting weights, so I avoid that (even though I should lift) my back and knees hurt too much when I do. Doctor said I have to ride it longer to lose weight, and that I would end up eating more later in the day anyway (as I've noticed) my Track, and basketball workouts used to be about 90 minutes of pretty vigorous activities. With my job, not sure I could workout that hard on my own. I thought I would eventually start to lose weight even with just 20-30 minutes a day of target heart rate cardio, but I'm still where I was when I started a month and a half ago. My diet hasn't changed, just exercise, so shouldn't the weight slowly but eventually come off? Any ideas?

Asked By: paulbunyan217 - 1/15/2013
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All the exercise you are doing is fantastic! Way to go! And, yes it does burn the fat. But, the thing is that you need to stop eating the fat, that will really help. Most people don't realize how much fat there is in many foods like cheese, chicken, peanut butter, ice cream, sour cream, beef, fish, olives, avocados... More
Answered By: JanetH1212 - 1/15/2013
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First off you need to count out the amount of calories are doing each day. Your diet may not have changes but as you get older your matebalisum does. I recently turn 22 and realized the food I was eating for the past two years isn't cutting in now. Try counting out calories for at least a week, makes a big difference... More
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Answered By: Hayley L - 1/15/2013
 
Hey. If you want to lose weight you HAVE TO have to have to have to change your diet. And 20 minutes on the elliptical for a man of your height and weight is literally nothing. 40 minutes is a minimum for you. Focus on cardio and running. That's probably what made you lose the weight on the track team. But don't expect... More
Answered By: vaaraparram - 1/15/2013
 
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