man_on_scale ASK ALFONSO

Ask Alfonso: I Can’t Lose A Pound!


Hi Alfonso,

I have tried to lose weight many times over the last few years, and it becomes a vicious cycle of calorie counting and working out. Each time the result is no weight loss and me giving up!

I have tried P90x and followed the 50-30-20-nutrition plan for protein, carbs & fat. I have limited calories, increased calories, done cardio, weight trained, worked with a personal trainer and still nothing!

I am currently gluten free (2 months) due to stomach issues, and I eat about 1200-1300 calories, and do Zumba 4-5 days a week. I have not dropped even a pound! Any ideas for additional workouts, or could there be something going on medically? What am I doing wrong?

Thanks, Roni

Hey Roni, how are you?

Well, actually I know how you are – frustrated! I urge you to not give up and keep at it. Frustration can lead you to abandon your goals and I definitely don’t want that.

My first question is how long did you try each one of your plans for? Was it two weeks, a month or more? If not, that could have been one of your issues. Many times people will only give a diet or exercise plan a week or two to produce significant results before they dismiss it as a failure. But truthfully, you need to stay committed for at least two weeks, and sometimes a month before you can really gauge if a regimen has merit.

Any new stimulus to your body takes time to “set in”, to really show results. You didn’t tell me your height or weight, but 1200 -1300 calories sounds a bit too low. Although Zumba can’t compare to strength or circuit training, you’re still burning somewhere around 400 calories per class. And that puts you at a net calorie intake of just 800, which in my opinion is not sufficient. I’d bump it by 100 calories every two weeks and watch not just your scale weight, but if you gain body fat.

Outside of the training variables I’ve mentioned, it’s entirely possible that you may have a medical issue. I don’t pretend to be a doctor, and I won’t attempt to diagnose you, but my first inclination is to have your thyroid levels checked.  In fact I would see your doctor and explain exactly what you’ve asked me to see what tests he or she may want to run.

Although I have to be honest – 9 out of 10 times when I’m asked this question, it’s simply a matter of how long the person has adhered to a program. Especially since it sounds like you’ve tried many approaches, both with exercise and diets, you sound like you may have a bit of yo-yo syndrome. You can effect your metabolism adversely by eating more, then less, exercising more, then less etc, creating a vicious cycle. Once again, the key is to stay on a program for an extended period of time, and when you need to make changes, only make small adjustments.

In terms of exercise suggestions I’d advise you to vary your training and include strength, core, balance, stability and aerobic conditioning. Be sure to eat a healthy, calorically appropriate diet consisting of lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, grains, and healthy fats. Once you’re given a clean bill of health, start your calories as per my suggestion and increase them slowly while monitoring your weight.

I bet this is just an issue time will clear up. So turn that frustration into motivation!

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