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My training schedule: 5-6 days a week: 50 minutes of cardio with 2-3 days interval training; 2 days a week: 1-hour sessions with trainer, cardio and weight training; 2 days a week: Pilates class. I eat 1,500-1,700 quality calories daily (not junk) and drink 100+ ounces water a day. The scale is not moving much and, in fact, seems to be going up. What’s wrong?

It is possible you aren't consuming enough calories. You are expending a lot of energy, and need energy to do the work. I have seen people who reduce exercise or change their routine, then they start to lose weight. You could be gaining muscle, and muscle weighs more than fat. But you should be losing inches, and your clothes should be fitting differently. Remember, this is about lifestyle changes -- one to two pounds a week is a safe weight loss.

I would consult with a registered dietitian, who can look at what you are eating and help formulate a plan for you

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