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I am a Weight Watchers member having a rough time losing my last 100 pounds. I have lost 60 pounds. I work out an hour every other day (treadmill, stair master, stationary bike). The only results I am seeing is better sleep patterns, better breathing and muscle tightening. I eat 1 cup of prepared oatmeal for breakfast, a Weight Watchers or Healthy Choice meal for lunch along with fruits and vegetables, and 32 ounces of water. I snack on a yogurt on the way home, go work out and come home for dinner. What’s wrong?

Congratulations on your weight loss! That's great, and keeping it off is often the hardest part. You are making positive changes in your lifestyle and for your health. How long you have been following the Weight Watchers program? That would help me answer your question; plus, how many inches you have lost? Sometimes the scale doesn't tell the whole story.

My first thought is you may not be eating enough. It's important to consume adequate calories. A person can slow their metabolism down by not eating enough. When you don't eat enough, your body "thinks" it's being starved, so it will hold onto the calories that you do eat, since it doesn't know when it will get more. That's a simplified explanation, but often I work with people who don't eat much at all, and when I suggest they consume adequate calories, they usually come back and have lost weight.

Be sure you are getting your points in every day, and keep in mind that you are looking at your overall health, and making permanent changes in your habits and behaviors.

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