I hear two things all the time from women about weight loss and fat loss. First thing is ” I don’t understand why I am not losing weight, I only eat 1200 calories”. The only person who needs to eat 1200 calories is someone who weight 110 lbs. When your body is not fed enough you body doesn’t function properly and your metabolism slows down. Instead of burning calories your body starts to store fat. Most people need at least 1500-2000 calories at MINIMUM. The key is to eat 3 meals and 3 snacks. Each meal should have 300-500 calories and each snack should be 100-200 calories. The key to staying full is protein and fiber. Each meal should have 20-30 gram of protein.
Second thing I hear is “I do cardio everyday and my weight is not changing” Steady state cardio will burn calories while you are performing it, but in order to increase your metabolism while you sleep you must perform anaerobic exercise. So that means you need to incorporate strength training into your workout. I am not saying to stop cardio, but I would recommend changing your cardio to intervals. Intervals are doing high intensity followed by low intenstity. So instead of a slow run or a walk on the treadmill go 30 seconds fast and 1 minute slower. You will burn more calories. Add in some strength training, start with machines.
Fitness is not about large changes not small. Each week add a couple more reps or a few more minutes of cardio. Also try something new take a Group Fitness Class, Yoga, or Pilates
Your body will adapt to the challenge.