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5/19/09 3:20 P

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I was wrong. My weight is coming off gradually. I lost 3 pounds so far. I feel better not that I see some progress.

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5/19/09 10:55 A

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Carrot & celery sticks dipped in guacomole helps me significantly with cravings. The guacomole is mostly natural and I add onions. Don't I sound preggars? LoL.

Since I'm out of guac, I'm going to try out bean dip. It seems like my body enjoys the fiber from the carrots & celery and the high calories guac.

Look at your calories. Are you consuming quality calories and enough? Also, give strength training a try. My weight moved, when I incorporated in strength training via HIIT (high intensity interval training).


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5/19/09 10:24 A

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Mine is slowly, but surely too. I have been eating 5-6 times a day. Unfortunately I eat too many carbs and it is not doing me any justice. I am hypoglycemic, so I crave the bad things. This isn't an excuse but a hurdle I need to overcome.

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5/18/09 6:20 P

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I noticed that diet is the main target when it comes to losing weight. I do believe that it depends on your specific metabolic rate. So your height, weight, body fat, RMR, phyisical activity as well as fitness activity all play a role in the amount of calories you need to consume. Anything below 1,200 will put your body in starvation mode and everything you consume will be stored as fat. If you are consuming more than you are burning, you will also gain weight. I believe you should watch your portions, increase your calories with the intensity of your workouts: ie. the harder your body is working during the workout the more calories you will burn. The easiest way to increase your metabolism? Weight Training in combination with eating every three hours. When building muscle you should (slightly) increase your protein intake with each meal and overall calories. By feeding the muscle, you keep the muscle and keep losing fat. I think you are undereating, and have hit a plateau with your workouts. Your body is not challenged enough and cardio is not the answer. Cardio is a bonus. Weight training is where it's at. Find a certified and experienced personal trainer to point you in the right direction (form, goals, basic nutrition) and log your workouts as well as what you are eating. Keep your sodium low and eat as clean, unprocessed food as possible. Hope this helps!

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5/17/09 3:39 P

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I agree completely that you should try to increase your calories for the day. I find that even just getting over a plateau, there's something to gain (lose!) by eating at the top of your range or even a little over for a couple days.

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5/17/09 12:54 P

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if possible to your lifestyle, try this one with sure results: eat something every 3 hours, do not leave long periods of time without any food, do not make your body believe that it is starving, divide the day at intervals of 3 hours then divide total day;s food into the same number and eat something every 3 hours... you will be surprised at the end of the day not to feel hungry or wondering how is it that you ate that last meal pressing yourself to do so because you were not even hungry.


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5/17/09 12:31 P

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Does anyone have any sugesstions on which foods help sustain energy and cravings. I eat alot of different snacks but I'm burnt out on the same old stuff.

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5/17/09 10:31 A

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i found that alcohol works like a plug for me. even if i counted the calories from it into my daily intake, that one glass of wine just stopped everything metabolically. When i stopped the alcohol my weight loss was as it should be.

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5/16/09 4:55 P

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Boy can I relate!!! Saturday afternoon are the worst for me!!! I just got back from the grocery store so the fridge is full!!! My challenge is not eating all my snacks for the week today!!! I didn't buy nuts or peanut butter this week because they have become such a dangerous food lately!!! I hate to limit my healthy foods but my snacking gets the better of me!!!

Jackie!!!

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5/16/09 4:12 P

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I have been paying more attention to my eating habits this week and realized that I snack when I am bored. This is something I have to work on week-ends. During the week I have work as a distration, but on the week-ends I get bored and find myself wantig a snack. So, now I am trying to just eat a piece of fruit if I get bored. I will see how it goes this week.

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5/14/09 11:13 A

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I agree with Jackie! My ideal weight would be around 120 and sparkpeople suggests 1300-1550 and my nutritionist suggests 1600 calories. It works well for me when I follow it. I say up your calories since you are working out, that should help!!

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5/12/09 9:04 A

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Make sure you're eating 1200 calories. It seems counterintuitive, but it's the way your body works. Also, by eating less than that, its severely messing with your metabolisim, which is very hard to correct.
Also, be honest with yourself. Are you REALLY eating well? Or are you sneaking a handful of nuts here, a scoop of almond butter there and not counting it? Are you just bobbing along on the elliptical and not in your hr zone or sweating? You may not be doing these things, but its worth a shot to think about em!

Good luck, and stick with it.

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5/11/09 3:01 P

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I am not sure, but on the last couple of read-outs I have been getting on spark tells me that I am not consuming enough calories. This might also be my problem. I am going to really have to work the snacks into my schedule. I get so busy at work that I don't eat between meals to keep my metabolism going. I am really going to have to pay attention.

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make sure you don't have too much sodium as well

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5/8/09 5:40 P

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I am having this problem too.I decided to use spark meal plans until I meet my goal. Even then I will probably continue using it if I really show progress in my weight loss. I just started this week, but I've been sick most of last week and this week so, I was too weak and sick to work-out. I feel a lot better now, so I am hitting the gym tomorrow.

Edited by: SEXYONE4 at: 5/11/2009 (14:58)
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4/30/09 5:29 A

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When you eat too few calories your body kicks into starvation mode because it thinks it won't be fed much anymore - a built-in preservation instinct to live at whatever costs - and it will hold onto any weight you already have.

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4/28/09 5:06 A

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Could you try to track your food in the SP food tracker or write down some of your "typical" eating days?
Have you tried to count your sodium intake?
How many carbs, fat, protein do you have daily?

We're not all equal when it comes to lose weight; many factors can interfer, try to indentify them.

Even if, like all of us, you'd like to lose quickly, don't go under 1,200 calories per day. It can seem strange but by increasing your intake you might lose.
As it has been said, you have to create a deficit of calories.

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4/27/09 1:13 P

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I agree with the other about increasing your calories!!! What is you SP calorie range??? Are you tracking your food or just estimating??? Do you weigh and measure your food???

I just wanted to add to Teamrose's comment...the ideal weight x 10 is to estimate your RMR... that is the number of calories you need JUST TO LIVE...that does not included regular daily activities or intentional exercise!!!

For me, my RMR is around 1350, when I add in calories for daily activity I multiple my RMR by 1.2 (factor for a desk job), the minimum I should eat without any exercise is 1620 then I have to account for intentional exercise which could be anywhere from 300-1000 calories depending on the workout!!!

To lose weight you need to have a deficit of calories but not too high a deficit to shock your body into "starvation mode"!!! A deficit of 500 calories a day should equal 1 pound loss a week (in a perfect world)!!!

Hope that helps!!!

Jackie!!!

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4/27/09 11:53 A

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A good rule of thumb is multiply you ideal weight by 10. That is the number of calories you should eat daily to maintain your proper weight.

So if your ideal weight is 120 pounds, you need 1200 calories to maintain that weight. Of course you can eat more or less, but this is just a general guideline.



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4/27/09 11:39 A

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I also agree. Increase your calorie intake an dthen see.

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4/27/09 8:59 A

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900 calories is pretty low. It seems like everywhere I've read, 1200 is the absolute minimum, and you may even need more if you're exercising a lot.

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4/27/09 8:59 A

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I agree with WILLBOYWONDER- havew found that for me, being below 1200 cal/day, esp when combined with cardio as a regular routine downshifts my metabolism. Also, adding some strength training to cardio can help.

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4/27/09 8:24 A

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I think that maybe you're not getting enough calories. That may be part of the problem.

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4/27/09 8:12 A

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I'm stumped. I think I'm doing things right, but I'm STILL not losing. :(
Could someone PLEASE help me??!! emoticon

BREAKFAST @ 9:00
LUNCH @ 12:00
SUPPER @ 6:00
SNACKS 2x day
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Sleep 8-10 hours per night

Elliptical 20+ minutes per day
(Avg. 300 calories)

I eat whole foods, try and do mostly raw AND eat as much as I want...I just don't eat a lot of calories.

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