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BRENNA84 SparkPoints: (49,474)
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2/23/13 2:58 P

wow! 1 pound a week is slow! wow ! I'd be happy to an average of 1/2 a pound a week. really!

1/2 pound to 2 pounds is normal and average. its good and steady and healthy.

i think ppl are just too accustomed to instant gratification

the best things inlife are worth waiting for - including a healthy body - which takes time.

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2/23/13 9:27 A

Your body will go into starvation mode and lower its metabolism if you go to 1000 calories a day. Yes, you'll lose weight, but also muscle and it will be much harder. You actually need to eat more in order to lose, and to lose in a healthy way. I know that sounds totally counter intuitive, but your body isn't losing weight because it thinks it's in a famine. Trust me, I've done starvation diets and I've lost weight in slow, healthy ways, and the pounds do come off with more calories. You don't have some unusual metabolism that means you can only lose weight if you starve yourself (what I used to tell myself). So try eating a bit more. Skip a day of exercising. And beware of thinking you aren't losing so you need to eat even less -- when you don't get all the calories and nutrients you need, it's hard on your body and your heart. 1000 calorie diets are only recommended in extreme circumstances and with physician monitoring. Plus, sticking to the diet will be a lot easier if you're eating more!

Good luck


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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,980
2/23/13 6:24 A

What I'd like to know is: On what planet is a pound a week considered slow weight loss? That is average and normal. Some people (me included) would love to lose a pound week!


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RAFFERM Posts: 490
2/23/13 4:39 A

I am a slow loser too! 1 lb a week is about all I am able to do. But, be careful at getting too calorie deficient! Keep hydrated and take one day at a time.

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2/22/13 9:59 P

VALERIE19595 - Eating less than SP recommends (especially below the minimum) is not recommended.

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VALERIE19595 Posts: 285
2/22/13 9:05 P

SP recommends 1500 calories a day. I was 154 in last april of my heart valve surgery now I am in 164. Which it is bad! I have been cutting down to 1200 or less a day and exercise more. I only lost 2 pounds. I need to lose 30 pounds in the comfortable range at my age. I just cant seem to lose more like I hope to. I hardly ever eat the amount SP suggest. As, I have add more fruits on my daily list. I dont hardly eat any meat so it makes it difficult. I am not giving up and will hope I reach my goals.

I am in SLOW weight loss my self.

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2/22/13 7:49 P

when I was 16, I lost 49 pounds in one year. in 3 months I lost 20. in 9 months I lost 29 pounds. It took me one whole year to lose that last pound.

see the progress of my weightloss, even at the age of 16? those last 5 pounds - are going to take much longer to lose. try living in maintenance and you might see those pounds coming off effortlessly over time.

just my opinion. I hope it helps.

JRWELL58 Posts: 900
2/22/13 7:26 P

I agree with Tublady...what works for one may not work for another. And what works for me is lowering my calories and lowering my carbs...not upping them. I am very careful to make certain I am getting all my required nutrients, and I take vitamin supplements, omega 3, iron supplement, B12, calcium and vitamin D. Some women just cannot eat 1500 calories a day and lose weight...everyone is different.

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2/22/13 6:42 P

Wow when I read your story it sounds so familiar. I too have had a thyroidectomy. Before surgery I lost 60 lbs. Since surgery it seems impossible to loose weight. I work out 6 days a week 7 hours total. I don't eat sugar or white flour, very few carbs. Around 1350 calories per day. What suggestions do you have? You mentioned combination of food. Perhaps I should drop down fewer calories, but that seems to increase my hair loss.

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2/22/13 11:07 A

WALLINMW, with only 10 lbs to lose, losing 1 lb per week is not reasonable. You can safely attempt to lose about 3% of your remaining weight loss goal per week. For you, that's about .25 to .3 lbs. You are being given an unsafe recommendation. I'm guessing that Fitbit doesn't have the safety limits that SP does.

You need to adjust your expectations of how much you're going to reasonably lose. You're frankly not fat enough to lose a pound a week!

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SIMONEKP Posts: 2,605
2/22/13 9:04 A

I second seeing a dietian to get a plan that works for you. If you workout you do need more calories.


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BUBBLEJ1 Posts: 2,980
2/22/13 12:21 A

8lb since December is great! This isn't the biggest loser, 1lb a week, or even less, is normal. Also agree with everyone else that 1200 calories a day is the minimum, more if you're exercising. I lost my weight while eating 1500+ calories a day.


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2/21/13 11:00 P

Love your advice. I have been sick for over a month now, and I am really struggling with comfort food. All I want is sugar. That just feeds those bugs!! My resistance is down and I am very tired. I KNOW, if I take your advice, I will feel so much better. Thank you for the reality check!!

LILY1914 Posts: 19
2/21/13 3:08 P

Hi Tisha. While you were on the 1000/day diet, were you also exercising? I've heard that when you eat so few calories, your body goes into a survival mode and you stop losing. But, it doesn't sound like that happened for you at all. Let me know - any insight is very appreciated. Thanks. Lily

SIMPLELIFE2 Posts: 707
2/21/13 1:33 P

Some doctors simply aren't as well informed about diet and exercise as they should be. If you can squeeze it into your budget, meet one or two times with a certified dietician who specializes in weight loss. Steer away from anyone who is promoting quick results or a bunch of supplements.

Eating clean and staying away from processed foods -- especially ones disguised as being healthy -- has been the key for me. Batch cooking from scratch really helps. I look at the label and if it has more than five or so ingredients or ones that you can't pronounce or don't recognize, I stay away. It's amazing how much you can gain control of your hunger when you feed your body real, nutrient-dense food. There's room for a splurge or two, but if you eat this way at least 80% of the time, you will make great progress.

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2/21/13 12:54 P

When I started out on Ja. 1, 2010 , I weighted 335, was 5' 4" . The doctor dropped my calories from 3500 a day to 800, 900 over a short period of time. I stayed at under a 1000 a day for a year or so.. Then went to 1200. I lost 200 lbs. I put a little back on am 143.6 right now. A comfortable weight. Was eating 1400 a day but started to gain, so am back to 1300. I workout 2 hours a day. burn 350 to 500 calories a day.
I don't have a thyroid, take pills. have a very slow metabolism , take a supplement to boost that. The thyroid controls the metabolism .
I have had test to see just how many calories I can have and not gain, it's 1400. High protein, lots of fruits, veggies. Hardly any carbs, other than gotten from the fruits, veggies. No starchy carbs. No sugars, low amount of grains.
What might work for one is not for another.
I work with a dietitian to monitor my meal plan and it's being adjusted to what and what combinations of food I eat all the time.
So I have found it's trial and error to find a correct eating plan , that works all the time.
My best to you.
Be strong, stay positive.
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PEABODY69 Posts: 317
2/21/13 10:26 A

i bet i matters what kind of 1000 calories you are eatting.

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2/21/13 9:39 A

That is far too little for your size. I ate around 1000 cals for years and guess what? I didn't lose a pound. In fact, I gained like crazy any time I binged and when I became pregnant and tried to eat like a normal, healthy pregnant person, I gained over 50 lbs in both pregnancies.

Your body adapts to a low calorie intake. Any time I've hit a plateau I've either upped my calories and broke through it, or lowered my calories back down and broke through it. I suggest you up your calories by at least 400 a day. Do 200 cals extra a day for 2 weeks and then up it another 200 cals for 2 weeks and stick around 1500 cals.

Take your focus off the Marshmallow.

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2/21/13 9:09 A

I struggle to take in 1000 calories. As for carbs, I get only what's in my shakes, veggies and fruits. In my house we all eat gluten free. For me it's a migraine trigger, and my son has Celiac. I eat lean protein (chicken, fish and occasionally pork) and mostly veggies. I have apples and bananas for snacks. We cut out processed foods as well. I'm not hungry by any means either. I guess it depends on your body. Everybody is different. So far I have lost 50 pounds. It's taken me a year to do it, but I'm ok with that. My weight loss came in phases. I quit drinking sodas, I lost 10. I went gluten free, I lost 20, I started walking a lot, I lost 10. I have recently started running and that last 10 melted off. Every time I hit a plateau, I change something. I have also had moments when I gained it back. Usually around birthdays, anniversaries and holidays. I think that is true for every one though. (grins sheepishly) I am proud of my accomplishment and I can't wait until I am done losing and i can just maintain. Congrats to those that are having success. I know it's hard. Every accomplishment feels great, but every slip feels horrible. It's pushing through. I have tried for years to lose this weight and I'm finally successful. The difference has been eating the right foods when I work out. I'm not a teen anymore, I can't eat what I want and work out. It doesn't work that way anymore.

WALLINMW SparkPoints: (231,439)
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2/21/13 9:01 A

I am 4'11". Fitbit says I should be eating just under 1000 calories a day to lose 1 pound a week.

TRYINGHARD54 Posts: 4,894
2/21/13 8:57 A

your body thinks your starving it... and you are. you shouldnt eat under 1200 cal.. its not healthy.....

MAXDHS Posts: 1
2/21/13 8:07 A

The simple solution is to use the formula 10 calories per every pound of body weight. Determine how much you want to weigh, for example 5' , 125# should be eating 1250 calories, but will change if you are burning calories. with exercise if you are burning 250 calories, you need to increase your eating by 250 to keep your body from thinking you are starving,. you can do this by simply testing yourself everyday and see you if you are making progress. This is not for everyone, but has worked for me.If I dont eat enough, and I'm burning calories. I gain weight.

2/21/13 7:52 A

don't even eliminate carbs! eat less of the less healthy, and more of the more healthy. you need to be able to keep these changes

KIMBERLY19732 Posts: 287
2/20/13 4:29 P

Looks like everyone is offering solid advice! I agree 1000 is too few calories. My doctors weight loss advice was to first "pick the low hanging fruit"-in other words eliminate whats easy 1st. If you are drinking cola everyday for the last 15 years, that might NOT be the first thing to go.
For me personally cola was easy to give up, and sweet tea. That has helped alot.

Best of luck!

FP4HLOSER Posts: 968
2/20/13 4:04 P

My guess is you entered sedentary and that you wanted to lose 2 pounds a week. I would enter your info on Spark People and see what they recommend.

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2/20/13 2:36 P

Thank you everyone for the advise. SP says try to get 1200 to 1550 a day. As far as the food I put in, I would say that yes, carbs are absolutely involved. I will try cutting back on those and replacing them with somehting better.

Thank you again!

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ROXIELU0422 Posts: 317
2/20/13 1:50 P

If you are working out 5 times a week, 1000 calories a day is too little. You need to refuel your body.

It is what it is....
SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 59,329
2/20/13 1:33 P

I think you've gotten some great advice already. Eating too few calories is going to hurt your weight loss efforts as much as eating too many will. It's also hard to get all of the nutrients you need on a daily basis on less than 1200 calories per day. My guess is that if you increase your calories into the range SP suggests, your weight loss will pick up.

Hope that helps,

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ERICADURR Posts: 241
2/20/13 11:59 A

Agreed with what everyone else said, and I'll add this: what you put into your body can make a HUGE difference as to how you look, feel, and with regard to your weight loss. I used to advocate eating tiny amounts of calories, but I've been eating 1600 every day and lost ten pounds (while working out). The only thing I changed (other than upping my calories by about 400) was that I eliminated wheat, sugar, and all other processed foods. Your body DOES notice a difference with regard to what you're putting into it, and calories aren't the end-all-be-all. You may be only eating 1000 calories, but if it's pure carbs or sugar or trash, you're not going to see the improvements you want to see.

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2/20/13 11:57 A

As a person who is 5'1, I can say with absolute confidence that 1000 calories a day is a very bad idea. Not all doctors are created equal. You may want to find a second one to talk to.

(Also, I can't get MyPlate to tell me that I need less than 1200 calories. In fact, it says I need to be eating even MORE than Spark People recommends.)

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2/20/13 11:45 A

At 208 pounds, I would strongly suggest seeking a second opinion. 1000 calories is simply not enough to support a body of that size. It's very difficult to get the nutrients your body needs on less than 1200 calories; it's not so much about the amount of calories as it is the balance of nutrients that you can get on so little.

By eating so little, you're actually risking sabotaging your efforts by slowing your metabolism. Not fun.

Here's a great discussion about how eating more helped many people lose weight!

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/20/2013 (11:46)
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EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
2/20/13 11:44 A

Sometimes what you eat is more important than how much you eat. If you're still relying primarily on carbs for fuel, it's going to be tough. I also try to keep my caloric intake around 1000-1500...although I don't count calories as diligently as carbs.

I know you'll hear testimonials of big drops in weight...but it's reasonable to expect 1-2 pounds per week. Sometimes you may not even see that. Weight is fluctuant, even if you're doing everything right!

Stick to your plan. A couple of months seems a pretty short "trial period." Be especially focused on what you're eating. The content (not the volume) may be what's slowing you down.

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2/20/13 11:33 A

1078 calories a day is my recommended intake for my body according to Livestrong. I use their MyPlate feature because almost all the foods are available on there already whereas on here most of what I type in is not listed. My family doctor also said to keep it between 1000 and 1200.

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VEG_GIRL04 Posts: 1,678
2/20/13 11:31 A

What YoJulez said...


8 lbs? Congratulations! Becoming a healthier you doesn't happen over night! It took you years to put the weight on - so don't get discouraged when the lbs shed but do so slowly!

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2/20/13 11:27 A

1000 calories isn't enough. There is such thing as eating too little, so your body starts to cling onto your fat etc. I don't like the term "starvation mode" but that's what it's sort of like. Try upping your calories to AT LEAST 1200 a day, if not a bit more because you're exercising, and see what that does for you. The minimum range SP suggests is 1200-1550 a day.

And for the record, I ate 1500-1600 calories a day and still lost weight, without exercise. A lot of people think the less you eat the more you lose but that's not always the case.

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2/20/13 11:25 A

I have been watching what I eat and making sure to eat throughout the day. I consume around 1000 calories a day. Sometimes a little more and sometimes a little less. I also exercise at least 5 days a week. I have only lost 8lbs since December! What am I doing wrong?

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