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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
7/18/13 10:27 A

I am a 5'8" guy, and it is suggested I get to 164 lbs. I just don't get why a woman who is 5'11" should be 144. I think our way of think is skewed here. I understand it is personal preference, but I also think society has different standards for men and women. There isn't that much of a difference. I could understand 5-10 lbs extra for some muscle on the men, but not 20 lbs more, since I am 3" shorter. We just are not THAT different.

On top of being 5'11", you are active, and 1200 is the minimum for a sedentary person. You should not be at 1200 even. After you lose 5 more lbs, you are going to return to 1500, and you gained 15 lbs that way? The question you should be asking is how a 5'11 active woman can't maintain on something like that, so you can eat and not gain weight. I am eating 1600-1800 to lose, but when I am done losing, I expect to be able to eat more, not less, since I will no longer be trying to lose.

1500 doesn't seem like a lot to eat to stay the same weight.

Edited by: RUSSELL_40 at: 7/18/2013 (10:29)
SUSAN_FOSTER Posts: 1,229
7/18/13 10:09 A

KRISTENCO - I think you misread her post; she's 5'11" which is NOT petite.

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7/18/13 4:39 A

You are very petite, and as such you may well need fewer calories than the average woman.
I would, however, recommend you vary your diet a little more, to ensure you are getting the right amount of nutrients in a balanced way.

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7/18/13 3:48 A

I certainly wasn't trying to belittle anyone at all, but I don't agree with you, LEKSIPATSY, that saying "'wow - you look great you have done a really good job - the last few pounds will take longer because you are already so trim" is the right thing to say in this instance, because looking at the photo and knowing where the OP is already, I don't think that she needs to be encouraged to lose more weight! I am sorry if you took offense - it wasn't intended, but I really DO care about people who DO have issues with weight. My own niece ended up with severe issues including blacking out, stopping her periods for months, and her face looked like her teeth were false and 5x to big for her face. A friend's daughter also ended up the same, and it started by 'just a couple more lb'!!!

In this case I feel the OP should be encouraged to see that she doesn't need to lose weight, and yes - she DOES look great already, but there can be a big difference between feeling comfortable and being healthy, and those issues need to be addressed ..... by loads of people.

As far as hurtful statements are concerned, I guess there will always be someone who is hurt by reading comments because we can't hear an inflection in the voice, or see the facial expressions that go along with it, but please, believe me when I say, I would never EVER intentionally hurt a fly or try to belittle them. My only purpose for being here is my concern for my fellow human beings, known or unknown to me!


7/17/13 8:38 A

I guess I'm overly sensitive about people telling me that I don't need to lose any weight (when people say to me why on EARTH would I want to lose weight, I don't need to lose weight - etc., it belittles our own struggles - which we all share as women). This is a very personal journey for all of us - I don't think anyone needs to be second guessed about at what weight they feel comfortable.

I understand your point that Kris was just trying to be nice and instill some confidence, but I believe the better way to do that is 'wow - you look great you have done a really good job - the last few pounds will take longer because you are already so trim'. I didn't mean to imply that anyone was making a personal dig - just pointing out that statements like that can be hurtful.

7/17/13 7:35 A

"Strange as it sounds, going too low on calories is a common cause of getting stuck at your current weight despite dieting. Your body is designed to protect you from starvation during times of greatly reduced food availability, and when you eat too little, your body thinks it’s starving. To compensate, your metabolism will slow down considerably, making it very difficult (or impossible) for you to lose weight. In this state, your body will preferentially burn everything but your stored body fat."

This means that the weight you are losing is probably your lean muscle tissue. The stuff that looks good and helps you burn calories. Which can in the long term cause you to gain fat.

Building strong muscles is the best way to lose fat and in order to do that it is essential that you fuel your body properly.

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7/17/13 6:58 A

Coming from someone who would eat like you are to lose weight, it isn't going to turn out well in the long run, trust me. I was TERRIFIED to eat more, but the more I read about it and understood WHY, the more I was okay with it.

LEKSIPATSY, Kris wasn't make a comment as a personal dig against the OP, but rather trying to shed some outside confidence to her. Crash dieting like that, well yes, it will make you lose weight, but the longer you stay in that kind of destructive eating pattern, the more harm will be done to your body.

Bulking up your meals is a great idea; add some greek yogurt to that fruit in the morning. Top your salad with avocado, olive oil, etc; foods that you don't need a ton of to get great heart healthy and healthy fat benefits from.

7/17/13 6:32 A

Some of us feel more comfortable at the lower end of the healthy range, which she will still be in if she is at 139. Let's not be judgmental here. Some women have a serious issue with only gaining a few lbs., not that anyone in the world else would notice, but we do. You may term it obsessive or may accuse the OP of having negative body images, but you don't know her or her history/circumstances. Maybe she is just trying to be the best person that she can be, same as most women on this site.

I agree though OP, that you should be eating more, the risk of osteoporosis in the long term, and even losing your hair in the short term is very real. Maybe add some greek yogurt with flax seeds to your fruit in the morning? What do you eat after workouts? This morning I had a banana with 1 TB of peanut butter, the yogurt and flax seeds with a little cinnamon as a post workout recovery. 20 g of protein in the morning will give you energy all day.

In the past when this has happened to me I actually lost more weight after I upped my calories. Good luck OP and let us know how it goes. emoticon

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7/17/13 1:15 A

At 5' 11" and 144lb, why on EARTH would you be wanting (NOT NEEDING) to lose more weight. You are already at the lower end of healthy. After looking at your photo, I can assure you that you don't even LOOK like you need to loose weight! You look very trim!

Also, after peeking at your Nutrition page, you hardly ever even reach 1000 calories, and your fat intake is very low.

I am wondering if you are obsessing in an unhealthy way on your weight - a form of body dysmorphia where we see ourselves in a way that isn't reality. A lot of people may focus on their nose and have a nose job when there was no problem to start with, or liposuction to remove their 'tummy' when there was no problem. I think you would be best off to start to eat properly, and for what you do, that means over 1200 calories! You are heading for some big problems with organ issues, osteoporosis, etc. by continuing on the path that you are on.

I also think that you are best to make an appointment with your Dr for a check-up and some bloods to see if you are deficient in anything, because you diet makes it very likely that you aren't getting the nutrients that your body needs. Make sure that your Dr knows what your eating/exercise has been like, and what you are wanting to do!


BITTERQUILL Posts: 1,639
7/16/13 10:47 P

You need a certain amount of macro- and micronutrients to keep your body working properly. According to SparkPeople, if a woman is eating under 1200 calories, she is bound to be deficient in something, even if her diet is a perfect balance of healthy foods, because all but the tiniest of healthy people require that those minimums be met. Chances are, like 99.999% of us, your diet is not ideal every day, which means that *even on 1200 calories* per day, there's a good chance that you probably aren't getting enough protein, or fat, or zinc, or *something.* Go lower and that chance is pretty much ensured even if your diet is perfect.

Your BMR, according to your height, weight and age, is currently 1444. Sedentary, that gives you a daily burn of 1732 calories, just sitting on your butt. If you are eating 1200 calories per day, you have a daily deficit of 532 calories and can be expected to lose a pound a week. Add your workouts and you can lose that much even if you're eating closer to the upper end of the range.

Of course, sometimes the body clings a little harder to weight than we want it to, especially when you're near goal, but if you're burning that sort of deficit, you will lose the weight eventually. Just stick with it and don't undernourish yourself unless a doctor tells you to.

As for what you're eating, a lot of it looks quite good. It's hard to know since I don't know the composition or quantity of some of the foods, but you *might* be a bit low in protein. Breakfast is definitely super skimpy: a piece of fruit and a cup of coffee is probably under 150 calories with very little protein from the milk. Maybe bulk up your breakfast and add a little protein to your salad?

Edited by: BITTERQUILL at: 7/16/2013 (23:00)
YOJULEZ SparkPoints: (15,981)
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7/16/13 9:54 P

1200 is the minimum a sedentary woman should be eating to get the proper nutrients the body needs. So 1000-1200 is not enough, especially with exercise.

You don't have a lot to lose, so the weight is going to come off pretty slowly. Painfully slowly. Try doing 1300 or so and see what that does.

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7/16/13 9:18 P


I slowly started putting weight on, which includes exercising about 4 days a week with beach body. I was eating about 1500 calories a day. I needed to lose about 15lbs, so I cut back on calories. I now eat about 1000-1200 calories a day, exercise about 3 - 4 times a week. My exercise now includes 30 minutes cardio a day (treadmill, eliptical, bike and stairmaster)and in the evening I do lunges, squats, planks, crunches, ect.., plus twice a week I do 15 minutes of upper body exercises on gym equipment. I lost 10 lbs in two months and still have 5 to go. Do you think eating just under 1200 calories a day is healthy?

I have coffee with skim milk for breakfast and a piece of fruit. Hummus and carrots for mid morning snack. A fat salad for lunch, yogurt and peanut butter for afternoon snack, plus maybe a some protein balls I make. For dinner, it's usually 4 oz of meat, a healthy carb and vegetables. I'm not hungry and I have energy most of the time. I'm just concerned, it not enough food.

I'm almost 41yrs. old, 5'11 and weigh 149lbs. My goal weight is 144.


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