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SUNNYARIZONA SparkPoints: (232,624)
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10/19/13 6:30 P

I have been sticking to 1200 a day, though I have days when I go over 1400. Keeps the body guessing. Try not to beat yourself over a few calories. Stay the course, and believe you will arrive at your goal....eventually. I have NOT plugged in a TIME for my goal to be met, and just stick to my daily goals.....

AGILEDOBE Posts: 428
10/19/13 5:25 P

You may not see a pound loss at a week. It doesn't happen that way for me, but each month when I look back I have averaged a pound per week, 4 for each of two months so far. I usually only lose a few ounces at a time but then one day the body catches up and it equals a pound woohoo ! I eat at the low end of my scale since I am sedentary, 1200- 1400 calories. When I ate at 1650 + exercise, I maintained instead. Just gotta tune in to your body and be patient.

GYPSYGOTH SparkPoints: (94,944)
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10/19/13 5:01 P

Sorry you're not seeing the fast success you would like. But don't be so hard on yourself! Every good choice makes a difference, even if you can't see it!

I lose sloooowly but steadily no matter where in my range I eat. If I go above it, I maintain. I think the math Spark does based on your stats and lifestyle is pretty good. You didn't mention protein or fiber, both of which are important to hit at least your minimums on.

One thought-- when you signed up, perhaps you told it that you were more active than you actually are? Then your range would be set slightly high and eating in the middle or lower end would be better.

Edited by: GYPSYGOTH at: 10/19/2013 (17:02)
RENATARUNS SparkPoints: (4,367)
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10/19/13 11:37 A

Cut back if it makes you feel better, but you may not need to. I never substantially changed my calorie intake while I was losing, except for those times when injury made me unable to exercise much. I ate pretty much the same sorts of things, in the same amounts, every day. (And kept exercise pretty consistent for long stretches, too.) My weight for a given six week period was generally something like "down 2, down 2, up 1, down 3.5, down 0.5, down 2".

It's almost always just water when you're talking changes that take place on anything shorter than a 2-3 week time scale. Keep in mind that most of us are losing around 1 pound per week, and most of us can experience water-related fluctuations of up to 2-3 pounds in a given day (sometimes even more). If you try to take these small changes too seriously, and minutely modify your calorie intake according to every fluctuation of the scale, you will drive yourself crazy for pretty much no reason.

If you've been losing fine at the high end of your range up to now, odds are you are still losing fine, it's just been masked by a temporary shift in water weight, and you'd actually be risking payback from your body in the form of increased hunger and negative thoughts by trying to cut calories you don't need to cut.

Or, it could be the case that you would be better off a couple hundred calories lower than you are. Regardless, one week is far too soon to be able to tell that reliably.

So do what you feel you need to do for now, but remember about water weight and above all don't drive yourself crazy chasing the scale! I'm a firm believer that we all lose weight best when we invest the least amount of mental energy into it as possible.

HADLEY123 SparkPoints: (22,511)
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10/18/13 5:43 P

I find if I'm at the low end of my calories, my hunger is unmanageable the next day. I aim for the middle with my calories and fat, low end with protein and high end with carbs. That makes me feel satisfied so I can stick with it and still lose weight.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (47,087)
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10/18/13 10:54 A

Glad you are feeling better about yourself. That is a major accomplishment in my opinion. I too don't loose weight when I am at the higher end of my calories allowed. I stay at the lower end by watching my portions and not going back for seconds.


KKKAREN Posts: 12,754
10/17/13 10:54 A

I don't seem to be able to lose if I stay at the high end so I typically stay at the low end. I occasionally go up if I want a special treat.

MAGTASTIC103 Posts: 588
10/17/13 9:55 A

Don't get too down if you've gone a week without losing. There are lots of different factors that can affect this (i.e. hormone variations). If you're looking for a simple way to cut some calories, just reduce your portions a little at each meal. You're still eating and chances are that you won't miss that little bit extra.

10/17/13 9:40 A

I have been eating on the high side the calories/fat/carbs on my tracker and I didn't lose any weight this week, so I am going to cut back to the lower side of the tracker.
I have been less disgusted with self since I have joined the sparkpeople website, so I am hoping this will help me feel even better.

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