Yeah, stepping back from the diet mentality is pretty weird at first, but it is the one lesson from Spark People that I know has got to last if I don't want to gain it all back. I have dropped 38 pounds since August and a least a tenth of that time, I lost little, stayed the same or actually gained. And that's with sticking at the low end of my range and increasing exercise. So watch out for impatience and the discouragement factor! Post again if that happens. Heck, post again anyway cuz you won't be new at this forever and newer newbies will benefit from your journey! Good luck!
Keep in mind that a healthy weight loss is an AVERAGE of 1 to 2 pounds a week after the first week or two (where you may drop higher numbers due to water weight loss) if you lose 4 pounds in a week, but gain a pound the following week then you are still within that average.
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1/17/12 1:38 P
Hi, Korey !
As the coaches all say,"trust the process". It's not easy breaking the "diet" mentality, but you have to do it if you want to live a healthy lifestyle.
Here's the thing, will you lose weight ? In general, if you eat right, watch your portions, stay within the Spark guidelines and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you WILL lose weight with time.
Will you lose every single week ? Maybe, maybe not. And that's the problem. There may be weeks you lose. There may be weeks you don't. There may even be weeks when you gain. And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong.
This is not the Biggest Loser. Those types of dramatic losses are just not typical. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there really will be weeks that you don't lose. That's why you can't assume something must be wrong. Nothing is wrong if you don't lose weight one week. It happens.
That's why you must trust the process. Don't tie your emotions to the scale. For now, find other ways to gauge your success. Get a tape measure and take your measurements. If you lose inches, but not weight... then you ARE making progress !!
PS - Yes, it may seem like you're eating a lot of food IF you're eating your 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies. veggies tend to be low calorie, but highly nutrient dense.
Also, while it's great if you can get 25 grams of fiber per day, don't beat on yourself if you don't reach that number ever single day. remember, it takes time to change habits learned over a lifetime.
Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 1/17/2012 (13:40)
1/17/12 1:19 P
Hi, I just need some re-assurance!! I have vowed not to weigh myself except on Fridays, so I'm having a little anxiety here.
AS LONG AS I STAY WITHIN THE NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINE RANGES, I SHOULD LOSE WEIGHT RIGHT?
I have been trying to up my fiber to 25 grams a day, and sometimes it seems like I'm eating a lot. I have never been out of my ranges one day since I started this. I do feel good, I went to a class at the gym last night and I am super sore today, I think I just have myself worked up today.
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