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1GROVES2
Posts: 10,054
2/7/12 2:15 P

Wow, you wore me out just reading all the exercise you do! But I need agree that you ate simply not getting enough calories in! Keep up the great work! and Never give up!



TIME2BLOOM4ME
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2/7/12 11:41 A

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RG_DFW
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2/7/12 11:33 A

I had a 44 day plateau between November and December which was the 'umpteenth' plateau since I started last year. However, when I go back over the numbers, I've lost 72 pounds in about a year which of course comes out to about 1.5 pounds per week average. The hard thing to wrap my head around is that I lose five or so pounds in a week and then plateau for a while. The main thing is not to quit.

The website suggests that a lot of us over-estimate calories burned and under-estimate calories eaten. Please take a look at your numbers and insure they are accurate.

It would help to turn on your tracking so we could guess a little better.





MIPALADY23
Posts: 1,185
2/7/12 10:48 A

Start small, celebrate often!

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BRENTTHIN76
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2/7/12 9:01 A

Thank You for the info..I am going to try all of this and see if I can make it work..I am going to start teaching a class at the end of this month. I will be burning alot more in the spring when I can walk..I guess this does make sense now thank you.



MISSRUTH
Posts: 3,025
2/7/12 7:48 A

1200 calories a day is the bare minimum for a woman who is not doing any exercise at all. Your body needs that many calories just to function. When you add in exercise, you need to eat more. Or, like I said, your body "sees" the lack of food as a reason to slow down its functioning and hold on to every ounce of fat, just in case all the food has disappeared.

If you want to take a look at what a calorie range would be, now that you're routinely exercising:

First, go to your Fitness Tracker. Pick a Saturday (it gives you the weekly total, since the Spark week ends on a Saturday) and then scroll down to the bottom under Cardio, and you'll see a weekly total calories burned. If you think maybe Spark estimates high, take off 10% of the total listed.

Now go to your Start page. On the left-hand side are all your goals and bar graphs for tracking. Scroll down to the "Calories Burned" bar graph; underneath the graph it states your goal for calories burned, and then says "Change". Click that.

On the new page, scroll down til you see (way down near the bottom) "If you know how many caloires you burn each week, enter it here" and put your Fitness Tracker calories burned per week in that box.

And then click "Save Your Changes".

Now if you go back to your Start page, it will have updated your calorie range, to reflect the amount of exercise you're doing. You can change your calories burned as many times as you need to, to reflect your fitness. As I've increased my activity level, I've updated my calories burned. (By the same token, if you had an injury or illness, you could go in there and change it again to reflect a decrease in activity.)



BRENTTHIN76
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2/6/12 7:20 P

Thank You...Your info is what my husband said too, but I just can't wrap my head around eating more to loss weight.. I am not cheating myself on intake I am being accurate. I am on average taking in 1184cal per day and I don't know what the magic number is...Any Suggestions?



JUDYPOPPINS
Posts: 17,679
2/6/12 9:57 A

emoticon Don't ever give up (usually that ends up with us regaining any lost weight). When I stalled at about 12 pounds from goal, I stayed and stayed there. I was exercising more than ever, watching what I ate, etc. But what I found out was I was overestimating the calories burned with my exercise, calorie-wise I was on target but the foods themselves were less than nutritious. When I changed my choices and even cut back on exercise...my stall came to an end. All calories are not equal even though I really want those 100 calorie packed goodies to be the same as a small apple...they really aren't. And if you eat out...restaurants, often, under estimate the calories in their foods. It's a slippery slope.
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MISSRUTH
Posts: 3,025
2/6/12 9:43 A

It might help if you make your Food and Fitness Trackers public, so people can make specific suggestions about changes you could make. And also try posting this in the "Diet and Nutrtition" forum as well.

Also, I found that I needed to adjust my calorie range when I started burning more calories through exercise. Strange as it sounds, you really do have to eat more when you're burning a lot more, or your body "thinks" there's suddenly a lack of food in the world, and needs to slow down the metabolism and conserve fat. (Sort of a "survival of the fittest" thing. Valuable in case of a nuclear holocaust but otherwise, not so much!)



KITT52
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2/6/12 9:34 A

if what your saying is all true, I don't know what to tell you.....I was told when things like this happen it;s because we are not being accurate on food intake or exercise. when I got real with myself, I tend to to taste everything I cook, and I tend to slack off on my workouts.....once
you might need to do some new exercises, our bodies do get in a rut....
I don't you but for me that worked...i did loose 200+ pounds and have kept it off for over 2 years now.....so I do know the frustration when the weight loss stalls.
good luck



JDELESEL
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Posts: 128
2/6/12 9:30 A

Consult your doctor. You may have allergies to dairy products (not to be confused with lactose intolerance).



BRENTTHIN76
SparkPoints: (18,844)
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Posts: 30
2/6/12 9:12 A

I am uncertain where to go from here. I need some helpful information. I am watching my caloric intake. I am working out 3-4 times per week. I do a.m gym time 1.5 hours burning on average 450cal and then 2 days a week in p.m I do Zumba. I also do Hip Hop Abs a couple times during the week. I just walked 4 mile Sunday. I have walked almost 200 miles since March 2011. I am trying not to let this bother me...But I am in a rut and I need someone to give me info to help me break this. I have been at 190 or above a couple pounds for nearly 3 months. I have swithced up my diet and my excercise. I expected to see results toward the good today and instead I gained inches and a pound...HELP.. I don't want to get discouraged and give up..I have come to far.



 
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