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MISSRUTH Posts: 4,201
3/12/13 11:11 A

This one tells you how to update your calories burned:

This one tells you how to update your goal weight/ goal date:

3/12/13 10:57 A

One pound a week was (and still is) my goal. I think at some point I adjusted my nutrition and exercise goals on the tracker and don't know where to find out what they really should be.

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,084
3/12/13 10:30 A


You've gotten some great advice already. Eating too few calories can be just as detrimental to your weight loss efforts as eating too many calories is. I agree that you should update your calories burned goal to reflect how much exercise you're doing, consider editing your weight loss goal to around 1 pound per week (which is a reasonable number given how much you have to lose), and then eat in the calorie range that SP suggests. I have a feeling your range will go up, and you'll end up with better results from eating more.

Coach Jen

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3/12/13 10:11 A

if you are having a tough time eating enough to hit your calorie range, try some healthy calorie dense foods. Eat some nuts, avocado, peanut butter, regular (instead of non-fat) Greek yogurt, olives, etc.

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3/12/13 10:07 A

Sometimes medication use can affect weight loss efforts.

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,201
3/12/13 9:51 A

Here's an "ask the experts" Spark article on why it's important to eat enough:

Edited to fix the link.

Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 3/12/2013 (09:53)
3/12/13 9:35 A

I guess another thing I should have mentioned (except I felt I was already writing too much) was that after seeing my primary care doctor I talked to my OB/GYN and she told me I needed to eat more. It's been a struggle for me most days to get my calories up to at least 1200 but I have tried to do that. I'm really tired of feeling guilty every time I eat anything. I'm 4'11" and weigh 188, how is that possible when I don't eat much and exercise?

MISSRUTH Posts: 4,201
3/12/13 9:21 A

I took a quick peek at your Nutrition Tracker, and there are actually a bunch of days where you're under 1000 calories. With the exercise you're doing-- that's not enough. Unfortunately, eating less will not get us to our goals quicker. The opposite is closer to reality; our metabolism will slow down some, to compensate for the lack of fuel.

Edited to add: Have you updated your Fitness Tracker, to reflect the actual calories you're burning per week? (When I first joined Spark, I originally entered a ridiculously low estimate of what I was going to burn, because I'm a slug and hate exercise. I've had to go in and update it occasionally to reflect what I'm actually doing.) What is your goal date? Perhaps you're being a bit too aggressive-- 2 pounds a week would be nice, but is unrealistic for a lot of people.

Edited by: MISSRUTH at: 3/12/2013 (09:35)
JENSTRESS Posts: 5,403
3/12/13 9:11 A

With that much activity, you may actually be eating too little.

Also, I am not sure what you are eating daily, but maybe it isn't enough whole foods, and is very processed. (I'm not saying that you are, just that I don't know.)

Make sure the majority of your eating is fresh fruit and veggies, and lean meats, and I bet it will start to drop soon

3/12/13 8:46 A

I joined SparkPeople Feb. 4 (for the third time). This time I'm determined to make it work but am already frustrated. After 6 weeks I've only lost 6 ounces - ounces, REALLY? My tracker shows over 3 pounds but that was around week 3, according to the scale this morning I've gained most of it back, HOW? Every day I record everything I eat and all exercise on the nutrition and fitness trackers. EVERYTHING - really! I just reviewed my nutrition tracker and my highest calorie count since Feb. 10 was 1451. The majority of the days are closer to 1200. I've had a couple of low fitness minute days because of pain due to ongoing medical conditions but every day I do something, I try to do at least and hour a day of some type of exercise. Walking for 1 - 2 miles or more per day plus 30 minutes of Wii Fit exercises followed by 9 minutes of Wii Fit running in place (Island Run) is my usual daily routine. I tried to talk to my primary care doctor about all of this and he accused me of lying. He said I must be cheating, "It's not that hard, just stop eating so much and exercise more and you'll loose!". I don't like sweet things, I don't even eat much fruit because to me it's too sweet. I never eat fast food and rarely go to restaurants at all. Now I'm wondering if I have my nutrition tracker goals set too high or my daily exercise routine isn't rigorous enough, although I have some limits there because of arthritis in my neck, lower back, knees, shoulders and hips and also a painful foot condition that sometimes limits my daily walks outside. I've been really active on this site, joined several teams and made new friends. I try to be positive but I'd really like to see some better results.

Edited by: WHITNEYTEACHER at: 3/12/2013 (08:57)
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