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SMALLVILLEFAN
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5/29/13 9:59 P

Thanks :)



DRAGONCHILDE
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5/29/13 2:17 P

Definitely don't lose hope... your progress has been absolutely amazing, and even if it takes a while to get to your goal, you WILL get there! This is a lifelong-journey, and you're so far ahead that you HAVE to succeed! You will, because you've made it this far. The hard stuff is past. :)

You can do this!



SMALLVILLEFAN
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5/29/13 2:05 P

Thank you for your detailed post. I already knew all that but it helps to hear it again so I don't lose hope.



DRAGONCHILDE
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5/29/13 1:50 P

Honestly, I don't think that 2 lbs a week is really going to be easily attainable for you. You're simply not fat enough! A more reasonable rate would be 1-1.5 a week. If you were over 200 lbs, 2 lbs per week would be doable; at 167, it's just not likely. :) I'm a good 20 lbs heavier than you, and I average 1 or so a week... any more is just too big a strain on my body.

It's not about the calories you burn a week through exercise. It's what you eat combined with what you exercise; burn too many (create too large a calorie deficit per day) and your metabolism will slow down, sabotaging your efforts.

What you do is set up your program to have a more reasonable weight loss goal. Go in, and set it for 1-1.5. Then tell it how many calories per week you burn, based on a sustainable amount of exercise you can do long term (not just the most you can possibly do as fast as you can). Sparkpeople will provide you a range to eat in based on those numbers.

Basically, you adjust your diet to the amount of exercise you do, so that no matter if you burn 700 a week, or 2000, you lose weight at the same rate. This is important, because shortchanging yourself to lose weight faster will simply shortchange your body of the nutrition it needs to function, resulting in slower weight loss, less energy, more exhaustion, and a greater chance of burnout and failure.

And if you do it long enough, you can do lasting damage to your metabolism.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/29/2013 (13:53)


SMALLVILLEFAN
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5/29/13 1:41 P

I'm aiming for two pounds a week. Is 700 calories burned enough?



DRAGONCHILDE
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5/29/13 1:14 P

It's not about exercising more. Weight loss isn't a rapid-pace process, in general; exercising more won't make you lose weight faster. You should be aiming for the same approximate weight loss goal no matter how much you work out... you'll be eating more if you work out more, to prevent your metabolism from slowing down.

What is your current weight loss rate, and what are you wanting to lose per week? According to your ticker, you have about 37 pounds to lose.

How much I burn won't tell you how much you need to burn to lose faster. :) Everyone loses at their own rate based on how much they have to go, and what's safe for their bodies.

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 5/29/2013 (13:15)


SMALLVILLEFAN
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5/29/13 1:12 P

I'm trying for 700 calories burned while exercising. I want to lose weight faster and am counting my calories already. I am eating 1550-1600. What are you guys doing?



 
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