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CBRIGGS1956 Posts: 318
3/28/14 4:17 P

Getting some good feed back here, to answer some questions; I am 5ft tall and have been on this journey off and on for years, the 14 lbs has been since Oct. 2012 with the 5lbs showing on my start page I reset my count by mistake) coming off since December 2013, which is only about one pound a month, when I want to lose at least one pound a week. It looks like salt (I put salt in everything I cook, but don't add it at the table) and protein are things I need to look at for now. I have been watching it more carefully this week we shall see what happens next week. Thanks again for your responses.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,247
3/28/14 8:37 A

if you're starting out at 172 and want to be 125, that means you have about 50lbs to lose. if you're 6' tall, that means that you're starting out at a healthy weight and trying to get down to what's basically underweight and 1/4lb per week would be a pretty reasonable loss per week. if you're 5'6" that means you're starting over and ending up in the bottom third of your weight range, which isn't that far off. a reasonable loss per week is going to be about half a pound per week, though you might be able to see 3/4 or a full pound a week for the first ten or fifteen pounds. if you're 5' tall, then you could reasonably expect to be losing a pound a week with perhaps a 1.5 or 2lbs here and there for the first twenty pounds.
so if you are 6' tall, losing those 14lbs in the past year is right on par with where you should be. if you're 5'6" tall, losing 14lbs in 4-6 months is great progress. if you're 5' tall, then losing 14lbs in the past two or three months is great. losing 50lbs isn't a five or six week process, at least not if you want to lose it and keep it off. the taller you are, the more likely that you're already at a healthy weight and the slower the weight is going to come off. the shorter you are the more weight you have to lose, so it's going to go a little quicker. but time frames like "quite a while" coupled with "little success" are a bit vague. 14lbs is decent progress.

3/28/14 8:28 A

I agree with Sunshine. When I started paying attention to sodium, it made a difference. Even though I rely on frozen meals a lot, I make sure that I never go over 1800 mg of sodium. Occasionally I have a piece of dark chocolate but try to limit sweets to fresh fruit. I also drink at least 10 cups of water a day.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 2,249
3/28/14 8:17 A

Maybe look at the labels and check sodium and sugar content of the foods you are might be surprised...skip all breads and pasta for a few days.... eat veggie berries which have the least impact on blood sugar and veggies as they can also hydrate you. If pounds aren't coming off salt may be sabotaging your effort to lose weight. Maybe try to eat 1,000MG of salt or less per day and see if the pounds start coming off once again

Have 3 ounces of protein at every meal as it stimulates the body to release the fat burning hormone glucagon...Flank steak, eye of round, and top sirloin are extra-lean with less than 4 grams of saturated fat per serving. Just stick with a 3 to 4 ounce portion...protein can keep you full longer and burn more calories during digestion....I also found that moving every 20 minutes all day long helps

Stay Hydrated...Dehydration ...drink water and some fruits and veggies can hydrate you just as well as water...if you don't stay hydrated the body then tries to grasp onto fluids and water retention occurs....Grab an orange, bite into a juicy apple or munch on a cucumber, carrots, celery to stay hydrated... Also you might try Ocean Spray Diet Cran with 2 grams of sugar ...mix 1/2 cran with 1/2 water.

Some Ideas...good luck!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 65,544
3/28/14 6:49 A


What has your weight loss progress been like over the past few months? Based on your ticker it looks like you don't have a lot of weight to lose, which means the weight is going to come off slower (vs. if you had 100 pounds to lose, for example.)

Coach Jen

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3/27/14 9:46 P

Although not always critical, staying in the fat and carb range will help you drop the weight faster. A little over occasionally shouldn't result in no weight loss.

I do see from your tracker that it looks like you're losing weight though. What is your weight loss rate like? Alot of time we have to struggle with realistic amounts vice what we wish we'd lose in a week/month/etc.

If possible for the calories, make sure you hit the protein minimum, and avoid going over the fat maximum, in fact try to stay in the middle of your fat range if you can.

CBRIGGS1956 Posts: 318
3/27/14 8:40 P

Thanks, everyone for the feedback. Until recently most of my exercise consisted of tracking my steps with my Fitbit which is set for 11,000 steps per day and 12 sets of stairs ( I reach this goal most days, I now have a gym membership and try to go at least 3 times a week. I do track on SP everyday and my calorie intake is set 1250 to 1550; I am pretty consistent with staying within range, I sometimes don't make the protein suggested and go over on fat, but not alot.

LOTUS737 Posts: 3,571
3/27/14 11:41 A

also pay attention to the balance of nutrients you're getting- are you eating enough fat/protein/carbs and in the right balance? if you're working out a lot you may need to eat more- if you're relying on the caloric burn estimate on a workout machine recognize that those tend to way overestimate (if you don't use a hrm i have found that personally if i enter in my weight 10-15 lb lower than it is the machine estimate will match up closer to my more-realistic hrm estimate).

EELPIE Posts: 2,700
3/27/14 11:03 A

OK - let's start at the beginning.

How long is a while?

What exercise and how often?

What is your given SP calorie range per day?

How many are you eating on average? Is tracking diligent every day?

MARTHA324 Posts: 5,802
3/27/14 11:00 A

are you tracking your food? and being accurate with the calorie counts?I found that when my weight loss stalled I was getting slack in tracking everything and forgetting all those little bites.

I just saw this article on Popsugar that lists 25 reasons why we aren't losing weight, and maybe something here will resonate with you.

CBRIGGS1956 Posts: 318
3/27/14 10:45 A

Hello, my name is Cheryl and I have been at this for quite a while with very little success. I am getting plenty of exercise and have stepped up the calories because the tracker keeps telling me I am eating to little, alot of times I feel like I am eating just to fill out the calories. The problem is I still am not losing much weight, any suggestions would be appreciated.

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