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JCOW84 SparkPoints: (9,041)
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2/4/14 9:49 P

Welcome to Spark People! I also agree you should log in some info to get a calorie range. I found that when I restricted myself to 1200 calories (a totally fictional number that has been passed around so often it sounds true to everyone) I was starving and would ultimately sabotage myself. Good luck! Take baby steps!

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2/4/14 8:12 P

Thank you for the tips so far.

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2/4/14 6:07 P

Archimedes makes some great comments.

One of the best places to start is by logging your food. You don't need to become obsessive about - measuring and tracking your food for just a couple of weeks can be really educative about portion control and where your calories are coming, and can help you identity areas where you can knock a few hundred calories off without feeling deprived.

1-2 lbs per week is a reasonable guide to weight loss when starting out. But weight loss does tend to slow down as you approach your goal weight. So why you may be able to get down to 135-140 lbs fairly quickly, getting down below 130 may take somewhat longer. (I don't mean to rain on your parade, just setting some realistic timeframes).


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2/4/14 5:46 P

Setting up the info on the site, nutrition and fitness will help you figure out what you need to lose and a good time frame in which to lose it. Diligence is the answer...and perseverance. Read articles and chat with folks on here to help keep up the motivation. Good luck and have a wonderful day!

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2/4/14 3:28 P

Hello and thank you for your reply! I just do not want to start off on the wrong foot. I have thought for a long time that in order for someone to lose weight, they needed to eat 1200 calories a day no matter how much they exercised. I just found out last week that this is not true, in fact the more you exercise, the more calories you need to consume. I am afraid of setting myself up for failure and want the best information I can get!

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2/4/14 2:53 P


Welcome to Spark People !

You start by filling out your profile in the Spark nutrition section. Answer the questions honestly and the software will give you a calorie range that you should eat.

Could you lose 30 pounds in say six months ? That's about a one pound loss per week. That's a pretty reasonable time frame. However, do keep in mind that while a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. there will even be weeks you gain. And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really might take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before you see a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

Remember, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

However, six months to lose say 25-30 pounds is not unreasonable. Also, while you may want to weigh 120 pounds, that goal might be too ambitious for your body. Many women have been known to choose goals which are too difficult for their body's to maintain. Keeping in mind that it's one thing to lose the weight, it's another to keep it off. That's the real Holy Grail when it comes to losing weight.

What to do to start ? Start by filling out your nutrition profile. Then, do your best to start logging your food choices each day. Studies have shown that people who log their food lose more weight than those who don't. Logging your food will help you learn good nutrition and portion control, because that's what is really going to help you take the weight off and keep it off.

Now, exercise. Don't try to do too much too soon or you risk getting injured, fatigued or burned out. Your exercise routine should be sustainable because in order to stay healthy, we need to be active in some way for our entire lives, not just the amount of time it takes us to lose.

So, when you choose your exercise, choose something you know you'll enjoy. because when we enjoy doing something we look forward to doing that something each and every day.

There is A LOT to learn and you won't learn it all in a day, a week, a month or a year. Change will take time. thus the need to be patient with yourself and your body. because there will be weeks you don't lose and that doesn't mean something is wrong.

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2/4/14 1:44 P

I just joined this website. I am wanting to lose weight and I don't exactly know where to begin. I am 5'4" and I weigh 165 lbs. I used to weigh 128 lbs a few years ago. I would like to be 120 lbs. Where do I start?
I would like to be able to exercise at home as I have a treadmill. When I signed up for this website, it said I would be able to reach my goal by July. Is this really possible?
How many calories do I need to eat per week along with how many calories do I need to burn per week to lose 2 lbs?
Help please!

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