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6/17/14 5:32 P

I don't think it sounds like you feel off the wagon--you basically went into weight maintenance mode. Now you are ready to return to active weight loss.
The others have given some great suggestions.

Regarding your carb needs, you should have received a range with your SP plan, along with total calories, protein and fat.

Start out by staying in the lower end of the carb range (middle to upper if you are vegetarian). Select healthy types of carbs: fruits, milk, yogurt, beans, lentils, legumes, whole grains, oatmeal, brown rice, oatmeal, popcorn, lima beans, baked potato, sweet potato, sweet peas, etc....

Hope this helps
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6/17/14 2:40 P

Thanks! Good luck to you too! My first week official weigh in isn't until tomorrow, but I have weighed daily and see that big first week drop again of about 5 pounds so yay! Even if it is mostly water weight lol.

I do get enough protein but I have always had problems eating healthy fats. Thanks for reminding me! I'll be sure to add more of those

6/17/14 2:38 P

I second the suggestion for starting regular strength training. Carbs are not magic but I find that it is easier for me to over do them than fats and proteins. Your food tracker should give you goals for the various macros.

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6/17/14 2:15 P

I would add 3x/week weight training. If you are getting adequate veggies and fruits, they will supply an abundance of healthy carbs. Are you getting enough protein and healthy fats?

6/17/14 1:52 P

Although I am not able to answer your question on how many carbs you should be eating, I am also in your same boat of being down to the final half of my weight loss goal. One thing a nutritionist that I talked to told me is that sometimes you get in patches where you are stuck, because your bodies goal is to maintain your current weight. This means that it takes a while for your body to realize that its normal weight is now lower than it was previously. This means you may have a week or two where you don't drop in weight, but some of this weight may be water weight that your body is holding onto. I would say that since you have maintained your current weight since February, your body should be ready to start losing again and you may even be surprised by how quickly the first couple pounds come off now that you are back on the train! Just don't get discouraged when every week doesn't go as smoothly, in time I am sure you will lose it!

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6/17/14 1:42 P

Hey there! I'm in the home stretch and set a new goal to lose 25 pounds by my 25th birthday October 2. I fell off the wagon back in February but haven't gained anything back so I'm getting back into exercising and eating healthy again. I have stubborn belly fat and chest fat mainly that I'm hoping to lose with this challenge. What foods should I eat more of, and which ones should I be eating less of? I am exercising 30-45 minutes of cardio 6 times a week and have started eating fruit and veggies daily. I have always ate 100% whole wheat bread but on that note, how much healthy carbs should I be consuming daily?

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