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CMCOLE
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4/1/13 2:39 P

does not sound like a problem to me, as others have attested, as well.
Keep up the good work on your journey to wellness.



YOJULEZ
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4/1/13 2:07 P

NOBLEEQUESTRIAN, I have the opposite problem. I have to eat at the very tippy top or even a bit above my given range to maintain. Everyone's different.



DRAGONCHILDE
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4/1/13 1:55 P

NOBLEEQUESTRIAN, while you are right to a point, so far this member is proceeding at the expected rate and isn't gaining, so it's not really applicable in her case.



JANEY102482
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4/1/13 11:55 A

Thanks everyone, I feel a little better now! The thing is, the last time I lost weight on SP, I got down to 125 lbs, which was my goal weight. I am only 5'4" and have a medium build, so I thought that was reasonable. I am trying to get to that weight again, but my body just doesn't seem to want to.



YOJULEZ
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4/1/13 11:15 A

I lost my last 10lbs at about that rate... I think it's perfectly normal once you're in "the home stretch".



NOBLEEQUESTRIAN
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4/1/13 10:43 A

It could be perfectly reasonable, however it is important to recognize that sparkpeople's nutrition tracker isn't always completely accurate. For example, if I ate the amount of calories sparkpeople recommends for me I'd be putting on weight. I generally eat about 200-300 calories less than the recommended range to help me maintain my current and healthy weight.



JAIMESIZED
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4/1/13 9:58 A

As the others said, it's perfectly reasonable. I only have about 15 more pounds to lose myself and it's coming off just as slowly as yours is! Frustrating, I know, but keep on going and DON'T GIVE UP!



DRAGONCHILDE
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4/1/13 9:48 A

That's actually perfectly normal! The less we have to lose, the slower we lose it. It's reasonable to attempt to lose about 3% of your remaining weight loss goal per week. That means if you have 10 lbs to lose, then you can safely attempt to lose about .25-.3 lbs per week... about 1 lb a month!

If you were over 50 lbs overweight, then yes, you could be losing faster. You lost 42 lbs because you were (to be blunt) fatter than you are now!

It also means that the closer you are your goal weight, the more you have to reevaluate that goal and whether it's attainable for you or not. How tall are you? You may already be in a healthy BMI, which means it will be harder for you to lose those last few pounds. Your weight is never static, so your goal "weight" will actually more likely be a range of about 5 lbs either way and still be normal.



NIRERIN
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4/1/13 9:05 A

with 10lbs to lose, 1lb per month is an entirely reasonably amount to be losing. especially if you're exercising. because the thing is that your body needs nearly all the calories you take in. when you are so close to where you should be, you don't have a lot of caloric wiggle room that translates to calories that can be used for a deficit. so you're eating really close to your where you would be maintaining. and when you up your exercise, you up your needs.
two years ago when you had an excess 50lbs on you you were burning a few hundred extra calories a day hauling those extra pounds around. so not only were you burning more than the basic calories you had an extra 50lbs of fuel lying around for use. in other words, you could cut out eating 500 cals and you had plenty to support that. now, with 10lbs left to lose, you're not burning any significant calories hauling around your excess because you don't have any so to speak. and you don't have a plentiful store of fat. heck, testing your bodyfat is the way to determine how much you can and should be losing when you're at this point. because if you already have a healthy bodyfat percentage, it's going to be quite hard to continue losing simply because you don't have anything left to lose.



JANEY102482
Posts: 387
4/1/13 8:49 A

I'm losing an average of about a pound a month. I don't have much to lose (12-14 lbs) but I still don't think that's reasonable. I'm working out at the gym three times a week and have adjusted my tracker to reflect that, yet in the last week my weight went from 137.6 to 139.2 and my measurements have stayed the same or slightly increased. I have a mild stress fracture in my knee, so I really shouldn't even be working out on the elliptical like I am. But I'm afraid if I stop working out, I won't lose anything at all.

I give up. I lost 42 lbs two years ago without ever working out and with hardly any trouble and no plateaus. What is going on?



 
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