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RENATARUNS
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5/2/13 11:09 A

Maybe? I'm not really sure. I know the body can tend to hold the same weight within a small range even through a lot of minor or temporary fluctuations in what and how much you're eating. Then all of sudden you (or I) might gain ten pounds in a month while doing nothing substantially different than anything you'd done a number of times over the previous couple of years with no effect.

But I also had this idea in my head before I started losing weight that it wouldn't really be something possible for me to hope for, to lose very much. I thought my body would decide that somewhere -- maybe 180 pounds, maybe 170, but surely somewhere north of where I am now -- would be it, and weight loss would just stop. That hasn't happened yet. I've lost only a pound in the last three weeks, but that's a combination of time of month, injury-reduced exercise amounts, and a deliberate effort to eat more in order to slow my weight loss down so close to goal -- if I'd changed nothing I expect I'd still be losing close to two pounds a week. (That one week aside.)

So now I don't really know. I still feel like it's a bit less under our control than some think, but more complicated than jsut to say "your body wants to be a certain weight and there's nothing you can do about it".



MPLANE37
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5/2/13 8:55 A

There is a body fat % that the body will be drifting to at a given age and gender when at a caloric deficiency. It is possible to reach lower levels of body fat %, but that might require more drastic measures that are hard to stick to for the rest of one's life. So it is important to know the body fat % as accurately as possible to be able to tell what you should expect in terms of fat loss and what would be too costly and unsustainable for you over the long run.

Burning twice the calories you should be burning does not sound too good. Do you do strength training? If you have been doing only cardio workouts, your lean body mass might have been reduced along with your body fat, which would prevent you from reducing your body fat %.

I would suggest that you reduce your cardio workouts, increase strength training with challenging but not impossible workouts, and monitor your body fat %. Forget about your weight. I weigh myself only to predict the caloric burn accurately, it is not a measure of progress for me.

Edited by: MPLANE37 at: 5/2/2013 (09:07)


UNIDENT
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4/30/13 3:14 P

You can't "follow your calories" if you're burning twice as much as your goal says.

Your goal must be accurate! If it's not, then change the goal.

At your weight, also set a very slow weight loss goal - say half a pound a week. You can't lose 2lb/week any more, and when a thinner body tries to, it tends to stop weight loss.

The key with the last few is to live as you will "after" - just eat a teeny bit less each day that you will on maintenance. Bit exercise and low intake will stop weightloss at a lower weight, not help it.



SPARK_COACH_JEN
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4/30/13 10:58 A

Congrats on your awesome progress! The closer you get to your goal weight, the slower you're going to lose. I'd recommend having your body fat tested b/c that's a better indicator of health vs. a number on the scale. Also be careful b/c if you're not eating enough for your activity level, that can make weight loss more difficult.

Here's an article about maintaining your weight that you might find helpful:

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellness_arti
cles.asp?id=488


Hope that helps,

Coach Jen



JAXNSAM
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4/30/13 10:18 A

I have lost 40 pounds and have kept 36 off for 3 years. YAY!!! Do you think a person has a weight that the body feels comfortable at? I workout 6 days a week and burn 2x the amount of calories I am supposed too. Of course, I know that the calorie count for exercise can be highly over calculated which is why I do so much. I follow my calories and for the most part I eat healthy with a cheat day here or there. I figured that I would continue to lose but it seems that I have to work harder to maintain.

What's up?



 
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