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DIETITIANBECKY
Posts: 26,543
4/14/13 7:38 P

I too encourage you to make your nutrition tracker public, so we can give more helpful tips.
What is your SP calorie range.
What is your typical intake most days of the week??

Becky
SP Registered Dietitian Nutritionist Becky



DRAGONCHILDE
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4/14/13 10:13 A

I think this old discussion will help you feel a bit better. It's full of people who started eating MORE and started losing weight!

www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageboard.a
sp?imboard=7&imparent=27376270




KCLARK89
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4/14/13 10:05 A

I never understood having to eat more and still lose weight until it happened. I was overly working out and way undereating. Yes, I lost weight, but I was nowhere near healthy. When I realized how much I needed to be eating and started actually becoming healthy, I found that I was still losing weight and looked and felt better by it!



PAMLICO-DAZE
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4/14/13 9:16 A

The range is a good guide, but never eat below your range



LILLIPUTIANNA
Posts: 1,038
4/13/13 11:33 P

"Won't I gain more weight when I up my calories?"

Nope. It's strange, but you won't. I upped my calories recently. I really do have to force myself to eat enough sometimes. But I'm still losing weight. In fact, if I don't get enough "cheat days' in my week, I tend to hit a plateau. (I just hit one as a matter of fact and need to eat even MORE to break that plateau.)



SONICB
Posts: 4,211
4/13/13 10:18 P

If you have been eating too little for a while, your body has probably already gone into a sort of "starvation mode"... The good news is that your body can recover from this. From personal experience, back in my college days, I would maintain on as little as 1200 calories... Over the years, I learned to treat my body better, and I gradually increased my food intake. Now I find that I lose weight if I eat ~1700-1800 calories.



JENNILACEY
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4/13/13 9:07 P

Whenever I plateaued, increasing my calories actually helped me lose more weight. Eating too little tends to make my weightloss painfully slow or non-existent. I eat 1500 cals a day and I'm small, 5'2 110 lbs and lose weight eating that amount. Don't be afraid to eat.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 4/13/2013 (21:09)


SLIMMERKIWI
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4/13/13 7:21 P

You may just be pleasantly surprised! When you increase your calories you will likely START to lose weight :-) I know it seems strange but under-eating tends to stuff up your metabolism.

Below is a link that will help you to increase the calories:
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/nutrition_art
icles.asp?id=593


Good luck,
Kris



MICHELLEXXXX
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4/13/13 7:21 P

Do you want to make your tracker public for more specific feedback?



DOE1164
Posts: 98
4/13/13 7:05 P

I'm having trouble eating the number of calories recommended each day. I know when we don't eat enough our bodies go into "starvation mode", but I'm still having a difficult time with this. Won't I gain more weight when I up my calories?? Can't see losing weight doing this...



 
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