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WHOLENEWME79 Posts: 950
6/2/13 8:24 P

I agree with the other posters. I have now lost 56lbs, and I will tell you right now, I had to eat to do it.

I took a look at your nutrition tracker and I have a few suggestions. First, try adding healthy fats to your diet in the form of olives, olive oil, fish like salmon, and avocados. You body needs fats to function- You heart in particular needs them to function properly. You can get an avocado and add 1/3 of it to each meal. It adds many things besides fats, including vitamins, fiber and potassium. Some people use avocado on their sandwiches, in place of mayo.

Second, more protein. All protein is created equal, so it doesn't matter if it is beef, chicken, fish, tofu, or hummus- Just get some. This is necessary for muscle function and strength.

You seem to do well on vegetables and fruit, so make a point of eating more of them. Add a big salad to your day with your green of choice (i.e. spinach, kale, romaine or iceberg). Top that with full fat salad dressing, hard boiled egg, carrots, half a tomato, and cucumber. This adds calories, healthy fats, protein, and fiber, as well as gets your vegetables in- at least two servings, if not 3 or 4 depending on how big a salad it is.

Try adding more snacks to your day- Pretzels, fruit, vegetables, hummus, nuts, cheese and crackers, etc.

Weight loss starts and ends in the kitchen, so make sure you are eating enough and healthy. Aim for at least 1200 calories a day, and eliminate the low fat or fat free products. Eat real food whenever possible. Get some form of exercise- be it walking, doing a Coach Nicole fitness video, or swimming.

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6/2/13 5:07 P

Pat, I looked at your tracker too. The others are right. You're not eating enough, and what you are eating isn't going to fuel you properly. Do you feel dizzy and weak?

Make sure you eat at least 1200 calories a day, no matter what.

You also might consider taking a walk, if you are able. Walking is good in so many ways- gets you outside, gives you time to think, and of course the exercise itself. Even if it's only 10 minutes, it's a start.

SPARKCHICK Posts: 3,290
6/2/13 1:31 P

Pat, I'm going through the same thing right now. Sticking with the plan, exercising - no weight loss. I've been doing this for the same amount of time as you. But I figure it must be salt or I'm gaining muscle. It could be going out to eat or taking meds. All I know is that I feel better and healthier when I stick to the plan and exercise. Eventually, it has to come off, right?

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6/1/13 2:56 P

Hey, Pat !

Is your food diary correct ? If so, Erica is right. You're not eating enough. I know this sounds strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight. Eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss, not help it. While it's true that most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong food and not enough of the right foods. QUALITY of the food you eat has a huge impact on your health and your waistline.

Now, I'm not criticizing, but there are days when I notice you sacrifice dinner to have 2-3 beers. That's not good. There is no reason you can't have a beer or two once in a while. That's perfectly fine. But, you do not want to give up dinner to save calories to do it. Beer just not pack the nutrients a healthy dinner does.

Also, you need to eat more fresh fruit and veggies. Some days, I just see a banana and a couple of grapes. How about a baby spinach salad with dinner ? The fact is, if you can increase the amount of fresh fruit and veggies you eat, that will increase the amount of "healthy" calories you eat as well as your over all caloric intake. As I mentioned, eating less will not speed up your weight loss.

Remember, weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. If you're eating right and getting some regular exercise, the weight will come off on its own.

You need to eat more. 900-1000 calories isn't enough to sustain a healthy adult woman. Start by trying to increase the number of fresh fruit and veggies you eat. What are some veggies I'll be eating ? At the market, I picked up two heads of red leaf lettuce, two pints of grape tomatoes, two ugli fruits, 5 small oranges, a bag of sweet potatoes and a couple of containers of hummus. hummus = chick peas = legumes.

Losing weight isn't just about eating less, it's all about eating right.

ERICADURR Posts: 243
6/1/13 2:44 P

I believe I've told you this once and I'll tell you again: you're NOT EATING ENOUGH. Period. Your calories are consistently below 1200, often at 1000. That isn't enough to sustain weight loss. You should take in a bit more food, particularly since I see you're trying to lead a more active lifestyle. Follow your guidelines with Spark for two weeks and see if it actually leads to weight loss--I think you'll be surprised that it does.

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6/1/13 2:32 P


What you're experiencing really isn't that unusual. 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 could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

I know you've been a member for a while, but I give all new members one piece of advice and it's this,"Don't look at good health or weight loss with an all or nothing mentality". If the only healthy thing you did for yourself today was drink 8 glasses of water, that's still a step in the right direction.

While the scale may not be moving as fast as you'd like, look for other signs of success that might have occurred in the last month. Are you sleeping a bit better ? Do you seem to have a bit more energy ? Are your clothes fitting better ? Can you walk or run a mile faster today than you could a month ago ? Can you carry more bags of groceries without getting tired ? How's your blood pressure ? Do you know that if your blood pressure has dropped in the last month, your doctor would be thrilled. Lowering your blood pressure is a huge sign of success.

When will the scale move ? You really need to be more patient with your body. I can assure you that if you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time.

Be patient with yourself and your body.

MAHARMON Posts: 63
6/1/13 1:38 P

I have tried ever weightloss plan imaginable. Two weeks ago I started the Spark Solution. I am cooking food again; healthy, great tasting food. I lost 2.5 lbs the first week with no hunger and no cravings and I am a big in front of the tv snacker.. no desire since I started this program. I have energy to spare and sleep great! Tracking my food BEFORE I eat it has made all the difference. Been where you are and know how frustrating it can be. Slow and steady is the name of the game.. Hang in there. I know you can do it. Look how far you have come so far!!
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SKINNYPAT62 Posts: 7,750
6/1/13 12:59 P

The whole month of May and my loss is 1.5 lbs. I must be on a plateau again but nothing seems to be working to start loss again. This week I am going to try WW pts. and see if that helps. I feel I am doing the best I can but it is not working! emoticon

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