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5/1/13 11:43 A

I agree with finding a different dietitian. If you can't do that, for whatever reason, then give yourself six months to get healthier. Put away the scale (because you might gain some weight at the beginning and you have to be able to ignore that) and start tracking NUTRIENTS. Track fiber, protein, calcium, and two other nutrients of your choice. (I odn't know if you can turn off calorie tracking in the tracker and just look at nutrients, but if so, do it. If not, just try to ignore the calorie count.) Focus on getting enough of the nutrients and avoiding sugar, alcohol, and white flour. If you get enough of those nutrients with no empty calories, you will be eating healthy and you'll probably maintain your weight and start to lose, slowly. But make nutrition your goal, not weight loss.

What slows your metabolism isn't so much the lack of calories as the lack of nutrients. It's only recently in human history that we've been able to get empty calories, so our bodies aren't really designed to keep track of calories. Your body just knows, "Hey, I'm not getting enough nutrients. There must be a famine going on, so I'm gonna slow things down and save up fat in case it gets worse." If you nourish yourself properly, it will eventually say, "Okay, I guess it's safe. I'm not going to starve; I can probably let go of some of the fat now." The reason there's a lower limit of 1200 calories in most weight plans is that an average woman can't meet her basic nutritional needs with less food than that, even if she has an expert dietitian making her meal plans. Most of us aren't experts and need about 1400 calories to get things to work out. Focus on nutrition, and the weight will eventually start to take care of itself.

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5/1/13 8:21 A

Everything I've read recently suggests that metabolism does recover eventually, just slowly. Exercise, especially strength training, could help.

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5/1/13 7:53 A

Take Coach Jen's advice, and see someone who will really help, not just dismiss your concerns

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5/1/13 6:30 A

The previous posters have given you some great advice. Eating too few calories will hurt your weight loss progress just as much as eating too many will. I would recommend slowly increasing your calories until you're in the range that SP suggests. Although it might take some time, eventually the weight loss will start, and even better, your body will be getting enough of the nutrients it needs on a daily basis.

Hope that helps,

Coach Jen

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5/1/13 2:00 A

Hi DESERTNATIVE1 - I would be inclined to ask for a referral to a different Dietitian!! Take your printouts from your Nutrition Tracker with you.

Below is a link which may help you to increase your calories:

Good luck,

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5/1/13 12:52 A

The body has an absolutely *remarkable* ability to heal itself, so long as you give it what it needs. 800-1000 calories per day is simply not enough to sustain yourself, and very much can prevent you from losing weight. But it is not a permanent situation, you simply have to work out a plan to eat more calories, while also meeting certain nutritional needs such as carbohydrates, fat, and protein.

Are there choices you can make which would increase positive changes without feeling overwhelmed? Adding avocado, nuts, or olive oil to dishes can increase healthy fats and calories without greatly increasing bulk. Adding some egg, lean meats like fish, or skinless chicken breast can help give you protein without adding too much unhealthy fat. Having whole grains like rice, or whole grain breads and pastas, as well as whole vegetables are great for fiber and micronutrients.

Make small changes in the right direction over time until you're eating at a better level for overall health. You aren't permanently 'damaged'. You're just not giving your body the basic nutrition it needs to function properly, so it's no wonder that it's hanging on to what it's got!

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5/1/13 12:08 A

I have tracked my calories before...and have started tracking again and same problem is here. I have to force myself to break 1000 calories count each day; 800 is about my average. I can't lose weight. Have a permanently damaged my metabolism and ability to lose weight? What can I do? I have seen a nutritionist who simply did not believe my food tracking. How can I get my body to burn fat?

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