I think that people should be using "one or two percent" for "safe" weight loss instead of "one or two pounds" a week. one pound for somebody who is 300 pounds is alot different then one pound for somebody who is 150 pounds. also its very common to lose more in the first month or so, then you level out over time.
Congrats on your great progress! I also lost a LOT of weight when I first began. Then I hit a wall, and it's only been trickling off since. That's okay, though. It's still mostly going down.
What I've read is that your body, at some point, is going to try to "save" you from the "famine." It will lower your metabolic processes and the loss will slow down significantly.
For the meantime, enjoy the benefits, keep an eye on how you're feeling, and plot for how you're going to manage the stall WHEN it occurs! Trust me, it's coming, sooner or later!
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If its working for you,then keep on doing it.Dont worry about any plateaus UNTIL you hit one,then you can change something up to get past it.But as long as your on a steady drop,stick with it!Congrats on your progress so far!
The biggest issue with this for me is that it all comes back and then some. But it seems like you have been going for awhile so this may not be an issue for you at all. Consistency is important and learning how to maintain, which is just an echo from what others have said here.
As far as health issues, I'm honestly not sure about that --apart from the fact that I have heard it isn't good to fluctuate too much in weight over a short period of time. I don't know though.
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If your diet was extraordinarily bad to begin with, or if you were very sedentary, it makes sense that your rate of loss could be high once you started following a healthier plan. My guess is that you are probably going to be fine, but that you might want to double check this with a doctor who knows your particular health history.
I am finding that I also have to eat below 1200 if I really want to lose weight...but I have some unusual health issues that make this necessary. If you are very precise and make careful choices, you can get all of the nutrition that you need on 1000 calories a day, but most people are not that disciplined...nor do they need to be.
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What you are doing is working for you and I say GREAT JOB! I think consistency is key. When people lose 10 pounds in a few short days, then resume their bad habits, yes - the weight will come back on. You did have a lot of weight to lose, and in the beginning results are big and due to water loss - but you are continuing on a solid course and the results show.
I ate 500-600 calories a day for a month and dropped a lot of weight and felt great. It hasn't come back. I did reach a plateau and the weight loss slowed down the closer I got to my goal.
Determination and structure pays off.
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Your progress has been amazing, losing 100 lbs in five months is a lot of weight. Also, unless I am missing something, your math is off. If you use the top end of your range (17 lbs per month) for 5 months, that totals 85 lbs a month. To lose 100 lbs in 5 months you would be losing at least 20 lbs per month.
There are a lot of factors that play into this. #1 are you male or female? 900 - 1200 calories a day is not enough, especially if you are working out 4-5 times a week. Also, if you are eating up to 1200 calories a day and 400 of that comes from lunch and 800 comes from dinner you may want to try eating smaller meals. It probably sounds like a broken record but Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. If your dinner keeps you satisfied until 10am the next day and then you want to "pig out"...you really should consider eating breakfast, most of your calories should come from breakfast. Another suggestion is to have a couple of snacks throughout the day that consist of fruits, vegetables and protein.
No one can tell you when you will hit a plateau or when you will start seeing the side effects from your eating habits but to lose weight and keep it off you really need to have a healthy, long term mindset. It's not a diet, a quick fix, over night weight loss that keeps you healthy in the long run. It is knowledge, steady, healthy changes.
Have you utilized Sparkpeople's articles? They offer amazing advice. Good Luck!
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I eat between 900-1200 calories a day. I meet most of my vitamin and mineral needs (w/o supplements) through eating very nutrient dense foods. I weighed 370lbs five months ago and have lost 100lbs as of yesterday. My issue is I read everywhere that my metabolism is going to slow down and the weight will come back, but when is that going to happen? I have eaten these few of calories for 184 days now and other than the first 14 days (were I lost a lot of water weight) I have had very steady weight loss coming out to about 14-17lbs a month. I weigh myself every day and chart my progress. I never feel starved. I eat a 400 calorie lunch and a 800 calorie dinner most days and I am satiated from dinner until about 10AM the next day, when I become as hungry as I ever was when I pigged out on junk food.
What could be the issues with my restricted calorie intake and when could I expect to encounter them? The micro nutrients I am deficient in is vitamin E and magnesium, but I get 70-85% of my need daily which cannot be too bad, right? I work out 4-5 times a week (moderate weight lifting, hiking, basketball, swimming) and I have never felt better. My energy is through the roof, I fit in clothes which I haven't worn in years. If I stick to this way of eating and maybe add calories as my exercise ability grows (up to 2200kcal/day in the next 6-8 months) what is the harm?
Please add what the expected time frame is which I may start feeling any negative side effects. I know everyone is different, and one person may experience side effects sooner than another, but there is a general frame of reference that 99% of ppl fit into.
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