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MICHCLEARY SparkPoints: (85,767)
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4/29/11 1:22 P

Hi - I just wanted to add that your body needs a base of about 1,200 calories a day and if you go below that it goes into starvation mode and is going to hold onto what weight it can.

There is a Diet and Nutrition message board that is staffed by experts at SparkPeople and it might benefit for you to post on there and get advice from them.

There are many healthy options out there, and the one that I follow is the Clean Eating Diet which is basically fruits/veggies, whole grains, lean protein, and healthy fat and I usually eat between 1,500 and 1,800 calories a day - more if it's a long run day for me. Feed your body in a healthy way and the weight will come off.

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4/29/11 1:16 P

Don't assume you're not making a change to your body because the scale isn't budging. Look for other ways to gauge your success at a healthy lifestyle. Because weight loss really is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle.

Do your clothes fit better ? Do you have more energy ? Do you have more endurance ? Can you do more push ups today than you could a month ago ? Can you walk up stairs without getting winded ? How's your blood pressure ? How's your cholesterol ?

Do you know that if your blood pressure dropped in the last month, your doctor would be thrilled even though the scale hasn't moved. Lowering your blood pressure is a huge success !!

So, look to see if maybe you have seen some positive changes in the last month that you didn't notice because you were too fixated with the scale.

People do hit plateaus when they lose weight. It's normal. if you'd like to learn more, start with this article.

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4/29/11 1:02 P

I haven't seen a loss in over a month. I am just discouraged because I am trying so hard. I guess I thought the less calories I ate, the more my body would use up, and I would lose more faster. I am eating soup/crackers instead of the snack machine. I will fight it as much and as long as I can. Sometimes I just need to get something sweet so I don't go overboard when I do give in. Does that make sense?

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4/29/11 12:43 P

Eating too little and exercising too much can hinder a person's weight loss. So, do make sure you're eating enough to support your daily activities, plus any extra exercise you do.

How long has it been since you've seen a loss ? Weight loss is not linear. Don't assume you're doing something wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like it. This isn't the Biggest Loser. There will be weeks you lose. There will be weeks you don't lose and there will be even weeks you gain. And that's perfectly normal.

Your weight is not a static number. You really will see many ups and downs as you lose. Also, depending on how long you've been trying to lose, it could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before the scale budges. That too is perfectly normal.

You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

So, do make sure you're eating enough. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose. And do make sure you're eating at least 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day.

As the coaches all say,"trust the process". You need to be patient with yourself and your body.

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4/29/11 12:37 P

I gave up my diet pepsi, almost all sugar, count calories (rarely do I even reach 1000 since I work out daily burning at least 500), eat the right foods, and drink half my body weight in water (in ounces of course. I gained 3.5lbs when I quit the caffeine, and now I cannot get the scale to budge and I don't feel like my clothes are fitting any differently. I'm ready to give in and scarf some twinkies. Help Me Please!

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