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SLIMMERKIWI Posts: 26,032
2/4/13 2:18 A

Hi Mariah - Here is something for you to ponder on.

My Dietician put me on 1400 cal's - no range. I did about 1.5hrs walking per week and 1hr Mat Pilates per week. For the first time in many years I started to lose weight - even tho' I had always eaten a healthy diet and in a healthy range, AND I used to do tons more exercise as I had a very energetic job which at times had me working for up to 70-80hrs per week!

Once I got onto that 1400 cal no range (and with heaps less exercise than you) I started to lose weight. It took 16 months to lose the first (just over) 50lb! Slow, but steady, with the occasional little backward hiccup, but that is perfectly normal!

ARCHIMEDESII is bang-on with what she says - try it and you might be pleasantly surprised :-)


HAPPYMENOW58 Posts: 2,264
2/3/13 5:01 P

I agree....Just be patient....Take one day at a time...Keep your eye on the final prize...A healthy weight and self esteem!!! Relax and visualize your success...You are on the right track!!!!

ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (190,478)
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2/3/13 3:14 P

Hi, Maria !

Losing 35 pounds in five months isn't out of the realm of possibility, but it is ambitious. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong.

In theory, if you were to decrease your caloric intake by 500 calories per day, in seven days that would give you a deficit of 3,500 calories or one pound of fat. In theory, if you were to exercise and burn 500 calories a day, in seven days that would give you a deficit of 3,500 calories for a second pound.

Here's the problem, what works neatly on paper, doesn't work so neatly with human biochemistry. In short, you could do everything right on paper and not lose any weight for weeks. And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. This is not the Biggest Loser. 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 things seem confusing, but if you were to continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise, with time, you will see the scale movie.

Also, don't cut your calories too drastically to start out. Meaning, if SP recommended that you eat 1200-1550 per day and to burn 650 calories with exercise per week, try to stay within those guidelines. Decreasing the amount of food you eat combined with an increase in exercise, WILL NOT speed up your weight loss. Long term it could hinder your loss, not help it. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight.

So, let's say you eat 1300 calories one day and burn 500 calories, that means your body only has 800 calories for fuel for your entire day ! That's not enough to keep a grown woman healthy. In general, an adult woman shouldn't eat less than 1200 calories per day including exercise. Will that slow down your loss ? Nope. While we'd all like to be able to take off two pounds per week, that might not be realistic for some people. You might find you only lose one pound a week and that's okay. A one pound loss for the next 20 weeks would be 20 pounds.

Keep in mind, you didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight. There really will be weeks you don't lose and that doesn't mean anything is wrong. You have to be patient with yourself and your body.

I think you're exercising too much and eating too little. If you want to increase the amount you exercise, that's okay. BUT, you're going to have to eat more. Right now, you have energy. If you keep doing this long term, you are going to end up fatigued and tired.

food = energy and no food = no energy

there really is no fast way to speed up a person's weight loss. You really do have to give your body time to adapt. And if that means eating 1500 calories or more some days, that's what you do.

It really does sound strange, I have to eat to lose weight ? It's true. QUALITY of the food you eat had a bigger impact on your waistline than quantity. Weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle.

Patience, it's a virtue. Try to stay within the SP recommendations. And don't beat yourself up if you go over once in a while. it's okay.

MARIAHHELM SparkPoints: (1,421)
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2/3/13 1:43 P

Okay, so when I joined sparkpeople, I put in all my information and they gave me how many calories I am suppose to eat a day and how many calories I am suppose to burn a week based on wanting to lose 2 lbs per week.

It told me to consume 1200-1550 calories a day. To burn 650 calories a day.

Well, I already eat between the recommend calories they told me to eat, so I left that be.
But, I felt like burning 650 a week was a little too low.
So, I bumped it up to 3500 a week because I burn about 600-800 calories a day, three days a week at the gym and 200-300 calories a day, 2 days a week at home.

It then never changed my calorie intake, so I assumed I was on the right track.

Now, people are telling me that at this rate I am setting an unrealistic time frame goal. (Lose 35 lbs by June).

This is COMPLETELY confusing to me because for one, sparkpeople pretty much set it up for me, I just put in more exercise and for two, I just have no idea what they are talking about.

Heres all my information, so maybe you can help me out.

I weight: 160lbs
Height: 5'1
Moderately active
I want to lose 2 pounds per week.

If you can help and hopefully make things a little bit clearer for me, that would be awesome. Because right now, I dont know if I'm eating too much or too little with how much Im exercise. Everybody is telling me different.

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