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TCHERNO SparkPoints: (8,323)
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7/12/13 6:06 P

Thanks for the tips! I know that medically I'm healthy, but it's the "vanity pounds" that I wnt to lose. I still have a muffin top that has to go! I'm guessing at needing to lose 5 more pounds. That's just my next goal and I figured I would see how I feel after that happens.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
7/12/13 10:52 A

As you get to maintenance, you are going to want to increase calories anyways, so that you aren't at a calorie deficit.

The other thing you may find is that those 5 lbs aren't weight your body needs to lose. Eat healthy, continue to exercise, and eat a few more calories, but when your body stops losing, you can be patient, and maybe it will drop those 5 lbs, but if not, you weren't meant to lose them. We always have a goal weight to achieve in our minds, but we don't always reach it.

Worrying about 5 lbs, might just undo everything, if you try anything drastic. Try an uptick in calories, but don't worry about the 5 lbs. You are healthy.

NANLEYKW SparkPoints: (76,244)
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7/11/13 9:59 P

Definitely increase. I'm also within 5 lbs of my goal weight and pretty close to your weight (127 with a goal of 125), and my range is 1500-1850. (I burn about 1900 calories per week.) I eat around the middle of my range (~1650 or so) on days I don't run and often close to the top on days I do run--especially my long run. My weight loss has slowed greatly--as I would expect!--but I'm getting there.

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7/11/13 9:27 P

Up it. I've had personal experience with it. If your body works hard (and your description tells me it does), you have to give it enough nutrition to support that work or it will stop letting go of anything. I proved it to myself years ago.

The harder you work, and the more you work out, the more you need to eat TO LOSE THE WEIGHT. Sounds counter-intuitive, but it's true.

Good luck!!!

TCHERNO SparkPoints: (8,323)
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7/11/13 7:52 P

Here's the deal. On days I don't workout I eat around 1300 calories. When I workout I eat around 1400. This worked really well to get me to where I am now. However, I am now about 5 lbs away from my goal and I have been stuck here several weeks without the scale moving. I have had several people suggest upping my calories to 1500-1600 daily. I'm at the point where I'm willing to try but I'm nervous! I work out 4-5 times a week. I also have a very active job (zookeeper) so that's hard work 5 days a week. So should I up my calories? Any other suggesstions to lose those last 5?

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