I agree with all that is said here. The goal is to eat healthier, exercise and feel better. The weight loss is the by product
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3,293 3/28/13 2:07 P
I lose much more slowly than the tracker says I should too...but I have several metabolic disorders which make things harder, not to mention doctors who are telling me that I should not be able to lose weight at all given my health issues.
As long as you get it off and keep it off, you are moving in the right direction. Just don't give up and things will add up over time.
A good way to get specific feedback about what to work on is to share your food and fitness trackers. Without knowing exactly what you are doing, it's pretty hard to give you advice on what to improve.
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3/28/13 1:30 P
Thanks for your answers. I'm referring to the weight lost graph here at spark people. According to my goal weight I'm supposed to lost 3kg by now. I'm not sure if the goal weight is right but those are the results I got. I agree that slower is better :) I jus want to make sure that I'm not missing something on the way.
I agree with others, slower is better. I would much rather lose a half pound a week over a year than lose 4 pounds one week, none the next two, gain a pound, lose three more, etc.
BUT - if you're really anxious to hit a deadline, you didn't mention that you exercise. Exercise is a great boost to the metabolism. I've never lost weight regardless of what I ate without exercise added to the equation.
Still, I think you are doing great and you should be proud!
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9,692 3/27/13 5:34 P
Your body is not a calculator. Even if all your calculations are correct, your body can have more variables at play that could be affecting your weight. Hormones, lack of sleep, sodium, exercise, and more, all can get in the way of a "perfect" weight loss.
It doesn't matter that you "should" have lost a certain about... you've been making forward progress, and that's great. :) You've lost a great deal of weight in this time... you're doing well. Don't belittle that accomplishment!
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This past fall (August) till just recently, I've been "on hold" both with my job and with my weight.
My job situation was in limbo - I did not know if I was going to remain employed or not. Henceforth, it appeared my weight was also in a holding pattern - only waffling up and down by about two pounds (1 kg) either side of a pretty steady number.
I decided it was best to focus on what I could, and continue to do what I knew was right, regardless of the scale numbers. I had read that stress can be a distinct determining factor in weight loss (positive or negative), and used the time to "learn" how to do maintenance when the time arrives.
That was a good thing, because now that I have word about my job (I DO remain employed), I can continue along the same healthy path, and the scale will possibly move downward again.
However, don't let it annoy you when it doesn't. Bodies are not machines in that aspect - you cannot program them for an expected response. You can continue, and weight loss will arrive when it does. Just keep doing what you've been doing. It obviously has been working.
Weight loss takes time and there is no magic bullet.....I lost 96lbs over a 2 year period, some weeks I lost a pound or two, other weeks nothing but at the end of year one, I was down 54lbs. Patience is really what it takes and you seem to be doing fine.
You might want to try eating high water foods...cucumber, celery, spinach, Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini, radishes, eggplant, cabbage, cauliflower, sweet peppers, spinach, strawberries, grapefruit and brocolli, artichokes, watercress, cabbage, onion, even carrots. Ice slushies made from fresh berries.
Low carb fruits include peaches, pears, plums, apricots, kiwi, apples and all sorts of berries. Berries have the least impact on blood sugar than any toher fruit.
Check the sugar content and sodium content in your foods...you might be surprised at their contents....Cereals are high in sugar and sodium...eat puffed rice which has no sodium or salt or sugar, old fashioned oatmeal for fiber.....Breads have sugar and salt...eating only a slice of thinly sliced rye slows down digestion and keeps a person feeling more full. Wheat makes me hungry and crave more food so I dont eat white or wheat bread anymore.
If I have a potato it is a red potato since it has less starch in them than white, no butter I add Benocal for the plant sterols.
I also move and do something every 20 minutes if its only to get up walk the entire house for more water.
Keep up the good work!
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3/27/13 9:13 A
That isn't slow weight loss, that is healthy weight loss. 1-2 lbs per week is the healthy amount to lose. Anymore than that and you're likely sacrificing lean muscle/tissue weight.
"Toning" is marketing muscles to women who are afraid if they pick up a barbell, they'll leave the gym looking like She-Hulk. It doesn't happen, what does happen is you get results. Lifting Barbie weights does nothing but waste time.
As the previous poster mentioned, put the "shoulds" out of your mind. Where your body weight is concerned, the slower you lose the more likely you are to keep it off. Your body won't let go on a schedule....unfortunately.
So.....be proud of yourself! You're moving in the right direction. Just keep on doing what you're doing and you WILL get there.
Who says you should have lost 3 kilos? Oprah? Websites? Well meaning strangers? There is no 'should haves' with weight loss. If there was I should have lost my weight in 20 weeks, not 57. Your body is not a machine and often doesn't do exactly what we want it to do.
Your rate of weight loss is fine, and unfortunately it is likely to slow down as you get closer to your goal weight. Any weight loss is what you should have lost. Slow weight loss is not a bad thing! It gives you time to adapt to your new way of life and makes it more likely to stay off (because quick fixes aren't sustainable).
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3/27/13 5:54 A
Hi, I'm tracking my food and fitness very carefully. I notice weight lost but it's slower than it should in order to keep with my goal. I'm almost 3 weeks on my diet and I've lost 2 kg so far (when I should have lost 3). What am I doing wrong? how can I speed it up?
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