Susan: No, I have lots more than 17 to lose. I need to lose about 50 pounds. The goal of 17 pounds was a short-term goal that I set awhile back. I'm going to go update that now since I'm recommiting to weight loss and essentially, starting over.
Do you really only have 17 pounds to lose? If so, eating more is even more important. Your weight loss is going to be slow because you have little to lose. You need to eat to fuel your workouts as well.
I will start tracking my food again on Friday (Thanksgiving doesn't count anyways, right? ) and try to be more aware. I know I'm eating too few calories, but it just doesn't make sense to me that I can weigh this much, and not be losing weight, yet need to up my calorie intake. But I'll work in on it. Thank you all for the suggestions and support.
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I for sure agree with making sure you are tracking accurately. When I started really focusing on tracking (I don't anymore though), I realized how little I was eating. Maybe try eating something other than a smoothie. I know for me, I like the feeling of chewing something; makes me FEEL fuller rather than drinking a smoothie :)
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Are you tracking what you eat accurately? If so, it appears most days you are only eating 800-900 cals. This is NOT enough and eating too little can actually harm your weight loss goals in the long run. The minimum recommended intake for a woman is 1200 cals. Especially if you are working out regularly you need to eat more. Make sure your fitness setup reflects your weekly calorie burn goal. This will ensure you are getting enough calories to support your exercise routine.
You may need to experiment some with foods and the timing of eating those foods before and after working out, especially on the days you are doing higher intensity. We have two articles that offer suggestions for this that you may find helpful:
I'm starting week three of working out every morning (alternating resistance and cardio) -- and I find that the more intense the workout, the more I'm hungry, starting in the late afternoon til bedtime! I've tried drinking water instead of eating, and that doesn't help. I have a "smoothie" after workouts usually of spinach, carrots, some fruit, and protein powder. I know my body is wanting something, but I don't know what!! Any suggestions on how to tame this hunger?
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