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CHIGIRL410
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5/5/10 1:19 P

Wow, you're doing so well with your exercise and diet. It sounds crazy to say this, but eat more. Have a piece of fruit and some protein after a workout, and that may be enough to ensure you have enough calories that your body will keep burning calories.

Edited by: CHIGIRL410 at: 5/5/2010 (13:22)


MEGSTSEPT2010
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5/4/10 10:03 P

Firstly, I want to say that I agree with everyone else that you need to up your calories. Also, losing about one pound per week is actually a really GREAT pace to be losing. it gives your body time to adjust to the changes that are happening,I would bet that most people on here would be quite happy with losing 1 lb a week consistently. Be patient, wanting to lose weight quickly is a large part of why diets always fail. Relax, eat a little more during the day, otherwise your body will hold onto the fat that it has. Hope this helps.



BELLABANANAS
Posts: 960
5/4/10 8:00 P

Yeah I sleep at least 8 hours of sleep. I definitely think I need to change what I am eating for lunch. Thanks everyone!



GRETCHENH66
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5/4/10 6:38 P

Ok here are the names of the hormones.

Leptin and ghrelin



GRETCHENH66
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5/4/10 6:35 P

Are you getting at 8 hours of sleep each night. If not then your body wont be making a certain chemical that tells your body you are full but instead makes a chemical that makes your body think its hungry. I can't remember them by name right now but can look them up if needed.



SP_COACH_NANCY
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5/4/10 6:25 P

Bella,

Go to your Start Page (under the My Tools tab in the upper left hand corner of your page). Scroll down to the page to the My Goals section and where it reads Burn X calories per week change, click the change link and you can manually reset your number. Your calorie range may or may not change depending on your current weight, your target weight and how quickly you expect to get to that weight.

SparkPeople allows for a range, so if you want to try increasing to the upper end of the range that may be an option. Just remember it can take as long as 4 weeks for the changes to show up on the scale, so don't get discouraged.

Protein bars/shake are OK every once in a while, but the body likes variety and good ol' fashioned food. If you haven't checked out SparkPeople's sister site, SparkRecipes.com, you may want to do so, to see if you can find some great ideas.

Hang in there!

I wish you well!
Nancy



BAM0827
Posts: 3,023
5/4/10 6:24 P

To adjust your calories burned - or exercise... Go to your Start Page. On the Left about middle of the page there's a "Burn ____ Calories per week" Change.

Click on the change and you can scroll to the bottom and put in your average calories burned. That should adjust your calorie range, too.

I think for food it's always good to have variety. Where a protein bar and shake are probably good on occassion - don't make it your only lunch meal. Can you bring a sandwich (I found wheat sandwich thins that are only 100 calories each)? A salad with some tuna on it? Cheese and crackers? Even make a little more at dinner and bring in a small portion of leftovers.



BELLABANANAS
Posts: 960
5/4/10 6:18 P

Nancy... I noticed when I track my fitness that it says I am going significantly over but I didn't know how to adjust. How do I do that? I was thinking that maybe I'm not taking in enough calories but how do I know how much more to take in? And yes, a pound a week is good but it all comes off at once. For example, right now the scale has been showing about 157-158. On Thursday I would bet money that I will be down to 155-156. It's like my body says "oh wait, it's been a week, drop it like it's hot!" I know that I have to start eating a better lunch but it's hard to think of something easy to eat at work. (Starbucks) I eat cottage cheese for breakfast and it's wonderful but I haven't thought of a really good lunch yet. Right now I tend to eat protein bars or shakes. Could that be the problem?



BAM0827
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5/4/10 6:12 P

A pound a week is awesome. I'm a bit envious, actually.

With all the exercise - you need to eat more than 1200 calories a day. Your body needs fuel (calories) to sustain not only the workouts but basic living. If it doesn't think it's going to get the fuel (calories) it's going to hang on to the fuel it knows it has (fat = stored calories).

Try upping your calories for a few days (even if it's only to 1400 or 1500).

Also, once you're closer to your goal weight it will come off slower. A pound a week may be the rate that your body will lose. A loss is a loss and you should celebrate. Also celebrate all the exercise you're getting. It's doing wonders for your heart!



SP_COACH_NANCY
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5/4/10 6:12 P

Bella,

If you are as active as you mentioned in your post, it could be that you are not eating enough to support all the activity that you are doing, therefore your body will begin to conserve the calories you are consuming.

Keep in mind though, 10,000 steps should be in addition to your exercise. Those people who lose weight walking 10,000 steps, more than likely were quite sedentary before they started tracking. However, if this is the norm for you, your body's goal is to move to a state of homeostasis or balance, so in other words you are burning fewer calories today than you would if you were just starting out.

Lastly, make sure your caloric expenditure on your My Goals section on your Start Page matches the number that you have there. If this figure is off, you will want to manually change the number to see if your calorie range changes.

I hope this helps!
Nancy



BELLABANANAS
Posts: 960
5/4/10 5:53 P

So I caved in and bought a pedometer because I wanted to see how many steps I was taking at work. Today was the first day at work that the damn thing didn't reset itself. I just finished my jog and it's reading 22,000 steps. I am constantly moving at work and the mileage is accurate. So what I don't get is why is it that I am taking that many steps, jogging 2 + miles every day, doing Jillian Michaels workout everyday, and rarely going over 1200 calories, and still not consistently losing weight? I drop a pound maybe ever week. I want to be losing weight faster! I drink over 8 cups of water and right now I am pretty annoyed that people seem to be able to start walking 10,000 steps every day and lose weight and I add in all of this exercise and watch what I eat and I slowly drop maybe a pound a week. Any suggestions?



 
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