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2/23/13 10:56 P

Thanks I'll try to increase my calorie intake. I eat a lot of fruits need to work on my veggie in take.

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2/23/13 10:00 P

yeah I think too that you might not be getting enough calories. definatly don't go below that. and see if that helps. emoticon emoticon

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2/23/13 6:35 P

I will agree with the others - Your calories are too low, the bad part is when you kick them up you will gain awhile before your body recognizes that it is getting the food you need and then you will start to lose again - ask me how I know : (

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2/23/13 2:45 P

I haven't been on spark long, and I know Im here for the weight loss aspect. I joined a gym in January and hit the elliptical daily. When I started I could barely get through 20 min. and now going 70 mins. and increasing my resistance daily. That to me is inspirational just to accomplish that. So if the scale doesn't move fast enough OK because I know I feel inside like it has. I move better, not as tired, and have more endurance than before. Not to mention Im happier. I can dog myself all day for over eating, or weight gain. In the end Im over looking what really matters. Getting fit and happiness. Good luck and hang in there.

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2/23/13 2:21 P


Depending on your current weight and how active you are, 1200 calories may be too low. While it's true that most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods. QUALITY of the food you eat has a huge impact not only on your health, but your waistline too.

You don't have your food diary posted. Could you give us an idea of what kinds of foods you've been eating ? How much exercise do you do each day ? The more you tell us about yourself, the better we'll be able to give you more advice.

In general, 1200 calories is the absolute minimum an adult woman needs to ensure they get all the vital nutrients their body needs to function properly. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose. Eating too little can hinder a person's weight loss, not help it.

So, what sorts of foods have you been eating ? If I were to go back in time and give myself one piece of advice that would help me lose weight and be more healthy, it would be to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day. Just that one change could not only help you lose weight, but it would improve your overall health too. Because when a person's insides are healthy, that reflects on their outsides.

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2/23/13 11:42 A

If your weight is accurate, then 1200 calories is too little... and less than 1200 calories is DEFINITELY too little. The absolute minimum SP will recommend for anyone is 1200-1550, and 1200 calories is generally only appropriate for people close to their goal weight, and sedentary.

What is your Sparkpeople generated calorie range?

Edited by: DRAGONCHILDE at: 2/23/2013 (11:48)

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2/23/13 11:12 A

It's quite possible that you're not eating enough calories. If you don't get enough calories, your body will go into starvation mode, and it'll be harder to lose any weight. You mention that you've been eating 1200 calories or less,but really, you shouldn't be eating less than 1300 calories a day.

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2/23/13 10:41 A

I have been hovering around the same couple pounds for weeks. I have been staying within 1200 calories a day or less. I have been working out everyday with alternate workouts zumba, elliptical, step up aerobics, boot camp classes, and weight lifting. I can't seem too lose any weight. I drink water, coffee and tea everyday.

What can I do to actually loose weight.

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