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CATHWREN SparkPoints: (55,913)
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12/11/12 1:39 P

One thing I'm pretty good about is using my tracker even if I've screwed up my plan for the day. I also have NO problem getting my water in; I've always been a big drinker and all I drink, or at least 99% of what I drink is water. I have a sleep disorder so fatigue is a normal factor for me. You're right, it does make me want to eat more.

The thing that was bugging me the most was that at 1700 - 1900 calories a day I expected that to be a maintenance weight for my goal weight yet here I was gaining weight on that amount and at a much higher weight than my goal. One thing I've thought of was maybe the calories listed in the tracker for what I was eating weren't accurate and I was actually getting a lot more calories. Or maybe the stuff I was eyeballing instead of measuring was being under estimated. I hope that is the case because it means I was gaining weight on more calories than I was tracking.

Any way, thank for the tips and encouragement.

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (12,145)
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12/11/12 1:00 P

Do you post what you ate in a day on the tracker?

SHERETA1 Posts: 129
12/11/12 10:59 A

I read in the Biggest loser book the same thing Becky is saying. As you loose, no matter what you were eating before, you will have to continually decrease calories or up calorie burn to keep seeing the numbers drop.

Good luck. Keep tweaking. You should be back on track soon.

Edited by: SHERETA1 at: 12/11/2012 (11:00)
DMJAKES Posts: 1,635
12/11/12 8:57 A

Cath - learning to eat well as part of a healthy lifestyle has been a journey for me, with almost constant tweaks and lots of mistakes (and learning from them) along the way.

Now that you've had some success, it may be time to focus on the quality of your diet. Are you meeting your protein and fiber goals on most days? Are you drinking enough water? How many processed foods are still a regular part of your diet? Are you skipping meals, or going too long between meals, thus making yourself more prone to grabbing the junk?
Also, how's your sleep---when I'm tired I REALLY want chocolate!

I would suggest looking back through your trackers and picking out one thing that you can change to make your diet even better/more nutritious. Get that down pat and then choose something else. I started out by working on one meal at a time, then moving on to the next. You can do this!!

12/10/12 7:36 P

What I "hope" for you is that as you lose more weight---you can increase your activity to offset the calorie range.
I agree...INDYGIRL is inspirational. You are too.

PS..sometimes I see content on your sparkpage that triggers conversations from the past. I couldn't put my finger on it---but I thought there were some medical issues.

Edited by: DIETITIANBECKY at: 12/10/2012 (19:37)
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12/10/12 7:32 P

Wow Becky! How could you remember that about me when you must deal with thousands of Sparkers?! I'm impressed. Yes, I do have some physical limitations but I'm hoping that losing weight will offset some of that and allow me to become more active again. I have had someone comment on how much faster I'm walking now so I'm getting there. If IndyGirl can do it, so can I, right?

I do realize that when you weigh less, you need fewer calories to maintain that weight but it just seems like gaining on 1900 calories a day is...well, it stinks. Especially since I still weigh 230. What's it going to be like when I weigh 150?! My metabolism must be really slow.

I've tried to think of this as a new lifestyle and not just a diet but it really just feels like a diet.

Well, there is no sense in whining (any more); it is what it is and I'll just have to be more careful to stay under my range. Thanks for listening.

12/10/12 7:14 P

Yes, you will need fewer calories when there is less to your body.
If my memory serves me, I also think you have a medical history that greatly limits your physical activity---this too can have a large impact on your calorie needs for weight loss and weight maintenance.

SP Dietitian Becky

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12/10/12 6:52 P

Sheesh! I can't say I'm happy to hear about that. No wonder we tend to gain back weight we've lost. I hope my tastes change as I lose weight and I stop enjoying all the good foods I enjoy now.

This is discouraging.

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12/10/12 6:21 P

I was watching a documentary recently, what was it... I think it was the Weight of the Nation one. There was a physician on there talking about how people who are once fat and lose weight, need to eat 15% less calories to maintain their weight than someone who is the same weight and was never fat. So sorry to say, but it may be a case of needing to eat less calories to maintain and even less to lose. Of course you could just start exercising like crazy to make up for it!

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12/10/12 5:37 P

Unfortunately, it isn't a couple of hundred extra calories for just a couple of days. I've averaged 3 days a week between 1700 and 1900 calories while the rest of the days have been about 1400-1500 which is the top of my range. This has been going on for 3 weeks and I've gained each week; I'm up 10 lbs. sigh

Well, I'm being extra careful now and will try to keep my calories on the lower end of my range for the next couple of weeks to see if I can get back on track.

And I was doing so well, too. sigh

CHRISTINA791 SparkPoints: (70,907)
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12/10/12 4:45 P

If you're seeing an immediate 'gain' the day after eating a heavier diet or more junk food than you're used to, it's probably water retention. Those days usually involve a lot of sodium (eating out, salty snacks, processed food, etc), which is almost guaranteed to show up as extra weight on the scale. One or two days of going a couple hundred calories over your range won't cause two pounds of immediate fat gain. There are also hormonal fluctuations and a dozen other things that affect weight besides actual fat gain.

I've found that since switching to a healthier diet, I definitely see the weight fluctuations more when I eat something out of the ordinary. I used to eat almost entirely processed foods, so I'm pretty sure I was in some kind of perma-bloat mode. Now that it's not my usual way of eating, I'll actually see my body's reaction to those types of foods. It's not permanent, and a couple days of clean eating and lots of water will take care of it, but it's something to watch out for.

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12/10/12 4:35 P

Well, I actually know why. It was all the junk that I ate. What I don't understand is how, when I was nearly 300 pounds, I ate a lot more junk and my weight stayed fairly stable at just under 300. Now I've lost nearly 70 pounds and am eating much healthier than before. But now it seems that any deviation from healthy eating causes me to gain even though I know I'm not eating more calories than I did at 300 pounds.

Although I don't know how many calories I was eating at 300 pounds but it was probably about 2800+, I know it was a lot more than I've been averaging since I lost weight...and yet, if I eat 1700 calories 2 days or more in a row, I don't lose weight and will probably gain weight.

How am I going to maintain when I've reached my goal when even small deviations during the weight loss process ruin everything? I feel like I'm doomed to only 1500 calories for life.

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