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MUSCLEBOUNDBABE Posts: 998
1/14/14 3:22 P

One thing to keep in mind is the type of calories you're putting in your body. For example, 30% of your protein intake is burned through digestion alone, while with carbs, that % is much smaller. Plus, protein is essential for sustaining muscle.

http://www.livestrong.com/article/299424
-calories-burned-digesting-protein/

A good article to help out.

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1/14/14 2:43 P

Thank you!

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 57,123
1/14/14 1:59 P

I would try the upper end of your SP recommended calorie range.


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1/14/14 1:47 P

Thank you so much for your input. What would you recommend my caloric intake to be at this time?

Thanks again,

Gnocchi

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 57,123
1/14/14 1:18 P

1 pound per week is aggressive when you only have 10 pounds to lose. I wouldn't say your body is in "starvation mode", but sometimes we need to eat a little more in order to start losing. It's just as likely that you might need to give it more time, and hopefully the weight loss will start in the next few weeks.

Coach Jen

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1/14/14 12:36 P

Thanks once again for responding.

Yes, I just used the caloric intake measurement based on my height and weight. I planned to lose 1 pound per week but that sounds like it's unrealistic.

So let me clarify. What you're saying is that because I'm exercising now but staying on the lower end of my caloric intake, my body is in starvation mode because it needs the extra fuel, right? I'm worried about eating calories I've burnt though, to be honest. Also, I don't know if it matters but I'm 5'0.

Thank you so much for your input.

Gnocchibear

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 57,123
1/14/14 12:06 P

I'm assuming you're using the option to get a calorie range based on a calories burned goal, not based on the exercise you're entering in the tracker. But correct me if I'm wrong.

I would try staying toward the upper end of that range for a while to see how things go. Keep in mind that the less you have to lose, the slower it's going to come off. You might just need to give it more time before the weight loss starts. How many pounds per week have you set the program to lose? 1/2 pound/wk is probably realistic for you at this point.

Coach Jen

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1/14/14 11:25 A

Thank you so much, Coach Jen.

Sparkpeople told me I'm in the 1200-1550 range. I'm 131 pounds. Is this incorrect?

Thank you.

Gnocchibear

SPARK_COACH_JEN Posts: 57,123
1/14/14 10:22 A

A few things to consider:

The closer you are to your goal weight, the slower the weight is going to come off. I would recommend having your body fat tested because that's a better indicator of health versus a number on the scale. Most gyms offer the test for a small fee, and that way you'll know if you really have to lose more weight, or if you're already at a healthy weight.

1200-1300 calories is not enough for someone who is exercising for an hour a day. What kind of calorie range does your SparkPeople program suggest for you?

Coach Jen

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1/14/14 10:07 A

I've been actively trying to lose weight now for three weeks. I feel I typically ate well, it was the lack of movement that helped put on the weight. I want to drop 10 pounds but the scale hasn't budged and I'm becoming very frustrated because this has never happened to me before. I usually eat between 1200-1300 calories which is in my weight group. I've been walking 6 miles a day total, doing an hour of moderate intensity (3.5 which is a jog for me) on the tredmill 6 days a week. Never a breakfast eater, I've been forcing myself to eat a yogurt cup for breakfast. I don't understand why I'm having such a difficult time. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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