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7/6/13 6:51 A


There is a misconception that in order to lose weight, a person should drastically cut their calories. That's something people have done for years. Eat less, lose weight. Right ? Yes and No.

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 food and not enough of the right food. QUALITY of the food you has an impact not only on your health, but your waistline too.

So, if those 2,000 calories are coming from good quality sources, then that would explain why you're losing. quality trumps quantity. Yes, eat less. but mostly eating right is what makes the biggest difference. When your insides are healthy, that reflects on your outsides.

When a person drastically cuts their calories, they are forcing their body to make a choice. Have calories to fuel whatever exercise or activities they do during the day OR having calories to keep their heart and lungs functioning. I can assure you that your body doesn't care if you're trying to lose weight or not. All your body cares about is having enough calories to keep you alive. So, if your body doesn't get the calories it needs to function properly, it will SLOW DOWN all the other biochemical processes to compensate.

I know this sounds strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight.

Edited by: ARCHIMEDESII at: 7/6/2013 (06:54)

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7/6/13 12:13 A

I'm glad you are finding success! Perhaps you have changed what you eat to less calorie dense food?

As you get closer to your goal, you will have to eat less calories to keep on losing. This website will adjust your goals as you go. We don't want to go too low in calorie count for our needs, because we want to keep our metabolism revved up and burning calories. If we eat too little, our metabolism goes into saving mode, and it is really hard to lose weight.

It is important to start to exercise. When we lose weight from just dieting, we are losing both fat and muscle, unless we signal our body we want to keep the muscular stuff.

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7/5/13 11:19 P

What you are describing isn't uncommon. Often people tend to UNDER-eat for their needs. A heavier person needs more calories just live. Have you increased your protein? That can help a person to feel fuller for longer. Are you eating more filling but lower calorie foods?

It may be that you are exercising more now, which needs more calories. I notice you belong to the IBS team - had you been on any medication that would have aggravated weight issues. Prednisone is a common one, but there are many others, for other conditions, too, including depression.

As your weight comes down, you may find that you calorific requirements reduce also.

Because whatever you are doing is causing your weight to decrease (and hopefully not fast) then I would just continue with what you are doing already.


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7/5/13 9:38 P

I feel like I am eating a ton! Nearly 2000 calories a day! But my weight and the way my clothes fit are going down every week. I dont get it but I am not hungry like I used to be. Can anyone explain this? It seems like alot to eat!

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