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9/28/12 1:43 P


I agree, only eating 1,000 calories a day isn't enough to keep a grown woman healthy. Eating too little and exercising too much can hinder a person's weight loss. The absolute bare minimum of calories a health adult woman should eat is 1200 per day. That's the least amount that ensures she gets all the vital minerals and nutrients her body needs to be healthy.

Eating 1,000 calories a day is just too drastic a cut in your calories. You really should be eating more if you want to lose weight. By eating too little, you're forcing your body to conserve fat instead of release fat. In order to release fat, you have to eat.

As far as "gaining" weight. What you're experiencing is perfectly normal. It's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope, it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

If you've been tracking your weight over the last few weeks, you've probably noticed days your weight goes up and days it's down. those kinds of fluctuations really are normal. Shoot, I can easily gain as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of water retention.

In order to truly gain one pound of fat, a person needs to eat an extra 3,500 calories on top of their regular intake. so, if you know you didn't eat all that extra food, then you haven't gained fat. You're just retaining water. And that really is normal. it will pass in a few days.

But, DO consider increasing the number of calories you eat. 1,000 really isn't enough to fuel an active woman's day.

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9/27/12 10:28 P

There are so many things that can cause it, but if you are doing a lot and eating less, it may be the starvation mode thing...or is it that time of the month?

I have times I just can't lose.

I have trouble eating 1200 calories, too, but I do try to eat throughout the day all day. Also, when are you weighing yourself? I weigh less first thing in the morning. My weight can fluctuate 5 lbs. per day

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9/27/12 8:52 P

Hi Kay,

Why are you only eating 1000 calories a day? SparkPeople's plan does not promote any woman to eat less than 1200 calories a day. And this is primarily for those who are close to her goal weight or who live a very sedentary lifestyle.

Not eating enough may cause your body to conserve the calories you are eating. This is caused starvation or hibernation mode. The moral of the story is that you must eat to lose, especially if you are active.

Remember too, that our weight is not a static number. Anything from our diet, to workouts to our hydration and hormones can cause a shift on the scale.

Hang int there!

Coach Nancy

KAYV60 Posts: 1
9/27/12 8:35 P

Help! I've lost over 20 lbs over the last few months. BUT, this week, I've been gaing 1/2 lb per day, I've already gone up 2 lbs this week. Yikes!!! I run or walk 5+ miles/day and lift weights 3 times/week. I eat ~1000 calories a day. Haven't changed my eating or workout routine except adding more salad (just veggies and light dressing) to my diet. Can't figure out what I'm doing wrong this week. Can anyone help?

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