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MLS616
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1/29/13 10:36 P

Hi,

Did you enter your activity levels? so how much you plan to exercise each week?


Michelle



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1/29/13 10:24 A

HI TLDENT1,

When you entered your data (current weight, goal weight, time frame to meet your goal weight, activity, etc) SparkPeople would have generated a calorie range based on this information. Keep in mind that SparkPeople also uses an active daily living multiplier for any activity outside working out (cleaning, working, shopping, etc).

When you think of calories, think of them like gas is to your car. Your body needs calories to function, just like your car needs gas. If you are not consuming enough calories, your body will compensate by slowing your metabolism. But don't believe the hype that once your metabolism is slowed you can never bring it back up. That is where eating enough comes into play, as well as exercise--both cardio and strength training.

And yes, age is a factor (more to the fact that the older we are the less lean body mass we have and this is metabolically active tissue, which is why strength training is so important for us)...I began my journey 8 years ago at age 43. While it took me 3 1/2 years to lose the 80 pounds, for the first time ever, I have actually kept the weight off (4 1/2 years now and counting) than it took for me to lose it. This is my way of living.

Be strong!

Coach Nancy



TLDENT1
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1/29/13 10:10 A

I am 46 years old and have not tried ot lose weight in many, many years. I also had a baby in my 40's, so I am guessing that my hormones due to the baby and my age will effect me differently.

I guess my main concern is that I don't eat enough. So, I am trying to find that "right" balance. For example, I seem to eat between 1200-1300 calories per day even when I am exercisiong and burning 300-500 extra calories. So, that is what I am trying to wrap my brain around. Is that enough calories?

Thanks for your time!



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1/29/13 9:55 A

Hi TLDENT1,

Weight loss is very seldom a linear process. In other words, you can follow your plan to a T, but still not lose any weight. This does not mean you have failed. The reason, there are so many factors (diet, hydration, workouts and hormones) that affect the rate at which we lose that putting too much pressure to lose x amount of pounds per week can keep you trapped in a diet mentality.

Also note that losing 2 pounds a week is very tough to do, unless you have a large amount of weight to lose. The closer you are to a healthy weight the slower the process. But remember eating less and moving more can actually cause your body to conserve the calories you are eating, if you are not eating enough to maintain normal biological functions.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy



TLDENT1
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1/29/13 9:27 A

My daily calorie goal is 1200-1550. I exercise 5 days a week for an average of 50 minutes. Is it okay if I eat 1,600 calories one day? I am trying to lose 8 lbs at 2 lbs per week. I am new to using Spark and am not sure that I have inputted all the necessary info correctly. Please help!

Edited by: TLDENT1 at: 1/29/2013 (09:35)


 
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