I'm in the same boat folks, I gained two lbs and my eating has been perfect - no dessert, no soda, just water, only home cooked spark recipes, and one to two workouts a day. Maybe you are at the body weight your body means you to be at? If you are very close to your goal, its possible. Or maybe (like me) you set an unreasonable goal at first. I am still trying to figure out how to choose the healthy body weight for me. BMI calculator says 129-174 (what a range?!) and I am 5'10" with broad shoulders and hips and a classic hourglass body shape. But we gotta keep moving forward, knowing that eventually our body will get with thee program. I wrote a funny blog about it today because I was so frustrated. Go read it I bet you will laugh too.
Hang in there yall, I'm with you, we are all in this together!
2/28/12 7:25 A
NMROSE, I am glad that you are finding help and are on the right track now. Reach out for help when you need it!!!
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2 2/27/12 6:59 P
I've battled my weight my whole life, many times by eating too little. I've trained my body to survive on a much smaller amount of food than most people. As a result I am now having to work with a doctor to restart my metabolism, I basically don't have one. I have to balance carbs, protein and fats. Also I'm having to make sure I get the right amount of calories. Don't put yourself thru this only to end up worse than you were before. Listen to all the sound advice that has been offered. They're all saying the same thing. I just wish someone had cared enough when I was younger to give me that advice. Good luck
I second the previous posts. Your current regimen is a disaster. It is literally starvation, you're eating your own muscles, and it will not do your health any good. Pain won't get you where you want to go. Life doesn't work that way.
If you're suffering from clinical depression, you need medical assistance. Or at least some St John's Wort. It takes time and consistency, but can be helped. If you're just feeling bad because your life/body aren't matching your dream life/body, you need an attitude adjustment. I don't know what will work for you for that, but I strongly encourage you to seek it.
I know it isn't what you want to hear, but fast isn't going to happen if you want to maintain reasonable health. At best, the way you're going, you'll end up with stick arms and legs and look like a famine victim. That can't be what you want?
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2/27/12 10:40 A
Cutting your caloric intake to 500 calories a day combined with high intensity cardio will not help you lose weight. That five pound loss you've had in two days is not a fat loss. It's a water weight loss because you're probably dehydrated and not eating. The minute you start eating normally, that "weight" will return.
Don't starve your body of the calories it needs to be healthy. While this seems to be working right now, I can assure you, you will gain the weight back fast later. An adult women shouldn't eat less than 1200 calories per day to ensure she gets all the vital nutrients her body needs to be healthy.
You may find that in a few more days of eating like this, you're going to start feeling really fatigued. food = energy and no food = no energy. If you're going to maintain an intense exercise schedule, you have to eat. Otherwise, you're going to see a decrease in your performance.
This is NOT the Biggest Loser. Eating too little and exercising too much will not speed up your weight loss. What you are doing is teaching your body to hold onto fat instead of release fat. If you want your body to release fat, you've going to have to eat and do some strength training.
Ultimately, if you really want to change your body, it's not the cardio that will help you do it. It's strength training. Add lean muscle. Muscle burns fat and the more lean muscle you carry, the more efficient your body will be at burning fat. But here's the thing, if you're going to strength train, you're going to have to eat more than 500 calories a day.
There really is no fast way to lose weight fast without damaging your health. You need to eat at least 1200 calories minimum and that's assuming you're completely sedentary. If you're going to do that combat training class, then add more. Otherwise, you really are hindering your long term weight loss, not helping it.
Ok, this is only my first day but you can not seriously cut down to 500 calories a day and maintain a healthy weight loss. I also suffer from depression and I know first hand thats starving yourself to loose weight does not make you feel any better than eating loads and then feeling guilty does. You just end up extreamly hungry and pissed off by it. Try chopping up loads of fressh fruit and veg to snack on through the day. Naturaly sweet and often they burn more calories to eat than they actually contain. Please take the time to consider the harm you are doing to your body by not eating properly.
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2/27/12 6:38 A
if you mean you are only eating 500 calories... you are not eating a healthy amount... starving yourself is not the answer.... fast weight loss is not healthy... I am sorry you suffer from depression, but hurting yourself is not a solution. Plus you will gain the weight back. Try changing your workout,spend time outdoors, do things that make you happy, but please do a healthy weight loss!
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2/27/12 5:35 A
The workout ive been doing is high cardio body combat training so it should be burning the calories. Not to worry tho ive lost 5 lbs in the past 2 days by cutting my calorie intake to 500 a day and burning at least 600 on the exercise bike and with 45 min cardio workout so im down to 12stone 1lb. its killing me and im hungry all the time but as they say "no pain no gain". I suffer with depression and looking at my body the way it is now is making me worse so i have to lose the weight fast for my own wellbeing and sanity. If starving is the way to do it then so be it. Thanx for all your input guys i do appreciate it.
My ex gained about 150 lbs when he quit smoking. He's started up again, but is not losing any weight. Don't go there, may not help.
I don't know what you weigh, but consider the possibility that you may need to eat more. 1300 is pretty low, and if it's too low you, it will slow your metabolism down.
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2/24/12 11:44 A
As Coach Nancy noted, your weight is not a static number. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. There may even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. This isn't the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.
Also, QUALITY of the food you eat matters a lot. While it's true that many people eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong foods and not enough of the right foods. If you were to concentrate on eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies each and every day, with time, you would see a change. Eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, drinking 8 glasses of water, eating lean cuts of meat or fish, avoiding highly processed foods, fast food, etc... When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. Good nutrition is what takes the weight off and keeps it off. Exercise is what keeps our bodies fit and healthy.
If you are seeing a small loss, that's great ! Take the weight off slowly and it will stay off. Those losses you see on the Biggest Loser just aren't typical. Weight loss is a slow steady process that takes time.
So, don't assume something must be wrong because the weight isn't coming off as fast as you'd like it. If you continue to eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time.
Patience, it's a virtue.
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46,222 2/24/12 10:08 A
It is difficult to say because there are so many factors as to the rate at which one loses...things such as genetics, current body composition, current level of fitness, intensity of the exercise, etc. Other factors that affect the scale include the weight of the food and liquid you just ate, the last time you used the restroom, water retention, hormonal changes, clothing and more. It's normal for your weight to fluctuate day-to-day and throughout the day. That's why it's best to weigh yourself less often (like once a week)
I highly recommend the SparkPeople Calorie calculation link (see below). Also make sure you are active during the day. Many people are great at getting in a good hour or two of exercise and then go home and sit all day. It is actually our resting metabolic rate (the number of calories we need just to survive and doing nothing else) and our active daily living tasks (cleaning, shopping, walking around the house, etc) that we burn most of our daily calories.
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2/24/12 7:51 A
it various how much calories you are burning and how much you are eating for effective weight loss. eg. I eat 1700 a day I am at my last 20lbs to lose, but I am running 5x a week at various distances. Also another important ratio is the carb to protien and fat ratio are you on track with that? Sometimes you need to change up your workout routine. Do you go walking or anything outdoors? I am not an expert but I would say slim gum and acai berry is not necessary and a waste of money... but don't get frustrated... try taking a look at what you are eating, making sure you drink lots of water 8-10 glasses a day.
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2/24/12 5:24 A
Hi guys im new to this so bear with me. I quit smoking over 4 months ago and with that and christmas and the comfort eating i do ive gained a couple of stone. Ive cut my calorie intake down to around 1300 a day. ive started doing a brilliant Les Mills workout on you tube twice a day. Im even using adios, slim gum, acai berry and sea kelp but i just cant seem to lose much weight. ATM its less than a pound a week. Im on the verge of going back to the cigarettes as at least i was thinner then. HELP!!!!!!
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