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There's something to this EATING MORE stuff.

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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

On the 6th, my husband gave me a Body Media Fit for St. Nick's Day. It was originally meant to be a Christmas gift, but he knew how badly I wanted it, so it swapped it out. Best. Husband. Ever. So I started wearing the BMF, and it confirmed a few things for me right away:

1. I burn a lot of calories every day (full 24-hrs), anywhere from 2200 on sedentary days to 2600+ on exercise days. I also walk a lot of steps, averaging around 13000 a day. I even get in 10000 on sedentary days. Apparently, I move around a LOT, and my metabolism is pretty good.

2. I do not eat nearly enough. I've been doing that whole Points Plus Weight Watchers thing on and off since June, and on it, I eat around 1300-1500 calories a day. Do the math - most days my calorie differential is greater than 1000 calories. Oops. Especially oops since my body doesn't like to have more than a 500 calorie differential in a day.

3. Certain kinds of exercise is better for me and burn more calories (dancing, walking, running, even jogging in place) and certain kinds don't burn a whole lot OR boost my resting metabolism despite their claims (weight lifting interval training, elliptical). I burn as many calories doing Coach Nicole's 10-minute Crunchless Abs video as I do in 10 minutes panting away on my elliptical. Yeah.

After a week with the BMF, something broke and it would not communicate with my computer anymore. I had to send it back under warranty, and I will be getting a new one at some point. This is why I haven't done a full review - I want more than a week's worth of information before I can fully review it. But in the last two weeks, I have acted on what my limited data has told me, particularly on the fact that I need to eat more.

There's so much pressure in the weight loss world to eat less. I have seriously had people come by my blogs here on Spark and tell me that the reason I'm having trouble losing is because I'm eating too much. This happens more often than I can count, and it's ridiculous. Obviously, eating my 1300-1500 calories a day is NOT helping me. The first week I was using the BMF, I bumped my calories up to a 1700-1900 range. It was hard to eat that much! But in that week, I didn't gain an ounce, and I lost some of the swelling around my abdomen. I also felt less cranky, and had far more energy.

This week, I've bumped my calories up to 2000+, with some days going up to 2600 calories. And what happened? I lost weight for the first time in three weeks. It was only half a pound, down to 159.5, and I haven't updated my ticker yet, but I FINALLY lost weight. Not only did I lose it, but I lost it on a week when I was swelling up because of girl stuff. I also lost a quarter inch on my lower waist - despite the swelling - and I lost a quarter inch in my arm in a single week, which is the first I've lost on my arm since MAY. I sleep better at night, and when I do wake up and stay awake (insomnia does still trouble me), I do not get hungry. I feel better, so much better.

For the last 15 months, I have been eating far less than I should. I've mostly kept my calories under 1700, and often much lower than that. No wonder I've been unable to lose more than 2-3 lbs a month all that time. I need to stop listening to all the pressure to eat less, and do what my body - and now my mind - knows I ought to do, and eat MORE.
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LITTLEDAISY0 1/27/2013 8:22PM

    SP advised me to up my calories a couple of weeks ago!!! I did but haven't lost ANY weight since then. I feel great and am very happy for the 40 pounds and 4 pants size I have lost since June, but I have several more pounds to lose! Even started thinking that maybe being over 60 was hindering the weight loss! Earlier today I made the decision to go back to 1250 calories a day tomorrow. After reading this, I am determined to give it more time. Thanks!

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CM_GARDNER78 1/13/2013 4:00PM

    I'm glad to know how you like the BMF. I'm considering something (Fitbit, or whatever) but haven't made up my mind yet.

Also - good for you!! I'm glad that you were able to listen to your body and do what felt right for you!!! :-) I'm happy for you!! :-)

Thanks for a great blog!

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LTULLIS 1/6/2013 11:08PM

    You show how every body is different


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PEACEHOPE1 1/5/2013 8:53PM

    Loved your blog. I'm just getting ready to start measuring and weighing food tomorrow, along with counting calories to be within range. I know I would have been one of those people who would have assumed less is best....but your words are so true...and I'm going to use it as caution to make sure I don't drop my calories too low. Thanks so much, you're doing awesome!

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FAT2GAINHEALTH 1/5/2013 5:02PM

    great blog !!!!

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WOLFKITTY 1/5/2013 3:23AM

    YEAH!!!!!

So true, and everyone needs to find that magic formula for themselves! :)
Congrats!
Jocelyn

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ZIGGY7611 1/4/2013 5:53PM

    Congrats! Glad you were able to break through your plateau!

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SWAZY33 1/4/2013 12:57PM

    I have been told by many ppl that my calories are too low and that's why I have been stuck and...since the beginning og the year...I've upped the calories and dropped 2 pounds so far...so YES I agree that there is something to it too!!

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1DRWOMAN 1/3/2013 6:08AM

    People that tell you you're eating too much need a good slap! I always look at the activity vs calories and USUALLY people aren't eating enough! They try and stay on the low side and then stop...there's nowhere else to,go...or they are buning so many calories that they are famished! Then feel guilty when they eat more! Crazy! Good for you and your media fit. I have a bodybugg and a fitbit One now and I love them both for different reasons! Yea hubby! :)

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DINAOREILLY 1/2/2013 11:31PM

    Loved your post....so true....my friend called to say she had been eating next to nothing for 3 weeks and only lost 4 pounds so she gave up and began eating again....guess what?? She lost 4 more pounds....guess her body decided to give up those pounds when her poor body realized she wasn't going to starve it again....balance is the key and each to their own journey of needs...Hugs and thanks for a great post..

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ADVENTURESEEKER 1/2/2013 4:01PM

    Yes! I *loved* wearing the bodymedia fit!! Isn't it crazy how it reads out?! How the activities I thought burned lots of calories didn't, and how surprising running burns lots. Love that thing.

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JSTHIESS 1/2/2013 12:11AM

    EXCELLENT blog!!! Love that you said and figured out the truth :) WAY TO GO!!!

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MARYJEANSL 12/29/2012 6:23PM

  Wow! You are a prime example of the fact that our bodies can go into starvation mode and refuse to let go of any weight. Thank you very much for the cautionary tale - and I'm glad you are doing and feeling better eating a more reasonable number of calories - what is right for YOU.

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TINAJANE76 12/25/2012 11:52AM

    So glad you found something that's helped you break through. I know you've been frustrated for a long time that the scale hasn't been moving, so this is fantastic. I'm so happy for you!

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JIBBIE49 12/22/2012 7:08PM

    Great to see you blog featured in the Spark Mail.

At 63, I couldn't begin to lose weight on 1700 calories per day. Nice to do when you are young. emoticon

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PENOWOK 12/22/2012 12:08PM

    Great lesson learned! That is so right. When you eat too little your body thinks you're starving it and it holds on to stuff ! Your body media sounds amazing!! Fabulous husband!

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PEGGYO 12/21/2012 8:56PM

    glad you like it

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GOOSIEMOON 12/21/2012 1:19PM

    Good for you for learning to listen to your body!

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PORTIAWILLIS 12/21/2012 1:15PM

    congratulations on listening to your body.

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ROCKYCPA 12/21/2012 2:48AM

    Gooo for you - figuring out what works for you!

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WORLDSERIES11 12/21/2012 1:54AM

    I've discovered this same thing!! I've been stuck for nearly 2 months and when I finally starting eating and little more and exercising a little less I lost 2 lbs in one week! Seems so contrary to everything we're told, but like you've learned, in some cases more is better...lol

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/21/2012 12:10AM

    YES eating more is so important sometimes! Sure, lots of people can get away with eating 1200 calories per day. I did that for a while. But every time I ate a little more, I actually lost weight faster. And I definitely had gotten to the point where I wasn't eating enough - my periods stopped when I was still technically overweight (just barely, but still). I started increasing my calories to try to gain weight. Turns out, with my old activity level I could eat 3500 calories a day and not gain weight. I was still losing when I was eating 2500 calories/day. Crazy...but true! I'm so glad you're not letting people peer pressure you into being unhealthy - our optimal numbers, be they calories or metabolism or fitness minutes or weight or whatever - are as individual and different for each of us as our fingerprints, I think. Way to go, and keep eating what you need to! :)


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JAMER123 12/20/2012 10:37PM

    The one thing I learned when I first began with SP was I was eating far too few calories. I looked at the recommended range & said I couldn't eat that much but figured I would try. Guess what!!!! I have lost over 80# by eating too much! Mo wanted to lose weight but wouldn't listen to me about calories. She & her friends joined Jenny Craig for a month and learned they all needed to eat........3 meals & 3 snacks to fill the calories. It's hard to tell someone they don't eat enough when one is overweight but it is the key, a good calorie range!
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PATRICIAANN46 12/20/2012 5:16PM

  We are all so different and HAVE to do what works best for us. I would say, emoticon

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 12/20/2012 4:21PM

    Great job! It's really hard listening to YOU sometimes. I know my mom fusses that I "eat too much" (I eat in the 1500-1900 range, and I'm pregnant - and this was approved my my doc). kind of amazing; how did we all get this backwards?

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LIVELYGIRL2 12/20/2012 2:37PM

  Sounds like it is really going to help you.

All of us, well some of us, would like to compare these devices, because we might like to purchase one in the future.

I hope Spark will have additional options, because I have seen a few brands.

So, if any Spark people staff read this, please let us know, OK Thanks!

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SEXBOBOMB 12/20/2012 1:51PM

    Good for you! Glad you found a range that's working!

I spent a lifetime thinking I couldn't eat more than 1200 calories a day in order to lose weight. Spark told me to eat 1800 and the weight is coming off!

It's math, people -- and it's all individual!
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SOUTH_FORK 12/20/2012 1:30PM

    You do have a sweet hubby- glad you've found one of the components to what YOUR body needs. SparkPeople put my daily calorie range lower than I'm comfortable eating after calculating my BMR and AMR- then, after taking into account that I'm still breastfeeding (limited), I decided I should be eating in the realm of about 2,000 calories a day. My weight has slowly crept downwards consistently- and I'm eating in a way I KNOW I can maintain long-term!

Hope this all works out for you- also, fantastic timing. Just when everyone else is trying to avoid the holiday sweets, you find out that your body wants a few extra calories... emoticon

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PCASEY7 12/20/2012 11:22AM

    Great blog and confirms a number of SP articles that indicate eating too little actually hurts your weight loss effort as your body thinks you're into 'starvation mode'. Great to know there are gadgets out there that facilitate the info you require. Keep up the great activity & eating plans!

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SANDYCRANE 12/20/2012 11:06AM

    Boy, I sure wish I had your problem. I am glad you figured things out, it is amazing what technology can do these days. Congratulations and keep up the good work.


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FARIS71 12/20/2012 10:39AM

    We are so amazingly made. Good for your to learn what your body likes & needs!!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 12/20/2012 10:31AM

    Every body reacts differently to different amounts of food. I'm glad you figured out what's working for you and I hope your new gadget is fixed soon!

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JACKIE542 12/20/2012 10:23AM

    Great blog, I also figured this out , we need to listen to ourselves sometimes, dp what is right for ourselves. emoticon emoticon

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ARTSYGIRL5 12/20/2012 9:21AM

   
Nice to see your blog this morning. I am having the same problem.

I have a Fit Bit and love it.My scale has barley moved for the last 3 months.The fit bit says I can eat, say 800 calories more on a certain day.This is the part I do not get.Do you adjust your calories daily? It seems there is such a fine line. If you eat extra calories on the weekend the scale goes up. How long does it take for your body to adjust to the extra calories?



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JEANNEBUM2 12/20/2012 9:12AM

  GOOD FOR YOU FOR LISTENING TO YOUR OWN NEEDS. I'M BAD AT TRACKING, AND TO SEE THAT YOU KNOW EXACTLY HOW MANY CALORIES YOU TAKE IN A DAY MAKES ME FEEL MOTIVATED TO TAKE BETTER CHARGE OF MY WEIGHT LOSS JOURNEY.

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