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200 lb goal

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Well my 200 lb goal is May and to reach that I need lose 1.75/wk. I usually eat under my minimum calories and losing but this wk I decided to eat at least minimum to see how it works. Well I lost 1 lb this wk but I feel heavier, wake up feeling heavy. I want to go back to eating less than minimum to feel better. Is that ok? Does anybody know ?
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JAROL7 12/26/2013 11:34AM

    Well, it depends on what you consider minimum. SP originally said my minimum was 1500 calories. I knew from past experience that I could not lose weight at 1500. That is a maintenance level for me. So for 140 days since I started my journey on August 9 in my doctor's office, I have set my minimum at 1200 calories with a goal of 1200-1300. I have gone over 1300 on 22 of my 140 days. I have also been under my minimum on most days. Some days I fall under 1000 and then I force myself to eat enough to bring the calorie count up. I watch the SP Nutrition Tracker daily report to make sure I am in the normal category of the nutrients I track. The hardest one for me to keep up is protein and I often have to add foods to get it up to normal. But my plan works and I have taken off 28 lbs and 2 inches off the waist in these 140 days. I feel great. I play competitive table tennis almost every day. I have another doctor's appointment in March, 2014.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 12/24/2013 1:21PM

    I agree with Melissimaus. Listen to your body!

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MELISSIMAUS 12/24/2013 11:25AM

    Long term, undereating will cause your body to go into "starvation mode" and stop losing, as it fights to hold on to the safety cushion. However, I find that sometimes I haven't been measuring or tracking as carefully as I could have, and even though my tracker shows that I'm under, in reality, I'm probably right on target. Since I know that obsessing too much about weight loss tends to throw me off, I figure it's better to keep tracking in my "pretty close" way and aim for that lower number.

Tracking accurately is better in terms of results, but for me, it's important to have fun with it and not get angry at having to be "perfect" all the time. I learned the last time I lost weight that obsessing would eventually lead to falling drastically off the wagon as I got sick of it.

Long answer is long! The short version is, find what works for you. You don't want to starve your body, but it may be that for right now, your body needs fewer calories. Listen to your body, basically.

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