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DEANSDAD
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7/4/14 2:04 P

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Clarissa posted:

"You may need more food. If the body thinks it's starving it will hold on to whatever it needs to maintain."

There is no "nice" way to say it - your statement is FLAT OUT WRONG - a "myth", factually INCORRECT "common wisdom", "old wives tale", and flies in the face of virtually EVERY, legitimate clinical study - not to mention the simple "laws" of physics and the first law of Thermodynamics.

One can "choose" to ignore science and "believe" whatever it is they "want" to believe but blind "faith" doesn't change fiction to fact. As the saying goes "you have a right to your own opinion - NOT to your own "facts".

Why so many feel the need to perpetuate myth remains a mystery to me.

Is it a desire to be "accepted" by adopting the "company line"?
An inherent (but learned) distrust of Science?
An unwillingness to do even the minimal amount of actual "research" necessary to learn the facts?
Or just plain "herd mentality"?

Believe what you like but PLEASE STOP spreading factually INCORRECT information to those who come seeking knowledge.

It really is no more complicated than CICO.

If Calories IN EXCEED Calories OUT, you (and anyone else) WILL GAIN WEIGHT - period. (anecdotal "evidence", notwithstanding.)



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7/1/14 1:00 A

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You may need more food. If the body thinks it's starving it will hold on to whatever it needs to maintain. 1200 calories isn't very much food. I've done as little as 1000 calories a day but I never lost a significant amount of weight and I never kept it off long term. An active adult just needs more to function efficiently.

I am always worth my best. My best is good enough for anyone.


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I'm a little on the short side also (5'2") and no matter what I do, I've never lost more than 1-lb a week. That was when I was hyperfocused on every single bit, counting every grain of salt, exercising for overly long periods of time every day, and basically being a bit too intense. Backing up to a more reasonable level - still measuring and tracking, but not freaking out if a few extra grains of salt or sugar spill over the side of my measuring spoon into my food, and still exercising but not to the point of overdoing it or excluding my family time - I lose 0.5-lb a week despite my goal set for 2-lb a week.

I've tried heavy calorie restriction, low-carb (that was pure H*ll for me, definitely not a low-carb girl), WW, calorie cycling, and many more. Still, 0.5-lb is all my body seems to ever want to let go in the average week.

Get your labs run to make sure you have no underlying medical conditions and make sure your tracking habits are in order, but...you might just need to resign yourself to the fact that slow weight loss is how it's going to be for you.

Guess how I deal with it? Well, losing 0.5-lb a week on average is 2-lb a month. That's 24-lb a year. So, it's going to take me another 2 years to reach my goal. Looks like you're roughly the same. No big deal! Since this journey is all about setting ourselves up for a plan of living that we can continue until the end of our days...I'm living right now exactly how I'll be living when my magical goal number appears on the scale. So it's nothing to stress. Yeah, the pounds will come off a bit slower but there's nothing to be done about that, short of undergoing liposuction or something else drastic. I eat very close to maintenance calories and get most of my deficit through exercise, since that works as well as anything else for my weird body. When I reach maintenance, I'll just up my calories a bit to eat back what's burned through exercise so it won't be that big a change.

Oh! There's an up-side to slow weight loss! The slower you lose, the more likely your skin will shrink with the body beneath. Much of that is determined by your age and genetics, but by losing slowly, you should achieve the maximum elasticity your age and genes will allow. So, see? Not such a bad thing.

Focus on the habits rather than how much it poots that it'll take us longer to get in the dream bodies in our minds. We'll get there eventually, but look at it like a journey rather than a final goal to achieve. That's what gets me through the day, at least!

Starting: 41.1 BMI and extremely sedentary
Current: 30.4 BMI with strength-training and low-impact cardio
Mini-goal: 29.9 BMI (about 164 lb) and 5K walk or run
Mini-goal: 24.9 BMI (about 136 lb) and half-marathon walk or run
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6/30/14 1:05 P

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Ditto Genie72's remarks below. The "starvation mode" explanation for weight loss just doesn't hold water. No anorexic would ever get down to 68 pounds if a couple of weeks of low calorie eating had this effect. More likely you need to up your activity level to create a calorie deficit AND really carefully track you food. Are you weighing and measuring portions? It is very, very easy to be eating 500-600 calories more than you think you are. I know this well, since when I'm careful I quickly realize how I consistently underestimate what I'm actually eating.



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6/30/14 11:58 A

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We almost all get the 1200-1500 calorie range. It probably has to do with insurance liability or something, just guessing. But no one on SP gets a range lower than this.

Unfortunately, with dieting one size can't fit all. The painful truth is that some of us have been dieting for so long that we don't have a normal metabolism. But as a general rule the most it will decline is about 15%, and it immediately ramps back up when you start eating normal again. that's why you diet for a week to lose a pound, cheat one time and gain it back.

The second truth is that to lose a pound a week you have to reduce your basal calories by 500 per day (3500 divided by 7).

As for the starvation myth - it is a myth. It just doesn't exist. Your body will never stop burning fuel for energy - be it calories you eat or fat you have stored. Let me repeat that - your body NEVER stops burning fuel for energy. Consider anorexics, gastric bypass patients, prisoners of war - none of them maintained or gained weight on reduced calories. Even WW has an article on this (Weight Watchers Starvation Myth). Do your own research on the starvation mode myth.

If you aren't losing weight, it might be a medical problem, or you're not being honest when you calculate your calorie intake or you take a cheat day/meal. But it's not because you aren't eating enough. Your body physically can not manufacture fat out of thin air - it needs calories to do that.

Here we go - I'm expecting to get a ton of messages telling me how wrong I am. But before you write out your critique - do your research into the Starvation Mode Myth.

Never give up; never surrender!


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6/30/14 7:48 A

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Wow. I'm so glad I found this board. I've been eating between 1200-1300 calories a day, run about 10 miles a week and in 3 months I've lost 2 lbs. I'm 51 and weight 218. I cried this morning after my weekly weigh in. I've just joined SP a couple weeks ago and I've been tracking my food. I'm thinking maybe I am starving my body. I'm going to try to increase my caloric intake (healthy) a bit and see if that might spark something. Thanks for all the super posts. emoticon

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I lost 40 lbs eating around 1200 calories a day. Now, I've gained most of it back and my metabolism is lower than that of a turtle. I am eating around 1600 a day and focusing on increasing my activity. I'm not even looking at the scale this time. I am focusing on healthy eating (around 1500/day) and activity to increase my metabolism to normal.

A year from now you will be glad you did it right today.


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www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-belly-fat-
cure?page=2


Now you can click on the link


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The problem may lie in the "Belly Fat Cure".

http://www.webmd.com/diet/features/the-belly-fat-cure?page=2



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SP has my range at 2,110-2,460, and all I do is take a 45 minute walk a day. I am at 202 lbs now, which is not that much more than you are, so why are you eating 1/2 of what I am allowed? Women seem to believe that they should all be eating 1200-1550 calories, when only a very small percentage should be there.

I am eating 1,881 calories today, and if someone offered their opinion on that level, it would probably be that I should eat more. At this point, you need to reset your metabolism. You can't cut any more, so stop thinking this way will work.

Hope you figure things out, and come back and tell us how you did it!

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10/24/13 6:35 P

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Look at it this way: if you lose 3 pounds per month for a whole year, you will be pretty close to your goal.



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10/24/13 6:34 P

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So many things could be going on here.

Are you on any medications or do you have any medical conditions? Talk to your doctor if you are, and she can advise you on weightloss.

How closely are you measuring food? Get a scale and weigh all of your food and portions. I quickly found that I was eating 200-300 calories more for things I was improperly measuring. are you honestly eating 1200 calories every day, or do you have a bite here, a bite there, a huge cheat day?

Are you sedentary? This makes a HUGE difference. I have an activity tracker that estimates the calories I burn everyday. On Sundays for a while I was very inactive- walking fewer than 2000 steps per day. I was only burning 1500 calories per day. If I was like that everyday, I could eat 1200 calories per day and would only lose 3-4 pounds per day- just like you. Now, I am very active everyday and need to eat up to 2000 calories some days and still lose weight. So, IF you are not hungry, this could be the case.

As many people have pointed out, you may be eating too few calories.




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can u tell me what u did to up your protein i have been within my calories but under in protein




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I can only go 2 or 3 days on 1200 before I loose all energy and start to feel very lethargic.

Well on my way:-)


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MoriahPulver, the solution to your problem is easy.

Quit weighing yourself.

You're moving quickly in the right direction, but it's by "stutter-step." You lose a bunch, then "gain" a little (water weight), then stay still. At some point you'll lose another big chunk and the pattern will repeat. If you had only weighed yourself at the beginning of each month, you'd be saying, "Wow, I lost 8 pounds!" instead of thinking you gained two. You wouldn't know anything about those 2 pounds.

Frequent weighing is good for maintenance, but most people find that it hinders more than it helps in the initial weight loss. If seeing fluctuations bothers you, just weigh once every 28 days. Choose a day of the week (if it can be the same day as your first "official" weigh-in, that would be best) and then weigh every fourth Wednesday or whatever. This means you have to be more rigorous and pay more attention to your nutritional tracking, but it also means you focus on that as your measure of success ("I ate 5 servings of veggies every day this week!") instead of on the scale.



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I've been watching my calories for about 4 weeks, walking between 1 and 3 miles per day as well. I started actually counting calories 3 weeks ago. The first two weeks, I lost 10 pounds! Then, without bingeing or anything, I gained 2 pounds and in the next two weeks, haven't lost those two! I know...I'm down 8 already in a month, I should be happy. But I want to see forward progress! It's frustrating to go back up when you're watching what you eat and making time to exercise. Especially when you didn't do those things a month ago.

Okay...admission...my panties didn't ride up so much yesterday. So maybe there is some forward progress! :)



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What is entailed in the "Belly Fat Cure" ?
I guess I'm not familiar with this program.

Thanks

Amanda



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CONGRATS !

I faulted this summer - I was doing well i had joined curves
in april lost 6 inches in total - lost 4 lbs ....

then summer came - I had knee pains, back pains...
torn soft tissue ..injury -- seen knee dr - last week
was told ... no more leg curl or leg press machines and
squats -- do not go too low -- this will cause great pain in knees ..
right knee - still swollen - be a year nov 22 !!

so i am back up to the weight i was in april plus 10 !

ridiculous -- i keep starting over - all the time -- do well - have set back -- start over - do well - have set back - start over -- and usually at a higher weight --

this weight loss is insane :( .. frrustrated...

It is what is
We are fools to think we got any control over anything
your destiny is already written....


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All these posts are great, and I agree that 1200 calories can be too low (surprisingly). Another factor you might want to consider is body composition. Are your jeans fitting better? I was in a plateau for months, fluctuating but SLOWLY (0.5lbs/month) losing weight. Definitely happy that I was, but with exercising regularly (cardio and strength training), eating well, and drinking lots of water, I felt like I should be seeing a greater loss on the scale for all my effort. Then I started keeping track of body composition with calipers. Over the last few months, I've only lost 2 pounds on the scale, but I've lost 6 pounds of fat and gained 4 pounds of muscle (which is GREAT and healthy for my joints), and I'm down a jeans size. If I only went by the scale, I'd still be so frustrated, continually tweaking my exercise routine and diet to keep pushing harder to see results (and probably losing muscle in the process). Now I know what I've been doing is working, just the scale doesn't give the most important results.



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Thanks. Just what I needed to hear. My weight is similar to yours and have really been "good" but have not gotten expected results-- lucky to get a pound a week. Think I need to eat a bit more than the 1000-1200 calories I've allowed myself.



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I eat between 1200 and 1400 calories a day and am down about 7-8 lbs. I don't find it hard at all. I choose very healthy meals, I'm not ever hungry and I still can maintain my fitness program.
It is slow for me though! I'd say about 2 lbs / month....but I figure that it'll be harder to put it on too this way.

The thing about 1200 cal diet is that you cannot choose to eat crap. If you do, you can't stay within the range. If you eat vegetables, lean meats and smaller amounts of carbs it's quite easy. I pretty much eat what I want - but what I want is always healthy ....other than my chocolate addiction. hee hee

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I understand the 1200 calorie. I've done it all of my adult life; BUT, I find I have altered my metabolism to the point it's not working as it should. High protein, low fat, sodium, carbohydrates reeks havoc on you. I know it's hard but follow the calorie/nutrients on the menu. I have more energy since I increased my calories...no more headaches/mood swings and I'm so hungry I can't get enough to eat mode.

emoticon Good luck on your journey

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I think everyone has their own "best" way for losing weight. I can stay around 1200 calories a day, eat enough to fill me and lose weight. I also found that eating 1500 calories one or two days a week seems to help. Hubby needs to eat at the higher end of his calorie range every day to maintain a steady weight loss. We eat the same things, but our portion sizes differ.

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I'm not convinced that 1200 calories is "too low" - I mean, many many many of us get given a Spark-suggested range of 1200-1550, right?

I *occassionally* eat nearer to the 1550 (and extremely occassionaly go over), but *most* of the time I stick closer to 1200-1350. If i choose my foods wisely (i.e. lots of complex carbs, lean protein, healthy fat - little to no refined carbs, fast food, junk food), I am easily satisfied on 1200-1300, and I'm certainly not suffering from any sort of starvation mode - I've been losing at a good steady pace. Granted, I'm pretty sedentary (desk job), but I also am (was!) a pretty big person (start weight 245#)...

It's so hard to say exactly why our bodies do what they do... each person's journey is just a little different from the next person's...

Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE**
Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE**
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Everyone gave some excellent advice. My range is 1200 to 1550 calories per day. I track everything I eat and drink. I also eat small meals throughout the day. I drink a minimum of 8 glasses of water every day. Right now I'm just maintaining my weight but I know why .... I just quit smoking 4 months ago. My body is still in the re-adjustment phase and putting me through my own little mini he__! But I'm persistent and eventually, it will pay off.

You didn't mention exercising. That is also something you need to do at least 3 times a week.



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Remember that you didn't gain the weight overnight, and you won't lose it overnight either! Gaining 30 lbs in 3 years is an average of .85 lb a month, so losing 2 lbs a month will still take the weight off faster than you put it on!

I also want to second (third, fourth, fifth) the advice that strictly staying at 1200 cal is loooow, and SP gives you a range for a reason - because it's ok to eat anywhere within that range. I weigh just a few lbs less than you, but have to eat at least 1500 calories otherwise I feel hungry and I won't lose any weight. Our bodies aren't calculators, eating less calories does not always mean losing more weight. Sometimes you have to play with finding the right balance of food and exercise before finding where your body is happy to let the weight go.

Do something everyday that your future self will thank you for.


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To NTIANI:
What exactly is "clean" eating as you mentioned? Is that all organic?



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I understand how you feel! I haven't lost anything yet, and I'm 2-1/2 weeks in. But I do feel in control of what I'm eating and I'm learning new habits. Every day is an opportunity to try out new combinaitons of foods and find out what it really looks like on the tracker. I'm doing better now than I was in week 1, so that's progress.

You must do the thing you think you cannot do. --Eleanor Roosevelt


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Something that hasn't been brought up yet is - could you actually have had more of a loss than the scale is showing, that is currently being "masked" by shifts in water weight?

For example, if your losses look like this:

Week 1: -2
Week 2: -1 (total 3 down)
Week 3: - 1 (total 4 down)
Week 4: +2 (total 2 down)

Any chance this pattern represents your own pattern of loss? If it does, then what you might be experiencing is water-retention - either the cyclical sort that our hormones subject us to, or a temporary sort, for example from eating a high sodium meal or a drinking-night out.

Give it a bit more time... you might find that in Week 5 or 6 you suddenly see a big "loss" of -3, -4.... as your fluid levels shift and your "actual" loss is revealed. There's a good chance that you WILL see it "average out" to a pound-a-week give or take.

And even if not - well, as someone before me pointed out - what's wrong with a half pound a week? Slow but steady!! I know, once we decide to drop the weight, we want it GONE INSTANTLY (or at least "faster")... i feel that too! It is difficult to cultivate patience with the process - but remember, if you want to lose AND MAINTAIN YOUR LOSS, you're looking at overhauling your eating habits for the long term, not just for the "weight loss period" - so just keep sticking with it!

Goal 1 - break 200 (46 pounds lost)**DONE**
Goal 2 - leave obesity behind (BMI 29.9, at 185#) **DONE**
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I haven't been on here in a looong time! I got lazy, then I got busy, and then life got thrown out of wack...anyway...
Haven't been able to lose any weight at the 1200-1500 limit. If I do, its off and then right back on. To add to it menopause came early and the hormones didn't help. So, instead of losing weight I've been gaining!! I had lost 60 pounds! I've gained back 16! I don't want to gain this weight back...HELP!



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hmmmm..interesting! I am sitting here dreading weighing in tomorrow because I have feeling the scale hasn't moved....i've been exercising my butt off and staying at the low end of my calories and have stayed at 180 for a month! maybe i'm not eating enough! thanks everyone!



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What do you mean, "only" two pounds? That's a half pound a week on average. That's not light speed, but you didn't mention exercise, and a half pound a week is pretty dang great for a woman over 35 who's not exercising much.

As others have said, it would be good to see a doctor and make sure there's no medical issue. But a lot of it is just a matter of having reasonable expectations. If you gained 30 pounds in 3 years, that means you've gone from GAINING about 1/5 pound per week to losing 1/2 pound, so that's a change of almost 3/4 pound per week. Stopping the gain is a major achievement; anything beyond that is bonus.

Really, 1/2 pound a week just by diet is about all a women your age can expect. There's nothing wrong with that at all. But if you want to speed it up, it's time for exercise. (Actually, it's time for exercise anyway, because your heart needs it, and it could be a big help with the depression and disappointment.) You don't have to go out and run a marathon; start by finding a park or other pretty place to walk in, or drag a bicycle out of someone's garage, or strap on some roller skates-- whatever sounds fun and/or relaxing. If you keep your calories steady and exercise more, you'll lose more.

For most of us, neither diet nor exercise alone is enough to get us the results we want. About 90% of people have to do both. But it should be something FUN, not something you hate. Now's the time to start some sort of activity that you've always wanted to try.



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I don't lose weight when I stay at 1200 calories either. It's just too hard for me to stick in that range and eat healthy.

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So glad I saw this Message Board! I have tried tweaking everything. From upping my exercise from 4 hours a week to 6 hours, tracking every morsel in my mouth, eating NO processed foods. Still same weight, same inches. I have been eating between 1200-1300 calories per day, though usually a little more on weekends. Finally someone suggested I'm not eating enough. So, I'm now eating around 1500 calories of healthy intake and I feel so much more satisfied. Today, I woke up STARVING, which is not the norm. I wonder if my body's telling me something? Like - I'M LIKING THIS FOOD THING!

I haven't been doing it long enough to notice any difference, but I've vowed to stick with it for a month and see what happens. Glad to know others have had success because it's so scary to think of INCREASING calories... it goes against everything I think I should do. We'll see....

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When I up my calories from1200 to 1400-1500 I started losing weight. I started to eat back my calories from exercise. I didn't feel hungery.

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Are you also taking body measurements? I wonder if perhaps your body may be getting leaner even if the pounds don't seem to be moving.



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I also had trouble losing weight when I stayed at 1200 calories. I was exercising and eating healthy, but I was not seeing any loss on the scales. I have low thyroid, so that makes it more difficult, However I started to eat more, still staying in my calorie range. and I noticed I started losing more. I had gone several weeks without any loss at all. Don't be afraid of eating more of the right things if you are exercising regularly. You may have to try different things to see what works best for you. We get impatient when trying to lose weight, but 1 to 2 pounds a week is better than losing a lot too quickly only to gain it back when you go back to eating regularly. Even 2 pounds a month translates into 24 pounds in a year.This is a lifetime change. It needs to be something you can stick with after reachiing your goal. Just hang there. emoticon



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Sounds like you may not be eating enough. The problem with eating only 1200 calories while working out is that you need more nutrients than that. Be sure to put your weight in SP and then look at how many calories they recommend.



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It is very demoralizing for the "hard case" to try to get understanding from normal people. I do not lose weight on 1200 calories a day. "Very Low Calorie Diets are used by physicians to treat obesity in some cases, and these diets are typically under 800 calories daily," Starvation Mode: Dispelling the Myths." Once you understand that you need less calories than other people dieting becomes a lot easier because you can stop listening to the voices of the young, active and tall do-gooders who try to make you eat too much.



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Metabolism slows down when you cut your calories too low, part of the way the body works. See a bonafide dietitian!!! Makes all the difference!!

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I am going to echo the idea of having your blood work done. If your thyroid is under active, it doesn't matter how little you eat or how much you exercise...your efforts will be in vein.

And it could be so simple as you're not eating enough. 1200 calories is the minimum for everyone.



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I agree with everyone who is saying that 1,200 calories is TOO low... especially if you are exercising. If you're not eating enough calories then you are essentially "starving" your body (not to mention that you probably aren't getting in enough vitamins and minerals), so your body will hold onto the extra weight that you currently have because your body doesn't know when it will get more calories.

Calories are your body's source of energy, your body needs them the same way your car needs fuel. Give your body enough calories, but not too much, and your weight will keep moving down, the same way that if you appropriately fuel your car it will keep running. Stop putting fuel in and it will stall.

Double check and make sure you put in all your information into Spark correctly and are logging your exercise. You can also go to the front page and incorporate how many calories you're burning a week to give you a better calorie estimate.

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There is nothing wrong with losing 2 pounds per month. 2 pounds per month means that you are living a lifestyle resulting in a steady, sensible weight loss.

Your hormones are changing. You are probably either peri-menopausal or post-menopausal. With menopause, most women experience a lowering of the metabolic rate. The "numbers" for a younger woman will not yield the same results in a more mature woman. I am 57 years old, post-menopausal, 5 ft. 2 inches tall, and have hypothyroidism (like approximately 30% of all post-menopausal women). I average about 1200 - 1300 calories per day and exercise about 150 minutes per week ... and am happy to lose 2 pounds per month. That's par for the course.

Have you had your thyroid checked recently? If you haven't, you might want to do that. A low-functioning thyroid really slows your metabolism and makes it difficult to lose weight. You also want to be sure to include enough strength training in your exercise. Building muscle will help your metabolism, too.

Good luck to you.

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Try eating more of good, balanced foods--emphasis on nutrition and flavor. Weigh/measure and track.

If you are eating 1200 calories of partly junk food, that can make it harder to lose. You need nutrition to lose weight.

It sounds like you managed to slow your metabolism with the 700ish calories, and it's not yet recovered. Try eating more, adding a little light activity, and keep track of what you do. Every body's different, but you need to fuel your weight loss.

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If you're eating 1200 a day AND Exercising you're not losing because you're not eating enough. I'm on a 1200-1550 cal a day regimen and that is with NO activity. If you add exercise into that you're starving your body and its hoarding your calories for survival. Also, have you tried a tape measure? Scales lie. If you're exercising and building muscle, you may be losing inches while maintaining your weight.

My goals show that i'd like to go from 148 to 118, while 118 is completely unrealistic and unnecessary, i'd LOVE to get there and indulge on some fatty foods occassionally :)


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If you truly only eat 1200 calories a day and aren't losing weight, then talk to your doctor (your height also makes a difference and plays a part in determining your BMI).

I also went to a weight loss center years ago and ate 750 calories a day. The weight melted off. Truly, I was one devoted low-calorie-eater. The thing about that diet, though, is that you do all the preparing food and measuring and eating. There's lots of opportunity for small 'cheats' or overlooking ingredients. Not to mention, it's difficult - at first (much easier as time passes). The advantage to that weight loss center was the daily visits with the dietician/nurse, at which time we scrutinized the previous day's foods. AND took a vitamin supplement. AND had blood pressure and pulse checked.

If you eat few calories and don't lose weight, it's a medical issue. Your doctor can refer you to a dietician or he or she can give you a diet. Sticking to the diet and following up with visits, that is key!

Your doctor can run some tests to see what may be getting in the way of losing weight. I don't believe in the whole 'starvation mode' thing myself (having been forced to fast several times in my life - economic necessity - and also done the 750 calories diet with supervision); I'd be interested in hearing if your doctor told you that you are in starvation mode.

At the weight loss clinic, the rule was to lay off exercise while severely cutting calories. I felt so good after losing about 5 pounds, that I began to exercise at home. That started a campaign to do crunches and leg exercises that lasted throughout the diet. I learned to exercise in a small space and became a habitual exerciser, a habit I kept for about a year. So much for exercise being an appetite-inducer. I felt less and less hungry as time went on, and fitter and slimmer!

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1. Eat more. Seriously. 1200 is too low for most of the world. Your range is 1200-1500, so you can eat up to 1500 calories a day. Do it. Food is good!

2. 2lb a month is about what I lose. Sometimes 3. This month, nothing so far. It is progress. Just because it isn't as fast as you want doesn't mean that you aren't making progress. 2lb is better than no pounds. Maybe you need to become more realistic about your weight loss rate? Some people lose slower (me). You may be one of them. Join the club. It is nice, we have cookies.

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Let's play a game called "Who isn't eating enough?"

Are you ready?

Here's your hint... it's not me!

BUT IT USED TO BE. I was eating on the low range of my SP recommended calorie range because I wanted to lose ALL of the pounds! I was starving and tired. After some reflection, I decided to 1.) Up my protein from minimum (60 grams) to 100 grams per day and 2.) increase my calorie intake from 1300-1400 to 1500-1600.

I feel full, and I'm losing weight.

You're body has a self defense system where, once it thinks you're starving, starts working towards survival. "Oh, I can only eat this much? MUST PRESERVE. MAINTAIN EVERYTHING."

You need to find that balance where you're not HUNGRY/starving, but not overeating/maintaining. Play with your calorie intake for a while. I recommend going up 100 calories per week until you start to ACTUALLY lose. Then you know you've hit the sweet spot.

If you're doing cardio--even better! If you're doing strength training, make sure you pack on protein!

Good luck!

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If you're working out at all, 1200 calories is too low; I tend to think it's too low even if you aren't working out. 2 lbs in a month isn't bad. That's a half lb each week. When you're losing weight, not every week is going to be a 1 or 2 lb weight loss. If you've only been at it a month, you need to give yourself some time.



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I've done 1200 calories many times, and I;ve found it slow and unstainable - htis time I am doing exactly what SP tells me and its working. I am on 1500 - 1800 calories and its a huge challenge to resist tinkering with it and eating less. I try to eat the right ratios every day, and the first week I lost 5 pounds, so now I am a believer!



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Try eating slowly increasing your calories daily. You may need more then you are eating and your body will slow down thinking you are starving. If you are also exercising you might try that as long as you are eating well balanced you should see a change. I did that and I list more by eating more. Sounds odd doesn’t it.



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I'm 5'3" and started at about the same point as you. I'm 30. I kept to 1200 calories a day for the first 6 months or so, and lost about 20lbs that way. BUT, my 1200 calories were of healthy, whole foods for the most part, and I drank lots of water. After that I hit a plateau so I upped to 1500 and got to where I am now after 2 months.

So, my question is, WHAT are you eating? Are you tracking it?

The thing is, you can't do this as a "plan" or expect a quick fix. You have to do it as a lifestyle change. I don't know what the "belly fat cure" is but it sounds like a gimmick.

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1200 calories is not very much food. Are you sure this is enough for you? Have you talked to your doctor about your attempts to lose weight thus far (a real doctor, not a medical weight loss clinic.)

700 calories a day would shock your metabolism alright: shock it into slowing down. It's very possible that your extended period of undereating may have shortchanged your body and slowed your metabolism, making losing weight more difficult. You don't need to starve yourself to lose weight.

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I agree that cutting out too much calories is not a good idea. When you don't eat enough calories then your body "eats" away healthy muscle instead of the unwanted fat. Then when you do start eating more again your body will gain back 2x the weight lost. Stick to your higher end calorie intake and exercise a bit more. Tell yourself daily that you are beautiful. Affirm that you will lose the weight.



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If you cut calories too dramatically the body thinks it's starving, so it slows your metabolism down to conserve energy making it extremely difficult to lose weight. Try eating at the upper end of your range for a couple weeks and see if that helps.

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Don't get discouraged! We all hit plateus and have our uphill battles.

I would say if your thyroid has checked out okay, maybe up the calories. Sometimes eating too little can be a problem as well.

I've done the diet pills in my early twenties and saw great results. Now 30, I had the same problem as you! I could restrict calories but be lucky to see 5lbs after a month.

I've since started "clean eating" - and so far in a week I'm down 2lbs. ... So I'm hoping and praying that my clean eating, exercising, and tracking with Spark will bring results.

Good Luck, DOn't get discouraged! Just take a step back and analyze things. Maybe its something as simple as not enough calories :)

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Are you logging and measuring everything? Do you exercise? You might just take longer to lose than others. One of the things you might want to consider is getting some blood work done to make sure your thyroid isn't an issue.

If you have already done that, a couple things you could try is eat small meals/snacks often every 2-3 hours staying in your calorie range. Up your cardio, this will give your metabolism a jump. But some people take longer for the weight loss to start. Just keep up the good work and try not to get discouraged.



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I have been on the belly fat cure along with restricting my calories to 1200 per day for the last month and have only lost 2lbs. I am 37 yr old woman 5'4" and 189 lbs. I have had the same problem before while going to a medical weight loss center. They had me on 700 calories /day for a month to "shock" my metabolism and the same thing, I only lost 3lbs. Any ideas or suggestions? I am slowly getting more discouraged and depressed by the month. I have had this extra weight for years and it just gets more and more after every plan I try. Now I am 45 lbs overweight, where only 3 years ago I was only 15lbs overweight. Ideas welcome. emoticon

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