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VANESSAANN83's Photo VANESSAANN83 Posts: 593
6/12/08 1:23 P

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Oh good, 1700 does sound much better for someone of your height :) I hate to see someone eating too little, because it just does you no good...and sucks ha ha.

MELLIENEE Posts: 14
6/12/08 12:05 P

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hey fairglenn, thanks for your concern but i'm very petite (standing at only 5'1) and my recommended daily calorie intake to maintain my weight is 1600-1700 calories a day. I'm increasing my calorie intake gradually so that my body can adapt to changes slowly and effectively. Thanks for all your answers guys, appreciate it lots :)

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6/10/08 4:19 P

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Here's a link that will give you an accurate number of calories to consume per day to maintain your weight, if yours might be too low (I don't know your height and weight, you may be right). It gives me a 2400 calorie a day estimate, and that's about what I eat! Perfect for me :)

http://www.webmd.com/content/tools/1/cal
c_metabolism.htm

Edited by: VANESSAANN83 at: 6/10/2008 (16:30)
VANESSAANN83's Photo VANESSAANN83 Posts: 593
6/10/08 4:18 P

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Mellienee, just like everyone else says, weight fluctuation is completely normal!! I stopped dieting and started maintaining at 125.5 in October 07, and my weight goes anywhere from 123.5 to 130 in any given day since then. My calorie range for maintaining is 2,000-2,600 and I do notice that my weight is on the higher end after a 2,600 calorie day, but that's because food has weight too and shows up until it's digested and passed. My question to you is are you sure you're eating enough calories?? For someone who exercises, 1300-1500 sounds super low. Eating to few calories can cause some weight gain too, believe it or not. I tried to cut more fat by decreasing down to 1500, and I just gained. I didn't loose fat til I ate 2,000 and just added more exercise. Don't sell your body short, it's unfortunately smarter than you give it credit for!!! Anyway, congrats on reaching your goal, and good luck!!

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6/10/08 4:51 A

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That would be like calorie-cycling which I personally believe is a fine way to lose weight or maintain your weight. Figure out your calories for the week and eat accordingly. You don't have to eat the same amount of calories everyday to maintain, so yes, if you eat a lot today, eat less tomorrow...it all works out in the end as long as you don't go over your overall calorie budget.

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MELLIENEE Posts: 14
6/10/08 3:18 A

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thanks guys! I have to agree that i'm still adapting to this whole maintenance phase and seeing my weight increase after a couple months of weight loss is something really frightening!

Oh and i have a question, for instance, if i eat more today, should i eat less tomorrow? When i eat more, my weight definitely goes up and when i eat out, i tend to eat more. Should i eat less and healthier the next day to maintain my weight?

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6/8/08 3:27 P

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The most amazing thing to me is that you actually stayed the same weight for 6 whole days! That has never happend to me, or probably to most of us on this site. You have gotten a lot of good advice here, so I would have to agree with the previous posters. Relax, pick a goal weight range that you are comfortable with (mine is 135-130) and don't sweat the rest of it. If you look thru the threads on this team, and read some of the maintenance articles you will see what to live with and when to worry. In any case, you have done well to get here, so enjoy!

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6/8/08 1:55 P

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Don't panic. When I reached my goal of 115 I though alright sweet...I should stay here. I stayed around 114.5 for a week and then one day I weighted myself and all of a sudden I was 112.5 which I thought was way to thin but today I am 114. I am comfortable between 110-115 and you should also choose a little leg room for your weight. Also, I hope you don't weight during the day. The best time to weight is ONCE in the morning after going to the bathroom. I used to weight a couple of times a day and I'd go from 130 lbs to 136 all the time and it FREAKED me out! You have to keep in mind what you eat...like today I was 3 lbs heavier than yesterday and that is PROBABLY because I had a huge gyros plate the night before.

Stay in your maintenance range for a while, at least two weeks or so to see the real results. If you do gain permanent weight then alter your exercise or food intake a little bit. Spark adjusts this by taking in factors such as age, height and current weight but they cannot possibly customize it to fit exactly so you might have to play around a bit before you get to the perfect range.

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6/8/08 11:57 A

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This is all good advice. I set my goal weight at the low end of my range. I was 133 for several days, then overnight went to 135 for a couple days.
But my inches are the same, so I'm okay with it.

I guess when you are new to maintenance, everything freaks you out. It's easy to think that the increase comes as a result of maintenance calorie increase...but that's not it.

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6/8/08 10:58 A

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My weight never stays the same. A three to five pound range is completely normal. You're not gaining permanent weight, as in fat. It's just water in your body. If you can't handle seeing that number, then lose a few more pounds so your range is more comfortable to you. But honestly, I don't think it's possible to stay at exactly the same weight all the time, and you certainly can't control it with diet and exercise. It just doesn't work that way.

Edited by: OUTOFCONTROL at: 6/8/2008 (10:58)
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6/7/08 11:32 P

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First, stop and take a deep breath and relax for a moment. Next I would go and read the link that Kara has in her reply. Just check on it and read it. It explains it all. Then I would just do what you are doing. eat in your maintenance range and do your regular exercise routine. Then begin to enjoy your maintenance. Allow yourself the few pounds of fluctuation. Most of us have between a 2 to 5 pound comfort zone maintenance range. This way we don't go insane over a little gain. Mine is 115 to 120, and I am doing fine with that range. It will all balance out. You are doing fine. 1 pound is nothing! Be good to yourself. emoticon

Edited by: ANGELBELIEVER at: 6/7/2008 (23:31)
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MELLIENEE Posts: 14
6/7/08 11:16 P

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Thanks guys, but what should i do? It's very discouraging and i'm really bumped that i gained weight even though i am disciplined in maintaining my weight. If i eat below my maintenance range, i lose weight. If i eat within my maintenance range, i gain. I seriously don't know what to do.

Should i increase my exercise regime?

Should i eat below my maintenance range?

Or should i just continue my exercise regime like before and eat within my maintenance range?

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6/7/08 5:17 P

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I agree, it's perfectly normal.

When I was losing, I would sometimes find I'd weighed the same all week and suddenly on weighing in day (Friday) I had gained a 1lb or 2 overnight.

I realised eventually that I often ate Spaghetti on a Thursday night for dinner, and when I ate that I retained water the next day due to the high sodium content of the Ragu pasta sauce I used.

Could be something as simple as that.

To put on 1lb of fat overnight would be some feat!

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6/7/08 1:08 P

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Fluctuation in weight is normal for anyone, whether you're trying to lose, gain, or maintain. There are all sorts of reasons from hormones (your female cycle), the food you ate or what you have had to drink, glycogen storage, whether you have gone to the bathroom lately, water retention due to dehydration or sodium intake, etc. It's normal to have your weight fluctuate up to 6 lbs or so within a day.

Here's some additional information:
primusweb.com/fitnesspartner/library
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MELLIENEE Posts: 14
6/7/08 11:44 A

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Hi guys, i'm pretty new in maintaining my weight. It has only been the first week and this morning when i weighed myself, my weight increased 1 pound. I'm extremely puzzled and sad because for the past 6 days, my weight stayed the same. I increased my calorie intake to 1300-1500 calories a day but i did not change my exercise regime. I still do cardio, strength and yoga like before. What did i do wrong? Should i increase my exercise regime to maintain my weight? I know that fluctuations often happen when maintaining but why?? Can someone please explain to me why does fluctuation happen when you're maintaining your weight?

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