the underweight thing is a thorny issue. I'm not sure I entirely trust the BMI range. It's not entirely reliable (as some have alluded to) so I'm hesistant to treat it as gospel. It's just a useful, if vague, way to measure my progress.
After all the exercise and food tweaking over the years, I've learned to really listen to my body. If I'm getting too low on weight or eating/drinking a bit too much, it lets me know in no uncertain terms.
Best, Russ Lane
-- Lost 200 pounds while food writing, and maintained it 10 years -- Went from pizza-guzzling wallflower in rock clubs to (very) aspiring boxer and artist in his spare time -- Hit goal and felt a little thrown to the wolves. Dedicated his life to increasing support for those at or nearing goal and eeking every possible amazing thing out of it.
Look for some portable meal replacements or snacks to eat right before and/or after work, or during a quick break while you're working.
This can be something like a meal replacement bar or shake (e.g. Cliff bar, Boost, Ensure), or a calorie dense snack like some nuts, trail mix, granola bar, etc.
For exercise - it's probably good to continue with *some* cardio, like 30 minutes 3x per week of lower intensity stuff, but if you're exercising for longer or at a high intensity, you might consider toning it down for the time being.
Edited by: ANAVLY at: 12/18/2009 (09:45)
I've lost about 35lbs and gone from slightly over "obese" by BMI to just into "healthy"!
And I can now run for over 5k!
#1 rule about losing weight: It's about making progress, not being perfect
I might suggest one thing...although it's not high calorically, it does have 15 g.of protein...Detour Bars. They are mainly whey protein, but they are something you get eat on the job with a piece of fruit that would give you energy. I wish you had some sort of health insurance, because this is really an issue you should get professional advice on. Is there a nurse on call where you work that could help?
Jill, it is difficult to answer without knowing the exercises you are doing. If you're doing Strength Training, by all means keep it up - that builds muscle and muscle weighs more than flab.
But if you are doing excessive Cardio, then you might be burning more calories than you are eating and that will make you continue to lose weight.
A BMI of 18.05 is underweight if I remember correctly. As mentioned in a post below, you might want to post your question at one of the main message boards to get expert advice.
You also should make sure that your Fitness Goals in your Fitness Tracker show the calories you burn and/or the number of Cardio minutes you have per week. This way your recommended calorie range should be correct.
Wow, so sorry to hear about losing your job! Hmmmm... are you doing any strength training? That is a good way to gain some weight by building up muscle. There are several ways to add in healthy calories without worrying about gaining a bunch of weight -- assuming you are not allergic, nuts provide good calories and healthy fats into your diet. Make sure you are getting in adequate ammounts on your macros (protein/carbs & fats) and ensure more than anything that you are NOT skipping on meals or severely limiting your calories. Try what was suggested below by joining a team that deals with this or try "ask the experts" and ask one of the Spark Coaches here on SP.
Gosh - sorry to hear about your job. It does sound like the not being able to eat regularly may be part of the problem - perhaps you can eat a little more before and after work? WalkingAnnie's suggestions were also good - I had no idea those teams existed. Good luck again - I'm sure you'll find the support you need.
I had previously been guilty of compulsive exercising but managed to get myself out of that rut and went to just 3 days a week. I do deprive myself of certain foods for fear of gaining weight back. I lost my job back in May and lost my health insurance along with it, so I have not been able to see my doctor at all as I cannot afford it. I recently got a part time seasonal job which does not offer benefits, but another problem is I think this job is to blame for my going underweight as I am unable to eat meals on days that I have work. My job does not offer "breaks" unless you work a certain amount of hours that day and unfortunately some days I do not meet that criteria and am forced to skip either dinner or lunch. I have still been exercising my 3 days a week despite this. I havent been tracking my foods but I feel pretty confident I am getting good nutrients with the meals I do get to eat. I make sure I have my proteins, fibers, I eat lots of fruits and veggies, fish. I also take a multivitamin daily.
Hi there. To decide whether to exercise or not, someone would have to know more about your habits. Are you exercising excessively? Do you track the food you're eating so you know what nutrients you might be missing and what types of food to add? If you're not exercising excessively/obsessively, then it's likely OK to continue. Do you deprive yourself of food in fear that you'll gain your weight back? Most importantly, have you discussed this with your doctor? That's where I would start to see if you're doing OK health-wise, before making any changes more drastic than eating a little bit more (good stuff, of course). Good luck!
I weighed myself this morning and was at 101.9 with a BMI of 18.05 (if you'd like to know I am 5'3"). I realize this is underweight and at this point I don't know what to do in terms of exercise. I know i should incorporate more healthy calories into my diet, but should I continue to exercise for now? Today is an exercise day and I am uncertain if I should allow myself a break for once or if I should just keep at it. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you! And if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask me. Thanking you again in advance.
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