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7/24/11 12:31 P

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no its not harder for petite to lose weight . It does not matter if u are tall or short, its a matteer of what u are eating how much and if u are active

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7/18/11 6:55 P

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Well, since I've always been petite I can only speak for the difficulty I have losing weight from that perspective. It is hard! The smaller you are the fewer calories you need. Also I think weight shows up faster on a short person -- we're more compact and there's less area to spread the weight. My weight range is 88-118 and that seems to get harder (not only because I'm not getting any taller) as I get older. At 45 I have to eat right AND exercise or it just doesn't work for me.

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7/17/11 10:11 P

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yes and no. someone who is taller might have a smaller frame, or very little muscle mass and lots of fat, but might not look it because they don't have a lot of muscle, and the muscle they do have, might be weak.

someone could be muscular and short, and look heavier than they are because they have more muscles mass. these calorie burning estimates don't really take into consideration your muscle to fat ratio. So i wouldn't take everything like its written in stone, just use it as a guideline.

my 2 cents.

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7/13/11 10:55 P

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I totally relate to feeling like it's harder for petite people to lose weight. One pound lost for us is a much bigger deal than it is on a taller person. I gained two pounds recently and people have been asking if I'm pregnant, argg!!

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5/31/11 4:14 P

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I would say no to that few calories. I'm 5' and my lowest was 1200.





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5/31/11 2:23 A

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I'm 5'1.

So is it cool for me to consume 1000 to 1100 a day then?

I am a work in progress.





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I am 4ft 11inches and find that i am loosing inches rether then lbs. I am eating at the low end of my range ,but i am eating 3 times a day and usually get in a snack .Which is an improvement for me. But yes it is harder for us to loose weight.

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Wow. There were some interesting replies. I never ate very much and am also having trouble losing weight. I never figured I should try to eat more to lose more.

God grant me the serenity to change the things I can, to accept the things I cannot change, and the wisdom to know the difference.


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6/8/10 11:15 A

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Plan your days in advance for your meals and snacks, you can even use your tracker to see how many calories it would be. Eat protein with each meal/snack. Eat every 2-3 hours, I eat 5 times a day; breakfast, morning snack, lunch, afternoon snack, dinner. On the days I workout I'll have a post-workout snack.

Lots of luck!

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6/8/10 10:27 A

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Simple things can really bump up the calorie intake w/o your filling your plate.

Add cheese and nuts for example.

Good luck!





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6/8/10 9:40 A

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Thanks BAILEY! I'm going to try to start eating more and see what happens. I find it hard to eat the amount SP wants me to. I swear I'll be eating 24/7 just to meet my lower calorie goal! haha. I've really been hesitant to up my intake because I am a terrible binger and I am afraid I will go overboard.

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6/7/10 5:05 P

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When I first started, 1240 was the low end SP gave me, but I didn't have exercise in there. I got so used to eating this low, that when I started kicking up the exercise, I kept getting this red warning to update the weight goal. I was also at a plateau.

I put in the # of calories I was burning and SP increased my low to 1320. I found it hard to eat that much as I was so used to 1240. But some days I did and then the weight started to come off.

So, MSAEBARRON, I would think you are not eating enough. It sounds strange, but try to eat at the bottom of the range SP gives you to see if the scale starts to move down for you. They are calculating your height in this.

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6/7/10 12:19 P

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I try hard to stay w/in 1200-1500 calories per day and am usually successful.....but for me that is "maintenance" and I really do not lose any weight that way. The key is activity....consistent, daily exercise is the only thing that does it for me.

Sadly, going up a few pounds is immediately noticable and I shift through sizes with only a 5-7 pound gain, but that works in our favor too....5-7 pounds DOWN and I am down a whole size!!!

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In the beginning I did stick around 1100 calories. After upping my exercise routine, I try to not go over 1350/1400.

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6/6/10 11:18 P

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I'm usually around 1300-1500 calories, my SP range is 1200-1500. I do try and exercise 5-6 times a week.

You might not losing b/c your calories are too low?

Edited by: IXCHEL23 at: 6/6/2010 (23:19)
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6/6/10 11:10 P

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I feel like because I am shorter I need to restrict my calories more than my taller friends. I generally try to stay in the 1100 calories per day range while some of my taller friends are able to eat 1600 and still lose.

How many calories is everyone sticking to and are you losing weight? I'm not losing and I'm trying to figure out why.

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I never really thought about it before but it makes sense now that I've read some of your thoughts on it.....now I know one reason why it is harder for me to lose weight...

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6/4/10 6:22 P

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I think it might be harder due to the small amounts we need to lose weight. You read about never go below 1200 calories/day- but that's a reasonable amount to lose weight for a 5 foot-er. ---Maybe I should follow that advice- I've been over-eating alot and gaining instead of losing. Help. emoticon

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5/27/10 1:59 P

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I do find that being shorter then most people it is harder to loss the weight.

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5/25/10 12:35 P

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Yes and no. A deficit of 3500 calories will = 1 pound lost whether you're 5'0 or 6'0. But if you're short, you need less calories, and it's hard to have that translate into your every day life.
My husband (who is 6'1) didn't get it when I'd say to him "well I burned X calories on this walk, you burned more." It's like a car--an SUV needs more gas than a small convertible--the SUV uses up more gas too.

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I don't know if it is "harder" but we just have more work to put in to adjust what calories we take in a lot differently than others, and might have to constantly tweak our plan one way or the other to find the right mix for our "fun-sized" bodies. I think that if you put in the work and plan ahead and know that if something isn't working that you'll need to change it you'll do great.

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5/11/10 8:26 P

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I think it is harder for petite people to lose weight. We need fewer calories, we burn fewer calories when we exercise. I was in Weight Watcher and had fewer points than everyone else. They were eating more than me and losing more than me. The recipes were too many points for me. I found it very demoralizing and learned it is futile to compare yourself with others. I have learned to view my height (lack of it) as a challenge I can meet, and have accepted the fact I am not like others. This group is extremely supportive and helpful because you all get it- even understand that it's hard to find clothes to fit.

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5/10/10 2:07 P

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Shorter folks require less calories to "maintain" their weight. Our metabolism is whatever it is (depending on what you do, your metabolism can vary). It isn't necessarily slower than bigger folks. In fact, it might be higher. But, we are shorter and don't need as many calories.

That means, that we need to exercise, eat right, and no, we don't get to eat as much as a 6 ft 4 guy does in order to maintain his weight.

Life is not fair. But it is worth living. Keep moving sparkers!

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5/10/10 1:47 P

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I agree! I think when you don't have as much to lose, it is much harder!!!! Keep working and it will come off eventually. Think about how long it took you to put that extra weight on. You are lucky if it takes even half that time to lose it!!!

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I do not believe it is harder for petite people to lose weight than non petite.

It is HARDER to lose when you do not have as much to lose. Someone needing to lose 10#, it will be harder to lose those 10 than someone needing to lose 100. But the person needing to lose 100, when it gets down to the last 10, those will be harder to lose. IMHO.







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Two years later and I'm still just at the 1/2 way mark...however, I can run a marathon now, I'm in the best shape of my life, no longer a couch potato. I've gone from a 14 almost 16 to a 8 and starting into a 6. I still look heavy, but I keep adjusting to find that happy medium to make the weight start coming off.

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I wanna be fit and want the inches to go away but I also want to see the scale drop too. I have to be honest with myself and that requires for me to be honest on spark too. i cannot in good conscience say that I am not bothered by the fact that I have to work a little harder than others to get smaller results. Does that mean I stop. No.

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TTLEELEE said my exact feelings on the subject.


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I have to agreee, smaller people have a bit more trouble losing the weight. The key for me has been exercise.

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Here's the thing - the smaller you are, the fewer calories you need and burn. So, in a way, yes it is harder for "petite" people to lose weight. Then add age and normal metabolism changes.

Key! Eat well & right, exercise, exercise, exercise. Go for the change in size rather than the change in weight. Tone the muscle, flatten the tummy, tighten the arms & thighs, don't just go for weight loss.

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I agree with you wholeheartedly!

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Comparisons can work against us because as in everything else in life, some people will do better than you and some will do worse...

Losing weight is a challenge for everyone - tall or short. It requires discipline, consistency and the belief that no matter how long it takes, as long as you don't quit, you will accomplish your goals...

Give it your all!

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I suspected this to be so and will admit it has caused a bit of irrational anger.

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Yes, unfortunately, I think it is more harder. When you're shorter your metabolism is slower than a taller woman. If you weigh less than someone than that is true too for anyone of different heights.

You can lose weight of course, we just have to work a little harder. Tracking your food/calories, exercising a little more than a taller person (just finding ways in your everyday life to incorporate more physical activity, like parking your car a little farther, etc), drinking water, watching your sodium.
You just have to be a little more patient too!
Good luck!
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I'm 4'11" and I also have difficulty losing weight. I only lost 7 lbs. since 12/29. Then in April I realized that I wasn't losing much, and I really "attacked" my fruits, vegetables and whole wheat. That helped. I also exercise. Make sure that you drink plenty of water.

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I've been working pretty hard at losing weight since January and I'm nowhere near where I want to be. I've been talking with some Spark friends who aren't necessarily vertically challenged and they've managed to lose A LOT more than I have. Now granted some of them are heavier than I am and they say it comes off easier at first when you weigh more. I just wanted to see what you ladies thought, or am I just making excuses? :)

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