I find that if I stay at or above the 1200, I don't lose. I always wonder about that 3500 too... Its totally not a perfect science and that is a bummer. I burn anywhere between 3000 and 4000 a week with exercise but still the pounds are slow to come off. This week, I am breaking from my routine and letting my body take a much needed rest.
Anyone find a great formula that works yet?
I will never give up... I will just keep searching for my diamond in the rough.
Please don't ever go below 1200 calories. I have a friend who just recently passed out from not eating enough. The doctor told her she would never be able to lose weight, because her body was storing what she did eat as fat. It takes a while to get used to eating in the 1300-1600 calorie range. Drink plenty of water to help yourself feel full. I usually stay within my calorie range and burn the number of calories that SP suggest. With the SP calculations, it takes into account how fast or slow you are trying to make your goals. The more and faster you want to lose, the less calories you can eat and the more calories you have to burn. And the reverse is true.
What might be happening as well is that you may be working out too hard. That, in combination with cutting calories, may be forcing your body to rebel. I find when I am in that situation, it helps to take a day or two off and let the body rest. By the time you get back in the swing of things, you may find that you can let go of some of that extra weight. Another thing to keep in mind is that 2000 calories a day really isn't that much. Infact, that is generally considered a normal amount of food energy to ingest for an active woman. So, don't sweat it, and keep up the good work!
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Fitness Minutes: (6,008) Posts: 523 4/2/07 3:27 P
When I started working out again, I actually gained weight before I lost it. I had a kidney transplant and am on steroids, so weight likes to hang on! I think if you keep at it, the weight will come off. I gained about three pounds my first 3 weeks and then lost 5 the fourth week. I would think 1200 calories a day is fine as long as you have the energy to continue your workouts. You could try it out for a week and see if it works for you. If you are to hungry or lack energy, add in a small snack before you work out. (or whatever works best for you)
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Tracireuter - That link calculates men and women from 5ft )" to 8ft 11" tall! So is no use to many 'Sparkies' in this group. Here is another link, offered by the lean, fit and handsome Antonio (who is collecting his pension!) Click on the Diet Calculator and check out the other useful info on the site. However, perhaps its years of messed up metabolism and not feeling good on my hypothyroid med, I gain weight on 1,200 or more and lose on 1,050, so this is working for me. http://www.scientificpsychic.com/fitness /
Edited by: WENDY01162 at: 4/2/2007 (09:05)
Don''t give up, losing weight is like walking downhill and carrying a lighter load as you go. After a while, fill a carrier bag with the weight you have lost and feel good about yourself when you put it down. Eating healthy and drinking lots of water gives you beautiful skin and takes years off you.
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BIKINIBODY, thanx for the info! Yes I was eating about 2000 cals before I started SP. Now I eat between 1300-1500 a day & I workout with 4-5 60 min cardio sessions a wk, plus weightlifting 3x. I wasn't thinking of drastically cutting back, just to 1200 & never under! There's NO way I could pull it off under 1200...my stomach would be growling!! LOL So if I eat no more than 1500 a day & burn about 1200-1500 cals a wk with just my cardio I think that'll balance out at about 4000 cals burned in a wk right? Then I just don't see why I haven't lost anything since Feb 1st! (I have in inches but not lbs!) Thanx again for the input!
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current weight: 136.0
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I just checked out the site as well. I am 4'9", and it only calculates 5' and above (which I have never seen). Anyway, for someone 5 feet tall, it says 1020 calories without exercise. I find this tough to do, but if you are small, it will not hurt you. However, if you eat way less it can cause heart problems. I have known several people that have had this happen, although I don't think anyone here is suggesting this. ;)
LaCholita--You say you are eating 1300-1500 calories a day, but you don't say how much you were eating. So, if you were eating 2000 a day, you would be ahead 500-700 calories, which is at least a pound per week without adding in your biking/walking. So, it sounds like you are doing really well. Best of luck, Leah
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That's a very interesting site. Thanks for posting it.
Lacholita - don't forget you have to provide the calories needed just for simple existence. You're burning calories all the time. If you drop it too low, your body will go into "starvation" mode and compensate for the lower caloric intake.
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Lacholita - DON'T go under 1200 calories!!! Your body will go into starvation mode!!! This is a page I've used to figure out what my range should be based on my activity....I've found sp to be a little too generic...hope this helps (since I switched to this formula - I've lost 7 lbs...)
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Fitness Minutes: (160) Posts: 247 4/1/07 10:06 P
Hello SP friends! I have a question on the whole calorie thing. I read that in order to lose a lb we need to burn 3500 cals a week. So, if I'm eating 1300-1500 cals a day & burning 1200-1500 cals a wk with my cardio will that be 3500 cals a wk? Maybe I should be cutting my cals even more? (I can't really do much more cardio, as it is I ride my bike for 60 mins @ 12 mph 4-5 x a wk & also walk quite a bit.) I guess I could never go above 1200 cals a day if I tried REAL hard! Yikes! That would cut 800 cals off what I need to just maintain right? ANY input is greatly appreciated!!! TIA!
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