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NASFKAB
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great



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great article Penny

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thanks



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MariBeth, I wonder that too. The ones who DO come back on the show (one was on this past week) still look good but most of them have gained SOME weight. I'd love to have the stats on ALL of them!!

But mostly I am just curious as to HOW they do it. They give us some clues when they discuss what people are eating at home (when Jackson and Jeff went away from the ranch for a week it showed them grocery shopping and maybe a meal) but wouldn't it be cool to know exactly what program they are following?

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MARIBETHKC
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I have always thought it would be fascinating to know the statistics of how they do years out. Or a followup show on all of them, not just the few we usually see. I wonder if being on the show is such a profound experience that people would have a higher rate of success down the road? Or if the people they choose for the show have any difference from the average person trying to lose?


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KELSEY54
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Well Marilyn, what they do is not realistic and it would be great to take a survey to see how many actually maintain it. It would be so great to lose as fast as we increase.


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AMARILYNH
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Kelsey, I can't figure out how the Biggest Loser contestants do it at all. Especially when they still lose those large amounts at home. I'd love to know just what they really eat.

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Brilliant...thankyou

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Thank you for the article.

Judy from Vermont. Joined SP 5/12/09. SW:190




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Very interesting and helpful info. Thanks! emoticon


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Popsy... that is a great article. And it makes so much sense to make sure that your body is adjusting to the weight changes as you work your way slowing down the scale numbers. Thanks for sharing.

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Hi AMARILYNH
I am with you on this calorie in and calorie out. I only walk between 3.5 to 4.5 miles a day and at the moment playing tennis 5 days a week. I try to stay around 1600 calories, I am 5ft4in. and in the obese category still. I too am confused as how much I am eating to burning. I definitely have a fairly large deficit but what do you have to do to have a steady loss of 1.5 to 2 lbs. a week. I know the less you have to lose the slower it is, but I shouldn't been in that area yet. It blows me away that the biggest loser contestants work out all day and are very strict in what they eat and have massive losses week to week. Can you imagine the calories they would have to consume to lose if they aren't putting their bodies into starvation mode?


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AMARILYNH
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That was a great article and so true! Now about the uTube info, I'm kind of confused. I DEFINITELY agree there is more than calories in/calories out CICO to weight loss, but I'm not sure what he was saying. I don't know about you but I'm not willing to take 3 years to lose a pound - and who can control their food that closely anyway?

The reason I don't believe in CICO alone (although I know it is a big part of the equation) is because I walk a LOT (between 6 and 12 miles most days with an occasional 16 to 18 mile day thrown in). If one can believe the calorie charts that's burning a LOT of calories in addition to my BMR which SP calculates at 1567. I record all my food and know I have a large deficit. Yet I am losing weight very slowly if at all. Part of this is because I am already in a normal BMI range, but if CICO was all there is too it I should continue losing (at 5ft6-1/2" and at 148.6 I know there is room for more weight loss.)

I'm not complaining but I do wish I understood the true facts of the weight loss equation. I have considered that I could be eating too little but when I go above about 1800 calories a day I gain. And I guess I'm too happy with my current weight and size to chance continuing to eat more while gaining to see if that changes (levels out). Weight is a very complex issue!!

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Caroly0107, I loved that video! (and others that they had about food) Thank you so much! Hey, aren't you supposed to be on a break? LOL emoticon I'm just kidding ya! Thank you so much for all you do for this group! You rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Have a good break, okay? You deserve it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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Yes Popsy190. That is a great article! Thank you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon


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Here's the hyperlink to that second Youtube article.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGP3NbP7O2w

Edited by: CAROLYN0107 at: 3/6/2013 (23:23)
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Thanks for that article. Every now and then we need to re read these things to bring it all back into perspective. I get down on myself at times because I figure I should be losing faster than I am with the calories I stick to and the activities I do. I never eat less than 1600 a day and as of today I have 1000 fitness minutes for this month already, so I think I am balanced.

Edited by: KELSEY54 at: 3/6/2013 (21:59)

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Many of us become frustrated with the slow speed of our weight loss: we are tortoises wishing to become hares as quickly as possible! emoticon
There are, however, advantages in losing slowly:

www.fitday.com/fitness-articles/fitness/we
ight-loss/6-advantages-of-slow-weight-
loss.html


There are also mathematical and physics principles behind a slow loss; some of the over-simplified data we are given about "calories in, energy out" = weight loss is also mis-leading:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GGP3NbP7O2w

There's a fair bit of reassurrance here that tortoises are the realistic ones, and on the right track!

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The past is our definition. We may strive, with good reason, to escape it, or to escape what is bad in it, but we will escape it only by adding something better.


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