hey - i found your question super helpful. i am taller and heavier than you, but I think that my calorie range has been too low for me lately so I end up bingeing. Even if I lose weight much more slowly, it's better to be on a downward slope rather than upward!
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I actually struggled with the exact same thing you did for a long time. Finally though, this time-it worked. Here's what I did differently this time....
Pretty much exactly what Kylar said. Actually, your calorie range is pretty good- I am a 5"4', 125 lbs- and my calorie range is 1200-1500. I do agree however that burning 500-1000 is a LOT.
What I did differently was I just took it easy on myself. In the past I tried to make it perfect 1200 and workout everyday as hard as I could (usually burned about 600-700). By the end of the day, I was exhausted, undernourished(hungry!), and just didn't feel "free" if that makes sense-it wasn't me. So it didn't work. But this time, I took it slow-took on 1 goal at a time.. And really small goals. I let myself just burn 300 calories-let myself eat over my calorie range occasionally. Instead of feeling like crash dieting all the time-I really felt like I was changing. And this time finally, I'm not putting back on the extra lbs. So I REALLY suggest just taking it easy on yourself. All the articles on spark people always say that ( I never believed them.
So I really really suggest going slow. I know its the exact opposite of what you want to do-but it will pay off in the long run. It was so slow this time for me that I even had a 4 week plateau-but during that time I lost inches and then all the sudden the plateau dropped and I was losing again! So just be patient, and try to focus on getting healthier long term!
Oh last note-if you are binging on weekends/nights- 2 ideas. 1) Make a goal for the week or even 2 weeks to focus on, to be that you don't binge... 2) If you aren't already, write down everything you eat as you eat it. When I binged on the weekends and was sick of it, I simply carried my food journal on me-and literally before I ate something-I wrote it down. That way I knew how much I was eating so hopefully I could stop myself and therefor avoid the guilt later....also again maybe try to take it slow. Let yourself binge like you normally do-but try to slowly make it less and less.
Just some ideas. Hope it helps!
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Just relax. If you're stressing about losing weight that'll be the killer of your attempts. Dieting rarely works. You have to gradually start eating better food and controlling portion sizes. 1200 is pretty extreme especially for starting. I'd say aim for 1500 and set your goal for 1400-1750 to give you some sway room so that it isn't as strict. 500-1,000 calories burned is a pretty serious amount too. that's 4-8 miles every day at a pretty decent pace. If you haven't been doing this long that sucks any fun out of losing weight and you'll hate it (hence the binging). Personally I hate running. I'll lift weights for 45 min and then go for a two mile run or something. What are you doing to burn that many calories every day? Set your workout goal for 300-500 and that'll still give you plenty of a calorie defect without leading to you feeling starved and then killing all your hard work with snacks. We're all here to help so hopefully I gave you a prod in the right direction.
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Hi all! I have struggled with body issues for the past five years or so, always trying to hit 1,500 calories a day to get rid of the 15 that have crept on since high school. I really want to get back to where I was, but I find that day in and day out I constantly defeat myself. I set low calorie goals (1,200) and high workout goals (500-1,000 calories burned 6 times a week), and end up STARVING...then bingeing either at night or on the weekends, and not losing any weight. Help? Any ideas for motivation and staying focused 24/7? I binge when I lose focus, and I feel "sorry" for myself that I'm depriving myself food. Then after I have binged, the guilt comes right back. Any advice?
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