I am really glad I read this post. I have also been eating below my calorie count most days, hoping that I would lose the weight faster, but I have seen no improvement. I tried the 6 small meals a day for a while, before I started SparkPeople and that didn't give me any results either. (I don't know what the calorie counts were for those days) I have heard a lot about the fact that the body goes into starvation mode when there are not enough calories. My suggestion to you (and myself) is definitely to eat with your calorie range and see how that goes.
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I agree with the other team members...I know it sounds counter to what you are trying to do but you have to eat a healthy balance of food to lose weight and be healthy.
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I am adding my ditto's worth to eating at your calorie range. My experience when I joined was staying where I started for more than a month--was not eating enough calories. Learned that my body thought I was trying to starve and began holding on to fat to keep me alive! Ate at top range of my diet for three days and then mid to low end after that. The weight has been coming off slowly but steadily....and safely. Hope it is also permanently!!
You are a great poster to the sites! Keep it up--you are loved and respected for all your hard work! I repeat: your HARD work. No one said it would be easy. It is, however, possible.
"With ordinary talent and extraordinary perseverance, all things are attainable. --Thomas Foxwell Buxton
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Hang in there! I totally understand where you are coming from! I've been doing this since March 2nd and the first three weeks, I was up 2-5 pounds! I was sooo discouraged. The only thing that kept me going was the encouragement from all the wonderful people! I'm closing up week 4 and I think that my measurements this week will show a bit of improvement. I'm not counting on the scale!!! LOL. One thing I did have to adjust was how much I was eating. I was a victim of trying to starve myself and only eating three times a day and severely limiting my calories. Now, I eat a full 1650-1850 and exercise about 40 minutes a day. It seems to be working better for me! So, just remember, you didn't get to where you are overnight, don't expect to get where you want to be that quickly! Give yourself a break, keep making smart choices that make you happy and I promise!!!, the rest will fall in to place!!
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I agree - you are probably not eating enough. The calorie ranges already take into account your metabolism and are calibrated that you will lose weight slowly if you eat INSIDE your range. In fact, I have found that if I vary where in the range I eat every day, I do better in the long run.
Do NOT go below your calorie range more than one day by accident. Your body needs a certain amount just to function.
doctors appointment showed I gained 4 pounds in a week. I don't know what I am doing wrong. I am asking all my challenge teams to help. they maybe can see something I cant. I am eating below my calorie count from 500 to 900 different then they say I can have doing an hour of exercise on my gazelle. drinking green tea, no sugar, no milk in it, and water is the only two things I am drinking. I don't want to fail at this. any suggestions.
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