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10/18/10 7:25 P

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That is awesome advice! Thank you so much!

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10/18/10 2:28 P

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Ashly, That is a great weight loss!! Awesome on the 40 lbs!!

Are you already doing low carb? If not, I recommend going to atkins.com Southbeach.com, or another low carb site to find the plan that's right for you. I am doing Atkins, and I found that I'm very carb sensitive. I have to eat 20 net carbs (Total Carbs minus Total Fiber = Net Carbs) or less a day in order to lose weight. Other people can eat a lot more than that and still lose. It just depends on the person. Atkins has started recommending counting calories too, but I'm still not doing it. It's easier just to watch my carbs, and I'm losing. When it's too complicated, I won't do it. LOL

On Atkins, you do a 2 week induction on 20 Net Carbs or less a day, then each week after that you start adding more carbs in. When you stop losing weight that's how you know you've added too many carbs back in. There are also low carb groups here on Sparkpeople that are very helpful!

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10/18/10 1:25 P

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While I'm on the subject....What is a good range of carb intake? I am use to counting calories so on the carbs I'm lost!

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10/18/10 1:24 P

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I never thought about counting just the carbs before. Thats a good idea BRISAR. I do use my tape measure though. I measure once a month on the 26th. My inches have not decreased since the first month. I have lost more weight though. I've lost a total of 40 lbs since May this year. Thank you for all of the advice. This give me a new perspective on what I need to try next.

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10/18/10 9:04 A

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I don't take any meds, including BCP for PCOS, either. I did take a BCP when I first got married and I think, even though my cycles were regular, that's the worst I've ever felt!

My symptoms have been slowly minimizing due to eating low carb. I don't count calories, just carbs. It's the only type of diet that helps my PCOS symptoms, and I actually lose weight and belly fat while living low carb. I feel better than I ever have before, and the more weight that comes off, the better I feel. My cycles are back to normal too!

I do exercise 4-5 days a week. I run, walk, and work out on the elliptical trainer. I recently started the weight machines at the gym. I haven't noticed overly fast muscle build up, yet. I think the muscle is good. It will help you burn more calories while you're "resting" and raises your metabolism.

I agree with NYXWOLFWALKER, use your tape measure! That, and my clothes getting looser seem to be a better guage for weight loss for me.

I also agree with KITTY54. I usually raise and lower my carb intake every now and then to trick my body into losing.

Hope that helps!!

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10/18/10 8:55 A

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we also have excess estrogen due to our fat cells make estrogen too.

I'd say it's possible your over estimating your exercise intensity or even underestimating. in other words eating to little can make you not loose weight too.

try upping your calories for a week, then if that doesn't work lower them. and remember that sometimes just confusing your body can cause weight loss. LOL

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all they ways, acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6


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10/18/10 1:53 A

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PCOS is different for everyone, I've never dun the BCP deal never saw a need for it

I would also work out 4 hours a day at the gym 7 days a week and not see any weight loss what so ever (yet I'd be burning 10,000 cals plus a week and eating upwards of 3,000 a day to sustain the burn - I did louse weight yes, but it was replaced with muscle since muscle weights the same as fat does pound per pound, muscle just takes up less space in the body so I didn't notice the weight loss but I did notice the inches loss.

Anyhow, I can't say how any cals you should be eating, that is between you and your dietitian who is helping you work with your condition (at least I would think you have a dietitian who is helping you, if not might be a good idea to see one). I know my ex dietitian helped me get on track when it came to the weight lifting and working out (she was a body builder and diabetic, so helped in that area - but she's an ex because she signed off on me needing to see her).

Depending on how much you do burn a Week SP will give you a range to follow for eating in general (I don't follow the range, but its close enough to what my ex dietitian set for me that I'm good with what's on offer in general.

Best I can say is measure yourself, the scale might not be your friend in general the to me the tape measure is.

I also do not worry about weight loss in general, to me as long as the scale doesn't go up its all good in my books - I rather stay the same weight then gain, a loss to me is a bonus.


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Cals Burned for 6 years = 2,359,000
6 years Deficit Total = 1,729,800
Should have lost: 250 to 495 pounds
Actual loss = 139 lbs and 50 inches from core


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10/18/10 12:01 A

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Hello Ladies! I have several questions to ask here....

1) Calories: I weight 265 currently, am 27, 5'7' and do not take any BCP or meds. I workout 5-6x per week. At least 6hrs of cardio and 1-3 hrs of strength training per week. I have an up and down work schedule. Some days I work from home and somedays I drive all day. How many calories should I be eating per day? I am currently "trying" to stay between 1400 and 1600 calories per day. Just wondering if that is appropriate.

2) Exercise: I have noticed (and read that others have had the same issue) that I gain muscle quicker than I lose fat. I am sure this has something to do with having higher levels of testosterone in our bodies. What types of exercises do you guys do to avoid this? I do about 6 hrs of walking per week. 1-2 hrs of Zumba per week (sometimes more). I also do 5lbs weight for arms. About 3 reps of 20 bicep curls, shoulder presses, and overhead extensions. I do about 100 crunches per night and I try to do oblique crunches when I remember.
**I started the Jillian Michaels 30 Day Shred and gained 5 lbs in the 1st 2 days of it. It had to be muscle mass because I didn't change my calorie intake. Then I got on the msg boards and saw that others were recommending not to do this program unless you are at your goal weight and want to tone up. I quit that and immediately lost the 5 lbs again. I want to speed up the process or at least have better results with fat loss and keep the muscle mass down. I lost 5 inches in my waist the 1st month that I started getting serious about my health. That was in May. I now do more exercising than I did then and I have YET to lose another inch around the waist. My thighs and arms seem to stay the same as well. I am losing lbs from what the scale shows me, but why not inches?

3) PCOS in general: I want to pay attention to this fact of my life. I ignore the fact that I have this. Then I get discouraged after a week full of hard workouts and get upset when I don't see results on the scale. Sure, I know that the scale is not the only way to see weight loss. I just get down when I feel like my body should be responding more to all the hard work I've done. What have some of you done to keep your motivation up? I don't plan on quitting the exercising or the healthy eating, I just want to know how you stay motivated when you feel like you give it all you've got and you still end up with no weight loss or maybe even gained a pound for the week. I recently went an entire month with no weight loss. I felt like I did more exercising in that month than I have ever! It was so hard to get on that scale week after week and see ZERO results.

All of your advice is welcome and appreciated. Thanks for listening!

-Ashly

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