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1/12/13 9:07 P

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I take my weigh in day at TOPS which happens to be Monday morning to take a day to eat what I want of course am always aware of portion sizes so really do not over-indulge that much but it makes the rest of the week seem much easier
One day at a time

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1/7/13 4:20 P

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A co-worker who was once very obese has become slim and fit. She is very disciplined about her food and her exercise regimen. She maintains her weight, but she does allow one day per week (Friday) to eat what she would like and enjoy. She dines at restaurants and she enjoy special treats--- but not to great excess! For about fifteen years this "plan" has worked perfectly for her. She says that it works because she looks forward to her Friday reward day.
I really admire that she has this kind of "control"... She does say that if she could have one fantasy come true, it would be to eat whatever she wants every single day. (without the consequences) lol

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1/6/13 8:54 A

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I know that if I take one day off, it's likely to turn into a streak of days off. I'm staying on the wagon.

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1/5/13 11:03 P

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Hi, I am new to this to..it is day 5 for me. But I just want to tell you that I am happy that you read the other emails and that you decided not to have a binge day or "blow day" as I used to call it. I have tried so many (like all the diets) and always decided I needed a "blow day" once a week. And every week I had to start basically over...so you don't get very far with that way of thinking. It is so much better to be on a diet where you can eat what you like but with portion control...that way we are not "missing out" on foods we really like! Which always seemed to be fruit for me. So many diets don't let you have fruit and I am a fruit nut! So I am really happy with the way this is working. Good Luck and Don't Give Up! Chery

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1/5/13 9:35 A

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Thank you all for your advice and input on this question. I have decided that I will not do a cheat day as I don't think it is a good idea either and I definitely do not want to undo my first week of eating right in a long time. You read so much on the internet and there are weight loss diets out there that recommend having a day where you don't deprive yourself of everything but I think for me it probably would not be advised as I could see myself slipping out of control. I guess I think it would be like quitting smoking, if you don't smoke all week and then smoke on Saturday night, soon you are back to smoking again. So with all of your help I have figured it out and will continue to eat healthy. I am starting to realize that I want to lose 25 pounds more than I want junk food. So I think I am on the path. Have a great day.



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1/4/13 6:02 P

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1/4/13 2:01 P

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Hey there ETFON4 and welcome to the 50+ SparkTeam!

I eat healthy rather than diet. Right now I have between 1250 and 1600 calories per day. Over four months it has resulted in about a pound per week weight loss with me typically eating about 1400 - 1450 per day. Some days I eat more, some days less, but I always make sure I eat at least 1250 calories. Originally I thought the amount of nutrition given by SparkPeople was too high so I double checked the figures by going here www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculato
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and checking my basal metabolic rate and then calculating my daily caloric needs based on my activity level.Armed with that information I realized that SparkPeople's calculation was dead on! I eat everything I did before SP but now I measure and weigh all the food. Portion control has made a huge impact on my life and health. I now realize I will always have to measure my food and track my water and I am okay with it.

As long as you answered the questions SP used to determine your caloric needs and activity level to the best of your ability you should have success - and even moreso if you're tracking your nutrition and water.

Here's an article from SP that addresses Starvation Mode:

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Regarding Starvation Mode:
Starvation Mode. There is a common misperception that to lose weight, the lower the calories, the better. Ironically, the key may be eating more calories. You can actually hurt your body's ability to lose weight by going too low. Here's why. The body has a protective mechanism. When calories drop too low (we recommend a minimum of 1,200 for women and 1,500 for men) the body reacts as if it is starving and tries to conserve energy. It will lower your metabolism, conserve calories and fat, and you will not burn calories as quickly. This results in a slower weight loss or even no weight loss. This is what's know as "Starvation Mode."

When calorie intake falls below 1,200 to 1,500 calories a day, it is also extremely difficult to follow a balanced diet and obtain all the nutrients that are needed by the body to stay strong and energetic and prevent disease. These very low calorie intakes can also lead to other health problems such as eating disorders, gout, gallstones, and heart complications. For these reasons, the SparkDiet strongly suggests not going below 1,200 calories daily for women and 1,500 calories daily for men.





"One reason people resist change is that they focus on what they have to give up, rather than what they have to gain!" - Rick Godwin

"When you know the motivation behind your choices, you can make choices that support your authentic self decisions that free you, rather than restrict you." - Danielle LaPorte


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1/4/13 12:43 P

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Not sure what you mean by not dieting.
Having a day off and bingeing will undo the work of the other 6.
I tend not to dier in that I eat the same things I would always eat, just do the portion control and then I do not have to cook separately for me and the family.
the family take better to the plan to if they still get whatthey like

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BLC21 start weight 146 lb BLC21 goal weight 134 lb
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1/4/13 11:29 A

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Biggest loser recommends once a week eating the foods you would normally eat, but don't worry about portion control. I find that a small amount of something you wouldn't normally eat doesn't hurt, gives you something to look forward to and if there is a party you can taste the cake.

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1/4/13 11:23 A

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I am new to this site so do not know if this has been asked before. I have read and heard that it is good to have one day a week where you don;t diet to keep yourself out of starvation mode. Does anyone practice this and if so does it work?

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