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JILLWOLVERINE SparkPoints: (0)
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4/6/13 2:37 P

I am glad upping your calories worked for you! I just had a similar experience and was about to suggest either upping those calories a bit or cutting back on the workouts. I changed my workouts so that I take a day off every fourth day and am eating more like 1500 most days, up to 1700 occasionally, and now I am starting to see some downward movement as well.

I just try to remind myself that if my body thinks I am trying to kill it, it will hold on to the fat for dear life. It is easy to fall into the trap of thinking if things aren't moving fast enough, obviously you should just WORK HARDER!!!! but that's not really the way it works-- really you just have to take care of yourself and be patient.

4/6/13 1:58 P

Thank you everyone! Since spark only gives you a range of calories I figured I should stick to the 1200 to get the job done. I didnt realize how active I really am, thank you bodymedia, so I upped my calorie intake to 1550 or more and I lost 3 lbs!!! I really appreciate everyone's input tremendously!!! And so does my body!!! It was starving! emoticon emoticon emoticon

ERICABETH130 SparkPoints: (2,808)
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3/29/13 4:18 P

As backward as this sounds, could you be not eating enough? This happened to me before. Try a day or two at the top of your calorie range and see what happens!

3/29/13 4:18 P

I am no doctor nor am I prescribing a diet or recommending anything. However, from personal experience going through weight loss surgery 8 months ago, going into starvation mode doesn't necessarily have to cause your body to save fat and eat muscle. Looking at your tracker that you are sharing for everyone. The biggest problem that I see is that you need to eat more protein. That is what is going to fool your body to still burn fat and save the muscle. After surgery the goal for us was to eat at least 60-70 grams of protein a day. The goal is to get into that starvation where your body is eating fat away but fool it into eating that fat by maintaining a consistent protein intake goal. Plus the other side of starvation diets is that it takes your body at least a month to two months to fully get into that starvation mode. On the flip side it takes 2-3 months to get out of starvation mode as well.

Again I DON'T recommend going into starvation and if you do get closely monitored by a physician who is trained in this field. I am NOT recommending, I am NOT a physician; I am just providing information that I have had with personal experience with weight loss surgery. Essentially weight loss surgery forces your body into starvation mode and hopefully by the time you are eating enough to get out of starvation mode you trained yourself to eat better.

MELJONES3478 SparkPoints: (15,754)
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3/29/13 3:43 P

I agree with Slimmerkiwi 100%. Have you looked at your nutrition report? Make sure that you are meeting all of your nutrition goals. Run a report and it will tell you what category you are lacking...definitely lots of protein, water, fruits & veggies (fresh)

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (253,567)
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3/29/13 12:40 A

I just had a peek at your Nutrition Tracker. and feel that the bulk of the problem could lie there. IF you are entering all that you eat, then you aren't eating enough. Mostly the calories are around the 1200 - sometimes a wee bit over but also often less. THEN look at your Fitness Tracker. You are burning heaps with walks, hikes etc. I would suggest that you eat less processed foods (unhealthy fats and excess sodium) (M&M's, Fudge Bars, etc.) and increase your quality protein (not processed meats) and fruit/veges. Your weight-loss can move forward, but in a healthy way.

Also, I would be inclined to eat a lot more for breakfast - a Nutrigrain Cereal Bar of 120 calories and only 2 grams of protein isn't enough. Try adding some yoghurt and fruit, or similar, at least.

Good luck,

Edited by: SLIMMERKIWI at: 3/29/2013 (16:14)
ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (199,970)
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3/28/13 2:50 P


How long have you been trying to lose ? Your Spark page says you've been a member since 2008.

While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. This is not the Biggest Loser the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. It really could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that is perfectly normal.

Also, eating too little and exercising too much could hinder your weight loss ? As Coach Nancy noted, if your body doesn't get the necessary calories to keep your vital organs function, it will slow down other processes to compensate.

What did the Spark nutrition software give you for a daily calorie allotment ? 1200-1300 seems awfully low for me especially if you're exercising an hour a day. Let me give you an example of how eating too little could be detrimental to long term weight loss.

Let's say that you currently weigh 200 pounds. To maintain that weight, let's estimate that you'd need to eat 2,000 calories every day, just to stay at 200 pounds. okay, now you've decided you want to lose. In theory, in order to lose one pound of fat per week, you'd need to decrease your caloric intake by 500 calories each day. do this for seven days and by the end of the week, you'll have a decrease of 3,500 calories or one pound of fat.

one pound of fat = 3,500 calories.

Okay, so you're eating 1500 calories per day to lose one pound of fat per week. You want to increase that loss by one pound. How ? In theory, if you were to exercise for an hour a day and burn 500 calories. do this for seven days and that would give you a further deduction of 3,500 calories for a total of 7,000 calories or a two pound loss.

seems right ? Not quote. consider that you are eating 1500 calories per day. Now, you're burning an extra 500 with exercise. that leaves you with 1,000 net calories. that's not enough calories to sustain a grown woman.

So, if you've been eating 1200-1300 calories per day and burning 500 per day with exercise, that means you're only netting 700-800 calories a day. That's a starvation diet. When a person eats too little, that causes their body to conserve fat, not release fat. I know this is going to sound strange, but if you want to release fat, you need to eat.

While it's true the most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong food and not enough of the right food. Quality of the food you eat matters. Because weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle. If you're eating right and watching your portions, the weight will come off on its own.

One thing I would ask you is how many servings of fresh fruit and veggies you eat each day ? If I were to go back in time and give myself one piece of advice that would help me lose weight,"it would be to eat 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, every day".

Also, keep in mind that your weight will fluctuate from day to day and week to week. Ever notice your weight goes up during TOM ? Most women tend to gain weight during their menstrual cycle. Is that a fat gain ? Nope. it's nothing more than a temporary water weight gain that passes in a few days.

I can easily gain or lose as much as 3-4 pounds in a day because of a shift in my water weight. So, don't let any scale fluctuation get you down. these really are perfectly normal.

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3/28/13 11:06 A


It's difficult to say because weight loss, for many of us, is seldom a linear process. In other words there may be weeks where we lose, some where we may gain and others where we remain the same, Just like you mentioned in your post. The scale is only one tool we can use to measure our progress, but many times, it is not the most reliable.

However, not eating enough to support basic biological functions (growing new cells, regulating body temp, blood pressure, heart rate, thinking, breathing, etc) in addition to supplying the body with nutrients to repair the muscle damage caused from working out, can lead a slow down to your weight loss. Remember in order to burn calories, your body must take in enough to do so.

So make sure your calories burn figure accurately reflects the calories you are burning and make sure you are eating enough based on this calorie range.

Coach Nancy

CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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3/28/13 11:05 A

one oz is such a teenny tiny amount. i range from a few pounds plus or minus my goal weight at dfferent times during the month.

3/28/13 10:58 A

I'm so confused! I weigh 192.8 and I have been eating between 1200 - 1300 calories per week and working out at least 60 minutes per day. For the past 2 weeks I have gained 1 oz per week. Am I not eating enough? This is really frustrating. I've never had this happen before.

2 weeks ago I did lose 7 pounds because I had a stand still for 2 weeks prior to that. Could that be part of it? Any information would be most helpful. :)

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