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JTANNER87 Posts: 22
2/24/13 2:32 P

Thanks for your help.

2/24/13 11:50 A

Okay, I'm looking at your nutrition/fitness tracker. Were you told to eat between 1200-1550 calories?

You're eating pretty low in that range and then throwing exercise on top of that. Also, you are not tracking consistently. If you track everything everyday, it becomes much easier to tell if there's an element to your diet or exercise that is causing you to not see the results that have been predicted.

Eat more to lose weight! I know it sounds crazy, but it's true!

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2/24/13 9:25 A

2BThin, overtraining and undereating is a recipe for long-term disaster, as it can damage your metabolism and lead to injury.

Stick to eating within (NOT below) your Spark-recommended calorie range, and make sure you've accurately reported the number of calories you burn each week when setting up your fitness tracker, so that can be taken into account when your calorie range is set. Then, just stick to the plan. You won't lose the weight overnight - after all, it's not like you gained it overnight! - but as long as you're committed to this for the long haul, the weight will come off. The ONLY way to fail on this journey is to not try! As long as you're trying, you're succeeding!

2/24/13 9:07 A

Thank you for the post because I did everything right. Maybe, I even over trained & underate, but I gained 2 lbs. It is very discouraging.

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2/24/13 8:54 A

It's completely normal to have some weeks where you don't lose weight at all, even when you're doing everything "right." I don't know if you've ever watched the Biggest Loser, but on that show, those folks work out 4-6 hours a day and eat perfect diets, and they STILL have weeks where they lose nothing at all, or even gain a pound.

Obviously, there's the usual stuff to be on the lookout for - make sure you are counting calories correctly, counting every single bite you eat, and make sure you're measuring portions with cups and a food scale. You could also try to switch up your workout a little - it's possible your body's become used to what you're doing, so you may want to try upping your intensity a bit.

On the flip side, if you're over-training or under-eating, that could also cause your body to hang on to weight, so make sure you're finding a balance and not doing anything crazy like eating 1000 calories a day and burning 600 through exercise (that'd be both over-training AND under-eating!)

If you're eating within your Spark-recommended range, and you're sticking with your exercise routine, just keep going, and know that the weight loss WILL happen. This isn't a perfect science and you won't lose exactly 1-2 lbs. every week, but it will all come out in the wash and you will reach your goals as long as you stick to the program. Hang in there!

JTANNER87 Posts: 22
2/24/13 8:14 A

I need to do something help wanted. emoticon

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