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5/25/13 8:56 P

I am 5'1 and I was 156 pounds. For the majority of my time here on SP, I ate 1200-1550 calories. Now I eat 1250-1650 calories.

As was said before track everything. Track with a passion. Make your tracker visible to people here on SP. Tracking makes all the difference.

Also, make sure you are getting ENOUGH calories. Starving yourself won't work. Eating 1200 calories and then exercising 500 of it away won't work. Your body will think you are starving, and it will try to save not letting go of any fat. It doesn't make sense, but sometimes you have to eat MORE to lose weight.

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5/25/13 1:39 P

1. I am 5 feet 2 inches tall ... and I have lost 50 pounds ... SLOWLY. I aim for 2 pounds per month. That's about what you are doing, and it is OK. Keep it up and you will lose 20- 25 pounds in a year. For someone our height, that's great! - not a disaster.

2. Do you actualy track your intake accurately? I found that accurate measurements and tracking of my food intake helps a lot more than I thought it would. I avoided it at first, but finally tried it when I wasn't making much progress. It really opened my eyes as to where my calories come from. Measuring things taught me better portion control and I discovered a lot of sources of "hidden calories" in my diet. As a nurse, I thought I had a pretty good idea of how much I was consuming and what those foods consisted of. But reading labels, measuring, and tracking taught me a lot that I had previously been mistaken about. I intended to track for only a couple of weeks -- as a learning activity for myself. But I have been doing it for about 2 years now because I have found it so helpful.

Good luck to you.

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5/25/13 11:59 A

560 per WEEK seems low. I can burn about 400 per workout. Granted you may not be burning as much with the p90x cause it's more strength. but that is only 80 calories a day to burn. That doesn't seem right. Make an adjustment to that and see what your new calorie eating range is at.
5 lbs is still a loss. Maybe not what you wanted, but a loss. Not sure how long that time was that you had this loss.

Keep at it, Its HARD, and a fine line to find the perfect balance between how much to eat and how much to burn.


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5/25/13 4:42 A


Firstly, take a deep breath. You can do it (keep saying this to yourself).
Your goals are not insurmountable. Starving yourself is not a good plan, I hope you know this. So let's get it out of your mindset. You need to feed your body based on your activity.
A first step is to look at what you eat now and see where you can make improvements.
Go to the Starbucks website and look up the nutrition of your guilty pleasure. Is it still worth it? Do you keep it as a treat or is this a daily consumption?
Is your diet mostly of lean proteins, healthy fats, whole grains, fruits and vegetables?

Do you track here? If so would you be willing to share what you eat? This way we can give more specific direction.
If not, you need to start. It can make all the difference in the world to your success. This way, you start with what you know - then you can plan and make better choices. Tracking what you eat is probably the most important thing you will do to help you meet your goals.

P90X is a great Strength Training program so good for you and keep making ST a part of your plan of attack. ST will help you maintain muscle while on a calorie deficit.
Do you do any cardio?

I know it seems like everything is out of control right now but your body will respond to healthy habits. It just won't be able to help itself. :-)

Edited by: STDWYNWEN at: 5/25/2013 (18:00)
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5/25/13 1:45 A

I think the most sensitive instrument for weight loss is your body. Calorie counting is helpful, but it is only an approximation.

Weight loss requires a calorie deficit (which mostly means you feel hungry a lot) but the flip side is good nutrition becomes extremely important. There again your body will often lead you to where you need to go. I lost 80 lbs without really knowing anything about nutrition. You could have defined the food pyramid by my cravings.

To a first approximation you can go by macronutrients, with a split that matches your goals. For example, if you want to keep muscle, there probably needs to be an increase in protein and a little strength training. Or yoga. Or something like that.

I think, if there is a skill set involved in dieting, it isn't being a calorie accountant, it's learning to listen to your body.

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5/25/13 12:45 A

I'm so tired of the way I look. I've always been skinny and semi-fit. But while going through nursing school I gained so much weight and went up to 145 lbs while standing 5 feet 2 inches. Since February, I have been on P90x and I've only lost 5 pounds. I'm so confused about how many calories I'm supposed to consume. Some say never dip down below 1200 cals and some say more. I don't have a job right now and can't afford to consult a dietician. I've probably been consuming anywhere between 800 cals to 1600 cals after exercise. And sparkpeople says I should be consuming anywhere between 1200 to 1550 cals a day and lose 560 cals through exercise a week. I just felt so awful earlier while exercising when I caught glimpse of myself. I cant even look in the mirror anymore. I've been wearing baggy clothes even when it's starting to get hot here. I've been gaining muscles too but its like I"m not losing fat at all. I'm just bigger looking and bulky and my face is awfully bloated and huge. I can't fit my old clothes and had to got to the men's department to buy big T-shirts. What am I supposed to freaking do? I've been eating the right kind of carbs too. I've stayed away from sugar except for the tall chai tea latte I drink from Starbucks and that's probably the only guilty pleasure I have. Can someone tell me what am i doing wrong. I remember last summer where i forgot to eat because i was too busy I know i was below 1200 cals maybe 800 cals or less a day and lost 15 pounds But now i"m trying to lose weight by not starving myself and the fat isnt budging. i'm so tempted to starve myself again to lose weight

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