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GAUT00038 SparkPoints: (5,800)
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5/9/13 2:13 P

Looks like youre yo yo dieting which is horrible for keeping weight off. Ive been there done that and at the time you think wow I look great but 6 months later youre even heavier then before. I suggest you start small. work really hard on portioning for maybe one day a week. Every Monday make sure everything you eat is measured out and pre measure out foods for the rest of the week, this way when you have little energy it is already done for you. As you continue to measure once a week things will just become routine, and your ability to portion without measuring will become easier. I can just eyeball most things at this point and it is making dieting so much easier.
Don't buy things with tiny serving sizes, they may be great tasting but you'll only get to enjoy a morsel at a time which leads to temptation.

5/8/13 9:29 P

Hey, I just want to say thank you to everyone that has replied to me! It's great to hear other peoples thoughts and ideas!!

DRAGONCHILDE SparkPoints: (61,458)
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5/8/13 8:29 A

I agree with Nirerin. You're at a healthy body weight already (and in fact, I'm the same height as you, and that's my goal weight!) so I think the reason you're having trouble losing weight is that this is your natural weight ,and where your body finds homeostasis.

I would add strength training to your regimen, and start focusing on body fat percentage, because I think you're going to find it very difficult to lose much (if any) weight at this point.

NIRERIN Posts: 14,274
5/8/13 7:45 A

honestly, the best thing you can do right now is to get an accurate bodyfat reading. that's going to be the best gauge of where you can be. in the meantime, your bmr and daily activities without exercise are 1810 cals. which means that even if you weren't exercising, you already have a 500 cal a day deficit. that's just too much. if it turns out your have 40% bodyfat, then by all means, you can probably lose a pound a week. but if you're more like in the 20s already, then you just don't have enough fat on you to lose a pound a week. you want to be aiming for no more than about 250 cals. so you need to figure out how many more calories you are burning through exercise, and you need to be eating them all back to maintain that 250 cal a day deficit. and you don't have to eat it all everyday, just that on average you are eating about 250 cals less than you burn. so even without accounting for any exercise, you're eating about 160 cals too few.
do keep in mind that what was possible for you high school [the leaner 150lb weight] may not be possible for you since you have aged. it's entirely normal for women to put on a last bit of growth and fat at the end of high school and into college. you might be able to get that shape back, but you may also need to weigh more to do it [ie carry more muscle around]. it's just that as we age we tend to settle a little differently, which isn't a bad thing, it just means that we can't expect to do everything the same way we did when we were younger. you may also find that you're happy a few pounds lighter and a little less lean. it's all going to depend. but the really important thing is to start eating close to where you should be maintaining, otherwise you're just going to be stressing your body out. if you've been eating this far under where you should be for any amount of time, you might have to spend a few months in a regain phase while your body adjusts to where it should be.
it should be pretty easy to boost your portions: have 1/3 cup instead of 1/4 cup oatmeal, add a few more strawberries and blueberries, use 1/3 cup greek yogurt instead if 1/4, 1/3 cup beef instead of 1/4 cup, 5 teaspoons or 3 Tablespoons of beans instead of 2 Tablespoons, 30 almonds instead of 24, 3oz chicken instead of 2oz.

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5/8/13 12:27 A

I would focus on whole foods only to allow your body to heal: meats, oils, veggies, seeds, nuts, and low-sugar fruits.

5/7/13 11:40 P

This has always kind of been my weight... When I was in high school, 150 was my max weight, but I was a bit more muscular then. In college I lost 30lbs like I mentioned due to stress, and then at a new college, gained it back...Its not so much the scale number that I don't like, but the amount of body fat compared to weight. I use MyFitnessPal to track my meals, but don't use much of Spark just because I haven't really figured it all out yet....I'm just at a loss, and poor motivation and lack of self control makes every day hard...

MEGAPEEJ Posts: 732
5/7/13 11:11 P

Your day looks delicious!

How long has the scale been "stuck", do you have your spark account set up for all the activity you do, and what is your range and target?

My immediate thought is at 5'7", 152 is a perfectly healthy weight, and your body may not want to let anything else go because you're already just right. You could probably even add a but more food to boost your energy for those 6 days of exercise!

5/7/13 10:36 P

Hello! I am looking for any assistance to help me stay on track of a healthy weight loss goal, and a nice exercise routine. It seems as though no matter what I do, I can not get my body to lose any weight. My guess is that portion control is my biggest issue because I eat nearly all whole foods. Rarely anything that comes from a package or has additives that I can not pronounce. I am 152 pounds, 5 foot 7 inches, and 24 years old. I try to average around 1400 cal a day. I don't know if that is still too much or to little maybe? I exercise 6 days a week with either 45 min cardio or weight lifting but no matter what, no change in my wt. or measurements. I am at a loss, and not having any one to account to besides my self makes it very hard to tell myself no. I do not have the best self control, and LOVE chocolate....
A few years ago, I went through a stressful time and pretty much became anorexic. I lost a bunch of weight, from 150 to 118 pounds, a lot of that was muscle mass. I am worried that I screwed up my metabolism pretty bad? Just an insight to what I eat...

My average day:
1/4 cup oat meal
3 strawberries
15 blueberries
1/4 cup plain non-fat greek yogurt
1/2 tsp Chia seeds
1 tsp ground flax seed
1 cup Almond milk original
1 TBS Natural Raspberry Jam

Snack: Fuji Apple and 1 Tbs Almond Butter

Lunch: taco Salad
1/4 cup beef taco meat
1 Tbs Greek Yogurt
2 Tbs Salsa
1/4 avocado
2 white mushrooms
2 cups romain hearts
2 Tbs Black Beans

Snack: 26 Dry Roasted Almonds

Dinner: Chicken Stir-Fry
1 cup Kirkland stir-fry veggies
1 Tbs Teriyaki sauce
2 oz chicken tenderloins
1/8 package raman noodles
wilted collard greens with red wine and garlic

Extras through out the day:
Vegan Vanilla Cupcake (about 150 cal)
1 Cup Almond Milk

This is about 1320 Cal....Any ideas of how to help me lose weight in a healthy manor would be great! Thanks so much!!

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