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RNINNC Posts: 34
2/10/12 4:19 P

Thanks for all the wonderful input and support! emoticon

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2/10/12 10:54 A

Learned something from all the other responses, so thanks to all of you! Muscle weighs more than fat. Sometimes one has to remember that if you are doing a lot of exercise and eating the way you should be to lose, it can be that you are converting fat to muscle. That's where taking your measurements or feeling how clothes are fitting comes in. It's not always about the number! Keep following the advice below and take heart that it will move and you just sometimes have to be patient and find ways to stay motivated beyond the scale! Hang in there!

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2/10/12 10:07 A


Don't sell yourself short! I think that is great advice! I do believe our bodies do become accustomed to not only what we do exercise-wise, but eating-wise, too. GREAT advice!

Coach Nancy

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2/10/12 10:05 A


Coach Nancy is quite correct. Eating too little and exercising too much will hinder a person's weight loss, not help it. Starving doesn't work. It never did. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight. Quality of the food you eat has a huge impact not only on your weight, but your over all health too.

Eating below 1200 calories means that your body is not getting the nourishment it needs to be healthy. While it's true that 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 foods.

So, do make sure you're eating at least 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies. If that seems like too much, then start with 2-3 servings. Each week, you add another serving until you are eating 6-9 each and every day. Eating that many servings of veggies can help you to lose weight. Eat foods that nourish your body. And don't be afraid to eat when you're hungry. Weight loss isn't about will power. You can't will yourself to not eat. A person has to eat to be healthy.

Like Popeye, eats yer spinach.

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2/10/12 10:03 A

I could never offer advice better than Coach Nancy, but once I got stuck on the scales too and I just started to make small changes. I did different exercises and while I kept my calorie count to 1200 I changed up the foods I ate. I dont know what this did for my body but it got the scale moving again. Maybe this will help you too! God bless!

RNINNC Posts: 34
2/9/12 7:15 P

Yes it does help. Thank you!

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2/9/12 6:52 P


You must eat to lose and you should never drop your calories below 1200. Research has shown there no difference in fat loss between those who eat 800 calories a day and those who eat 1200 calories a day, so don't think you will get ahead by eating less. That is not quite the case. Your body needs calories to function and when it doesn't get them from your food, your body not only breaks down fat, but muscles, bones, organ and connective tissue to provide you the energy to get through the day. The less you eat, the larger percentage of lean body you will lose which overtime can have an effect on your weight loss.

Your body burns calories in more ways than just exercising. We need calories to keep our bodies functioning. In fact these are the calories the body burns the most in a single day. We call this our basal or resting metabolic rate. These calories regulate our body temperature, grow new skin and nails, are used for thinking, and breathing, etc, etc.

Then we burn calories doing every day things like cleaning, reading, shopping, etc. and we call these active daily living activities. These are the second highest caloric expenditure.

Then finally we burn calories via our structured exercise, cardio and strength training.

So to make a long story short. If you are not seeing results eating under 1200 calories a day, you may want to try eating more and see where this takes you. Just remember though, that it may take 6-8 weeks for the changes to show up on the scale but that does not mean you are doing anything wrong!

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

RNINNC Posts: 34
2/9/12 6:46 P

The scales aren't moving! I'm remaining under 1200 calories a day, and burning more than 900 calories a week. How do I get unstuck?

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