Make sure your exercise and weight loss goals are accurate, and eat in the range given.
As previously advised, you should have your goal date set up for 2 weeks out for each pound to lose. You simply aren't fat enough to lose fast. You need to eat nearly maintenance and lose slowly.
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10/15/12 8:15 A
You'll need to go to your fitness setup and manually enter the amount of calories you burn per week. This will adjust your calorie range.
In my opinion, if you aren't doing so already... I'd be concentrating more on ST than cardio at your weight. The more you burn through cardio, the more you'll have to eat. New research suggests that anything more than 30 mins of high intensity exercise a day is unnecessary.
The other suggestion is you should be aiming to lose at *most* 1 lbs a week, maybe even 1/2 lb this will prevent your body from going into starvation mode and plateauing. So double check that your goal date isn't too aggressive. Since you are already in your healthy BMI, you should be eating close to maintainence.
You may even gain weight in the beginning when you start eating more (up to 8 weeks) but it's temporary. And should get you off the plateau in the long run and help you reach your goal weight.
I'm 5'2 and 130 lbs right now. I eat around 1300-1400 cals and burn 2000/week. For my first 2 months on Spark, I lost 2-3 lbs a week doing this and am now losing 1-2 lbs a week (which is a great loss considering I'm close to my goal weight). I haven't plateaued yet! *fingers crossed* Because I think I've managed to find the right balance of calories (where I'm not undereating) and exercise.
Remember diet is 80% of weightloss, exercise is only 20%. If you enjoy working out that much, that's great! But don't kill yourself over it either. You want an exercise regiment that you can keep up for the rest of your life. I've been there, I overtrained last time I lost weight after my first pregnancy. I ended up loathing exercise and the first excuse I got (I plateaued for 3 months) I threw in the towel. This may also happen once you reach your goal weight and you'll likely gain back what you lost. Pick an exercise program you can maintain in the longterm.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 10/15/2012 (08:18)
10/15/12 7:59 A
I've always lost weight by sticking to a strict 1200 calorie a day plan, but that was with no exercise. Now I'm burning anywhere from 500-700 calories a day, but still eating 1200 calories. I've noticed I'm not losing weight anymore. How do I calculate how many calories a day I need to eat now that I'm working out?
I'm 5'3, 127 pounds.. goal weight of 110-115 (I'm tiny framed so this would still put me well in the normal BMI)