If you're eatng 1400 calories and that's within your spark range then you are eating enough. You said " I usually bring: a bottle of water, fiber one 90 cal brownie, activia yogurt, a Nature's Path Granola bar, and an orange and banana. I don't eat all of it usually. I bring the 90 cal Fiber One and the granola bar for breakfast then around 10 or 11 I eat the banana and orange, then around noon I eat the yogurt. Sometimes on the days I workout I will bring a protein shake. At home I usually have a snack around 2:30 and then dinner is usually a protein, and veggie."
Are you monitoring your micro-nutrients on the tracker to make sure your've meeting all the recommended ranges? It does like protein is a little low so you may need to change to mix of what you eat.
5/9/13 11:14 A
I agree with the previous posters. I don't think you are eating enough and certainly not enough protein. Also are you just doing cardio at the gym or are you strength training also?
It sounds like you're getting too many grains and carbohydrates, and not getting enough protein. I would up the protein levels, eat an actual lunch, and try to incorporate more vegetables into my diet if I were you. I also agree that you're probably not eating enough.
5/9/13 6:44 A
Yikes. Are you sure you're not falling over from malnutrition. You have an awful lot going on
- student - mother - gym enthusiast
You NEED food
Additionally - why the RUSH to lose a particular amount of weight?
You also said that you go to the gym though, so you need to take away the calories you're burning off at the gym from your daily intake. If you eat 1400 and burn off 200 (for example), then you have a net intake of 1200. That, in my opinion, is too low. My nutritional therapist advises that the net intake should be minimum 1400, preferably 1500. So if you're burning off 200 at the gym, you need to eat 1600 a day. Trying to lose too much too fast is how many people go wrong. Half a pound a week is success. Yes, if it's more than that, then OK but don't consider ANY weight loss as a failure. In the long run, losing it healthily and slowly is better than the alternative and the result will still be a healthier, happier you. Yes, the 10 pound marker is great but trying to get rid of 6 pounds of that in a month is a little unrealistic. Why not change that goal to another six pounds in two months perhaps and then, if you hit that goal early, you'll be even more ecstatic! Good luck and stick with it. It is totally worth it.
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5/9/13 12:45 A
Thank you for your responses. :) I am eating around 1400 calories a day and I try to make them all healthy (doesn't always happen though) I want to lose 6 pounds in a month because I feel like a total of 10 pounds would make me feel amazing but now that you've mentioned 8 pounds, that sounds good as well. I'm really just tired of being fat.
5/8/13 11:36 A
If you can't tell when you're hungry, all the more reason to stick to Spark's recommended calorie intake. Are you eating at MINIMUM 1200 calories a day? Are you tracking your calories and your activity to ensure you're eating enough to sustain your activity level? If you can't say absolutely yes, then it is likely based on what you've said so far that you are *not* eating enough to sustain weight loss. If your body isn't getting enough to sustain your activity, it's holding on to what it has rather than letting you lose it.
You really need to ensure you eat enough. Eating less will not make you lose weight faster, it may make you not lose weight at all.
But again, is there a reason you need to lose weight faster than you are? You've lost 4 pounds. That's great! If you only lose 4 more pounds in another 6 weeks, you're still down 8 pounds from where you were, isn't that better than not? Is there a reason you feel you must lose 6 more pounds in 1 month?
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5/8/13 11:26 A
I do eat dinner and it's usually protein and a vegetable. I also brought a sandwich today and I calculated the calories by just adding the ingredient into the nutrition tracker, it came out to be around 230 calories. I eat small things during the day usually. I honestly don't have time to do much for breakfast except a granola bar and fiber one.
I agree with Elen, I don't think you are eating enough. Especially if you are not having a breakfast and lunch. your body is STARVING.
5/8/13 11:21 A
"I usually bring: a bottle of water, fiber one 90 cal brownie, activia yogurt, a Nature's Path Granola bar, and an orange and banana. I don't eat all of it usually. "
Wait, is this all you're eating during the day - and you aren't even eating all of it? I really hope you're eating a breakfast and dinner at both ends? It doesn't seem like it would be enough. Do you track your calories/nutrition in and calories burned? Have you set up your Spark input to give you the proper range for your height, weight, activity level, and weight loss goal?
I would worry you aren't eating nearly enough just with what you've put here, but your nutrition tracker isn't available so I'll just have to leave you with the above questions.
But I will say Awesome for you for bringing stuff instead of eating junk on campus! That's a great success right there!
Let me also say, don't be so hard on yourself. 4lbs is *not* a fail! It's 4 pounds of success. Is there a specific reason you want to lose 6 pounds in the next month? Like, for an occasion or something? If not, be easy on yourself and let your body lose at a natural rate. You didn't put it on in a month, after all.
Edited by: ELENGIL at: 5/8/2013 (11:23)
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5/8/13 11:13 A
For the past 6 weeks I have been working out at least three days a week and have been bringing food to campus with me so I don't buy the junk they make here. I usually bring: a bottle of water, fiber one 90 cal brownie, activia yogurt, a Nature's Path Granola bar, and an orange and banana. I don't eat all of it usually. I bring the 90 cal Fiber One and the granola bar for breakfast then around 10 or 11 I eat the banana and orange, then around noon I eat the yogurt. Sometimes on the days I workout I will bring a protein shake. At home I usually have a snack around 2:30 and then dinner is usually a protein, and veggie. In the past 6 weeks I have only lost 4 lbs. I want to lose another 6 lbs in a month. I am 20 years old, I have two kids, I am 5' 4'' and weigh 186. What should I do differently, can someone tell me what type of workout to be doing to lose weight? And I have a big thing about sweating in front of people at the gym, I go and I work hard and sweat then I feel like I look disgusting for sweating. Thanks for the help. :)