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1/26/12 10:12 A


Women have been spoon fed the notion for years that in order to lose weight, then need to starve themselves and exercise for hours. This is misconception. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose. And that's counter to everything we've been taught about losing weight.

Isn't it true that if I eat too much, I'll gain weight ? Yes, it's true. BUT... the problem is that in general, Americans eat too much of the wrong food and not enough right foods. They think that as long as they decrease the amount of calories they eat, they'll lose weight. right ?

Wrong. QUALITY of the food you eat has a huge impact not only on your health, but your weight too. Weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy lifestyle.

And it's also true that women do not eat enough to support the amount of exercise they do. If you're going to do more exercise, you're going to have to eat more. Why ? because you're forcing to decide what's most important. A - having calories (energy) to be able to exercise. B - having calories to keep your heart functioning properly.

I can assure you that your body doesn't care if you're trying to lose weight. All your body cares about is having enough calories to make sure that your vital organs like your heart have the calories it needs to function properly. If you want to lose weight, then you've got to eat. Eat so that your body has calories it needs to keep your heart pumping and so that your body will have energy to exercise.

Because if you don't eat enough, your body is going to start to conserve fat instead of release fat. Eating too little really can hinder a person's weight loss.

You can't outrun a bad diet with exercise. If you want to lose weight and keep it off, you've got to eat RIGHT, not less.

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1/26/12 9:42 A


That may be a good option. It could be that you just need a little boost to know that your body is where it is meant to be.

TRUST ME I was a life-long dieter (30 plus years--age 12 to 43) and let me just say, only until the last 7 years when I decided I was not going to diet any more did I find my freedom. I do not know what I weigh (I do not own a scale) but I have not changed sizes in the past 4 years since I met my goal. When my clothes start getting snug I know it's time to go back to tracking my nutrition or upping my workouts for a bit. I continue to see my body change. And as I near menopause (just turned 50) I am having to accept the subtle changes that come with a drop in estrogen--once again affirming to me that our bodies are meant to change as we age.

Take care, Katie!

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1/26/12 9:24 A

Yes, I have thought of that! But I felt like when I raised up to 1500-1800 I gained weight. But I honestly think that is what I need to do. I agree....

I've also considered seeing a specialist about my body image issues.....any thoughts?

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1/26/12 9:14 A


Have you ever had you body composition done? The reason I ask is, there comes a time when body comp trumps the number on the scale. It could be that you are not eating enough to support your lifestyle. Remember 1200 is the least amount of calories a woman should consume, but that is a standard across the board number. It could be that your body require more fuel--not just for normal biological functioning (breathing, growing new cells, regulating body temp and heart rate, fighting off illness, etc) but for repair and recovery of the damage muscle. It could be that your body is at the weight it functions most efficiently.

A few years ago I attended a nutrition seminar led by one of the country's premier Sports Registered Dietitian and when it came to this question, she encouraged a young lady to up her calories (we're only talking a few hundred calories per day) for a month to see what happened. The Sports RD's take was if what this young lady was doing wasn't working or giving her the results she expected than what was the harm of trying something different.

Just a thought...

Coach Nancy

KATIEMAE10 Posts: 202
1/26/12 8:59 A

So, I've written on the message boards about this before...but it's still a lurking ghost and I am seeking advice! I am 27 years old, 126-130lbs. I have been a size 4-6 my whole life, and the past 3years was more a 4 then a six. Well, over the past few months I've been gaining wieght, which is making my size 4 pants a little snug. I work out 5-6 days a week, doing yoga for one hour a week, cardio 5-6 days a week (running, swimming, spinning) for 30-60 minutes. I eat between 1200-1500 calories a day. I'm not losing weight, I don't know what to do. I was weight training, but felt like it was making me bulk up.....

I'm just stuck, don't know what to do, and my husband is getting frustrated with me!

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