I've decided to not even step on the scale for a month. I'm starting a gym tomorrow with my dad, and he's going to help me with the machines. I'm just going to focus on doing the best I can with working out and eating.
Thank you guys so much! I ate 1410 last night, and I think I'll see where that gets me in a week. If nothing happens, I'll try 1500.
7/5/13 1:29 P
I would wholeheartedly agree with upping your calories. I dropped my calories to 1300 during June and lost no weight he entire month even though I work out 6 days per week and burn an average of 650 calories per workout. The first 3 days after raising my calories to 1500-1700 calories, I lost 2 lbs.
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7/5/13 12:31 P
@ WORDSTHATRHYME - Awesome! LoseIt sounds like a handy dandy little app. 1253 sound pretty much like a fair starting point. And, try allowing yourself to go up to 1500 calories (using the healthier foods, of course!) and see what it does. If nothing else, it can't hurt to try. :)
@ 2012MERRY - You sound like you need to re-evaluate your calories in/out deficits. If the deficit is too high, your body is going to rebel and hold onto as much of the fat cells it can and you're not going to lose weight.
7/4/13 7:16 P
well I dont know what to believe I have given up all alcohol and bread I'm doing 90 mins @ day walking been have juice morning and lunch and this week have cut out dinner doing juice for 7-10 days to see if that helps but the scale say nothing has changed ???????
Yes, Lose It! says I should eat 1263 calories, and I'm pretty sure it does calculate the calories burned for exercise for the current weight.
When you exercise, it adds those calories to the total calories you should eat and says that you're "allowed" to eat so and so calories, but I'm never sure if I actually have to eat 1500 just because I exercised.
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7/4/13 5:15 P
I love math- I may not be the BEST, but I love it regardless. Don't be sorry. :)
I've never been to the website before, and don't like signing up for things willy nilly (plus, I don't have a platform to download it onto, it looks like)- does LoseIt.com factor in your weight? Larger people have more mass to move, so for the same pace/distance, they typically lose more. Conversely, when you're smaller, then you lose less.
From the website, though, it looks like LoseIt.com should also be able to calculate your ideal caloric range as well. :)
Edited to Add: And yes, for a 2lb loss/wk, you'll want a 1000cal/day deficit, so for the ranges below, you'll want something like 1164-1514--- But there's a warning sign there. Women shouldn't eat less than 1200/day on a regular basis. So, 1200-1514 for a 2lb/wk goal.
Holy cow. Wow. Thank you so much! I'm sorry I made you do math work.
Since I'm trying to lose two pounds a week, I should eat around 1400, right?
I still feel iffy about the calories burned. LoseIt.com says that I burn a little under 300 for walking at 2.5 mph for 90 minutes.
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7/4/13 3:22 P
I completly understand. Without an HRM, any calorie estimator's going to be, well, an estimate. What I typically do, if I get more than one reading, is take the mean result. Still, even when you're taking the lower of the two readings, you'll be getting your calories burned/week (and I do underestimate certain activities, too).
So, let's do some quick math to find your appropriate calorie range - using JUST your walking routine and information given on the first post (5'1", 22yo): Walking routine (3.6mi @ 90 mins = 25min mile, or 2.4 mph) - Using a chart from Nutribase ( http://www.nutribase.com/exercala.htm ), a 200lb person walking at 2mph will burn 120 calories per 30 minutes, and a 220lb person walking at 3mph will burn 176 calories in the same timeframe. Since your weight and pace are both in the middle of those ranges, let's put you at 148 (176+120, divided by 2) calories per 30 minutes . Multiply that by 3, and that's 444 calories burned. - The Fitness Lookup on SP doesn't have 2.4 mph, so I used 2.5mph, and it gave me 428 calories burned.
Now, the rest of this, I'm going to take straight from SparkPeople: http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/calo rie_calculation101.asp
Your BMR (the amount of calories burned just by being you) is ~1,747 Assuming a sedentary lifestyle, we multiply 1.2 to your BMR because you do move around a bit. Your Sedentary BMR is: ~2097
Now, you're burning 444 calories per walk, and let's assume you're walking 5 days a week (the post below doesn't say how often, only that you've recently begun,) so that's 2,220 calories being burned per week, but we need to divide that by 7 for the daily calorie goal. That's an extra 317 calories being consumed by your body, on top of your BMR. That means your body's burning ~2414 calories per day.
Now, we stop here if we want to maintain your weight, but we want to lose it.
Now, I don't know what you want your goal weight to be, so let's say you want to lose only one pound per week, you'd consume 500 less calories per day.
So, you'll want to eat about 1,914 calories per day to help fuel body to do the things it needs to do and still lose weight.
According to the link above, SparkPeople gives you a range of eating 250 less than the average calorie intake number, and up to 100 more than the average calorie intake number.
So, for you, your range would probably look something like 1664-2014 using the NutriBase numbers. Using the SP numbers, you would probably be somewhere in between 1652-2002.
Now, this is just information that I was able to bring up based on the information on the first post and taking ONLY the walking into account. If you want to ENSURE the range is personalized for you, I implore you to go crunch these numbers yourself.
Shinako, I started tracking the exercise on here a little, but I'm not sure whether I should trust SparkPeople's fitness calories estimations. They seem to think I burn more than other websites do, and I'd rather assume I burned less than I did than assume I burned more.
Jenni, if you don't mind, would you tell me how many calories you're eating a day and how many calories you burn? We've both around the same height with a close enough goal weight, so it would be nice to compare.
Lisa, thank you so much! *Nothing here is TMI; we all share our darkest fears here. I think bodily functions are easier to talk about. :D*
P.S. YOU'VE LOST ALMOST ONE HUNDRED POUNDS!!! I'm so proud of you. Wow!
Edited by: WORDSTHATRHYME at: 7/4/2013 (14:21)
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7/4/13 2:16 P
I don't know if you've been tracking your food/workouts or not, but generally, if you know how many calories you're burning per week, SparkPeople will recommend a calorie range for you so that you're able to meet your goals. For example: My exercise load lately has been REALLY low (600-1000 kcal burned per week), so I've been sticking close to the 1200-1550 range. If I upped my calorie burn, I'd need to increase the calories eaten to help fuel my body.
Edited by: SHINAKO at: 7/4/2013 (14:17)
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7/4/13 2:14 P
Your calorie intake is too low for your current weight and exercise regiment. Eat more. I don't even eat that little at 117 lbs.
Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 7/4/2013 (14:14)
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7/4/13 2:02 P
Hang in there! I hit a roadblock early in my weight loss journey even though like you I WA doing all the right things. For me, alot of it is water retention and constipation. (sorry for TMI!) I just kept plugging away and eventually the scale moved again. It's not as fast as it was when I first started but it's in the right direction.
Losing weight isn't an exact science but with a healthy calorie reduction diet and exercise it will come off!
Thank you so much for replying. I guess I'll have to invest in a tape measure. :)
I'll keep doing what I'm doing; if I don't see a change in two weeks, I will increase my calorie intake. How many calories do you think I should increase it by?
I was thinking that some of this might be water retention, but I've been drinking between 9 and 12 servings of water everyday, so I feel like that wouldn't be the reason I haven't been losing anything.
For now, be patient. It can take time to see results. You might also want to break out the tape measure in case your body is changing while the scale isn't - mine has been.
You might want to enter your exercise goals in the fitness tracker here as well as a weight loss goal and just see what it recommends for a calorie intake. You may not be eating enough to lose weight - I know, it sounds ridiculous.
I'm a 5'1" twenty-two year old female. I weigh around 209 lbs right now. I've been eating between 1200 and 1300 calories a day for the past couple of weeks, and I have been swimming on and off for about a week and a half (about half an hour of actual movement between relaxing and catching my breath) and walking 3.6 miles (slowly, it takes me about an hour and a half) everyday for the past few days.
I haven't been losing weight, but the scale keeps fluctuating between 208 and 209 including all the increments in between.
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