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IVYLASS SparkPoints: (223,315)
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12/18/13 5:16 P

Are you planning to eat "clean" the rest of your life? This is not a quick fix...this is a lifestyle change.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (250,607)
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12/18/13 4:53 P

I would suggest that eating 1200 calories with the workout you do, is UNDER-eating. This won't do you any favours, and could lead you to craving/binging in time. Adding another piece of fruit and perhaps a small hand-full of nuts or hard-boiled egg can prove to be very beneficial.

As a person gets nearer to their BODY'S ideal weight (which could be more or less than OUR PERCEIVED ideal weight) then the weight-loss often slows down. Don't be disheartened. You will get there in the end.


NIRERIN Posts: 14,275
12/18/13 8:55 A

you don't have very much weight to lose. which means, especially coupled with jillian micheals workouts, that you're not going to lose very quickly. ideally you want to be aiming for about a half pound of loss per week. which means you need to do some math.
figure out about how many calories you're burning and where you would be maintaining with or without exercise. then subtract about 250 cals from that to get where you should be eating. because you have so little to lose you do need to be eating most of your exercise calories back. if you want to skip some more now and again as a little loss booster, that's fine, but regularly you should be eating most of them back unless you have decided to eat at maintenance and use your exercise calories directly as your only deficit.
you might try to lose a pound a week [500 cals a day deficit], but watch out for these not quite a binge type episodes. when your body really isn't getting enough calories it's easier for them to happen because you're trying to make your body work with too great of a deficit. and your body's response to that is to eat, and whatever is nearby in the quickest manner possible. so that the amount it's short can be realistically made up by the fat deposits you have. if you want to aim for a little higher deficit you might try 375 less as a middle ground between the pound and the half. but again, as you start to lose, start bringing that number down closer to the half. the less weight you have to lose, the slower it goes and the more you need to be eating closer to maintenance.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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12/18/13 8:03 A

1200 cals is the *bare minimum* a woman should eat to meet her nutrient requirements. If you're working out you should probably be eating more than that. I'd wind up binging eventually if I continually only ate 1200 cals.

btw- I'm 5'2, lost 60 lbs and reached 105 lbs quickly, eating around 1500 cals.

MONTE2100 Posts: 144
12/18/13 7:52 A

Cameo, your current weight is where I want to be. Right now, I am sticking to 1200 calorie diet with Jillian's workouts. If I eat the calories I burn, I understand that I will not lose weight. What are your thoughts? How were you successful in getting to your weight loss?

All of you are doing fantastic! It is awesome and you are an inspiration, each one of you.

Thank you.

CAMEOSUN SparkPoints: (86,617)
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12/18/13 12:09 A

At times, hormonally, my calorie intake goes up too. I don't worry about it. Just get back on plan [eat right & exercise] and it all works out.

LADYCJM SparkPoints: (57,456)
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12/18/13 12:03 A

Lots of good advice so far. Check your calorie intake, your protein and your fat! Are you eating enough? I only seem to have cravings when I'm not eating enough, especially if I cut back too much on the fat.

JM's workouts can be good and challenging, just watch your knees ...she seems to love lunges!

MONTE2100 Posts: 144
12/17/13 9:19 P

Thank you all for your help. I was cutting out completely all "bad" foods and trying to eat "clean," but that slapped me in the face! I have to do what you suggested and do moderation but also maintain self control. Jennilacey, you are correct. I wasn't following her specific nutrition plan just eating healthy and protein-based plan with daily fruit/veggies and water intake requirements. I am overly strict which obviously failed me.

I really appreciate your help.

JENNILACEY SparkPoints: (81,972)
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12/17/13 8:33 A

I don't think she said she's following Jillian Michael's nutrition plan, she just said she's doing her workouts.


Were you just exceptionally hungry? Possibly from all the extra activity/exercise that your body isn't used to?

Are you eating *enough*?

Often times when we try too hard to lose weight, exercise too much and eat too little... our body will try to make up for it later.

Make sure you are not overly restricting yourself. We often want what we can't have. If you cut out a lot of foods you enjoy, many people find they just binge on them later in a moment of weakness. Concentrate more on eating "what is healthy for you" rather than avoiding "what is bad for you". Lose the good/bad labels for food and instead enjoy making healthy choices a big part of your diet but still find a place to enjoy special treats in moderation.

Edited by: JENNILACEY at: 12/17/2013 (08:38)
SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (250,607)
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12/17/13 4:38 A

Without being able to see your Nutrition Page, I suspect you may be cutting out either too many calories for your exercise, or not getting a good, healthy balance of fats/protein/carbs (non-processed.) You need to eat lean protein with each meal and make sure that you eat enough at each meal. Also, start the day with a really good, healthy breakfast - one that will last you more than an hour or two.

It may also be that you have made too many changes too quickly. Go back to what you were doing and then just change one or two things, and allow your mind/body to get used to the changes before you add something else.


GAMEDUTCHESS SparkPoints: (781)
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12/17/13 3:20 A

Start small and cut out or cut back something that is bad for you that you can actually live without. Like if you like fast food hamburgers but are just meh about fries just order the hamburger. Then add something good for you in place of the fries like a couple carrots to go along with your hamburger.

I know when I have tried to cut myself off of stuff I love cold turkey I end up with terrible cravings too.

JANIEWWJD SparkPoints: (577,795)
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12/16/13 11:54 P

You just gave in to your cravings, that's all. Tomorrow is another day.

ETHELMERZ Posts: 20,296
12/16/13 8:46 P

Drop the Jillian Michaels plan and go see a real, live dietitian, have her help you figure out a menu plan that YOU can actually follow, that pleases you and does not leave you semi starving and craving!! People make millions off of poor souls like you, you are not the first nor will you be the last to fall under their, this is an awful time of year to be on any Day 1, Day 2 plan of any kind.

MONTE2100 Posts: 144
12/16/13 8:10 P

I am about to admit something to you that has been happening recently that I am not proud of...this is very embarrassing. I am on Day 4 of eating clean and healthy lifestyle. I have done Jillian Michaels workouts. Today is Day 3 of her workouts. Day 1, I was swimming. Tonight, I have fallen off the wagon. I get these cravings and I cave terribly. I just ate sausage, 1/2 c mac n cheese, leftovers from dinner last night, 1/8 of steak and 1 c of mashed potatoes... then had a kit kat bar and snickers bar. I have never EVER been this bad. What the heck is happening here?

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