Weekly Weigh-In

Monday, October 13, 2008

Ok, I have set a weekly loss goal of 2.5 lbs weekly. I know the suggested weight loss is 2 lbs weekly but I wanted to shoot for 2.5. Thing is, I never seem to lose that amount and I feel like I'm working really hard. I've been losing an average of 1.5 lbs and it seems like i'm never going to get to any of my short term goals. emoticon Anyway, the hubby says that there is no hurry and as long as I'm losing something, I'm doing good. Well I don't feel that way and I'm wondering if I should step it up in the gym.
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    One thing I found is that when I set short term and long term goals I never made it. After not making it I would get down and then end up detering off program. Eventually I found that making it through each day and meeting my daily goals I found peace with whatever loss, success I had that week and that day. We can't rush this and 1.5 is a great loss. I'm with your husband - you're seeing some sort of success. Perhaps if not in pounds you're probably losing some inches as well.
    3812 days ago
    Well you need to understand the science of losing.

    3500 calories = 1 pound. You would have to burn an extra 7000 calories a week to lose 2 pounds. That is equal to burning 1000 calories a day in seven days.

    If you are eating say 1500 calories a day you may be eating about 500 calories a day less then what you need. That equals 3500 calories a week which is 1 pound.

    If you are burning 500 calories a day, that would be another 3500 calories a week with is another 1 pound.

    So, between the exercise and the lowered calories you would burn about 1000 calories a day which would give you your 2 pounds. You would have to starve youself (very unhealthy) to lose 2.5 pounds.

    Now that being said. You also will ruin you metabolism by eating too few calories for a long time. This will cause your weight loss to be slow.

    Another reason weightloss can be slow is that you are doing a lot of weight training. This build muscle. Muscle will show weight on the scale, but you will see a loss in inches.

    What I have given you is weight loss in a nut shell. There is so much more. What I am trying to say is take your time. Make sure you eat enough calories. Do a mixture of cardio and strength training. I suggest 3 days of cardio and 2 days of strength training at at least 40 minutes each session. Watch your calories. If you are exercising everyday, eat no less than 1200 calories a day. If you find that you are too hungry, up it to 1500 calories. You will find that you lose between 1.5 to 2 pounds a week.

    I am not a dietitian, or professional trainer. My advice is only from my over two years of experience and reading everything I can get my hands on. I hope it helps. READ READ READ and never give up. Overall, enjoy the journey
    3813 days ago
    3813 days ago
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