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Sunday, June 30, 2013

I was looking forward to jumping on the scale today. I felt like I lost at least 2 pounds, if not more. Imagine my surprise when the scale said I'd lost a measly half pound. A HALF POUND?! How can that be? I'll admit, I feel my past obsessions closing in on me. I've long been obsessed with the scale but I promised I would only weigh myself once a week - I weighed myself 3 times this week....each time getting more frustrated that it wasn't showing a different number. How can a 315 pound woman eat 1200 calories and NOT lose weight??????

I'm not saying I'm gonna give up because that isn't an option. I'm going to remind myself that my clothes feel looser, I have more energy and .....well, I"m sure something else has changed but I'm still feeling pissy and can't think of anything else.

Rather than wallowing for the entire day I went back to look at my food tracker to see if I could find the problem. 3 out of 7days I ate less than 1200 calories, three days right at 1200 or 50 above and one day at 1400. I've heard that if you don't eat enough that you won't lose weight (that is so weird). This week I'm going to up my calories to 1250 and make sure I hit it everyday.

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  • LE7_1234
    Only half a pound, eh? Picture two sticks of butter. That's half a pound of fat.... Think about it--would you like to stick it back on??? :-)

    ALICIA214 is right about the muscle/fat ratio. A pound of muscle takes up less space than a pound of fat. So maybe you've lost some fat and gained some muscle--on the scale, it doesn't show much of a change, but it'll show up in your clothes. It can help to take measurements, so you can track changes over time. (But probably no more than once a month- for more accurate readings-it's hard to measure exactly the same spot every time.)

    Hang in there! It's worth it.

    1813 days ago
    Thanks for opening up your Tracker!

    From what I could tell (I only scanned 2 days), it looks like your carbs are a bit high. I have a tough time keeping the pounds trickling off if I let my carb count creep up in the 100s (or more, alas!).

    I saw a listing for some sort of seafood "burger," for which no carbs at all were listed. If it's a burger (ie, not a patty), how can you have no carbs with a bun, or wrap, or whatever they make a "burger" out of it with?

    Your calories look like they're within whatever count is recommended. I can't say about that, since I don't count calories. I think I've seen most sources say between 1200 and 2000, depending on your stats.

    I would say, pay closer attention to the carbs. Get rid of that "fake butter," too! (the spread or margarine, or whatever it is) That stuff just isn't healthy, no matter what plan you're on!

    Keep on Trackin'!
    1813 days ago
    Thank you very much for all the encouragement. I'll figure out how to open up my tracker as Exotec suggested.
    1817 days ago
    sounds like your body might be telling you it's in starvation mode that isn't a lot of calories and your body doesn't like it... you need to be eating more calories then what you are and maybe exercising a little more to make up for the extra calories your body needs.
    I hear you it's tough, but in the end I KNOW YOU CAN DO THIS!
    Good luck on your journey and yes it's a journey it's not going to happen over night, but let me say you should be CELEBRATING THAT HALF POUND!!!!!!
    1818 days ago
    Yes, it's true, at least in my case, that strictly limited caloric intake isn't beneficial for my weight loss. You have only shared your fitness tracker, so it's not possible for me to tell what it is you're eating. Calories aren't all the same. The source is probably more important than the number. If you'll open that Tracker, we might be able to give a bit more intelligent insight!
    1818 days ago
    OH I know your feeling! I too end up eating below my limit and now I'm stalled and it's making me crazy. I've decided to eat up to my limit (which I believe is 1550) as much as I can starting now. I was doing great, losing almost daily and now plop...nothing for 2 weeks. I've also been exercising more so I am sure I've put myself into a starvation mode plateau. So join me in boosting those calories, girl. We can do this, even though it seems like we're not supposed to eat more. LOL
    1818 days ago
    whoa yeah 1200 calories is SUPER low. I have a hard time doing that and that is the goal that was set for my weight on this program. I'm petite (in height not in weight lol) so 1200 is what I'm supposed to be doing but it's HARD! Try increasing your calories to 1800. I know it will freak you out a bit, but I think that will work for you. also try not to get on the scale.... yeah i know it's tough, but you will be more motivated if you don't step on it so much! plus, obsessing with the scale is not a good thing... life is more than a number!

    best always,
    1818 days ago
  • ALICIA214

    I have heard that if you are not intaking enough calories your body goes into
    starvation mode and starts hoarding...also you may be retaining water [my problem in
    warm weather} or you could be building stronger muscles which weigh more than fat.

    Keep up the good work.. emoticon emoticon

    1818 days ago
    I hear ya! I am embarrassed to say that this has been my story for a number of years now. I may not be hugely active (my arthritis sees to that) but I am not a couch potato either. I am going to a Obesity clinic that believes that obesity is a disease and yes you are right there are other things at play other than just your calorie intake. I wish I could help but all I know is that each individual needs to find out what is blocking their weight loss (i.e. emotions, lack of exercise, hormones, or medications, etc.) Good luck you can do it!
    1818 days ago
    I think you figured it out. If you do not get enough calories you also will not lose because your body will hold everything. I don't do a 1200 calorie diet because I know I would never stick to such a low amount. I do between 1600 - 2000 every day sometimes closer to the 1600 or a bit lower and most times around 1800 and I am losing about 1/2 lb per week I don't feel deprived and I am still losing. Good luck you will figure out what is the correct amount for you play with the numbers! emoticon
    1818 days ago
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