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LUANN_IN_PA Posts: 27,007
5/15/18 4:37 P

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"What's up with this? What's a strategy to beat it?"
Eat more.
Chose filling vegetables, and filling proteins.

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5/15/18 12:38 P

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Thank you both. I didn't look up calorie needs this time. I just went with what I recall from 5 years ago. Yes, I'm going to have to go up to about 1500.

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5/13/18 8:52 P



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It is quite likely that 1200-1300 calories is too low for you at the moment, especially if you have dropped a lot of calories and increased exercise at the same time. Remember, 1200 calories are the MINIMUM that SP recommends for a sedentary average weight woman.

SP gives a range to work within - mostly about 1250-1550 calories. You can easily eat a couple hundred more calories, but make sure that the food choices are filling and nutritious, AND that you are eating at least 60g protein per day, and eating within your range for fats .... healthy fats such as avocado, olive oil, rice bran oil, nuts, etc. Make sure that your carbs are quality carbs, including wholegrains.

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5/13/18 7:19 P

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How many calories were you eating before you cut back to 1200-1300? If you were significantly higher it may work better to step down your calories rather than cutting them all at one go. So if you were at 2400 cals, you might spend two weeks or so at 2200 cals a day, then a few weeks at 2000 cals a day, then a few weeks at 1800 cals a day and so forth until you reach the range you want to be in. This gives your body time to get used to fewer calories and it also gives you time to find more filling lower calorie options.

Also, what are your stats? Your height, weight, age, sex, activity level along with how much you can realistically lose per week determine where you should maintain and lose, and 1200-1300 is really on the low end. If you are female you may also want to make note of where you are in your cycle. It's not uncommon to have a hungrier week and you may find that eating at maintenance that week, or halfway between your maintenance and loss ranges is a more workable solution for you during that week.

Finally, what are you actually eating? Steamed tofu and broccoli might be low cal, but you might find it more filling with sesame sauce and rice. It's not just about the calories fitting in, but it's about how those calories keep you throughout the day. It's a learning process and you're not likely to perfect your dietary changes on the first try, the second try, or even the fifteenth. Depending on where you are coming from it can take weeks, months or even years to find the balance that works for you. Being able to do something for ten days isn't nearly as important as finding something that you can do for the rest of your life, and most of these changes that you make have to be to things that you like and enjoy, not just tolerate. There are so many options here it takes time to find what is the best solution for you.

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5/13/18 9:10 A

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I lost weight about 5 years ago. Gradually gained over the last 2 years. So I started dieting again. Using Spark to count calories, and increasing my activity leval at the same time. I have also been consciously eating slower, drinking tea after a meal to make me feel fuller and satisfied.
I was managing to keep my intake around 1200 to 1300 calories a day. I was feeling really good about it. I was confident I could lose weight again.
Then about 10 days to 2 weeks in, I started feeling really really hungry. No matter what I eat now, I crave more. I've temporarily given up until I can figure out how to beat this new hunger wave I'm feeling.
What's up with this? What's a strategy to beat it?

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