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8/22/18 8:35 P

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Thank you, Coonsy! I'll look at that. I know my meal log tracks out my macros but I have not been paying attention to that nearly as much as I have my calories. I'll see if I can get that on track. I think I dietitian is a great idea. While I've heard a lot about macros, I get conflicting info on what they should actually be. It just leads me to get confused.



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8/22/18 12:30 P

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If increasing your calories has helped, it might also be a good time to look at your macros. I know I've had my macro balance seriously slow weight loss in the past, and a readjustment in that regard got the scale moving again. A dietician could probably help you come up with a good balance and how to get them.

In my case, I wasn't eating enough fat....too much low/no fat items, added some full fat back in and made my body much happier!

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8/22/18 9:02 A

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Thank you, Kris! I will certainly follow through with trying your suggestions. I have signed up with a wellness coach, but I hadn't gotten a dietitian. I will get on that.
Since I've been increasing my calories I have seen the scale move down. I need to stop being so hard on myself that it is not faster. I did see it drop another pound off today. 58 lbs down!!!



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8/22/18 6:25 A



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since July 1st I have only lost 7lbs. That IS succeeding. Initial weight-loss is a lot quicker than after a few weeks, where it slows. Your weight-loss rate is a bit more than when I was in weight-loss mode.

Also, you mention you had been eating between 1200-1600 calories per day. A lot of people tend to eat at the lower end, but the 1200 calories MIGHT be fine for an average weight woman, but for someone with a considerable amount of weight to lose AND who is getting a fair bit of exercise, it isn't enough. I would think that probably around the 1800 calorie mark might be more appropriate, but if you are very much overweight still, then the 2000 calories might be right for you. Try it and give it a few weeks to see how things go. You can always adjust if you see you are going up again.

Given that you have health issues including back pain, I suggest that you ask your Dr for a referral to a Registered Dietitian. He/she will be able to give you a lot of help. In the meantime if you aren't weighing all your food, I suggest that you do so (for increased accuracy) and enter it all into the Nutrition Tracker. When you go to your appointment, take some printouts. This will help your Dietitian considerably.

Having said that, what you are doing IS working. Don't be tempted for a fast loss because that usually end ups up with the person regaining the weight, and sometimes even more. Slow losses are FAR better overall.

BTW - it took me 16 months to lose the first 50lb. I happily sat there for a year before deciding to move on down again. I have since reached my goal and have been maintaining for a number of years. Whereas previously my HbA1c had me borderline pre-diabetic, and I had high cholesterol (but very low HDL ... the good one) AND a painful back (arthritis of the spine and scoliosis) I now have perfectly normally blood results, and a lot of the pain has gone.

Good Luck,
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8/21/18 10:32 P

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Well, it's not two pounds a week but a total of 7 pounds in eight weeks, so it has slowed considerably. I have recalculated calories over the months, I'm not so good at always eating as much as it says so I will go into my stats (even though it is embarrassing.
I started out 382 in February. Total loss of 57lbs. An obviously huge amount still left to go. I was eating between 1200-1600 calories a day, but my doctor said I should be around 2000 and my fitness tracker at the time said 2050 in order to lose 2 a week. I was only dieting and doing physical therapy exercises until July 1 when I added swimming laps or water aerobics 2-3 times a week. I did not increase my calories or change my diet. I lost nothing for almost three weeks until I started gradually raising my calories to around 1850/1900. Now the weight is coming off, but it seems much more slowly. I have started measuring as of August 1 as I started a 30 day squat challenge. I have lost 2 inches from my hips, 3 1/2 from my thigh and I seem to be going up and down a couple inches on my waist.
I have measured, weighed, and tracked every calorie since February. I do not eat back the calories I exercise off.
I know I did not gain in a day, but it gets very frustrating when I'm working harder than ever for less results than when I was just dieting. Any tips would be so appreciated. I am not going to give up.



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8/21/18 6:43 P

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First off, that's far from a plateau. You're still losing nearly 2 pounds a week, which is actually a pretty rapid weight loss.

If you've lost a significant amount of weight, have you recalculated your calorie needs? That is going to decrease as you weigh less. Also, as you move closer to your goal, weight will fall off slower.

Your metabolism didn't tank, and "starvation mode" as it is commonly called, isn't a thing, but a favorite myth people like to throw around (even those who should know better).

You MAY be retaining more water. Are you only going off of the scale, or are you also taking body measurements and progress photos? Increasing your workouts may slow the scale, but won't slow your fat loss. And before you say it, no, the whole "muscle weighs more than fat" thing isn't enough to make a noticeable difference for most people looking to lose weight (a trained female weight lifter on a bulk cycle and heavy lifting is lucky to make 2 pounds of muscle growth in a month).

Tighten up how you track your calories (weigh everything that's not a liquid, and measure all liquids, and don't let little things like condiments or a "bite of this" sneak in).

Also be sure your goals are reasonable. You didn't list your stats, but 2 pounds a week is the most anyone should be losing without working closely with a doctor and nutritionist.

AJ
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8/21/18 2:33 P

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Hi! I just joined Sparkpeople but have been losing since February by measuring and counting calories. I had been on track of losing about 10 lbs a month until July. It may not be a true plateau, but since July 1st I have only lost 7lbs. I also started exercising right about the same time. From trying to research over the last month and a half why the weight is not moving after several weeks of exercise on the same diet I was losing on before, I read that I may need to increase my calories because my metabolism may be tanking. I have slowly been increasing calories to about 100-200 more a day and the weight is very slowly coming off. I'm not sure how to get my weight loss kick started again. I have a couple of trips planned (one in a couple months, and one in 5 months) that I really want to feel more comfortable in my body before then and I'm worried about travel at my weight. Has anyone faced this? Any suggestions?



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