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4/20/18 9:47 P

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You only lost four pounds, and your ready to quit. What? That's an extraordinary success! Four pounds is so amazing. Be proud of your achievement, rather than judgemental with yourself. I agree with the others, though, you need to eat more to be healthy. Slow and steady wins the race! To me, a success is not gaining weight! Each week that I don't gain weight, I celebrate! And if I lose a pound or two, I am very happily surprised! That's a more normal outlook. Maybe in magazines, they say it's possible, but it's actually quite dangerous to lose weight rapidly. You could be setting yourself up for injuries that way, since your body's not getting enough nutrition to repair itself and keep up with your activities. So please, eat more!

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1/15/18 2:48 P

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If the goal of 60 pounds feels overwhelming, make your first goal five pounds. Take joy in the fact that you are moving forward in restoring healthy eating habits into your life.

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1/14/18 6:17 P

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It sounds like there is a lot of confusion about how you should go about this, as well as having your expectations unrealistically high.

The slower weight-losses are what should be aimed for, and for you to lose 4lb in the first 3 weeks is a great loss. A lot of people experience NO weight loss in that time.

It also sounds like you jumped in the deep end, boots and all. Baby Steps are more advisable. This means changing one or two things to start with and allowing your mind/body to get used to those changes before adding something else to the mix. This way you much reduce the chances of cravings/binges because your mind and body is kinda tricked into thinking that this is the way it has always been.

As noted, also, going under 1200 calories is NOT recommended, UNLESS you are being strictly and regularly monitored by a medical team including a Registered Dietitian. It is VERY hard to get all the nutrients that your body needs on less than that. The 1200 calories is for an AVERAGE weight, SEDENTARY woman.

When I started my weightloss journey I was quite a bit heavier than I am now, at my ideal weight (which is still just above a BMI of 25) My Dietitian put me on 1400 calories daily (no range) and that was going from an average of 1650-1850 of very healthy eating. It took me 16 months to drop the first 50lb. I was very pleased with that. The slower weight-losses are a lot better for our overall health, and also help to reduce the saggy/baggy skin that is sometimes left after a big (and quick) loss.


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1/14/18 3:11 P

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do you want to loose weight? I think the answer is yes.

What is a realistic rate of loss? As the others have written, 2 pounds a week is a great rate. Higher is just unrealistic. According to the theory that you need to eat fewer calories than you burn, and that a pound of body fat stores about 3500 calories, that means you've burned 7000 more calories a week (2 pounds of body fat) than you've consumed.

So you've burned something like 2250 a day, and eaten 1150 for that 1000 a day deficit.

All that said, how can you expect more? You may wish more, like 5 pounds a week, but its just not possible.

So if you quit because 2 pounds a week is not fast enough, then where does that leave your weight loss?

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1/14/18 2:55 P

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Hi, Jackie !

While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there will be weeks you don't lose. There will even be weeks you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing anything wrong. the weight doesn't magically drop off just because you've decided to eat a little better.

The truth is this,"if it took you years to pack on the weight, you can't expect it to come off in a couple of weeks or months". I understand that you're in a panic, we all were when we decided we need to lose. But there are no fast ways to take off the weight. Losing weight is going to take time, a really long time.

So don't assume something is wrong because the weight isn't coming off as fast as you want. Your body will lose on its time table, not yours.

And I do encourage you to take this slowly !! When a person decides they want to lose, they do tend to be really gung ho. They will cut their calories too fast, too low too soon. What happens ? They end up quitting a few short weeks later because they can't maintain the strict diet.

Try to start more slowly so that your body has more time to adapt to the changes.
If you try to do everything at once, you will end up frustrated and quit.

Just start with a few simple changes you can stick to. Example, if you're not eating 6-9 servings of fresh fruit and veggies, set a goal to eat 2-3 servings each day for one week. if you're not drinking 8 glasses of water, set a goal to drink 2-4 glasses each day for one week. If you've been sedentary, don't start with an hour of exercise per day, set a goal to take a 30 minute walk each day for one week. Once you've completed these goals, you do them again or you set new ones.

Setting simple goals is how we learn to create new habits. Going from eating 3000 calories per day down to 1200 is a really drastic cut. Before long, you will start getting cravings. Since you have 60+ pounds to lose, I would suggest upping your calorie intake. Eating 1200 is what you will need when you weigh 140 pounds. If you weigh 200 now, you need at least 1800-2000 depending on how active you are.

Eating too little too soon is going to hinder your efforts. Learning to eat right is going to take a really long time. I've been at this for years and I'm still learning.

Take baby steps, literally and figuratively.

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1/14/18 12:49 P

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4 pounds in two weeks is on the high end of average. You should be thrilled you lost that much.. NOT "super disappointed and ready to give up."

That said, unless you are under strict medical supervision, you need to eat more than "1200 calories or less a day."

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1/14/18 11:55 A

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I am on week 3 and have changed the way I eat drastically. I’m eating 1200 calories or less a day. I️ use to eat 3000 a day. I have been so careful. Thought i was doing great but today I weighed in and lost 4 pounds. I’m super disappointed and ready to give up. Any ideas why such little weight loss. I’m looking to lose 60 pounds.

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