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1/19/18 10:53 P

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Maggie, please re-read my post, I know it’s confusing but I actually DO NOT recommend syncing your Fitbit with SP. I couldn’t see how the data is synced on LoseIt without paying premium but I would recommend you compare whatever calories your Fitbit says your burn in a day to what LoseIt suggests you eat.

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1/19/18 10:00 P



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Maggie - your weight loss is nothing to sneeze at, and in fact 2.4 pounds loss is excellent for just 19 days. My average weight loss amount to an average of under 3/4 lb per week, and often there was no change, or a slight increase.

This isn't about how fast you can drop the weight, but dropping it in a healthy, sustainable way. The slow losses achieve that - but yours isn't actually classed as a 'slow' loss :-)

Good work and stick with it. Your body will thank you for it, perhaps long before you see any real physical changes!!

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1/19/18 6:23 P

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Maggie,
I'm so glad you came back to read our replies (mine included of course). Knowing that the person who posted has come back to read the replies means a lot to anyone who answers back.

I certainly agree with the others. One typically gains weight over a long period of time, lets say 10 years or something like that, and when you decide that something has to change, and you change your habits, you can't undo 10 years in a few months.

You've already decided to change, and you've started changing (you've lost 2.6 pounds). Stick with you plan, and as each week goes on NEVER say "it's only a pound". As each week goes on and you loose roughly a pound, count it as another victory, another step to your goal.

I'd be happy to chat via spark mail any time. I'm here practically daily.

P.S. You are right about the muscles. If you've started to exercise, it is easy to put on 1/2 a pound or a pound of muscle in a few weeks too.

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1/19/18 6:13 P

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Wow so I guess I was overreacting! Glad to know that I'm on the right track! Thanks for all your responses!


@MONKEYDRIVEN I just signed up with SparkPeople. I've been using LoseIt to track my calories/exercise so far and they do let you sync with FitBit. I'll definitely look into syncing here as well!

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1/19/18 4:38 P

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@244MAGGIE Are you syncing your FitBit to SparkPeople, with that adjusting your calories burned? The problem with the "all-day calories" or whatever they are called is that it results in double-counting.. FitBit counts anything above your metabolic rate as "active" for SparkPeople, but the problem is that even with sedentary, SP counts some of your non-metabolic rate calories. (It's hard to explain, so let me know if it doesn't make sense!) So for example, yesterday, FitBit suggested I eat 2100-2400 calories; according to my actual FitBit, though, I burned 2400 calories total. And I have it set to lose 2 pounds per week! You can see how easy it would be to NOT lose weight this way.

What I've done to work around this is track my food with SP, track my calories burned with FitBit, and aim for a deficit. It's easier when you have a good idea of how many calories you burn in a typical day -- I always get 10,000 steps, which almost always results in around 2400 total calories burned for the day, so I can eat 1900 calories on a typical day and still have a deficit that would result in a one pound loss per week.

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Hey, Maggie !

Welcome to Spark People !

While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, 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 the minute you start eating a little better and getting a little exercise. It could take 6-8 weeks of watching what you eat before the scale moves. And that too is perfectly normal.

When a person decides they need to lose weight, they are almost always in a panic. All they want to know is what is the fastest way to take off the weight. Well, the truth is this, if it took you years to pack on the weight, you can't expect it to come off in a few short weeks or even months. Did you gain the weight in 19 days ? No, none of us did. Most of us did let the weight slowly creep up on us.

So, it's going to take some time to take it off.

Losing weight takes time, so you have to learn to be more patient with your body. I can assure you that if you continue to do your best to eat right, watch your portions and get a little regular exercise, with TIME, the weight will come off.

You just can't expect it to come off as fast as you'd like. your body will lose weight on its timetable, not yours. If you try to force your body to lose, you'll end up frustrated. we all did.

that's why I'm encouraging you to slow down. Take baby steps literally and figuratively. You will be learning a lot about your body over the next few weeks and months.

Rome wasn't built in a day and neither were you.


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1/19/18 3:14 P

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" Nineteen days in and I've lost a whopping 2.4 pounds"
That is a great start.
Took me 6 weeks to drop the first pound.
Congratulations!

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Maggie,
some folks don't believe in CICO (Calories In / Calories Out), that one's body is more complicated than that, and I think it is too, however as a first guess I do use CICO.

By CICO each pound of body fat stores 3500 calories. Loosing 2.4 pounds means that you've eaten 2.4 * 3500 = 8400 fewer calories than you've burned, and that since Jan 1, in about 18 days means 8400/18 is about 470 fewer calories a day than you've eaten. Lets say you were eating 2400 calories a day and gaining weight, and you cut to 2200 a day and not gaining, but then to have a deficit of 470 a day that is a further reduction to 1760, so really to stop gaining, and loose at that rate it is great.

The fastest rate (in my opinion) is about 2 pounds a week, but that is a yet bigger reduction in calories, and you struggle every day. Your rate is great! One just wishes for faster, but its great! 470 short out of about 2200 is quite a drop. Take it easy, things are going well.

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1/19/18 12:56 P

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Hi all, I started the year at 245.5 pounds. Since January 1st, I've been logging all my food and I started exercising. I've been doing 30 minutes to an hour of exercise pretty regularly. It is usually split evenly between doing a workout tape at home (usually a Leslie Sansone tape) and taking the dogs for a walk. I track all my exercise with my Fitbit Alta HR so I know I'm getting my heart rate up while exercising. There hasn't been a single day I've gone over my calorie goal for the day. Nineteen days in and I've lost a whopping 2.4 pounds. I'm trying not to get frustrated or overly obsessed with the number on the scale but it's hard. It seems like I should be losing more weight. I've read that when you begin exercising your muscles can retain some water but I didn't think that would last for three weeks. Any thoughts or comments would be greatly appreciated!

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