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9/13/12 1:56 P

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It sounds like you have gotten some great advice here ~ I agree with all that's been said. I hope the added in calories help stabalize your metabolism and get you on track. My first thought when you talked about eating so few calories and then gaining back is that you perhaps were even losing muscle.

Anyway, best of luck to you! I hope you see good results with the changes. If you continue to have problems and its just not working, my suggestion would be to make an appointment with a dietician to get some further advice and ideas. Sometimes what works for some, won't work for all! :)

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9/13/12 10:38 A

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It is really tricky to find the perfect number of calories in, and how many to burn to lose. It seems like it's a pretty fine line. Just when I think I have it figured out, it seems I gain a slight bit back.

Sounds like you do a lot of cardio and a little bit of strength. Have you tried other strength training videos? like Jillians No more trouble zones?

Hang in there, I am sure you will figure it out. Just may take more time than you want.

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9/12/12 7:11 P

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Hope it works!
Keep us posted.

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Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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9/12/12 10:23 A

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Ok, yesterday I ate 1500 and I'm going to try to be at least there today. I'll give it a try for a couple of weeks--what I'm doing isn't working so it won't hurt to try this! I will also try eating every 3 hours--that will help me since I get hungry so often through the day--especially in btw breakfast and lunch and lunch and dinner.

Thank both of you ladies for keeping in touch with me about this. I really appreciate it!


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9/12/12 1:50 A

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I'm glad I could help a little bit! Good luck with your slight increase in calories! I hope it'll make a difference like Rhonda experienced! (I might try it myself actually too!..)

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9/11/12 4:26 P

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Personally, yes, I think you should be eating closer to the 1700 calories.
Not sure why SP does what it does - maybe go back in and update your info. The last time I updated info I was allotted more calories.
My BMR - 500 has me eating around 1500 which is in the middle of what SP has me. The one thing I thought of is maybe SP takes into acct the -500 and that is why it gives us the number it does.

I increased from 1250/1350 a day to 1500/1600 and lost 4lbs the first week. After that I remained steady with .5 - 1 lb. Now I am in maintenance range which can be trickier than losing!

Try the BMR amt for a week and see what happens. The other thing I would strongly suggest is to eat 5-6 times, about every 3 hours. This has helped me tremendously. JM talks a lot about this as does Tosca Reno.

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9/11/12 4:20 P

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MOMOF2GREMLINS, thanks so much for responding to my post. I really appreciate it. I really haven't thought of me having an ED until very recently. Thanks for the hugs!

I will take the advice of adding a couple hundred extra calories to my daily intake. Vanity pounds is a good way of putting it! I think of it as "can't button these jeans" pounds. ;) You were very helpful, thanks again!

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Hi there!
First of all, thank you for sharing this honest history of yours! I'm sure you're aware of the fact that it's a form of eating disorder that you've developed! (((Hugs))) Be careful and really keep a close eye to your mind in these regards! It's very easy to slip back into the lower calorie range!

I have to agree with Rhonda and think you might still be on the lower range of your daily intake and your body holding onto its weight for 'dear life'!? I'm no expert by any means and actually am trying to find a similar solution to my few vanity pounds that I'd like to lose but don't, despite a good weekly caloric burn and trying to stay at 1.500 (clean) calories each day... I guess at some point it's all trial and error..

Maybe try to see how it goes if you'd increase your calories by 200 for the next 1 or 2 weeks while keeping up your activities/workouts?

Sorry I'm no big help... I'm sure the other ladies will chime all in soon too and help you out better!
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9/11/12 3:14 P

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Thanks SO much for responding. It makes sense that my body isn't wanting to release weight since I'm being active. My BMR is 1444.35 and the Harris Benedict Equation puts my daily energy expenditure at 2238. Does that mean I should subtract 500 cals or so and eat 1738?

Why does SP say no more than 1550? I'm willing to try anything so if this seems off, I will try eating more calories for a bit.

If you don't mind me asking, when you went through your plateau a year ago, by how many calories did you increase your intake? Did you gain weight at first? Or start losing right away? Thanks again!

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9/11/12 2:51 P

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Wow, thank you for sharing.

First, I would say that I still think you are not eating enough. I went through a major plateau a year ago and because of my activity level my body wasn't releasing weight.

Have you checked out the BMR to find out where you should be? That would be my suggestion.

www.bmi-calculator.net/bmr-calculato
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Be honest with your input and see if that helps.
I try to stick to the mid to high range - especially on my run days.

Best wishes!

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9/11/12 2:35 P

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Hi everyone. I will apologize right away for making such a long post. I would appreciate any advice that anyone may be willing to share. I want to give my background information first so you know where I am coming from.

I joined SP in 2008. I started using the nutrition and fitness trackers and I followed it exactly and began losing weight. I went from 155 to 135 in about a year. I stayed at 135 for a while and felt pretty good. Then, I think I started comparing myself to others and decided that since lowering my calories made me lose so much weight, I would cut them beyond my SP range and so that I would lose enough to be in a certain jeans size. Iím ashamed to say that I went down to 900 daily calories, then 700 and stayed there for about a year. Then 600, and down to 500, and I was at that range for about a year. Over that year or so, I lost about 10 more pounds and went down in size (like I wanted). I actually felt greatóI had enough energy, etc. I even exercised by walking a lot. I think I tricked myself into feeling like I defied science or somethingóthat while other people may need 1200 or 1400 cals to lose weight, my maintenance level was hundreds of cals lower.

About a year ago, I finally snapped out of this mindset and it dawned on me that what I was doing was unhealthy. Being so obsessive and not allowing myself to eat when I was hungry was NOT good. I knew I had to at least get up to 1000 calories and I did. Then I went to 1200 calories. I am proud to say that I have been doing that for over a year now and I havenít slipped back into the 500 cals max mindset even once. Even though my body changed in the way I didnít wantóit got bigger.

The problem that Iím having is that I really want to lose fat. When I began eating more, I made sure to eat healthy foods like fruit, vegetables, whole grains, lots of protein, healthy fat. I added nuts, eggs, and more fish into my diet. I donít deprive myself and will eat a dessert when I want to, making sure that it fits into my range. For the last few months, I have also been working out a lot more. I still take walks. Plus, I started running 3 miles around 3 days per week. I also alternate that with doing Jillian Michaels videos 3-4 days per week. I do ďRipped in 30Ē and ďBurn Fat, Boost Metabolism,Ē both of which are hard for me to do but I give them my all and I can tell itís a great workout for me. They both include 30-45 min circuit workouts using 5 lb weights in a strength section, along with a cardio and abs section. I have noticed that I seem to have a lot more muscle. However, I have not lost any inches since I began working out a lot more. In particular, my legs, butt, and hips are all a good size or two bigger! Itís very discouraging to me.

I am wondering if I have completely screwed up my metabolism. My maintenance amount should be around 1700 calories. SPís range for me is 1200-1550. However, eating at 1200 has made me gain 6-7 pounds and hold onto it consistently for months. Even burning 1500 calories a week doesnít cause me to lose inches or pounds. I have even tried eating 1400 or 1600 calories for a day or two and then going back to 1200 calories but I havenít seen any difference. I really want to be able to fit into my clothes but they are very tight and some of them I canít wear at all. I am hoping that calorie cycling will help me. What do you all think? Thank you in advance!

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