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10/9/10 8:34 P

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Does anyone else think the range of calories that Spark People creates is a little on the high side? The only way I seem to lose weight is when I am getting error messages that I haven't eaten enough to match the minutes of cardio I have entered...Is anyone else having this problem?


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10/9/10 12:16 P

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Last month I complained about my plateau hell. Exercise was making me so hungry I couldn’t keep within my goals and I wasn’t losing any weight despite the calorie difference I was creating with all that exercise. I decided to experiment a little, to see if it makes a difference *how* you create the calorie difference in order to lose weight.

I went back to focussing on diet. For two weeks, I stayed below the allotted BMR calories, possible ONLY because I swapped mountain climbing for walking. But because I was eating less, my average calorie differential was about the same. However, in my two-week experiment, I LOST 4 POUNDS! I have kept up with my protein intake and am averaging 30 minutes of exercise a day (instead of 60) so I should think that I would have maintained my good tissue.

I had heard that weight loss is 70% what you (don't) eat, and 30% exercise, and I think my experiment is starting to lend credence to this! Two weeks is a bit too soon for a conclusion, but I think I am on the right track to get over this plateau and hopefully get these last 20 pounds off faster.

Wish me luck!

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9/25/10 7:11 P

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I have been stuck between 130-135 since joining Spark People more than 2 years ago. I am just glad I am no longer gaining 10 pounds per year. While I doubt I will reach the 110-115 of my 30s, my goal is to get to the 120s before I turn 50 in June 2011...Then I am just going to try to maintain there...


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9/9/10 11:27 A

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Excercising makes me eat more. Since I started doing more intense activities, I have been going a bit over my BMR. Even though the extra burn should have increased my weight loss even more than before, I have been on a plateau for 2 months. I agree with 45ANDFIT1 that it is probably more important to reduce caloric intake rather than count on exercise to burn it off. I am going back to more moderate exercise and will be concentrating on eating less to see if that gets me some darn results!

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9/6/10 11:35 A

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living there with you. I did get my body fat tested on Friday and apparently I have lost some more fat while camping out on this plateau.

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8/26/10 1:31 P

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Some of the things I've done to "shake up" the weight and break a plateau:
Calorie cycle (eat at the low end of my calorie range some days, and the high end other days) - believe it or not, this works!

Change up the exercise - If you ALWAYS rely on the same form of exercise, try something new. If you jog or run, try a dance class instead.

Resistance training - very important, especially in our forties. The more you build muscle, the more you rev the metabolism.

Most important, use the nutrition tracker and measure your servings to make sure you're actually eating what you think you are.

Doing my best...one day at a time.


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8/25/10 7:22 P

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These are all great suggestions.

About being the same 6-pound range - I know that is really, really frustrating! I'm not in that situation right now (having more to lose) but my very good friend is and we talk about it a lot.

One idea is to maybe figure out how you might be happy about all that you are doing to stay healthy and fit, and celebrate your efforts. This would mean letting go a bit on the belief that once you lose those last few pounds THEN you can feel successful.

Maybe also you could choose to focus on getting results that you are more in control of rather than how much you weigh. Your metabolism and how your body looks and how much you weigh are things you can influence, but not absolutely control. What if you focused on decreasing your time in a 5K or some other fitness-related result?

I hate to see my friend getting so down on herself and waging war on her body because she is having a really hard time losing 7 pounds. She takes care of herself and has every reason to be proud, yet she is pretty miserable.

"Success is liking yourself, what you do, and liking how you do it."

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8/23/10 9:57 P

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so true, 45andfit1, so true

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8/23/10 4:45 A

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I have the same issue but know it is food not exercise that is the issue. I lose weight/look better when I skip the wine, nix starches at dinner and stop 'treating' myself to things with sugar in them. Not that I follow my own advise as much as a I should. It is harder in your 40s to count on exercise and weight is 80% diet.

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8/22/10 8:43 P

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I agree with 11sprouts also.

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8/21/10 6:29 P

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I agreewith 11sprouts. I also have had problems with being stuck at a plateau. I finally started to see some results by not only changing up my exercise routines, but also using heavier weights. I realized that i was using the same 5 lb weights that i used when I first started to work out 5 years ago. I also had to pay more attention to what i was eating. even though i was eating better, i was still going overboard with the calories. the nutrition tracker has helped me.i am now starting to see some weight loss results again.

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7/12/10 12:13 P

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I HEAR YOU! LAST YEAR,BEFORE I GOT PREG,I WAS AT A PLATEAU FOR OVER 3 MONTHS. I UPPED THE EXERCISE AND (TOO) DRASTICALLY CUT CALORIES. HERE'S WHAT OTHERS ON MY ROOKIE RUNNERS TEAM HAVE SAID WORKS: EATING A BIT MORE. EVEN 100 CALS PER DAY CAN JUMPSTARET THE METABOLISM. ALSO, TRY VARYING YOUR WORKOUTS-MAYBE YOUR BODY IS USED TO IT NOW AND NEEDS A SURPRISE. ALSO,TRY VARYING YOUR CAL INPUT PER DAY. SOME DAYS OVER THE RANGE,OTHER DAYS AT LOW END OF RANGE. JUST KEEP THE TOTAL PER WEEK IN YOUR RANGE.
MAKE SENSE?
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7/12/10 11:48 A

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My healthy snack suggestions for you...is fruit with a piece of cheese...I usually eat an apple with a mozzerella cheese stick. Yogurt with fresh fruit...is another tasty one. Apple with lowfat peanut butter....celery sticks with lowfat peanut butter....

Hope that helps.
Stay focused ...plan ahead and you can do this...Drink your water too.

amy





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Hi all,
I'm new here. My body is making me crazy! I have been stuck in the same 6 pound range for YEARS! I am exercising everyday. I eat healthy, nutritious food most of the time. I know my calories in is less than my calories out. My primary issue is that I tend to snack on sweets or junk food in the mid-afternoon. Even with those indulgences, I don't go overboard. Can you give me some encouragement and ideas on easy snacks that are low in sugar and fat? What is it about being in your 40's that you body doesn't respond (with weight loss and improved look) to exercise? I am having a hard time staying motivated when I don't get results. emoticon

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