Help....burn 3000 cals a day eat under 2000 cals, can't loose weight.

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RDBrown

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Posted: 09 Jul 2013, 03:54
I need help. I have POTS which means I am suffering from a form of tachycardia (fast heart rate). I eat low carbs, high protein to help maintain my condition. Wearing my body bug and continuing to work out, I burn an Average on 3k cals a day. I try to eat around 1800 cals a day give or take. THAT SCALE IS NOT MOVING. Cardio exercise is extremely hard since my heart will tac out about 200 bpm. I do some but focus on intervals and strength training. Any one got any ideas to help me?????
riocaz

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Posted: 09 Jul 2013, 04:12
How are you measuring your calorie burn? I found the exercise guide on here was vastly higher than my exercise equipment. And I would assume given your condition HRM based calorie counters are less accurate too.

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
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MeggyBezr

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Posted: 09 Jul 2013, 06:06
I agree with riocaz. Given your condition, traditional calorie burn calculators may not be accurate. I would suggest talking to your doctor about it, or maybe even spending the money on metabolism tests at your gym. How long has your scale been stuck and had it moved in the past?
umdterpsgirl

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Posted: 09 Jul 2013, 08:37
How do you know you are eating around 1800 calories a day? It doesn't appear you keep your food diary up to date on this website (no entries between June 10th and today) so it's hard to say where you may be going off track.

Some general tips though:

-Try to eat as many vegetables as possible and minimize the amount of processed foods you eat. Cook meals at home using whole foods (meats, veggies, whole grains, etc.)

-Don't drink your calories. Looking farther back in your diet calendar I see juice and soda in there. Reduce or cut those out and drink water instead. Instead of bottled fruit smoothies, make smoothies at home and put spinach, celery, and other vegetables in them to make them healthier and nutrient packed. It's an easy way to get more veggies in your diet.

-Track, track, track. Record everything you eat. Don't forget to include cooking oils, butters, spreads, etc.

-You should consult with your doctor about how much activity you can handle, but I suspect walking is probably OK. Focus on walking farther and farther for longer and longer.

-Reassess your calories in vs. calories out. Honestly 3000 cals seems high for someone at your weight who can't be very active. But if you are wearing a fit bug and feel that is an honest estimate you need to make sure you are actually eating 1800 cals. Perhaps try eating at 1600 cals for a couple of weeks and see what happens.

-Take measurements! Weighing ourselves is not a very accurate indication of how much fat we have lost (which is what we really want!) or how our health has improved from changing our bad habits. Are you losing inches around your waist? Are you clothes fitting better? Are you able to walk up a flight of stairs without getting winded? Is your skin clearer, hair shiner, and nails stronger?

-Keep at it and don't give up! Remember this is a marathon not a sprint. The slower you take the weight off, the better chance you have at keeping the weight off.

Hope this helps!
RDBrown

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Posted: 10 Jul 2013, 04:52
I will take everything to note. Thank you all for helping. Even with my condition I feel I do try to stay active. The heart rate was a concern for the calculations, so point is taken. On average I do pass 13000 steps a day, and Try to get at least an hour of moderate exercise a day. I will admit diet is my weakest point.
riocaz

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Posted: 10 Jul 2013, 06:28
I hate to say this, but I think you may be overestimating your calorie burn by a bit.

I'm heavier than you (And thus should be burning more, all else being equal), and have a fitbit on me, and I barely break 3000 calories at 16000 steps a day.

42" jeans(25/01/2013) 40"(28/02/2013) 38"(20/03/2013) 36"(25/05/2013)
Down from 60" waist jeans since June 21st 2012.

Still keeping to my 26" jeans, but they are too tight for comfort. too many tasty things in the US, and over Xmas.

Onwards and Downwards! Smile
http://www.menu52.com/
reddarin

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Posted: 11 Jul 2013, 14:44
Hmmm.

Try raising your calories. Too much of a calorie deficit can stymie weight loss.

Go up slowly. For example, bump up 200 calories and keep it there for a week or so and see how it goes. If no change, then go up another hundred for a week. Cap off at a little under parity, if you get that far without losing weight (or gaining but give it time even if you see a bump on the scale), then stay there for a week or two and slowly, slowly start reducing again by, say, 100 calories a week.

Since you are low carb you can push your fat up for the calories. Choose mono fats preferentially and sat fats. Avoid polyunsat fats.

Stay hydrated. That and the fats will help keep you regular.

If your health permits, and be sure to cross check everything, supplement with potassium, magnesium and a multivitamin if you aren't already doing that.



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