Dont feel like im losing

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Posted: 31 Oct 2013, 08:46
Im a fully breast feeding mum. Started exercising every day for the past 3 weeks. Havent
lost any weight at all. I exercise twice a day 3 days a week and the rest once a day. I know its only been 3 weeks but normally i would have lost a kilo at least. I havent lost anything. Im eating way below my recommended calorie intake. Please help

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Posted: 31 Oct 2013, 10:34
Good for you for nursing full-time! That takes real patience, dedication, and perseverance. It was one of the most rewarding things I ever did.

Not sure if this applies or not, but if you're eating "way below [your] recommended calorie intake," that could be your problem. If you eat too few calories, essentially (and this is high unscientific), you won't burn but will store. Some people call this starvation mode. This could be especially true if you're nursing. You need extra calories to nurse. Check with your lactation consultant about your RDI, don't just guess.

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Posted: 31 Oct 2013, 12:02
Like Shmiller said, make sure you are eating enough to keep up with breastfeeding and exercising. Figure out what your target RDI is and aim for that. Also, what type of exercise are you doing? If it's not something that is really getting your heart pumping you may not be burning as many calories from exercise as you think you are. Keep up with the exercise though, because any exercise is better than no exercise. Maybe your body is trying to figure out where to use those calories right now between the exercise and breastfeeding, and in a week or so you could see a big drop. Just a thought. Smile
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Posted: 31 Oct 2013, 15:33
first off, Congratulations! I would go into a different website to determine your RDI try, I found it to be a better # for my height and weight.

Then I would look at the foods you're eating to attain that calorie # per day. It should be good healthy food choices especially while you're nursing. Good wholesome veggies , a little fruit, clean proteins and good fats like avocados.

Eliminate or cut down on the processed foods, packaged foods and 'treats'.. While you're trying to lose, these may seem like 'treats' but they have no nutritional value and avoiding sugar is the best thing you can do for you and your baby.

good luck.
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Posted: 31 Oct 2013, 18:12
I'd say listen to your cravings and work out what they're telling you. My mum always tells the story of how just after i was born all she wanted was milk, she drank loads of it. turns out i'd sucked out all her calcium (and iron).
So if you do want to go on a low calorie diet, first check with your GP, they can run a simple blood test to determine if you're deficient in something. Which would be the most likely explanation as to why it just wont come off.
(when i first went vege all i wanted was eggs and cheese coz i was starved of protein. when i crave bananas, if i don't have one, my legs get cramps.)
Your body's a clever thing, listen to it.

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Posted: 01 Nov 2013, 02:45
Thankyou all ladies very helpful tips and i will surely get in contact with a GP to figure out how much calories i should be consuming because i got a result from a Calorie Calculator i should be on a 2800 cal count. Maybe thats the problem i should be on a 2000-2400 cal. I will definately check with my GP. I do social netball 3 times a week and also do 45mins of exercise at home 5 days a week on my treadmill. 20min fast paced walk and 20min moderate jogging and 5 mins warm down. I said in my comment above i do everyday but i have 2 days rest my mistake.

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Eating so little will put your body into starvation mode. And that's not good - long term you could get ill, you need to eat a sensible amount for your weight.
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