HELP!!!!!! NOT LOSING

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allieaac

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Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 11:35
Help! I have been watching my calories and exercising since June 1st. My weight is always between 157-161.....so I am not really losing anything. I dont know what to do. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
I dont know if I am eating too many calories or what!
Lelee0605

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Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 19:27
Are you eating the same things everyday or doing the same workouts? From my experience when I do that I seem to plateau.
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 19:46
Based on a quick glance at your diet calendar, it looks like your caloric average is a little high for your current weight. And to echo a comment on your journal, stop logging non-exercise activities like sitting, standing, etc. That will give you a better idea of your real calorie deficit. I would actually recommend you go back & retroactively change those extra entries to Resting just for the past week so you can see what it looks like compared to your calorie intake.

Another tip I can offer is to check out WebMD's Personal Diet Evaluator tool. It's a nice questionnaire that does take a few minutes, but based on the info you put in it will calculate your RDI so you know what calorie level you should be shooting for. I don't really trust the one on this site, & I don't think too many others do either.

How's your water intake? I noticed some fiber supplements in your food diary, & it's possible that if you increase your hydration level you won't need those anymore.

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/
Hermiones...

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Posted: 29 Jun 2011, 22:48
Kay's advice is always good. I'd add to her comments: 1) Your calorie count bounces up and down -- try to be more consistent; 2) Try to get your carb count down. Save your carbs for healthy grains and fruits and veggies -- Mountain Dew is definitely not a diet food. My experience is that cutting the sugar really helps.
greerp

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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 08:55
Cut the sugar like Hermonies says. Your carb count is high.
allieaac

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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 09:31
I will try to cut the sugar. I am a recovering soda addict lol. I use to drink like 4 a day, I have cut back to none most days but sometimes I give in. I will check my RDI on wedmd. Can someone please explain exactly how to calculate net carbs?
I drink atleast 120oz of water a day. I added the fiber to maybe help me feel fuller when I crave snacks and its a water flavoring packet so it also helps when I am craving sugary soda. Do you think its bad to take the fiber?
allieaac

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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 11:06
@ KAT.....I did webmd diet evaluator. It says my RMR is 1503 and that to maintain where I am i would need 2073 calories I put that I was low active..., so 1900 as my RDI would help me lose but really slowly lol. Do you think the 1600 calories is a good RDI?
golightly

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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 11:12
I would agree with your calorie count being too high. You might also be overestimating your burn (like I was).

We're actually in the same weight/goal/slow progress boat! Wanna be buddies? (Trying not to sound creepy.)
FrostyLady

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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 11:49
Allieaac, Logging everything is the best thing you could for yourself. Now take a look at that calendar and think about the changes that could be done!!! I'm sure you will come up with pretty good ideas!! Start by cutting down on sweets and consider on changing your breakfasts. Having a good start in the morning will help you through out the day.
allieaac

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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 11:57
I log everything but I do think that FS over estimates my calories burned. I log things before I eat them usually before I even really think about eating them and sometimes I dont eat them at all and forget to take them out of my food journal.
@golightly yeas! haha we can be buddies......it didnt sound creepy!
F8thful1

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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 12:01
And the pop....sorry...it TOTALLY has to go, but there are some good alternatives. You will totally undermine the low carb advantage when your body is dealing with the extra sugar - it can make you gain weight rather than lose. A&W Diet Rootbeer is tasty if you must have pop. Also, here is a wonderful recipe: 12 oz. cup club soda, the juice of 1/2 lemon or lime, sprig of mint leaf and a couple of spoons of artificial sweetener (I use Xylitol...looks like sugar and has a refreshing taste). Very bubbly and refreshing! Good luck today!
Hermiones...

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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 21:42
F8thful1's lemonade recipe is much like mine -- though I use just 1/2 packet of Splenda to sweeten, as I don't really like sweet beverages all that much. If you're willing to go on the sour side, another good substitue is 2 oz of grapefruit juice with 8 oz of club soda. I tried an interesting experiment today: With so much fresh fruit in season -- especially low glycemic fruits like berries and peaches, a friend and I have been experimenting with low cal/low carb/low fat fruit crumbles. In the process we ended up with a lot of extra juice from the cooked fruit, and we saved it. Today, I made my usual lemonade recipe, skipped the Splenda and added a TBSP of the leftover berry juice. We'd cooked about 3 cups of berries with only 2 tsp of sugar, so most of the sweetness came from the fruit itself. Anyway, this mix of mildly sweetened berry juice and lemonade was delicious.
gnat824

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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 22:07
Thanks for the great mock lemonade recipe- sounds like the perfect thing to take to a weekend BBQ to avoid doing too much damage with other beverages Wink
- Natalie
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 30 Jun 2011, 23:16
If you need 2073 to maintain, you'd need 1573 to lose about a pound a week. So yes, 1600 would be a great number to shoot for. If you're using the fiber to help control your appetite (& net carbs is total carbs minus fiber & sugar alcohols), I would suggest swapping out some of your carbs for protein. When I started paying more attention to getting enough protein, it made all the difference with appetite control. I'd say start with trying to get 100g per day minimum. You'll notice more energy to complete your workouts & better appetite control without extra calories.

Your water intake is excellent so keep that up! Try to get as close to 1600 as possible for at least a couple of weeks to see if that makes a difference, & try to get your protein up if you can (if it stresses you out, just focus on the calories for now).

And I like the lemonade recipe too...I think I'll have to give it a try myself!

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/
greerp

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Posted: 01 Jul 2011, 07:55
When I get a craving for soda I drink sparkling water like Pelegrino. No carbs.
allieaac

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Posted: 01 Jul 2011, 08:40
K-How do I know what sugar alcohol is? I am going to try for calories now....I am also shooting for 1400 calories. Yesterday I had put everything in I planned to eat and I only had 888 calories....I wasnt too hungry but I ate more because I felt my calories were so low. What should do in that situation? Should I just have a low day or should I eat to get to my rdi?
kstubblefiel...

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Posted: 01 Jul 2011, 09:06
Usually sugar alcohols are listed & you'll only find those in things that are artificially sweetened. On the label they would be in the carbs section under fiber & sugar. If you don't see "sugar alcohols," don't worry about it.

If you just HAVE to have a low day I would go no lower than 1200. If you are planning your meals it shouldn't be too hard to space out your 1400 or 1600 calories throughout the day. Try things with healthy fats like nuts, cheese & avocado if you need to add calories. Working to achieve a more consistent calorie level will help you figure out what's working & what isn't; if your calories are all over the place it's impossible to say.

Kat | NO EXCUSES, JUST RESULTS | Next milestone - 256: 60 lbs lost
2013: still up from 1/1, but coming back down...
2010: 50.4 lbs lost | 2011:17 lbs lost | 2012: 1 lb gained
How I did it: http://stubbysticks.wordpress.com/weight-loss-summary-by-month/



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