At the minimum WW points and hard to lose weight

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Posted: 26 Aug 2008, 13:38
Hi All! I'm having a tough time losing my weight. I just reached my 10lb mark last week. My leader said not to decrease my points since I'm at the minimum. I was eating less than the minimum since I wasn't hungry but she says that my body may go into famine mode and not give up the fat. So I'm forcing myself to eat my points. My concern is that I'm eating when I'm not hungry which to me is counter-intuitive. Also, I haven't been losing as much weight as I did before. So I decided to increase my workout days. I will see if this works at next weeks weigh in. Has anyone been in this situation? Thanks!

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Posted: 26 Aug 2008, 14:09
When I was doing points, at first the weight seemed to fly off. Then came the slowing and then a plateau. So what I did was switch from points to the core plan. That change was good for me for a few months. After that, my portion size started to get out of control and I went back to points. I think that my body just needed a change. Like right now, I am doing Core again for a few weeks. But whatever you do, don't go under you points too much. Your body will go into starvation mode and start storring calories. Great job on adding more exercise too. You are on the right track. Good luck in your weight loss journey. Very Happy

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Posted: 26 Aug 2008, 16:04
I agree that if you keep going under points too much, your body will think that you're starving it. There's most definitely something in the saying that you need to eat to lose. Wink

One good points booster I've found though is nuts... alas, not too many so make sure you weigh some out so you don't over-indulge! They also contain healthy fats, so a good way to boost your fat intake if you're eating quite low fat.

If you're doing a fair amount of exercise, then you may actually need to eat more... to fuel that body into losing. Yep, sounds strange I know, but through-out my WW journey I've always eaten above my points and never dropped ANY until weight loss stalled. So don't necessarily go by what the "book" says... as US WW is quite low in calories. I'm sure if you experiment a little you will be able to find out what works for you. Wink

I found zig-zagging points good too. So you could also try varying your daily points target IF you usually eat about the same every day. I found that eating the same points each day, my body got too used to it... but by zig-zagging it was never quite sure how many points it was going to get!! Bad Grin
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Posted: 27 Aug 2008, 11:32
You constantly have to challenge your body. Changing a work out will help you lose more weight after you hit a plateau. For example, if you were running on a treadmill before, now try running with an incline. Increase the amount of weights, swim longer, try rollerblading, walk/run in sand (if you live near a beach), etc. Change up your routine but exercise will definitely help you lose more weight.

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Posted: 25 Sep 2008, 19:42
definitely consider trying core for a few weeks. the basic principle is eating whole, healthy foods until satisfaction. not to fullness, but to satisfaction. you might like it.

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Posted: 19 Dec 2008, 13:55
Make sure you eat all your points or your body will fight you.

I always lost more weight on the weeks that I saved my extra points and ate most of them on one-two days spread throughout the week. It kick starts your metabolism again.

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