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MICHCLEARY
SparkPoints: (60,375)
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5/14/12 2:40 P

Since you are tracking your fitness, check your fitness tracker and find the total number of calories burned per week. Go to your start page and in the box titled My Goals and Progress, click on the red word "change" under calories burned. Enter your weekly number and save. The system will automatically correct for your calorie range.

In addition, if you track your food on SP and share your trackers, you can post on the Diet and Nutrition message board. SP staffs that with professionals who are qualified to give nutrition advice. It took me a long time on a plateau before I was comfortable increasing my calories. When I did, it made all the difference in the world.



MCFHARPIST
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5/14/12 9:28 A

Since we don't have specific information, we can only give you general advice. Get specific.

Change up your exercise. Join a month long Sparkpeople bootcamp. Do not consider zero weight loss a defeat. It is a victory. You have not gained. You have lost inches. You are victorious.

Spark On!



ARCHIMEDESII
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5/14/12 9:04 A

TOPSHELF22,

It's true. If you increase the amount of exercise you do, you're going to have increase the amount you eat. I know this is going to sound strange, but a person has to eat in order to lose weight. Eating too little and exercising too much can hinder a person's weight loss, not help it.

Don't assume that something is wrong because the scale isn't moving as fast as you'd like. While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds per week, there may be weeks you don't lose. there may even be weeks when you gain ! And that doesn't mean you're doing something wrong. This is not the Biggest Loser. the weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. Those types of weekly losses are just not typical.

So, don't freak out because the scale seems to have stalled. How long has it been since you've lost ? If it's only been a week or so, there is no need to worry.

You don't have your food diary posted, so we don't know how much you've been eating compared to the amount of exercise you've been doing. It's true. If you eat too little, you will hinder your long term efforts at weight loss. And eating more doesn't mean you have to eat junk, there are plenty of healthy ways to increase the amount of calories you eat without eating crap.

Can you tell us how many calories you've been eating each day as well as what types of food you've been eating ? Quality of the food you eat, does have a huge impact. the fact is, weight loss is nothing more than a byproduct of a healthy life style.





KATEM200
Posts: 745
5/14/12 6:31 A

You don't mention how many calories you're actually eating, so it's hard to guess if you might need more. Calorie needs are based on a lot of factors. It's also possible that you've lowered your calorie intake too much and your body just wants to hold on to the fat it has as a precautionary measure. It's also possible that your calorie intake is fine or need to eat less. As you lose weight, you need fewer calories total to maintain your weight (and would need fewer to lose also). Do you update your weight on SparkPeople so it can recalculate your calorie needs? If you're really not sure about your calorie needs, it wouldn't hurt to ask your doctor. They generally love it when patients are trying to change to a healthier lifestyle and would be able to provide information and/or refer you to a qualified nutritionist to help set up your eating plan.



LILLIPUTIANNA
Posts: 1,038
5/14/12 12:29 A

If you take in too few calories, your body will go into starvation mode. You will not lose weight.



TOPSHELF22
Posts: 5
5/13/12 10:44 P

I HAVE STOPPED LOSING WEIGHT. I CAN TELL I HAVE LOST INCHES BUT THE SCALE WONT BUDGE. I WAS DOING MY TURBOJAM REGULARY. WHEN I POSTED MY MINUTES TO MY TRACKER I GOT A MESSAGE THAT IF I WAS GOING TO DO THAT MUCH EXERCISE I MAY NEED TO ADJUST MY CALORIES. I WAS USING MY PHONE TO TRACK FOOD AND EXERCISE. NOW I HAVE A NEW LAPTOP AND I CAN DO ALOT MORE ON THIS SITE. ANYWAY THAT MESSAGE HAS COMPLETELY THROWN ME OFF. ADJUST? MORE CALORIES THAT SCARES ME. I WANT TO START LOSING AGAIN . SHOULD I JUST START OVER AGAIN TOMORROW ? I FEEL SILLY ABOUT MY CONFUSION.



 
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