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CLARK971 SparkPoints: (29,686)
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6/5/12 7:03 P

you are not going to lose weight by starving yourself. stay within your nutrition range. it was slow, but i saw results.

at first, without measuring portions, i was underestimating what was eating. i was shocked when i started measuring.

make sure you are accurate about what you are eating. i was eating extra calories i wasn't counting at first. a handful of chips when making the kids lunch, finshishing the orange juice in the glass they left on the table, licking the peanut butter off the spoon after i made them a sandwich, tasting a spoon of the mac and cheese i made them...all calories i wasn't counting.

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6/4/12 9:40 A


Starving your body of the calories it needs to be healthy WILL NOT speed up your weight loss. According to your Spark Page, you've been a member since 5/20/12. It's only been two weeks.

While a safe weekly weight loss would be 1-2 pounds, 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. It really could take 6-8 WEEKS of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that too is perfectly normal.

So, don't assume something is wrong because the weight isn't magically dropping off as fast as you'd like it. You didn't gain the weight overnight. It's not coming off overnight. Weight loss really is a slow steady process that takes time.

What to do ? I can assure you that if you try to stay within spark calorie recommendations combined with some regular exercise, you WILL see change with time. But you really do have to give your body time to change. No need to starve yourself. Starving doesn't work. Starving just sets a person up for a massive binge later. As Coach Nancy noted, a person has to eat in order to lose weight.

Patience, it's a virtue.

GRACEMCC45 Posts: 1,134
6/3/12 10:40 P

You absolutely, 150% need to eat within your ranges.

BIGPAWSUP Posts: 10,598
6/3/12 9:28 P

Sweetie you are slowing your metabolism. Starving your body won't help you get healthy. Get in your calorie range. Do your cardio exercises. Do your strength training. And give yourself some time. You didn't get where you are overnight, you won't get where you want to be overnight either! Work the plan and you'll be fine.


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6/3/12 6:02 P


You must eat to lose. Severely restricting calories is a sure fire way to slow your body’s metabolism and cause it to adjust over time to functioning on fewer calories, therefore one must EAT to lose!

Research has shown that those ‘dieters’ who ate 800 calories per day versus those who ate 1200 calories per day lost the same amount of fat. So why would you deprive yourself from eating if there is no added benefit from consuming fewer calories?

And the more active you are the more important it is to put fuel in your body. If your car is on empty you won’t get far…it can’t run on fumes. Same is true with your body. If you do NOT have adequate fuel in the tank, so to speak, how are you going to get in a productive workout or for that matter make it through the day without the energy your body requires?

When we allow ourselves to get too hungry, this is when we find ourselves most vulnerable to binging. While many believe that it is due to lack of willpower, in all reality, it is due to your body’s need for fuel. And because we allow ourselves to get so hungry we grab whatever we can and many times it’s not the fruits and veggies, but the quick convenience of crackers, cookies, etc. When you listen to your body, then you will know when it is time to fuel.

Being hungry does not mean your body will burn more calories…while it is not bad to get hungry, ignoring the cues of hunger is. Hunger is your body’s way of telling you it’s time to refuel and more importantly going hungry does not equate to a greater weight loss. Eating is essential to lose weight.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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6/3/12 5:46 P

I feel like if i eat- i stay same weight; it tells me 1500-1800 calories a day. now im trying only 1000 which is not eating anything . ugh asdfghjkl help!

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