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7/16/13 10:37 P

HI Yeah I have heard of this...and I don't expect to consistently lose the same amount of kilos and I am not so concerned about the time I lose it in (ie 3 months). I am just hoping that I can knock off the excess weight even if it takes double the time and some but in the process I hope to get fit, healthy and lay off getting diabetes as long as I can possibly as I have genetic pre-disposition towards Type II diabetes (insulin resistance currently). As I am on Metformin extended release tablet, it is possible I am losing weight with the 1200 cal diet and low- moderate exercise faster than the average person would. But I am aware that if I do overdo the nutrition part, I would probably go into diabetes Hypoglycemia which is not good either. Thanks for bringing this to my attention so i didn't get carried away emoticon

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7/16/13 10:48 A

Well, a kilogram of fat represents 9000 calories, so Spark works out how long it would take to create a cumulative deficit of 17 x 9000.

Unfortunately, real life doesn't match mathematical equations.

For one thing, as you lose weight, you burn fewer calories (both through your metabolism, and through activity), and it gets harder to consistently create a deficit of 9000 calories per week.

Secondly, our bodies evolved when we wearing bear skins and living in caves You body has evolved to store fat as a survival mechansim against a lack of food. Initially it is happy to draw on fat stores to make up the difference. As you continue to run a calorie defict, your body stops thinking it is just a bad hunt or two, and starts thinking it is a lean season, and starts trying to preserve fat stores as long as possible.

M@L

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7/16/13 9:42 A

hi Eco-vision, How is Spark website able to suggest to us the date by which we can attain our desired goal weight? I just entered that I wanted to lose 17 kgs and it set me a 1200 diet plan and gave me a date in November. Aren't these realistic and don't people succeed by the nutrition and fitness tracking here? Just wondering as you mentioned you can't predict the amount of weight one can lose..

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7/16/13 9:37 A

Hmn...thanks for the warning...I didn't do it consciously ie, eating lesser than 1200 cals... perhaps it happened as I was so keen to not go over the limit, I just noticed it at the end of the week that it was usually a bit under..but this week I think I even exceeded the 1200 cals like today, lol. I certainly don't wanna keep my fat stores longer, yikes, and certainly dont wanna lose muscle, I think the 1200 cals is quite satisfying and to think that I thought this would be very difficult. I generally hate diets of any sort but this doesn't feel like one somehow as I am eating a lot of things I like except fast-food and soft drinks, ice-creams, cakes which I would like to have once in a while but I think better not indulge until I knock off at least 6 kgs!

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7/16/13 4:46 A

1200 is the minimum considered necessary by most nutritionists to provide the nutrients your body requires for good health. Going under this risks not providing your body with what it needs - even more so if you are exercising 5 days a week.

Eating less than recommended can be unhealthy, and can also lead your body to sacrifice muscle to preserve fat stores longer, which makes your longer term weight loss efforts harder.

M@L

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7/15/13 11:17 P

Hi M@L

Well that could well be the case too and I am a bit nervous..wondering if it will stabilise or slow down at some stage...but as I am nowhere near my goal weight I think it would be great even if I could lose 10 kgs by November... that will keep me motivated for sure...having said that I am hoping to attain my first round of goal weight by then (yes have long way to go) even if it means I might have to ramp it up (ie exercise more to see the weight loss continuing at a faster pace). I find that if I am doing eating slightly below the recommended 1200 calories a day and working out 5 days a week for about 20 minute or so with interval training on elliptical machine, perhaps is the way to go. keeping fingers crossed until the next sunday weigh in.. emoticon

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7/15/13 6:55 A

That's a great start already!

Sadly, weight loss tends to slow down as you approach your goal weight, so extrapolating early results may not be a fair reflection of what is achievable down the road.

(Sorry, I really don't mean to be discouraging - just trying to set some realistic timeframes.)

If you only achieve, say, 10 kgs by November, is that really failure?

M@L

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7/14/13 7:33 P

Congratulations!
That is a an emoticon amount of kilos to lose.

Of course, you can expect to lose a lot by November but I just can'r predict the amount,


Edited by: ECCOVISION1 at: 7/14/2013 (19:33)
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7/14/13 9:48 A

Hi everyone....so it appears I could do this right and lose 17 more kilos by November this year....only a couple of months...can I really do this? Amy newbies also with similar weight goals ...am I being realistic? Thanks for replying in advance!

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