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5/16/12 10:41 A

Thanks so much! The information was quite helpful.

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5/16/12 10:20 A


Weight loss occurs over a period of time and is not linear process. In other words, you can do everything to a T for a couple of weeks and not see a loss or in some situations, you may even see a gain. Do not despair...this does not mean you are doing ANYTHING wrong.

Our weight is not a static number, but more like a vital sign. Just like your blood pressure, heart rate and body temp will vary throughout the day, same is true with your weight. Because our bodies are largely made up of water (the fitter we are the more water we retain), any deviation in our diet, hydration, workouts, even hormones can lead to a shift on the scale.

Know that all changes within the body must begin at the cellular level...all the way down to the fat cells need to release the free fatty acids, to the muscle cells making bigger and more numerous mitochondria-these are the organelles within the cells-to give us energy.

It isn't uncommon to see a slight upward shift in weight when we start exercising, or add a new training regimen and eating better. For one the muscles are making more mitochondria which allow for extra glycogen-stored glucose in the cells- therefore, your body hangs on to more water to help with the cooling off process for exercise and for helping process energy. Your muscles will also have an increase in blood volume in order to have better availability to oxygen and removing waste, especially lactic acid. These things coupled with eating higher fiber foods, such as fruits and veggies can show a gain, when in all reality it is just a shift in fluids.

I hope this helps!

Coach Nancy

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5/16/12 10:16 A


Is this the calorie range the Spark nutrition software set for you ? if so, with time, you will see results. However, to be perfectly honest, don't expect to see immediate results. 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.

Remember, this isn't the Biggest Loser. those types of dramatic weekly losses are just not typical. So, don't assume something must be wrong if the weight doesn't coming as soon as you start. You didn't gain the weight overnight, it's not coming off overnight.

I can assure you that if you eat right, watch your portions and get some regular exercise that includes some strength training, you will see change with time. But you do have to be patient with yourself and your body.

WONDER1MAN SparkPoints: (0)
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5/16/12 9:17 A

According to my weight etc. I am allotted 1640-1990 calories per day. As long as I don't go over the 1990 calories I should see some results correct?

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