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ARCHIMEDESII SparkPoints: (198,661)
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4/20/12 9:52 A


Since we can't look at your food diary, we don't know what kinds of food or how much food you've been eating. When it comes to weight loss, what matters most is what we eat. While it's true that most Americans eat too much and need to eat less, the problem is that they are eating too much of the wrong food and not enough of the right food. QUALITY of the food you eat has a huge impact on your health.

Also, how long have you been trying to lose ? Your Spark Page says you've been a member since last year. But how long have you been tracking your food and getting some regular exercise ? In general, it could take 6-8 weeks of healthy eating and regular exercise before a person sees a change in the scale. And that's perfectly normal. The weight doesn't magically drop off the minute we decide we need to lose. This isn't the Biggest Loser, those types of dramatic weekly losses are just not typical. 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.

So, can you tell us a bit more about what you've been eating, how long you've been trying to lose, how much you're trying to lose, etc... Right now, we're just taking educated guesses because we don't know anything about you or your eating habits.

It's possible the reason you're not losing is because you're not eating enough. Eating too little and exercising too much CAN hinder a person's weight loss, not help it. but once again, the more you can tell us about yourself, the more helpful we can be. Because the truth is, exercising more will not speed up a person's weight loss. You'll get fitter faster, but not necessarily scale lighter. losing weight really does depend on how you've been nourishing and fueling your body.

CGWILLIAMS SparkPoints: (0)
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4/19/12 9:15 P

well I am not using the SP tracker, but I have this app on my phone called Lose It . that I use to track all my food and exercise. It is pretty efficient on tracking all the nutrients. I actually did make an appointment with my doctor for next week. I am just so frustrated. I watch what I eat and exercise daily, while some of my friends don't and no one can tell.

MICHCLEARY SparkPoints: (86,189)
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4/19/12 9:11 P

If you track your nutrition and share your tracker, you can post on the Diet & Nutrition board. SP staffs that with professionals who can review your meal plan with you. If you are not consuming enough calories for all your workouts you won't lose weight either.

Once you are tracking your workouts look on your fitness tracker and take the total number of calories burned for the week. Take that number to the start page and look at the My Goals & Progress box. Click on the red word change and put in your weekly number. They system will calculate for you what calorie range you should be in.

Good luck and find a program that you can see yourself maintaining for a lifetime.

SP_COACH_NANCY SparkPoints: (0)
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4/19/12 8:55 P


Are you tracking your nutrition, even on your not so great days? The reason I ask is that 11% of Americans only correctly guess the number of calories they actually consume. In fact one study stated that many of us overestimate our calorie expenditure by as much as 30% and underestimate what we consume by 30% which leads to a wide margin of error.

So this is where tracking your nutrition can be a huge benefit to moving you closer to your goal.

I wish you well!

Coach Nancy

MELNEL80 SparkPoints: (0)
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4/19/12 8:42 P

How long have you been trying?? Also if you are worried about it, I would suggest talking to your Dr to make sure everything is ok.

CGWILLIAMS SparkPoints: (0)
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4/19/12 8:40 P

Helpp! I have been working out everday, watching what I eat, occasionally I will have my bad days. Sometimes I even workout twice a day. and I have only lost 2 lbs! This is so frustrating I think I need to change up my workout. Does anyone have any suggestions??? I am doing running and spin class, and weights as well.

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