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fragileknees Rookie 32 posts since
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Dec 11, 2007 10:44 AM

how to jump start?

I need some advice.

I have been tracking my caloric intake (religiously) for over a month and have kept a deficit of 500 calories per day. My basal metabolic rate is right around 1400 cals/day and I workout hard enough to get to 1900-2000 cals/day. I eat around 1500 cals/day. I measure my food. I am a good girl. So why oh why haven't I lost any weight? The math simply doesn't compute. I've lost weight with low-carb before, but don't want to go there (I feel week on runs). Should I go down to 1200 cals/day? I will be CRANKY!

Thanks in advance.

  • conroyea Rookie 6 posts since
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    1. Dec 11, 2007 11:31 AM (in response to fragileknees)
    Re: how to jump start?

    You are not consuming enough fuel for what you claim to be doing each day.  How are you buring 1900 - 2000 calories per day?

  • Ariann092 Rookie 680 posts since
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    2. Dec 11, 2007 12:06 PM (in response to fragileknees)
    Re: how to jump start?

    If your BMR is 1400/day (which seems reasonable if you are a woman of average height) and you are not sitting around all day, you probably burn 1800+ calories per day BEFORE exercise, just from regular moving around.  If you run 4 miles above that and you're burning approx. 100 calories per mile, you're expending something around 2200 calories per day. 

    However, I disagree with the first responder who said you're not eating enough. If you haven't lost weight, you're probably eating more than you think. It's probably easier to eat low-cal on low-carb diets, which is why you've lost weight on that method before and also why you've felt weak on runs while going low-carb (because you're eating far fewer calories, not enough to fuel runs). If you're really eating 1500 calories per day, EVERY day, you would have lost weight, at least a couple of pounds, by now.

    So, first, look at how well you're really measuring your food. Most people don't do a great job of it, particularly if they eat foods which are not pre-packaged with nutritional information. There may also be other confounding problems. With a deficit of 500 calories a day (if that's correct), you will have lost about 4 pounds by now. However, if you have a high salt diet you could easily retain a couple pounds of liquid. If you're a woman, you may have simply started your diet when you were at your lowest weight in your cycle and now you're at your highest weight of your cycle, so you might see a dramatic loss in the next week or two as a result (this happens to me often). Another possibility is that when you started dieting you also started moving a lot less outside of formal exercise without even realizing it. That is your body trying to conserve a little energy, perhaps by fidgeting less, making you a little lazier about where you park your car, whether you take the stairs, etc. You have to recognize that impulse in order to fight it.

    My last suggestion would be to reevaluate how you are weighing yourself.  I do think the scale is extremely useful and that it will show fat loss.  However, you have to weigh yourself in a productive way.  Weigh yourself daily, at the same time, wearing the same clothes (or better, no clothes).  Write the weight down.  At the end of each week, take the average of all seven weights, this is your weekly weight.  Hopefully doing it this way balances out the days when you're retaining water or you ate a little more for dinner the night before or you're a little dehydrated and gives you a more meaningful measurement.  Do this for at least a couple of months before evaluating how your diet is working - one month is not long enough to get despondent).  You may find there is a downward trend, even though the daily weights seem random and not hopeful.  If you're maintaining your weight (on purpose), you can average weights over a whole month to make sure your weight isn't creeping up slightly from month to month.

  • conroyea Rookie 6 posts since
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    3. Dec 11, 2007 1:28 PM (in response to fragileknees)
    Re: how to jump start?

    I think I completely misread the original post.  You're saying that you expend a total of 1900-2000 calories a day, not that you excercise so much that you burn an additional 1900-2000 calories a day.

    Given that, I agree with Ariann, you may be eating more calories than you think.  Measure all of your food and log it in a food journal.

  • Ariann092 Rookie 680 posts since
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    5. Dec 12, 2007 11:48 AM (in response to fragileknees)
    Re: how to jump start?


    Originally posted by fragileknees:


    My weight was down today. I must fluctuate quite a bit! I do eat a lot of salt (low BP) and am likely retaining a lot of water. I think I'll do the weighing daily divide by 7 method. Your comments were very helpful.


    My husband's weight fluctuates by SEVEN pounds in a couple day period and my weight fluctuates by about three pounds.  It's totally normal, just keep working at it and keep your eye on the long term, big picture.

  • cshep Rookie 10 posts since
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    6. Jan 14, 2008 11:09 PM (in response to fragileknees)
    Re: how to jump start?


    Hi I know this thread is old but I hope your still around. I didn't read all

    of the other responses but here's my $.02.






    You say that your caloric intake has been the same over the past month, your

    trying to lose weight which I may be wrong, means your most likely a beginner.

    If you begin any new physical exercises, your muscles will begin to grow. As

    you know muscle weighs more than fat. So gauging your success based on what the

    scale says isn't always the best option. If I were you I would go to GNC and

    pick up a set of calipers. They measure body fat instead of weight.








    As I've said this was posted a month ago so IDK what you decided to do but I

    would keep on the same path, buy some calipers. Or if you want an easier BF

    estimation get a nice scale that uses BF impendence testing. It isn't as

    accurate as other methods but used week to week it will be consistent in

    telling you if you have gained or lost BF. I usually get discouraged when this

    sort of thing happens to me but I have to remind myself that this kind of thing








    and to the idea I saw that said low carb weight loss

    was due to the fact that it is easier to take in fewer calories... well yes

    kind of. While 1 carb contains 4 calories a single gram of fat contains 9. And

    protein 4 as well. The body burns calories in order. First, you guessed it

    CARBS. 2nd in line are fats and third down the list is protein. So if you take

    in very few carbs then your body will use the fat you consume firstly. Your

    most likely taking high amounts of it. While your body is metabolizing that fat

    its using the protein in one of the hundreds of ways, my favorite energy source

    can be used. So it feeds on your fat after there is nothing left. If your

    hungry and you eat more then the process starts over. Which is why low carbing

    works. Not because you eat fewer calories. You could actually eat more and

    still lose weight. taking away the first  energy source and allowing it to

    feed on the fat you take in its cutting out a step leading to weight loss. You

    can do the same thing with fats, its easier to lose weight but much, much

    harder to low fat diet. Your only meat options include chicken breast and fish.

    And you need your protein.  



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