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JANASILVEY Posts: 2
2/10/10 8:46 P

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Thanks for the ideas and encouragement, everyone. These last few pounds are not particularly interested in coming off, but I'm not being particularly patient, either. My body just keeps going up and down two pounds. I'm going to try your ideas, but also try to be more patient and realize this takes time.

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2/10/10 6:15 P

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I can't add anything to all the other replies but have to say ditto...it seems counter intuiive but especially when you're close to yourgoal weight, the body hates to think you're starving it!

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2/8/10 7:56 A

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Hi Jana,

If you're that close to goal, a 4-pound loss is great, and being up a pound could be due to anything--a high-sodium day, for instance. I'd keep on doing what you're doing.

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2/7/10 9:45 P

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Also---have you checked some of the calorie cycling info? Several teams address it...

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2/7/10 9:44 P

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Jana, I'd encourage you to go back and read from the first--several folks have addressed the 'starvation' mode, and that really makes a difference as you get near your actual, low-body-fat goal (not so much if folks choose another goal that's still pretty high. And yet you can't just eat high either, when you aren't exercizing, esecially!

But it does sound like you're close to goal, and burning hard, and your body is concerned that you may be living in some kind of hard labor concentration camp, and had best kick the metabolism into starvation for your protection! ;) emoticon

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2/7/10 2:12 P

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Can you explain the "adding calories" to lose weight. I'm not sure that's my problem, as my calories per day tend to be over 1200...usually closer to 1500. I do strength training two days a week, yoga for 1 hour per week, and 20-40 minutes of fat-burn cardio about 4-5 days a week...a fair amount of exercise but not tons. I've managed to lose 4 lbs in five weeks, but this week was up a pound. I'm finding this to be very frustrating. My husband, who has far more weight to lose, seems to be shedding several pounds a week. I totally understand why, but it's still frustrating!

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1/16/10 9:50 A

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Oy boy thats scary for me adding calories but I will go on faith here and give it a try. I track my weight week to week and today is the first day of the new week for me so I will give it a go this week.

We are preparing for a competition now 6 weeks away and I sure need to see somthing happen by then so the gowns fit right!

Thank for the input



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1/16/10 8:53 A

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I agree with the other ladies, and isn't it delightful to think that your weight loss could be jump-started by adding calories? I resisted doing that this summer, struggling with the idea that I might get out of control if I added calories. But I thought about foods I was missing or that I seemed to be nutritionally deficient in, slowly added them in, and found that I lost weight!

Sue, on Florida's Gulf Coast

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1/15/10 6:06 P

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I lost my last 10 pounds by adding strength training AND by increasing my calories. In fact, each time, during my 30 pound weight loss, that I significantly increased my exercise intensity, I plateaued until I upped my calories. By the time I reached my weight loss goal, I was already eating in my maintenance calorie range.

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1/15/10 5:43 P

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I agree. For that much calorie burn, your body is starving and has gone into survivor mode.

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1/15/10 9:24 A

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Hi!
My guess might be that you aren't eating enough to support all of the calories that you are burning. I know that doesn't sound right -- that you should loose if you workout more and eat less, but the body thinks it is going into starvation mode, and it stops metabolising to protect you. There are some good articles on here about eating enough to start losing.
My the way, I LOVE ballroom dancing! My husband and I took lessons for a couple of years. Nothing like you, mind you, in competition, but good enough to go out dancing on the weekends and enjoy it.
Good luck with all -- emoticon
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1/15/10 7:41 A

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What a fustrating week. After hard work and calories within the right range, weight loss, zero!!

My goal is a ten pound loss. I have increased my exercise and tracked my calories and now fustrated that nothing happened! So here what my week was like:

1200 calories per day - 3 meals
Noon time - 20 minutes of Ab workout - Billy Blank
Evenings at gym - 30 minutes Elipitical and 30 minutes strength exercise.
Did this 5 out of 7 days.

In addition, hubby and I compete in ballroom dance and we take priviate dance lessons twice a week - 4 hours a week, 2 hours practice a week... Now this is more technical instruction then calorie burning dance, but it does involves a lot of stretching and body movement.

So why is it after this increased exercise did nothing happen? It was a dissapointment to get on the scale after a week, nothing!

I will continue on as what are the alternatives but I dont know what I would change to make something happen.

Thoughts?



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