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      03/28/05 07:20 PM
e_mcmaster

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Darlin', I can see why you're not losing!

1200 calories is way too low for your level of activity. Your body is in what they call "starvation mode" where it is holding onto every pound for fear it may need to use it as fuel later on. The only way you're going to start to lose weight is to eat more calories everyday.

I know that sounds funny, because it goes against what we've been taught our whole lives: you have to practically starve yourself to lose weight. But it doesn't work that way. You have to feed your body enough *healthy* food to get it to finally let go of its "safety hold" on the fat.

I truly starved myself for a year at less than 800 calories a day. Did I lose weight? Yep, a bunch at first. And then I stopped losing, no matter how low I cut my calories and how much I worked out. And then... would you believe it... I actually started gaining, slowly, on 400 calories a day. My metabolism was so incredibly slow that it was hoarding every calorie I put in my mouth to store as fat.

I SLOWLY upped my calories to 1800 (which is the minimum most educated doctors recommend to not slow your metabolism) and stayed there for about a year until I started training for a half-marathon. Then I starting eating about 2100 and the weight was practically dropping off me (and not because of an increase in activity - I was doing roughly the same amount as before). My body thought 1800 was too little. So now I eat between 2000-2300 a day and average out at about 2100.

Still skeptical? You can't eat 1800 calories of McDonald's and lose weight. Nor can you eat 2 meals of 900 calories each and lose. It has to be small, healthy meals of lean proteins, steamed veggies, non-processed grains & fruits.

Good luck!

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* I have a fitness/working out question
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/07/05 06:41 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
RGS
03/08/05 11:49 PM
* Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Snow for Sarala
03/09/05 12:00 AM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Lyndsey
03/09/05 06:38 PM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
e_mcmaster
03/09/05 01:16 PM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Snow for Sarala
03/09/05 03:57 PM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/09/05 08:09 PM
* Try starting with household objects...
Linz
03/10/05 04:37 AM
* Re: Can anyone recommend weights to start with?
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/09/05 07:30 AM
* My two cents
e_mcmaster
03/08/05 09:06 PM
* Re: My two cents
suarez
03/28/05 07:09 AM
* My lifting schedule...
e_mcmaster
03/28/05 09:23 AM
* Re: My lifting schedule...
suarez
03/28/05 09:54 AM
* Re: My lifting schedule...
e_mcmaster
03/28/05 11:04 AM
* Re: My lifting schedule...
suarez
03/28/05 12:19 PM
* Ah-ha!
e_mcmaster
03/28/05 07:20 PM
* Re: Ah-ha!
suarez
03/29/05 07:42 AM
* Re: Ah-ha!
e_mcmaster
03/29/05 11:30 AM
* Re: Ah-ha!
suarez
03/29/05 12:00 PM
* Re: Ah-ha!
e_mcmaster
03/30/05 09:06 AM
* Re: Ah-ha!
suarez
03/30/05 09:25 AM
* Try fitday.com...
Linz
03/29/05 07:55 AM
* Re: Try fitday.com...
suarez
03/29/05 10:16 AM
* Re: My two cents
retrograde
03/09/05 08:39 AM
* Re: My two cents
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/09/05 07:28 AM
* Re: My two cents
e_mcmaster
03/09/05 01:15 PM
* Re: My two cents
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/09/05 08:11 PM
* Re: My two cents
epa_ginger
03/10/05 07:03 AM
* I count crunches as strength training...
Linz
03/10/05 04:33 AM
* Warning here!
Linz
03/09/05 07:33 AM
* You're right
e_mcmaster
03/09/05 01:12 PM
* Re: You're right
Lyndsey
03/09/05 06:45 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
Jane Doe
03/08/05 12:30 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
retrograde
03/07/05 09:04 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
Shell Marr
03/08/05 11:30 AM
* Retrograde
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/07/05 09:16 PM
* Re: Retrograde
Kimm
03/08/05 12:41 PM
* Lies about weight lifting, bulking up and fat loss....!!!!!
retrograde
03/08/05 03:53 PM
* Sorry I'm jumping in....
epa_ginger
03/09/05 08:32 AM
* I want arms like Jennifer Garner
Little Minnie
03/09/05 03:35 PM
* Re: I want arms like Jennifer Garner
epa_ginger
03/10/05 07:05 AM
* Re: I want arms like Jennifer Garner
Little Minnie
03/10/05 09:33 AM
* Re: Sorry I'm jumping in....
retrograde
03/09/05 08:52 AM
* Re: Lies about weight lifting, bulking up and fat loss....!!!!!
Kimm
03/09/05 07:46 AM
* Yikes! Laurel...I missed this before when I posted...but...
Snow for Sarala
03/09/05 12:22 AM
* Re: Yikes! Laurel...I missed this before when I posted...but...
retrograde
03/09/05 08:49 AM
* I bought 3 lb. dumbells for at home......
Snow for Sarala
03/21/05 08:14 PM
* Good for you!
epa_ginger
03/22/05 07:13 AM
* Re: I bought 3 lb. dumbells for at home......
retrograde
03/21/05 08:47 PM
* I LOVED that cite......
Snow for Sarala
03/21/05 09:03 PM
* Re: Great weight training site!
Sparky
03/09/05 10:20 AM
* Re: Lies about weight lifting, bulking up and fat loss....!!!!!
Shell Marr
03/08/05 04:23 PM
* additional comment about weights
Little Minnie
03/08/05 06:28 PM
* Abs and the 'spare tire'...
retrograde
03/08/05 04:41 PM
* Question on AB excercises
Augie
03/10/05 12:01 PM
* Re: Abs and the 'spare tire'...
Shell Marr
03/08/05 05:38 PM
* Re: Retrograde
retrograde
03/07/05 09:26 PM
* I signed up for fitday
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/10/05 09:44 AM
* Re: Retrograde
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/08/05 06:54 AM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
atomic rose
03/07/05 08:45 PM
* Re: I have a fitness/working out question
Shell Marr
03/08/05 11:28 AM
* casey
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/07/05 09:19 PM
* Give it time!
Linz
03/08/05 05:53 AM
* thanks Linz
Dr. Spice Yamin
03/08/05 06:57 AM

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