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Weight Loss 5'7'' and 140 lbs with goal of 120 lbs - anybody with similar height/weight/goal? Dec 16 2009
06:29 (UTC)

I'm 5'7 and 121 pounds. I have never felt better about the way I look! I still have slight love handles and I don't have major jutting bones or anything, so I don't think I look too thin at this weight, or like a middle schooler as someone cruelly commented. In fact, as someone else with an apple shape like myself mentioned, it is only by getting to this low a weight that I finally have more of an hourglass/womanly shape - my hips and waist are nearly 9 inches apart...yahhhh! I also feel like my legs are finally in proportion with the rest of me as no matter how big I got, my legs always stayed slim. Now I have smaller hips and and almost flat stomach (despite having a baby 2 years ago) so I am loving the new me! 

My only problem now is that because I haven't done any exercise while losing this weight, I could stand to put some muscle on. I did lose the weight slowly, but perhaps I am this low a weight because I lost a fair amount of muscle along the way? In the end, I honesty don't care if I end up weighing anywhere between 120 and 135 (bearing in mind I have a small apple shaped frame), I am going by how I look and feel.

IMHO I think it depends on a few variables whether it is a healthy and realistic goal to be at the lower end of the BMI for your height, such as: frame size, body shape, muscle vs fat percentage, where your weight is distributed; e.g noone could say I was healthy at a respectable mid range BMI when I was 140 because my waist to hip ratio was higher than what is regarded as healthy. Personally, and many experts agree...I think this measure coupled with body fat % is a far more accurate measure of what weight you should be then BMI.

Weight Loss Easier to lose w/o exercise? Dec 12 2009
00:30 (UTC)

Ummm...not sure how you can say it will only be temporary if you lose by diet alone cellophane? You can exercise to your hearts content, but if you don't make "lifestyle changes" to your will fail to lose, or ultimately gain it back. I believe food to be 75 to 90% of the struggle as studies suggest in losing weight. I never lost as much weight when I went to the gym as well. I did however, look better at a higher weight and obviously was less tired and a lot fitter. 

Granted, you do need to eat less to lose or to maintain your weight if you aren't exercising and it doesn't work for everyone. Fortunately...I've never been into eating lots of food anyway...I hate that full as feeling it gives you, so I'm sure I can manage maintaining (2 months gone now!) without the exercise. Also, as others mentioned, exercise - particularly cardio makes you hungry and that combined with the idea that you can eat more because you have just done a big work out, can lead to you overestimating your cal intake.

However...exercise is better for having a more toned, tighter shape, body strength, your health and it increases your odds of living a longer life.

In the end, you can't say which is more important if you are talking about health, but if you are just refering to weight can definately lose as much weight as you want without any just won't look as "hot" without the exercise lol.

Edited to say...I eat humble pie on saying it would NOT be just temporary weight loss if you counted calories alone.  It seems studies say that while you can lose weight by diet alone, you cannot maintain weight loss without exercise as you will continue to lose muscle and water and gradually slow your metabolism down. There appears to be a small percentage (varies btw 5-25% depending on how long they have been maintaining) who do not gain some weight back, but it appears that the majority stand to gain some of the weight they have lost back in the first year.

The amount of exercise you need to do has not been well enough researched yet, but it seems to depend on how much weight you have lost in the first place (i.e. your weight loss %). Studies suggest, the more weight lost, the more exercise to maintain. I'm not sure if any of these studies took into account how long it took you to lose all your weight however (no time to read further on this I'm afraid) - as I'm sure this matters a great deal. Of the studies done, it appears you can maintain your weight loss by doing as little as 20 mins moderate exercise a day, with some studies suggesting as much as 80 mins moderate exercise a day/or 35 mins of vigorous exercise. Now...I am no couch potatoe...I am up and down all day and take plenty of walks with my baby girl (especially around the shopping malls lol) so I don't think I am too bad in this department, but I could definately afford to get my A into G and do more if I want to keep this weight off it appears...arghhh!

Weight Loss Stats Graph: height vs. pant size vs. weight Dec 10 2009
21:00 (UTC)

Hmmmm such a shame...all this information and no statistical analysis done that I can see! I would love to do my own, but don't even have Word Excel or a suitable stats programme to do so.

After reading lots of similar posts, I suspect hip and waist size (although obviously these would be related to weight if you carry a lot of fat in these areas) have a lot more to do with sizing and can explain all the discrepancies between people being the same height and weight, yet different sizes, or in some cases people of the same height at different weights with the person higher in weight being a smaller size!!! Crazy...but more than just one factor going on - height, weight, body frame, waist, hip measure, sometimes thigh measurement. Also, someone can obviously be smaller at a higher weight then someone of the same height if they have more muscle mass and a lower body fat %.

My stats btw:

5'7 122

Size: 8-10 (9) NZ so a 4-6 (more a 5 I would think) US

Hips: 35.3 Waist: 26.5 Thigh: 20

Weight Loss women's ideal measurements? Dec 10 2009
03:51 (UTC)

36-26.5-35.25 are the ideal measurements....cos that's what I am lol! Smile

Ain't nothing gonna change that unless I get some bones removed or widened, so I might as well accept and love it! And I choose to do just that. Life is far too short to get strung up on perfect numbers and sizes. We are only mere humans...perfection is an does not exist. Why?...because we would never all agree on what was perfect anyway! Our differences make us unique and therefore special to others. What a boring world if we all looked the same or even wanted to look the same. Embrace the way you are meant to look. You have to be realistic...change what you can....accept what you can't.

As they saying goes "

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Weight Loss If a calorie is a calorie... Dec 06 2009
04:16 (UTC)

Based on my research, I believe a calorie is a calorie.

However...when it comes to carbs, this is what studies suggest:

Fact: High carb diets are responsible for a lot of people being overweight. Not to mention high carb diets tend to go hand in hand with high fat diets (i.e fast food, yummy cakes and baked goodies) which are also responsible for people being overweight. Why? Well because these foods are yummyyyy of course. But from what I can tell, there are two main reasons why carbs in particular make you gain weight:

1. There are numerous studies that suggest eating a diet high in carbs leads you to crave even more high carb food. In other words, carbs are addictive! I can definately relate to this from my own previous eating habits. I mean I soooo love my carbs - bread, bread, more bread, pizza and more bread - yes please!. For example; how many of us can actually say we can stop at once slice of pizza when that is actually the recommended serving size on most frozen pizza boxes?

2. Foods laden with carbs simply tend to be higher in calories. So higher calories (add to this an extra serving or so) will quickly add up to excess calories, which in turn equals fat/weight gain.

In my case, lowering my carbs was definately what I needed to do to lose weight and improve my diet. However, I now know heavily restricting any one food group is not the way to go, both in terms of your nutritional health needs and your chances of successfully losing weight and keeping it off indefinately! I apologise in advance...but I can't resist using that ole annoying cliche..."Everything in moderation....including moderation!"

I do however, very much blame coke and alcohol for giving me love handles...dang it! So I do wonder whether there is any truth to high insulin being responsible for increased fat storage. I'm not convinced yet though, as it seems neither are scientists:-

"Proponents of low-carb diets believe that when you eat too many carbs, insulin becomes less effective at carrying sugar to the cells which results in more sugar being stored as fat.

Scientists aren't sure if this is true and some researchers believe that this insulin insensitivity is only true for people who eat too many calories in the first place".

You can check this out on arb.htm

Love or hate low carb diets, we can definately all benefit by eating healthier complex carbs (i.e. wholegrain vs white breads/pasta/rice) and cutting back (moderating) all the sugar laden, heavily processed/refined ones.

Said my piece!Smile

Weight Loss I Can't Lose 4 lbs, Ideas Please! Dec 04 2009
22:29 (UTC)
Original Post by bnjionrek:

This is 2nd hand so you might want to search for other forums on the same topic & read the 1st hand accounts. This is one I found-> "Yet Another one of these....Eating more does help you lose weight!!" They suggest that you slightly increase your caloric intake when you hit a plateau. I've heard this before as well. Not sure why it works but it appears it does. It's worth a shot. Good luck. Laughing

 Weird....but so true. It worked for me! I hit a plateau that lasted a couple of months. I started eating more and instantly started losing again. In fact, I continued to lose another 18 pounds at 1 pound a week to reach my current goal weight. In my case I ate an extra 200 cals a day. I think it had to do with putting myself as lightly active (burn around 1800) in the CC calculations when I may of been more active then I realised. I lost weight most efficiently around 1500-1600 then 1200-1400, so I think my burn is more like 2000 (which I have been maintaining my weight on going on 2 months now)Smile

Adding the exercise you do to the CC calculations would only give a very relative estimate at best. I would think that given all the running you are doing, you may burn more (as you would be constantly burning) than even these calculators could estimate, so yeah try upping your cals a bit, maybe they are too low now. Or as another poster suggested, lay off all that running. I know running gets addictive lol!

Weight Loss I DID IT!!!!!! 50 lbs are GONE!!!!!!! Happy! Happy! Happy! Dec 04 2009
21:37 (UTC)

Congratulations! What an awesome achievement. You must be so proud, way to go! Smile

Weight Loss Waist size Dec 04 2009
10:47 (UTC)

First off, as you didn't state your age or how tall you are, I'm not sure how realistic or healthy your weight loss goals are.

Having no idea about what your diet plan consists of, I don't know if you are aiming for the right amount of calories, or if you are cutting too many foods out (just because they aren't as healthy) unnecessarily. When I started losing weight, I found baby steps the best way to go, so as not to shock the heck outta what my body was use to being given, rather than a complete drastic 360.

Also "cheating" which to me isn't cheating, but the occassional "endulgment" is absolutely freaking necessary. If you don't do it, you will just crave the foods you are missing more and end up binging...hard. Sounds like this is what may be happening with you. I would allow yourself some room to endulge when you need to, but just watch your "portion sizing" when you do (i.e. a square or two of chocolate rather than the whole bar). 

Also, ditto with what GI Jane mentioned. Make sure you aren't undereating as this will make overeating and craving the not so good food even worse! Personally, I go by the eating 80% good food/20% bad food rule and this stops me overeating too much of the bad!

Re: Waist size. I'm 5'7 and at 135 pounds I had a waist size of 30". I thought it would be impossible to get my waist size down below 28" as I have quite a broad rib cage and could recall my waist being 28"at 128 pounds when I was about 15-16. However, I was plesantly surprised to find my waist size drop to 27.5" at 125 pounds and then a whole inch less to 26.5" at 122 pounds (now maintaining).

Given that you are already at 30" at 138-140 (mine was closer to 31") you may find you reach this goal at a higher weight then I did. It depends on what type of body frame you have I guess. I'm an apple, so I have smaller hips, legs and butt with a wider midsection. Hour glass types and pears tend to have the smaller dinky lil inch waist lines from what I can gather.

Best of luck!

Weight Loss Hit a plateau How to get over it? Dec 04 2009
04:24 (UTC)

Your calories are definately too low! If you are increasing your exercise to break a plateau, you shouldn't drop your calories as well! One or the other, definately not both, this is counterproductive!

I don't know your age, but keying in your height and current weight based on a 25 yr old female, you would burn around 2390 cals a day for a moderate activity level. You might even be more on the highly active and burn even more.

I would not lower your deficit more than 600-700 below this or your muscle and tissue will suffer. I would aim for around 1790 cals on average (500 below burn) if I were you. As another poster mentioned, easy ways to increase your calories by consuming very little include things like nuts, milk, orange juice, sauces

Please trust me. I have been here. I hit a major plateau for a couple of months and it wasn't until I ate more...yes MORE! (out of giving in for awhile rather than knowing it would work) that I steadily started to lose again. Don't burn yourself out with all that exercise either thinking that "if I just exercise more I can break this plateau". Exercise is all good, but if you are not eating enough you could make yourself very ill and could be counterintuitive for building muscle as your body will resort to pilfering from these precise areas if you under feed it! Eat more, eat more!

Weight Loss newbie some one help Dec 04 2009
04:02 (UTC)

Yeah if you have calculated your deficit correctly, then I would pretty much trust it give or take a few pounds. I have no idea how many weeks there are until March 1st - if it is 13 as the last poster suggested then this may be too ambitious... although depends on how tall and how active you are aswell. If you are on the shorter side then this may be correct as you may have more to lose, otherwise 147 is hardly a high weight to start with for anyone above 5"5 and realistically you should not expect to lose more than 1 pound a week.

Personally, I would go by the 1 pound a week rule rather than the deadline rule if I were you, as it is healthier and the weight is harder to gain back. More importantly, you could be setting yourself up for disappointment getting hung up on a particularly date. I tended to meet most of my deadlines shy of a few extra pounds - not a biggie really!

It took me awhile, but in the end, I was simply happy in the knowledge that I was consistently losing (or if I wasn't losing at least I wasn't gaining!) rather than how long it would take me to get there.

Weight Loss Losing weight without trying? Dec 03 2009
05:14 (UTC)

First of all, congrats on your weight loss!

I have two concerns 1. Your health. You say you are eating crap. Obviously it goes without saying that you should aim to eat a healthier, more nutritionally balanced diet MOST of the time. Personally, I can eat a fair amount of crap too lol, but I try to live by the 80-20 rule....eating healthier 80% of the time, and crap 20% of the time. Sometimes I'm sure this is more like 70-30 lol, but I am at least conscious enough to refuse junk food when i think I've been eating to much of it. I can't blame you for the not wanting to go walking in the cold...I loatheee cold weather! Maybe find some other form of exercise where u can stay warm...a treadmill/crosstraining machine? You could hire one if it's just for the winter. I can't talk on this front though, I just do endless housework and chase after a toddler all day and count that as exercise!

2. How much and how quickly are you losing? If its between 1-2 pounds a week then you are probably okay to carry on "winging it" or eating more intuitively being the better way. If you are losing faster than this, I would air on the side of caution in terms of how many calories you are consuming. If you are eating too little, you may slow your metabolism and reach a plateau where you stop losing consistently.

I know that during my weight loss (I've lost 42 pounds in total) there was a point where I lost quite a bit of weight over a couple of months, but then hit a plateau that lasted just as long. It wasn't until I ate more - out of giving in for awhile rather than consciously knowing - that the weight started falling steadily off again. I was eating around 1200-1300, then I increased to 1500-1600 and found that this was the best deficit area for my body to burn and lose fat.

So, my advice would be to just make sure you are consuming enough and eating healthier - at least MOST of the time. 

Weight Loss Not losing fat around waist Dec 03 2009
04:38 (UTC)

Sounds like you're an apple like me. i'm 5'7 and I had the same problem. While my arms, legs etc looked a lot thinner in the 140s, I still had a protruding pot stomach that I hated with a passion. It wasn't until I got down to the low 130s  (about 132 I think) that my stomach literally disappeared over night. No joke...

I was seriously starting to freak out about it ...thinking "how riduculous, I will need to look like a skeleton at this rate for my stomach to go" but it was a loss of about 2-3 pounds over a couple of weeks where I swear I saw my stomach almost completely vanish....poof! Was great! Bear in mind, I did have a "big" baby 2 years ago, so I had quite a tummy to lose, so you might actually see results faster, moreover I have done virtually nada in terms of exercise.

I suppose it depends how low in weight you want to go, but if you keep losing it will keep decreasing and go; with or without exercise. As someone else mentioned, you are losing fat everywhere, it just takes longer to notice in the areas where most of the fat concentrates (i.e. midsection for us apples, hips and bum for pears).

If you don't want to get too skinny/low in weight, strength training is key - build muscle/lose fat. That's my next goal now after working on maintaining my current weight. I could actually stand to gain about 5 pounds... so long as it is all muscle I won't be complaining!

Motivation Where are you from? Nov 15 2009
05:26 (UTC)

Bottom of the world here! New Zealand/Aotearoa! V Proud to be a kiwi!

Motivation Kim Kardashian wins best costume for halloween 2009 Nov 13 2009
02:55 (UTC)

While beauty is somewhat subjective, you would be fooling yourself if you argued Kim's body was not hot! She's proportional, curvy and toned. The fake boobs however, may not be to everyone's personal taste...this I concur with. However, how she attained her hot bod, her character and her choice of clothing have absolutely no relevance on whether she "looks" hot or not,...come on! Talk about b*&^%'ing for b*&^%'ing sake!

That said, she is not what I would personally strive to look like. Reason....she's a pear, I'm more of an apple. If I were a pear... then yes she would be along the lines of how I would want to look....because it would be attainable - whether through lipo or plain ole fashion hard work. So, to the OP...if you're a pear...go for it...awesome motivation!

Seeing as I'm an apple...this look would be totally unattainable for me, and a pointless one to go for. Lucky for me I prefer the smaller booty/hips, slightly thicker waist (WHR .75 suits me fine, I could never be .7 without being very unhealthy) and larger chest that comes with being a hot apple! At the same time, I appreciate and admire other body shapes too!

It's about "working with what you got" and improving it. Stuff this jealousy C&%$ you get from women who can't accept the shape they have and b&^%$ on all the other shapes like there is one "right" shape to be. Have an honest look around (celebrities, hot people you know etc) and you will realise it doesn't matter whether they are a fruit, a shape, or an eggtimer - all shapes rock! What a pretty boring world full of bodies if we were all just one shape/height/frame size! 


Weight Loss No weight loss Nov 05 2009
05:57 (UTC)


You say you lost 5lbs the first week, and then 1lb the next and the third week nothing.

This sounds like your deficit is working to me. 6lbs in three weeks is awesome! Congrats!

Remember you should average this weight loss out, which to me reads 2lbs a week. If you had a lot of weight to lose you might be able to aim for 3-4lbs a week, but at a healthy BMI 1-2lbs, more likely a 1lb loss a week is typical, not to mention healthier.

 If anything I would agree with others in saying that you might not be eating enough, but if you eat around 1200 during the week to make up for Shabbat, maybe you are on track. The important thing to do here is to add all your calories up for the week and then divide by 7 days....if the average is on track with your maintanance cals minus around 500 calories you are eating enough.  Eating less calories one day and more the other (a technique known as zigzagging) can actually work great in avoiding or breaking  plateaus etc, so no harm there. Just avoid going under 1200 where possible as 1200 is the recommended minimum for keeping all your organs healthy and functioning well.

Best of luck!



Weight Loss this happen to anyone else? Nov 05 2009
05:32 (UTC)

Yeah... don't know where you got the idea eggs were a bad cal choice lovesya?

 Most eggs are between 60-80 cals each, so as long as you boil or poach them you can't go wrong. Moreover, if I eat eggs, I feel full and satisfied a lot longer than I would if I ate cereal for breakfast - which usually is higher in calories anyway!

I really don't understand the whole eat the egg white only thing either, as the yolk holds all the nutrients. If you are worried about cholesterol, most tell you to limit to 2-3 eggs a week. However research suggests that the white of the egg contains a substance that counteracts the harmful effects of the yolk to a great extent. A recent study also suggests that eating 1 egg everyday appears to have no effect on cholesterol levels, heart disease or stroke in healthy individuals. Two other studies found that eating 1 egg a day can reduce the risk of macular degeneration, a form of blindness.

Needless to say, I love!

Weight Loss Who has the perfect body? Nov 04 2009
10:00 (UTC)

Totally subjective of course, but in searching celebrities of my height and body frame type that I could strive to aim for during my weight loss journey, I went with Ashley Judd. I think she is slim but still curvy...totally smoking hot!

I  love her face and her money too lol, but would be more than happy to look anything similar to this. While our measurements are still slightly different - I have a bigger chest (definately not a bad thing) and she has a smaller and flatter waist (how dare she!) we are pretty I'm happy :) 07/previews/Ashley%20Judd-JBA-001779.jpg

Weight Loss Getting back my body Nov 04 2009
09:25 (UTC)

Added ya! Hey... you can do it. I never would of thought I could do it, but I actually did, and it still kinda baffles me that I did it...but honestly once I got into the swing of it, it wasn't really as hard as I thought. Yeah those plateaus can be a royal pain in the a@@, but zigzagging calories  or even going to maintanence for a week or more can really help....and if you need any advice around these, feel free to message me anytime!

  Like I said, it took awhile cos I decided to avoid failure by not getting my hopes up about meeting big goals by a certain time frame. While I did set mini goals along the way, I didn't always reach them, but I would eventually a few weeks to a month later...the main thing was to just not give up and to not make a big deal out of "fallin off the wagon". After all, sometimes you do just need to give yourself a break as well and eating over your calories for a week here and there can actually make it easier to lose weight again once you go back to deficit calories. Just concentrate on the whole 1 pound a week loss (deficit of 500 = 3500 cals a week) and take it a day at a time. Baby Steps is definately the way to go in the beginning!

Zigzagging just means that you take your total calorie deficit amount for the week and literally eat different amounts each day so long as they add up to the the total for the week.

e.g in your case 1350 cals a day x 7 = 9450 cals for the week

To demonstrate further how zigzagging can work really well,  I'll just give you an example of how I figured out one that worked with my lifestyle, work, activity levels etc

Day 1 (Monday) I work and my job requires a moderate amount of heavy lifting and being up and down on my feet. I literally felt like on work days 1350 or less cals would have been far too little for me as I would be fainting from hunger by the end of my work day, so I would aim for around 1550 cals on this day.

Day 2 (Tuesday) Work again, so cals around the same - 1550.

Day 3 (Weds) At home with precious daughter, some light house work or a trip to playgroup or to the grocery store extent of physical activity, so can afford to get away with lower calories without starving, so say 1100

Day 4 (Thurs) Ditto so say 1200

Day 5 (Fri) Ditto so 1200 again

Day 6 (Sat) The weekend has started. I tend to be tempted to eat more with hubby being at home and might want the odd drink or snack with visitors etc so say 1600

Day 7 (Sun) Hubby is still home and tempting me into eating food - probably because he's always snacking on chips and chocolate etc, so I will probably just have a small helping of chocolate and a small handful of potatoe chips and opt for a healthier dinner. Roasts are great for this, being Sunday roast day and all, because a handful of meat, some roast veg and a bit of gravy is really filling, yet not too high in calories! So, total cals of say 1320.

Adding up all these amounts would give a total of 9450 for the week. 9450 divided by 7 = 1350 cals on average a day, my target calorie deficit of 500 under maintanence.

So yeah, plan your week, plan your meals in advance, play around with the food calculators to get an idea about foods that are high in calories (avoid or limit) and those that are low (eat more). You will probably be surprised by what foods you thought were low are actually quite high (for me it was cereal servings are not what they appear and nuts although good for you are really high too), and that low calorie food doesn't necessarily mean you have to eat like a rabbit on salad and vegies all the time or feel like you haven't even eaten. I can give you one example.....eggs. They are fantastic. If you like them, eat them a couple of times a week. They are high in protein so make you full for longer and there is only around 60-80 cals in one unfried egg. I often have an egg or two for breakfast twice a week and this works great for keeping me from getting hungry. Another example would be fat free ham -another fav of my mine. 50 grams is only about 45 cals. Chicken and fish are like this too. 100 grams is equal to around 100 cals much the same. Of course portion control also comes into the equation, because this then allows you to still eat the nasty foods you love from time to time. For me this would be anything with cheese, fast food hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza mmmm. If you like pizza, look out for a supermarket variety that has a lower calorie crust because this is generally where a lot of calories are hidden in food - Carbs tend to be higher than saturated fats like those found in meat and dairy or in pizzas case the toppings! 

Anyway hope some of this helps. Let me know if you have any other questions. I'm no expert, but I have done it and if I don't know an answer to something I like to seek out the answers myself anyway. I find nutrition a very interesting subject now that I seem to have lived it!


Weight Loss Getting back my body Nov 03 2009
06:19 (UTC)

Hiya Burseygirl

We are the same age and I was 184 pounds when I had my baby girl 22 months ago. I lost the first 20 pounds easily (baby/water weight) but didn't start to consciously do something about my weight until bubs was 6 months old. It has actually taken me about 15 months to get to my goal weight of 123, but I chose to do it slow (approx .6-1 pound a week) so as to not make it so hard on myself and more sustainable long term. I found that if I looked at each week like another .5- 1 pound lost/or even nothing gained back (good to allow yourself a break too I think) I was happier...rather than thinking about any kind of timeframe constraint. I can say that although I've had a few downers here and there, I have honestly enjoyed the little successes every week and enjoyed the journey for the most part. The knowledge that I have taken back control over my diet and have established better healthier lifelong eating habits for myself and my family is very empowering!

Congrats on your weight loss so far! I agree with the poster who said to not be too hard on yourself. Having a small baby to take care of and everything you have gone through in your pregnancy has been enough to worry about that's for sure! Give yourself a great big pat on the back, you deserve it and you are doing great so far!

I keyed in your stats and got maintanence calories of 1980, so as long as you eat less than this amount, you will lose weight! Most people aim for about a deficit of about 500 calories a day - equating to 3000 cals a week = 1 pound loss, so that would be 1380 cals for you based on your height and current weight. SO're cals calculations seem bang on!

One thing that I found worked really well for me was zigzagging my calories out - e.g 1150 one day, 1500 the next, 1200, 1300, 1200 to average out to 1350 a week. The idea with this is that the body will not learn to adapt to the same amount of lowered calories given day in day out, and respond by kicking into a survival mode (brought on by constant weight loss) by lowering your metabolism to conserve energy - also known as a plateau. So by are keeping your body guessing I I also liked zigzagging because some days I feel like eating more, other days I'm not so hungry...might not work for everyone, but does for me.

My other piece of advice would be make sure you don't eat less than you are meant to when averaging your calories out over a week. When my cal deficit was around 1350, I spent a couple of months losing weight eating under this amount (thinking maybe this will spend up my weight loss right?) at around the 1200-1250 mark.

After a few months I actually hit a plateau at 140 pounds.

After over a  month of nothing happening,  I decided to give myself a break and upped my calories 100-200 more a day to around 1350-1400. Would you believe.....the weight actually started falling off again! And it did so consistently 1 pound a week for bout the next 12 pounds to put me within 5 pounds of my goal weight!

I then decided to keep eating around 1400-1500 cals (even though my deficit was now set at 1250) and continued to lose about .5-.7 pounds a week and made my goal weight without any real hassle!

So don't necessarily think lower calories is best, ironically I found I was actually eating too little at one point - even when the CC calculator dropped my calorie burn in line with my weight loss. Activity levels make an exact calorie target number hard to guage because it is difficult to know how much energy an individual burns across a day when engaged in various levels of activity, so I truly recommend playing around with your calorie amounts until you feel you are getting the maximum weight loss as well as eating enough to get you through the day.

The tools on CC are also great...esp the food logging. Best of all are all the great tidbits of advice, support and encouragement you will get from all the great people on here through the forums.

Best of luck on your weight loss journey!

Maintaining "You're losing too much!" and Other Charming Comments Oct 15 2009
01:08 (UTC)

Yeah, people say the darndest things alright!

I have to say, most of the comments I have gotten have been positive! Funny thing is the same people (mostly males) who were telling me I looked great 20 lbs ago and didn't need to lose anymore weight are now telling me I also look great. Hmmm...maybe this is proof guys like our bodies at different sizes more than we do, or they are just being nice? Who knows. Hubby has told me to stop losing weight, but that has to do with my newly decreased breast size lol. 

I am actually a bit cheeky, cos I keep getting the comment " have lost so much weight!" especially from people who haven't seen me in quite some time. My reaction to a few has been "what are you trying to say?" knowing they are cornered with the alternative statement that I must of been sooo huge before...hehe. It is priceless seeing the look on their faces when I say this. Most just stutter a bit and go..".no ah you're like really look fantastic!"  

Truth is, I am probably a lot slimmer than some people's tastes, so they could always reply with..."actually you are too skinny". I have been told 'you're so skinny". Where some people would be insulted by this... I love it... because that is what I wanted. I have also been told  "you're a shadow of your former self" which I wasn't too keen on, as this left me disconcertedly they mean I was too big before, or am I too skinny now? I probably should have asked, just wanted the clarification so I could agree or not agree with the person. In any case I would rather people's honest opinions anyday than have them lie to me and I'm a pretty straight up frank person myself and respect the same from others.

I would be lying if I said I didn't like all the positive attention I'm getting, or that other people's opinions didn't matter, but my main motivation for losing weight was never about anyone elses opinion of me and how I looked, it was purely how icky I felt about how I looked, and I believe that because I now feel so much more positive and confident about my body, anyone with a negative comment would be written off as either being "nasty for nastys sake" or "jealous". There are also people who view skinny as "just not their cup of tea" which is fine, we are entitled to our own preferences.  I don't give a rat's ring about that kind of thing (besides I'm happily married and don't need to lol).

Quite simply this has been quite selfishly all about me! After all, it was me and me alone that accomplished this (okay hubby's support was also paramount to my success and I love and will thank him for it). The point is, I am finding that I don't really care what people think about how I look anymore. Funny really, cos what I perceived others thought about my body when I was slightly overweight mattered a great deal until I did something about it!


This is the first time I've actually said this about myselfTongue out I must of finally reached my goal weight. Tis a good thing, cos If I lost anymore I would be unhealthy...and that's not cool!


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