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Am I doing something wrong?

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Alright, so I'm currently 125.5 lbs and 5'3 and BMI is about 22.3 (eek! higher than I thought!)....

I have been eating 1200 cals a day. Or at least trying! I burn about 300 cals at the gym, which I go to 4-6 times a week. Plus I walk to school/groccery store, dont take the elevator and am taking yoga. At the gym, I do 20 - 40 minutes of cardio, plus some strength training.

I just have 2 major problems:

1st is that I work in the animation studio at school until on average 10 -12 at night, then get home and am starving. I dont want to eat before bed, but if I have to, what foods would you suggest. And if it's after twelve do I log it as a new day?

2nd, is I am having a lot of trouble losing weight in my tummy area. My thighs are looking better, but I'd thought with all the cardio I would be shedding off my tummy too. I do 15-20 minutes on the eliptical and 10-15 minutes on the treadmill...should I be doing more ab toning stuff? Less intense workouts? More intense? And are there specific food that are "tummy fat burners"?

Sorry for the long post. I'm getting a little frustrated. But I CAN do it. Just....want a little direction.

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Hmm, I think the consensus is that there's no way to burn belly fat (even if the ads say otherwise).  Some people really stick by the Mediterranean diet for it though, and there's been some research.  More than on a lot of other commonly accepted things.

Beyond that, I'd count the after-midnight as the same day.  And if you're starving when you get home, a warm cup of oatmeal or tomato soup might do you good.  Annie's Chunky Tomato Bisque (organic) is the best.  No contest, seriously.   Don't even try to argue.  If you don't like tomato, the V8 broccoli one is good too :)

1.  There is nothing wrong with your weight or BMI - both are very good.

2.  It doesn't matter what time you eat.  All that matters is calories in vs calories out.  Just don't eat foods that will upset your stomach, because that feels worse when you lie down.

3.  You are not eating enough.  Use the tools to determine the proper level for you.  I'd start with the burn meter to find out how much you burn on average.  Then to lose a pound a week, cut 500 calories from that.  It may be hard for you to lose that small amount of weight because you are already at a healthy weight and your body is going to fight you.

4.  If you have belly fat, see yesterday's blog on the subject.  Click on blog.  You'll see the picture of a fat man - that's the one.

Check out Claires List. Eating more may sound counter productive but it works trust me. When I first came to CC a couple years ago I discovered I was eating way too little, I increased my calorie intake and the weight came off.

Also because you are already in a healthy BMI range (actually lookslike you're perfectly in the middle) you may find it more difficult to lose weight. Not impossible but it may just take a little longer.


It doesn't look like you need to loose any more weight.  22 is a GOOD bmi.

But if you don't like how your tummy looks try pilates; it'll add muscle to your core (the middle part of your body) and that should make it look better. 

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