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You know: they gain weight on Weight Watchers. Only eat 1000 calories a day, exercise 5X a week and can't lose weight. Etc.
The advice is typically to exercise (which they usually are) and to eat MORE. It sounds dreamy in theory, but I'd love to know:
Who has this worked for?
If you had a slow, diet damaged metabolism and managed to fix it (AND went on to lose the weight) please share your successful experiences. Tell the details--what you had been doing and what finally worked.
not sure if all of that made sense. LOL
so, eating reasonably and working out took some time to actually work, but now that I'm there, not only am I losing, but I FEEL so much better - all over! Mind body and spirit!
Withuot think bout diets etc.... I was eating 10k calories sunday to friday followed by 8500 on Saturday alone.
2 bakewell pies : 500 total
2 biscuits : 250 total
10 pork sausages : 1500 total
A load of chips with sauce : 500 total
15 pints beer : 3000 total
Parmesan (check old stories as I asked about this) : 3000 total
Pub Snacks during night : 500 cals
I now eat 17k across a week, and am losing at a rate I am happy with of 1lb per month :)
Without think about diets etc.... I was eating 10k calories sunday to friday followed by 8500 on Saturday alone.
I cheated a bit this weekend and normally, I would have gained big time, but I still lost. That's how I can tell my metabolism is better!
PLEASE respond if you can shed light so others can follow your example. Or share you success to inspire others--but ONLY if you had a damaged metabolism and fixed it.
I know there's a lot of frustrated people out there...but this thread was created to shine a light on a very specific problem--and those who have conquered it
Thanks everyone. Jenn
Coming very good now though :)
Yeah. Low calories have never been a problem for me. *pats buddha belly* But for the rest of you, good luck! (and ignore anything I said.)
It happened to me. I lost 30+ lbs in three months in 2006. Then I started exercising, which pushed my deficit into the danger zone. In 10 months of 2007 I lost only 10 lbs. I blogged it here.
I seem to have recovered and begun losing again, but slower now (1lb/week) since I'm eating more. If you count Thanksgiving and Christmas as "recovery eating", it took me about 2 months to get my metabolism back on track.
Here's an updated post about my plateau-breaking success. I lost 10 lbs in the last 6 weeks. My graph is there so you can see the holiday weight gain spike, the history (sporadic through 2007) of my "plateau", and so on.
I'm pretty sure the fact that I'm still eating like a pig for the past two weeks and not exercising, yet I've lost three pounds, means my metabolism is in fine working order.
I did exactly what Calorie Count said. I ate 1200 calories every day (which is a lot if you know how to work it), I ate a little more if I did activities like playing in the woods or climbing trees or riding my bike to the bank, and I logged every single calorie and activity for the first two months or so. After that I got the idea of things I eat on a regular basis and can calculate in my head, make good decisions, and only log now when I'm eating something new or doing a new activity. I started adding in exercise to my routine, so I've been logging (except the past two weeks, 'cause I'm sick) to get a better idea of what I need and all.
I've also upped my calories to 1400 (not including eaten back calories) 'cause even though I weigh less, I'm dragging less pounds around when I walk throughout the day, I still believe in keeping my body on it's toes and not letting it get comfortable and used to having 1200 calories. When I had a dramatic drop in calories for two months, as soon as I started having 1200 again my weight loss was right on schedule, like clockwork. I figured I'd try upping it by two hundred and what do you know, still like clockwork.
If so, tell us....
Ok I think I get the gist of what you are asking. For 3 years roughly I lived off of about 600-800 calories if that much. I have honestly how much I weighed when I started eating that way because a scale was not my friend (and I did not own one). But was about a 30-32 waist in men's jeans (I am a female) so knowing what I wear now about 140. Anyway so I just survived off of that for years but never lost any weight. In June I decided to get serious and the first step was finding out how much I weighed. I weighed in at 160-165 lbs. Then I went to a few online sites and read and calculated how much I needed to just maintain that weight. So with all that in hand I decided 1500 calories in was a good place to start. So thats where I started with at least 30 mins cardio a day 5 days a week. And within 2 weeks of eating almost double my normal (at the time) calorie intake I had lost 10 lbs. I also cut caffeine and drank nothing but water. I lost weight steadly till I hit 130. Now its more of loss a few gain one back but thats alright.
So even tho it sounds odd to eat more to lose weight it works.
Original Post by feddiechick:
Low calories have never been a problem for me. *pats buddha belly*
I did this, too! In high school, I was about 15 lbs overweight. I misunderstood the BMR calculations and thought I could only have 1000 calories or less a day. I lost the weight pretty quickly (without exercise--NOT recommended) but then I hit a plateau and thought I had to eat that little forever just to maintain.
This continued for about 4 years. I was miserable and always obsessing over every little thing I ate, but managed to gain 5 lbs back during this time. Finally, I got more interested in nutrition when I became a vegan. As I got more information about healthy eating, I realized I was probably in starvation mode.
I more than doubled my intake from about 700-1000 cals per day to around 2200 and began doing 45 minutes of cardio 5 days a week, along with weight training 3 days a week. The first month I gained a few pounds, but then the weight began coming off rapidly. I Lost about 10 lbs while making a conscious effort to eat 2500 calories per day.
My metabolism became really high, to the point that I had to be careful not to get too thin. I try to get at least 80 grams of lean protein per day and 25+ grams of fiber, lots of fruits and veggies, lots of water, etc. Nothing really special...
This may have been pretty easy because I'm still young ( I'm 23) but I was definitely able to fix my metabolism through exercise and a balanced diet. WOW, that was long!!! Congrats if you're still reading!!