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Weight Loss I weigh 340 lbs and recently started a diet, but I'm worried I'm not eating enough calories. (I'm a guy) Sep 22 2010
02:38 (UTC)


Weight Loss Cals N Fats Sep 22 2010
02:35 (UTC)

Your diet is horrible.  Calorie content aside, you are risking all kinds of conditions if you continue eating this way.  A packages of hot pockets has over 700 calories.  18 grams of fat, 6.6 of which are saturated.  That's just one of the things that you are torturing yourself with. 

I think you know what you are eating is not good. 

Weight Loss anybody else notice this? Sep 20 2010
21:22 (UTC)

Betty Crocker Cake here.

Weight Loss Can I lose 6 lbs in a month? Jul 28 2010
14:52 (UTC)

It's a lot of weight to lose and besides, you are at a perfect body weight.  Maybe all you need is some toning.  109 puts you on the lower end of healthy weight. 

I don't know your age either.  If you are a teen, you may be on dangerous ground doing this.

Weight Loss Losing weight too fast? Jul 28 2010
14:32 (UTC)

I can relate.  It looks like we have the same body type and are the same height, except I started out at 280.  My goal weight is also 200 (suggested by a doctor).  I am thinking I am quite a bit older than you too.  Right now I am at 202.  I've been counting calories since December 1.  As I got closer to my goal, I slowly increase my intake.  I lost a lot of weight at first.  Then it evened off to about 1 lb per week. 

Simply put, you should probably eat more calories.  And of course you have more energy.  Your body is REALLY enjoying the change.  It's shocked, of course.  Keep it up.  Get the bad guys!

And congratulations on the weight loss to date!

Weight Loss Very active and eating too little? Jul 14 2010
13:57 (UTC)

It sounds as if you aren't eating enough calories  There are a myriad of reasons why you might not be losing the weight you want to.  Fact is, though, you are probably in great shape.  You probably have a lot of muscle mass.  At least the lean muscle. 

Not eating enough is actually worse than eating too much.  I am sure you know that by now. 

New Members New here :) Jun 29 2010
15:05 (UTC)

Hi Nat,

Welcome!  The best tip I can give you is: Since you have joined the site, you seem to recognize the value of counting your calories. 

It's worked for me.  I've lost 50lb since December 1 of last year.  I am within 3 pounds of my goal. 

I think what amazed me was how much I was eating without realizing it.  Sometimes over 4000 calories a day!  I stay below 1900 now.  I've gone over very few times in the last 7 months. 

What I did notice from your post is that you said you lose and gain easily.  Do you have a problem with yo-yo gain/loss?  That's never good.  It puts a real strain on your body.  Maintaining a weight is ALWAYS best (as long as it's a healthy weight). 

Follow the guidelines on here.  It's not perfect, but it works for me and a LOT of others.

Good luck and God bless.



Weight Loss Take a rest day? Jun 25 2010
03:13 (UTC)

Yes, it's best to take rest days.  On those days, simply eat less.  You aren't doing yourself any favors not allowing your body to regenerate.

Weight Loss How do I get back into it???? Jun 22 2010
13:43 (UTC)

I use a Planet Fitness in my area.  I started out riding the recumbent bike for about 20 minutes.  Then I graduated to the treadmill.  After 2 months, I decided I would try the elliptical.  Wow!  I can go for an hour at over 5mph.  And it feels great! 

It won't take long.  It's difficult to get back into it, but once you do, your body will love you for it.

Weight Loss eye opener, not impressed at all! Jun 22 2010
13:40 (UTC)

Yep. The tuna salad sub is one of their highest calorie offerings.  Be careful.  What appears to be the right choice isn't sometimes.

Weight Loss 10 pounds gone! Jun 22 2010
13:33 (UTC)

I know how hard it is to maintain a healthy lifestyle in college.  But look at it this way...if you can eat healthily and exercise while under the pressures of college life, it should be easier when you are out among the rest of us. Discipline is the key.

And congratulations on the 10 lbs...that's a great number.

Weight Loss Weight gain from HRT..............HELP Jun 17 2010
02:45 (UTC)

Here's a website that gives some advice: in.htm

Weight Loss How to lose 2 pounds a week at 15? Jun 15 2010
12:25 (UTC)
Original Post by meghanoliver:

Beetlelee7, when I was your age I went from 150 to 114 within months (I was 5'6) and I wish now (I am 30) that I listened to those who loved me and told me to stop losing weight. I was not healthy but I was skinny and that is all that mattered to me back then and believe me I am scared from that...since then not only have I struggled with my weight (yo yoing for years) but also my self image is extremely distorted. I have been upwards of 180 before and went down to 140...I was 165 and went down to 141 but both those times I was "skinny fat" and I believe that is why I was never satisfied because even though I was in the size jeans I wanted to be in I was still flabby. This time around I am working on being FIT...something I wish I wanted to be when I was 15...if I had started a lifestyle of wanting to be healthy and fit I may not have to go through what I am going through right now...Its not easy living a life that you are never satisfied in.

What I am trying to say is...learn to be healthy...truly healthy...become fit, don't let the scale dictate your happiness or self worth. You may not think that you have a problem (I sure didnt) but it may not be one now but it is certainly the makeup of one...PLEASE learn to love who you are now because the older you get the harder it will be to reverse those negative thoughts.

Goodluck to you!!

Meghan: Awesome post.  You've been there.  If we don't love ourselves, we won't be happy with the way we look at any weight.

Weight Loss How to lose 2 pounds a week at 15? Jun 15 2010
02:55 (UTC)
Original Post by fenrik_reinsdyr:

I was refering to the post before. But keep in mind A. You are already at a very low weight for your age and height as it is, more weight loss is not advised (unless you want to stop growing and stunt the development of vital organs like your heart and brain) and B. the CC recommends that an adolescent (under 21), sedentary (0 to no exercise- AKA if you sat at a computer/couch all day) female eats no less than 1,500 calories.

Also, 2 pounds a week is a pretty lofty goal- even obese individuals on a strict, medically supervised diet, who tend to lose weight rather quickly, can rarely see a loss of 2 pounds a week on average. Essenceofinsanity has a BMI of 17.5, classified as anorectic, and is essentially promoting a starvation diet.

Why not focus on toning up- assuming you have 'jiggle' you want to get rid if. Weight loss may not mean weight lost in fat, but muscle, thus leaving more 'jiggle' behind.

Eat enough for your body to be fueled (I would assume no less than 2,000 calories) and work on strength-training exercises to tone up- not weight loss.

Exactly.  Scary, scary posts.  I am saddened to see that looking so thin is so important.  The OP is endangering her health by believing that 2 pounds a week is a good goal. are exactly in the middle of your healthy BMI.  Leave it alone.  Exercise.  Don't starve yourself.  Please be healthy. 

Weight Loss Woo hoo - finally lost some weight!!!! Jun 14 2010
12:28 (UTC)

Congratulations on the downward direction of the scale.  It looks like the plateau has been breached.  That's always a good feeling.

Weight Loss Help me avoid pigging out!! Jun 13 2010
17:49 (UTC)

The size of the portions should help:

  • Vegetables or fruit is about the size of your fist.
  • Pasta is about the size of one scoop of ice cream.
  • Meat, fish, or poultry is the size of a deck of cards or the size of your palm (minus the fingers).
  • Snacks such as pretzels and chips is about the size of a cupped handful.
  • Apple is the size of a baseball.
  • Potato is the size of a computer mouse.
  • Bagel is the size of a hockey puck.
  • Pancake is the size of a compact disc.
  • Steamed rice is the size of a cupcake wrapper.
  • Cheese is the size of a pair of dice or the size of your whole thumb (from the tip to the base). e

Weight Loss how often are "slip up" days Jun 12 2010
02:47 (UTC)

I may go over my target once a week.  I don't worry about it too much.  I used to think it was a disaster.  It's not.  I can see my goal.  Less than 4 pounds.  I am stoked!

The Lounge Hate Jun 08 2010
02:46 (UTC)

I haven't read all of the replies, but having been the father of 2 teenage girls, I have been through this on the other side.  When my daughter was 17 she told me she hated me.  Cursing, explosive anger etc.  I tried to act in a loving manner.  Didn't work too well.  I didn't return anger for anger though.

I know she meant it at the time.  Teens generally don't know how to express themselves in a rational way.  Concrete thinking.  Either it is or it isn't.  Black and white.  No gray. 

But I know she loves me.  Sometimes it's hard to get by the hurtful things that are said.  They sometimes seem to reside in the back side of your mind and they seem to spring up when there is a flash of anger. 

All I can say is, think before you act.  Don't react.  No one causes you to act in any manner.  Hate only destroys you.  Unforgiveness only hurts you.  Any negative feelings that reside in you only hurt you. 

Weight Loss Just turned this bad day around! Jun 03 2010
02:34 (UTC)

That's great Harley!  I really overate this past weekend, but I'm back down to the weight I was last week.  Yay!  I have worked out harder and it pays off.  Not just in the weight, but my attitude too.

Weight Loss Gained 10lbs.....again Jun 02 2010
03:36 (UTC)

I'm pretty well convinced that we sabotage ourselves on purpose.  We are afraid of success so we "fail". 

Not sure of the psychological underpinnings of this, but someone should study it.  I guess the best way to avoid it is to not do it.