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April 25, 2012 5:22 PM

I have lost a few pounds counting calories......... Best of Luck...... drinker

I'd say you have lost more than a "few" pounds! Good job on your success!
April 25, 2012 5:23 PM
Yes it works you just have to stick with it. I actually immediately lost but then gained weight the first 2 weeks. It took about 3 weeks for my body to adjust and I was about a month in when I had like a 6lb loss out of nowhere. I have been losing 1-2 lbs a week consistently since that loss. Just be patient and commit. Oh and eat enough. 1200 calories a week won't get you anywhere unless you're really petite.
April 25, 2012 5:24 PM
Calorie counting does work but also what those calories are are important too
2,000 calories of sugar is not the same as 2,000calories of the food groups.
Some calories help burn others, such as hot peppers
April 25, 2012 5:26 PM
Im not sure what your goals are but judging from your pics you don't haver that much weight to lose. If a person only needs to lose 5-10 lbs, even a bit more, it takes a lot longer and a lot more attention to detail. Look at what your diet consists of, make sure you're not eating pre-prepared processed food, and give it time!
April 25, 2012 5:27 PM
It's also harder to lose weight when you have less to lose. The last 10 pounds tend to be the hardest. Watch your sodium intake, and drink plenty of water. When I started logging every day (no matter how ugly) and tracking sodium and water, I found that besides being right close to calories, having a moderate amount of sodium (the "goal" is 2500mg, I try to stick to that but can go a bit over) and drinking 8 glasses of water, the weight started coming off better.
April 25, 2012 5:29 PM
It works assuming you are aiming for the correct number of calories. Losing weight is basically like a science! You consume 500 less calories than you eat in a day to lose 1 pound per week.

And it can also be counter productive to eat too few calories, too. Find out your BMR (you can go to the tools tab to do it) and never "net" below that amount. (Meaning, calories eaten - calories burned through exercise = what you are netting)
April 25, 2012 5:34 PM
I say yes , it does help. But also, watch what you eat. You want to be sure you are getting a well balanced diet to fuel your body properly. I not only use this site, but I keep a food and exercise journal as well. Good luck Helen and if you feel you need friends to help you, then go ahead and add me if you would like. thanks!!
April 25, 2012 5:34 PM
I have been one of these people that has alway's said counting calories don't work. That is, until I started doing it! LOL! I then actually realized just how much I had been consuming. It's a shock when you first start doing it, but once you do it for awhile it becomes second nature. I am at a point now, where I can look at a food item and come pretty close to the calorie intent.

So I am a firm believer that counting calories works!

Don't give up! Your on the right path! Good luck on your journey! flowerforyou
April 25, 2012 5:37 PM
It really does work, as long as your calories are the right ones. You want to make all your calories count, meaning, make and keep you full. I don't feel as though I have to explain the evil that can come with eating too few calories, seeing as a number of people already.

Just make sure you're eating enough of the right stuff and you should be good. :)
January 17, 2014 5:14 PM
I'm in my first week of calorie counting and so far I'm enjoying it but finding it a little confusing so I'm going to read those links I saw in here to get my head around it a bit more.. Feel free to add me as a friend guys x
January 17, 2014 5:23 PM
Of course it does...if you are consistent and precise as possible. Weight loss is 100% consume fewer calories than you need to maintain then you will lose weight. It's science.
January 17, 2014 5:51 PM
I believe it does work because before I started counting my calories, I would just workout and try to watch what I eat. But I was never able to really lose any weight. Now I've started MFP and so far I've lost 6 lbs in 2 weeks. happy You just have to make sure you eat enough calories and make sure they're "good" ones for you, not just bad food and staying underneath your goal.
January 17, 2014 5:54 PM

It is normal to see a gain in the beginning. You muscles are in shock and tend to retain water while they "repair". I usually have to take a day off from exercise before I do my Friday weigh in to let the water come off.

Alot of people who come on here and fail are expecting instant results. It's not easy and it's not going to happen in a week. If you have patience and stick with it, YOU WILL be successful!

Love and needed this ^^^^^^
January 17, 2014 5:56 PM
Yes! It works if you're honest, and consistent. Also, are you getting enough water/liquids? Making sure I get 64 a day is a must for me to keep seeing the scale moving down. If I don't get enough water a couple days in a row, I start retaining it.
January 17, 2014 5:58 PM
Yes!!!!! It really does, and is a way of life for me now/
January 17, 2014 6:00 PM
I've lost a few kg doing it, and I think many others have successfully as well. Just make sure you also incorporate some exercise in the mix as well (cardio and strength).

At the very least, I think it will greatly improve your knowledge on nutrition which is a great step in making healthier choices in the long term

Good luck :)
Edited by ToBeAStrongerMan On January 17, 2014 6:07 PM
January 17, 2014 6:06 PM
That's me right now! I just started counting and such and I gained weight! How frustrating!
January 17, 2014 6:07 PM
Do you have to eat back the calories you burn during exercise?
January 17, 2014 6:13 PM
According to your profile you have very few pounds to lose so the final pounds will be very slow. The walking is probably more important with so few pounds to lose. You will tone up, get stronger and fitter which is much more important than a couple or three pounds.
January 17, 2014 8:22 PM
I think calorie counting is the only way to do it! When I track with My Fitness Pal I do awesome!!!!
January 17, 2014 8:29 PM
It does help, at least it has for me. I never used to watch how much I ate for meals (usually try to make the highest calorie count for breakfast), & then dwindle down by evening so I'm not overloading myself. But I usually burn over 1,200 calories six days a week, but I try to keep my food intake to 1,200 like it's supposed to be, or I go a little over.
I've lost 7 pounds in four months, even though I'm on a 2 pounds a week..(it just doesn't work that way for me haha).
It might take time to see the pounds come off, 'cause mine seems to take at least the whole month to get two pounds off, but I'm also packing on muscle, which can cause that to happen. Maybe doing a little more increased cardio to burn off the fat, it can help to burn off the pounds.
I only had ten pounds I wanted to lose, & it always seems those ten are the stubborn ones.
January 17, 2014 8:30 PM

Do you have to eat back the calories you burn during exercise?

I never eat them all back.. If I did, I'd be going over 2,000 calories since I exercise so much. I eat maybe 200-400 of them back, if that. I try not to.
July 12, 2014 10:12 AM
You might be putting on weight because you are gaining muscle. Muscle is heavier than fat.

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