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April 27, 2012 8:03 AM
Hi everyone, I've been using MFP religiously for about 3 weeks now. My goal is to lose about 30 lbs total. I am patient and I know that it will take time.

MFP advised me to eat 1200 calories per day with a weight loss of about 2 lbs per week..
I am logging everything I eat, I am making wiser choices all together and I am lightly active.
On days where I have some cardio exercise, I will log it and I tend to eat up those calories again.
For example, if I bicycle to work I add in about 20 mins and about 200 calories burned, if I am really hungry that day I will eat the 200 calories that I burned.
On days where I had no physical activity, I will stay strictly to my 1200 calories only ever going over by about 30-60 cals from time to time.
Here's the thing though, in the 3 weeks I've only lost about 2 lbs! I have been weighing myself a lot and recently got a new scale. I know eweight fluctuates from day to day, morning to night. But mine will not seem to go below the 2 lbs I've lost.
What gives?
To Maintain my weight, I would be eating about 2100 calories per day and I've created a daily defecit of 900 calories! Equalling 6300 calories per week. That's approx 1.8 lbs lost a week.

Any extra adivce is welcomed!
  19778327
April 27, 2012 8:04 AM
inb4 you're not eating enough
  17975349
April 27, 2012 8:05 AM
This is exactly how i am...ive been on it for about 3 weeks...set at 1200.....sometimes i go over some cals...i usually eat my exercise cals back......my weight has only dropped one lb.....i have mine set to drop higher and i have about 30 lbs to lose. I have been losing inches....1 and 1/2 in my neck, 2 in my bust, 2 in my waist and 1 in my hips.....
Start measuring ...or watching how your close fit!
San :)
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April 27, 2012 8:06 AM
QUOTE:

Hi everyone, I've been using MFP religiously for about 3 weeks now. My goal is to lose about 30 lbs total. I am patient and I know that it will take time.

MFP advised me to eat 1200 calories per day with a weight loss of about 2 lbs per week..
I am logging everything I eat, I am making wiser choices all together and I am lightly active.
On days where I have some cardio exercise, I will log it and I tend to eat up those calories again.
For example, if I bicycle to work I add in about 20 mins and about 200 calories burned, if I am really hungry that day I will eat the 200 calories that I burned.
On days where I had no physical activity, I will stay strictly to my 1200 calories only ever going over by about 30-60 cals from time to time.
Here's the thing though, in the 3 weeks I've only lost about 2 lbs! I have been weighing myself a lot and recently got a new scale. I know eweight fluctuates from day to day, morning to night. But mine will not seem to go below the 2 lbs I've lost.
What gives?
To Maintain my weight, I would be eating about 2100 calories per day and I've created a daily defecit of 900 calories! Equalling 6300 calories per week. That's approx 1.8 lbs lost a week.

Any extra adivce is welcomed!


being able to see your food diary would help!flowerforyou
April 27, 2012 8:08 AM
Don't eat your excersize calories! And drink TONS of water!
Edited by Sonnie124 On April 27, 2012 8:10 AM
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April 27, 2012 8:09 AM
First of fyou should be set to 1lb a week not 2, second you are eating WAY too little and we can't see what you're eating.
April 27, 2012 8:12 AM
I am set at the same and losing about 2lbs per week but my couselor considers me extremely active. I work out 5-6 times week, play ice hockey and complet two 2+ hour training sessions a week. You're body is naturally going to hold on to everything for 2-3 weeks b/c it's in shock and trying to hold on to what it can. If it doesn't even out on a week or two consult your doctor or nutritionist and see what they have to say.

Otherwise stick with it you'll get there. drinker
April 27, 2012 8:14 AM
I know alot of people would tell you, you need to up your calories a few hundred a day. I know it sounds strange. But many people lose this way... If you tried 1400-1500 for a week. Increase exercise and water. I know we want to lose weight fast, but sometimes that restricts our calories a little too much. You could try that for a week, and see what happens. And it would amount to a protein bar per day on top of what your doing.... Thats not much more.. Try it... It may work. And drink water....... Your doing a good job...
April 27, 2012 8:16 AM
i have the same problem.
If i increase my calories, do my extra calories need to be something specific? like protein based? do i eat back my exercise calories?
April 27, 2012 8:16 AM
I'm also at 1200/day. I don't eat all of my calories burned because I know the burn rates are OVERestimated on MFP. Plus it is possible my calories are underestimated as well.

I've managed to lose 1lb per week. I've had 2 week-end sabotages (bridal shower & baby shower) recently, so my weight plateaued a bit.

I'm not concerned about the speed of which I am losing. I know I am healthier, stronger and leaner than I was last Xmas. I still have 6lbs to go.... It's slow, but if I see a plateau, I will probably shake-up my workout routine since the body adapts to routine exercise in a matter of 6 weeks. It just means your body requires less energy to do the same workout over time.
  14065953
April 27, 2012 8:16 AM
Weight loss is never linear and water retention could be a factor. I would give it at least a full month before making any changes.
  19806707
April 27, 2012 8:17 AM
I have to agree with some of the others - I don't believe you are eating enough. I would try upper your calorie intake for a while and see what happens. Give your body time to adjust though - usualyy 3 to 4 weeks. I know it sounds backwards to eat more to lose weight, but it is very true. Your body needs fuel to burn especiall with any time of cardio. I would just try it - you can always readjust later. Also, make sure to be getting your 8 glasses of water - very important to flush your system out.
April 27, 2012 8:18 AM
I have been reading a lot about the 1200 calorie diet and I've been led to believe it shouldn't be too little?
MFP recomended 1200 to me, as well.
  19778327
April 27, 2012 8:20 AM
I think you are right, I am definitely not drinkign enough water.
  19778327
April 27, 2012 8:21 AM
I also had this problem, find out your BMR and dont get less than that because your body needs a certain amount of food otherwise it goes into starvation mode. I finally started doing this on monday nad already seen results and feeling better. :)
April 27, 2012 8:21 AM
It's too little, unless you are naturally small. I would say try 1400 at least. and eat back your exercise calories. Make sure to drink plenty of water.
  2918937
April 27, 2012 8:21 AM
I changed my settings!
  19778327
April 27, 2012 8:21 AM
You need to be burning 500 more calories/day than you eat...which is hard (that amounts to losing 1 lb per week if you can do it). I normally burn between 300-400 calories a day doing cardio...you CANNOT eat the calories you burn. MFP has me on the 1200 calories per day program also...and I usually eat between 800-1000 and then burn the 300-400 extra. If you're eating the calories you burn, you will see very little weight loss. "Coach Calorie" I think is his name, has an excellent website with great articles about this problem and how to get the weight loss going. Also, if you're only able to do about 20 minutes a day in light exercise, that definitely will make a difference. I do at least 65 minutes/day 5-6 times per week. And like several others have mentioned....DRINK AT LEAST 8 GLASSES OF WATER A DAY. And you may need to eat more, but you also it sounds like need to work in more exercise. It's hard to lose without a good work out program, but that's just how it works for me. Everyone is different.
Edited by VMArven On April 27, 2012 8:24 AM
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April 27, 2012 8:22 AM
I agree with what many have said-eat more!!! 1 lb a week is still a tough goal unless you are very overweight and just starting out or a man :)! Eating those exercise calories is a HUGE debate, but from my experience eating most, or at least some of them helps a lot. The biggest thing is to listen to your body and to know that there are huge fluctuations based on uncontrollable things like water retention. If you are drinking water, watching your portion sizes and filling your body with good, wholesome food (not processed junk) and exercising you will do great!
  517621
April 27, 2012 8:23 AM
I LOVE this post! I am having the SAME issue...but after reading some of the replies....I am going to try some of the suggestions offered! I am on week three and have lost between 3-5 pounds only.
  20749627
April 27, 2012 8:25 AM
It seems to me the young girls or first time dieters are always in a hurry. Believe it or not, I was a young girl and I was in a hurry too. Being in a hurry is what leads to a lifetime of yo-yo dieting. You don't *have* to lose weight by next week, so slow down and learn to eat healthy in a way you can continue with after you achieve your weight loss goal. When you go for the fast fix, you aren't eating in a way you can sustain, so you will gain the weight back.. and again.. and again. That's how yo-yo dieting happens. Don't set yourself up for a lifetime of hating how you look. Okay?

Edit: Changed "young girls" to include "first time dieters". I guess being young isn't the main issue, it's that a lot of first time dieters are young. Sorry smile
Edited by delilah47 On April 27, 2012 8:27 AM
April 27, 2012 8:25 AM
You could very well not be eating enough. Take a look at this thread I just stumbled across. It talks about how increasing your calories really does help.

http://www.myfitnesspal.com/topics/show/577479-seriously-eat-more-i-did-and-look-what-happened-pics
April 27, 2012 8:27 AM
Check you sodium and water intake...sodium should be low and water should be high...dont just start eating more just yet..if you have a naturally slow metabolism and start eating more this is counteract what you are trying to do. This is why eating more to lose weight works for some and its a complete disaster for others.
April 27, 2012 8:27 AM
QUOTE:

I agree with what many have said-eat more!!! 1 lb a week is still a tough goal unless you are very overweight and just starting out or a man :)! Eating those exercise calories is a HUGE debate, but from my experience eating most, or at least some of them helps a lot. The biggest thing is to listen to your body and to know that there are huge fluctuations based on uncontrollable things like water retention. If you are drinking water, watching your portion sizes and filling your body with good, wholesome food (not processed junk) and exercising you will do great!



I was trying to make her feel better by saying 1lbs. I set mine for .5lbs a week and eat back my exercise calories and I lose .6-1.5 a week. And slow and steady wins the race. I've lost 8lbs in 2months and when i "have a bad day" or what have you I don't gain the weight back
April 27, 2012 8:28 AM
Thanks for all the advice. I'm going to get some water right now!
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