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March 14, 2013 9:24 AM
I agree with what everyone else is saying. I was at 281(beg of December) and now down to 263 (Mid March), and I have been successfully losing 1.5-2 pounds a week. I eat 1530 calories a day, and do at least 45 minutes of cardio a day/5 times a week. I do strength training 2 times a week (mainly because I hate it smile ) but would like to up it.

I found out that my workouts are better when I am eating my calories. I eat almonds 30 minutes before every workout.I have more energy for my workouts and I push harder during my workouts. I can tell during my workouts when I am not eating enough or not the right things. I log everything that I eat, the only thing I don't log are my vitamins and water (though I know I should).

You can do this! Good luck!
  25679806
March 14, 2013 9:25 AM
What is your height, age, weight and how much do you move about in terms of fitness etc?
  15809555
March 14, 2013 9:25 AM
You, you definitely need to eat more than that, in order to give your body what it needs too sustain itself.

As for cardio, it depends. I recommend doing enough so that it's challenging, but not pushing yourself so much that you are risking injury. For me, that's between 45-60 mins on the elliptical. You may be able to do more or less. Track your comfort and pain levels and see how you do.

Oh, and eat back at least some of the calories you burn by exercising...again, giving your body what it needs to sustain itself.

MFP should give you a calorie goal if you enter your stats and how much you want to lose....it'll probably give you 1200 if you say you want to lose 2 lbs a week, but that's commonly reported to not be enough. I just upped my calories to 1800, and, even though I don't manage to eat that many every day, I have been much more successful in losing weight than when I was restricting to 1300.
  17923062
March 14, 2013 9:25 AM
I started at 274 lbs, I'm familiar with all of the stupid excuses people give themselves so that they won't have to try. Oh no loose skin. Bwaahhh muscles. Boo hoo my big ~bulky calves~
  34458744
March 14, 2013 9:26 AM
*face palm*
  15656772
March 14, 2013 9:26 AM
I was 260.8 in Dec 2012. I am eating 1500-1800 calories a day and losing about a pound a week. I am using ChaLean Extreme and have become much more compact and am building long lost muscle. Muscle burns fat. Lift some weights and eat!!
  32887920
March 14, 2013 9:27 AM
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Haha, fat womens' fear of becoming muscular is just too ridiculous.



I usually dont post anything but i saw this and became infuriated! How dare you call someone "fat". Who the hell are you to judge if someone is fat or not, im sorry to you have the perfect body? Pretty sure you dont! If you are not going to give some helpful advice why even bother typing anything at all? Ignorant trolls like you make me laugh!!


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obese woman's fear of becoming muscular is just to ridiculous.


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March 14, 2013 9:31 AM
I started just above 260. I do about 45 mins of cardio a day. I also have MFP set to lose one pound a week and it has me eating 1770 calories. I also eat back about 2/3 of my exercise calories. I am losing about 2lbs/week so far on average. I think you should use MFP or other tools mentioned here to re-look at your calorie level and then work towards 30+ minutes a day or cardio. I haven't starting lifting yet but plan to and you may want to look into that as well.

Good luck!
  36110654
March 14, 2013 9:32 AM
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Haha, fat womens' fear of becoming muscular is just too ridiculous.



I usually dont post anything but i saw this and became infuriated! How dare you call someone "fat". Who the hell are you to judge if someone is fat or not, im sorry do you have the perfect body? Pretty sure you dont! If you are not going to give some helpful advice why even bother typing anything at all? Ignorant trolls like you make me laugh!!


The original comment was a little unhelpful.

However I also think that you place way to big an emphasis on the word "fat". Fat's not a bad word.
March 14, 2013 9:32 AM
first, i'd get checked out by a doctor. make sure you don't have any heart or joint issues and then start off at 20 minutes of cardio 3 times a week and work up from there.

at least that's what i recommend.
March 14, 2013 9:36 AM
Like most said, 1000 calories is not nearly enough, especially at your weight. Plus, adding in cardio, you definitely will have trouble losing weight. Your body is going to be starving. I didn't initially eat back the calories I burned exercising, but once I started doing that, I started losing more consistently. It seems weird to eat more to lose weight, but it really is much better for your body.
March 14, 2013 9:37 AM
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Haha, fat womens' fear of becoming muscular is just too ridiculous.



I usually dont post anything but i saw this and became infuriated! How dare you call someone "fat". Who the hell are you to judge if someone is fat or not, im sorry to you have the perfect body? Pretty sure you dont! If you are not going to give some helpful advice why even bother typing anything at all? Ignorant trolls like you make me laugh!!


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obese woman's fear of becoming muscular is just to ridiculous.


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I agree, there is no need for any type of language that could not encourage people. We are all here for support and help. As shown you did not have to be nasty with what you said. And as for people's "stupid excuses" some people just don't understand it all yet. I know I didn't when I started, you have forgotten what is was like at the beginning of your journey and are now taking it out on people who are starting theirs.
March 14, 2013 9:38 AM
First, forget worrying about muscles. Your frame already has the muscles to support your weight and BMI of 35.7. The muscles are going to help you work out and burn fat. Whatever workout you do, cardio or strength, the fat is going to go way before the muscles appear.

1000 calorie goal is low. BUT, I have found that the App on my phone, goals and progress work better when I set my calorie goal to 1000. That said, the majority of the time I'm over the daily calorie goal. Your fat is "lower hanging fruit" - easier to lose.

Most important, you need to workout more. 20 minutes is not going to make it. I help people find a workout all the time. The BEST workout I've found that keeps folks on track is a hike loop on a trail with a very steep 1,500 foot gain / loss (it is Aliso Woods / Laguna Top of the World trail) . It takes 2 hours when they start and 1.5 after 2 weeks, then 1.2 once they start to shape up. It is the same as an elliptical, except the best part is there is NO short cuts, you have to finish the loop (and no there are no skeletons along the trail). I suggest you find something similar. Do not run - the pounding on your legs and joints is not good.

Good luck.
March 14, 2013 9:41 AM
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but surely if your eating more then how do you lose?

Your body wants to live: to breathe, to have a pulse, to maintain body temperature, etc. It needs to take in energy to do this. It needs more of this energy to perform exercise.

It's not about eating less less less; loss is about finding a *balance* between how many calories you need on an average day and a safe deficit to burn off excess. Here's link that may help you: http://scoobysworkshop.com/calorie-calculator/

Good luck.
March 14, 2013 10:07 AM
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rule of thumb if you are eating 1000cals you need to burn 1000 cals that should be about 180 mins on a treadmill or elliptical


Please don't listen to this! I certainly hope this guy was misreading something and not actually suggesting to anyone that a net calorie goal of zero is what you want.

I would say the same as the others...you do need to increase your calories. Cardio and eating at a deficit are not going to create muscles. I would suggest 60 minutes 4 times a week and add in some strength training, but that is just me.

Good luck!
  17284338
March 14, 2013 10:08 AM
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but surely if your eating more then how do you lose?


You must be new here......
March 14, 2013 10:13 AM
don't worry about building too much remember to burn fat you HAVE to build muscle, this doesn't mean you have to replace a pound of fat with a pound of muscle. My advice is to take your ideal weight and multiple it by 10 then consume that many calories (lean meats, high proteins, complex carbs healthy fats, whole grains. As for cardo i would recommend mixing it up, one day do HIIT for say 30 minutes, next aerobic for 45, if you lift for 20 minutes daily alternating muscle groups you will continue to burn fat for 12-15 hours afterwards which will increase your productivity.
  38361845
March 14, 2013 10:14 AM
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but surely if your eating more then how do you lose?


Because you aren't eating enough to begin with. I exercise for 45 minutes five times per week and eat around 1800 calories per day. You burn calories through exercise, so if you're only eating 1000 calories and then burning 400 through exercise, that means you're only getting 600 calories when your body probably needs closer to 1600 calories.

Do you expect to drive 300 miles on a half tank of gas, or do you fill up before your trip?

A lot of people think eating as little as possible will help you lose weight faster (thanks to the media and their stupid low-cal diet of the week), but it damages your body, and your weight loss will stop. Then you'll be in a plateau for three months and have "no idea why".

Eat. Please.
March 14, 2013 10:14 AM
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Hi,i am currently 260 lbs down from 340lbs. How much cardio do i need to do in a 24 hr period to burn weight but not gain too much muscle? i really wanna lose another 60 as soon as possible. currently on 1000 cals a day, does that need adjusting too?

How did you lose 80 pounds without this coming up before?
March 14, 2013 10:17 AM
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You have to encorporate strength training and eat no less than 1200 calories or you will be eating away at your muscle, and that in turn eats away at your metabolism, which is what makes your body burn fat and calories. You need to be eating more quality food (lean proteins, veggies, and whole grains). Do strength training and at least 30 min of cardio 3-4 times a week. And if you are 260lbs, you won't get "muscley" by encorporating strength training. That takes a lot of long-term dedication with your workouts and diet. Good luck either way!

Read this article:
http://www.womenshealthmag.com/fitness/cardio-vs-strength-training-workouts

"Lifting weights gives you a metabolic spike for an hour after a workout because your body is trying hard to help your muscles recover. That means you'll fry an additional 25 percent of the calories you just scorched during your strength session, Westcott says. "So if you burned 200 calories lifting weights, it's really closer to 250 overall." And if you lift heavier weights or rest no more than 30 seconds between sets, you can annihilate even more.

And there's more good news when it comes to iron's fat-socking power. "For every 3 pounds of muscle you build, you'll burn an extra 120 calories a day -- just vegging -- because muscle takes more energy to sustain," Westcott says. Over the course of a year, that's about 10 pounds of fat -- without even changing your diet. Yes, please."


^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ THIS!!!!!! Achantee's got it right!

Lifting doesn't make women "bulky". Female weight lifters have to do A LOT to get where they are at. You need the right combo of diet, cardio, and strength training to get the best results, and don't worry about becoming too muscular... odds are you'll just get real toned, and who doesn't want that? ^_^
  6584439
March 14, 2013 10:18 AM
Well, a few things...
First...eating more than a 1000cals is sound advice. I started at 323 and I'm currently at 289. I started Jan. 7th of this year. That's right, 32 pounds. I eat 1500-1800 calories a day and I work out 5-6 days a week. I do cardio every day and every other day strength training.
Second, even doing cardio you're going to build muscle. Let's say all you do is walk. Well all that walking will build up muscles in your legs, and your core because walking engages those muscles.
Third, I agree. I strength train and I do not by any means look like I am ripped or "muscley". I doubt I will even once I lose all of my weight. I don't go in there and try to squat 300 pounds either. Not that there is anything wrong with that, but you don't have to strength train like you're trying to enter a body building contest.

Honestly, the best thing is to find a work out buddy or someone you can be accountable to. They will help you stay motivated and on track and can even help push through workouts. Plus, get more calories in there! Your body will thank you I promise!
  30905241
March 14, 2013 10:25 AM
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rule of thumb if you are eating 1000cals you need to burn 1000 cals that should be about 180 mins on a treadmill or elliptical


Please don't listen to this! I certainly hope this guy was misreading something and not actually suggesting to anyone that a net calorie goal of zero is what you want.

I would say the same as the others...you do need to increase your calories. Cardio and eating at a deficit are not going to create muscles. I would suggest 60 minutes 4 times a week and add in some strength training, but that is just me.

Good luck!


I believe he posted this to troll a troll. There are too many things "off" with the op's posts. 1st thing I thought is it's a put on when I read it.
  32996501
March 14, 2013 10:26 AM
Troll...!!!????
  9771427
March 14, 2013 10:30 AM
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rule of thumb if you are eating 1000cals you need to burn 1000 cals that should be about 180 mins on a treadmill or elliptical


Please don't listen to this! I certainly hope this guy was misreading something and not actually suggesting to anyone that a net calorie goal of zero is what you want.

I would say the same as the others...you do need to increase your calories. Cardio and eating at a deficit are not going to create muscles. I would suggest 60 minutes 4 times a week and add in some strength training, but that is just me.

Good luck!


I believe he posted this to troll a troll. There are too many things "off" with the op's posts. 1st thing I thought is it's a put on when I read it.


Thanks. My troll spotting skills aren't very good. smile
  17284338
March 14, 2013 10:58 AM
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