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2-3 pounds a week - to much?

My weight loss plan currently consists of eating about 6 times a day.

breakfast approx. 100 cal - extremely low fat
mid morning snack approx.100 - extremely low fat
lunch 300 - 400 cal - mid fat
afternoon snack approx. 100 cal - extremely low fat
Dinner - Whatever I want - no calorie counting - but in a moderate portion
Evening snack - approx. 100 cal - extremely low fat
All day...plenty water.
I've also gone from an average 3-4 alcoholic drinks a day to 3-4 drinks a week

I've been doing this for about two weeks and have consistantly lost a tad over 2 lbs a week. As far as excercise I've just been making it a point to take the stairs much more often and park further away than usual.

I was hoping to lose 1-2 lbs a week (I always hear that is best). But I seem to be losing a little more. Should I up my calories to slow down? Or go with the flow? I'm thinking it may just be due to my major reduction in alcohol and may slow down on it's own.

My starting weight was about 157.


Wed. Jul 27, 9:04am

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It's probably due to the change in alcohol and in the diet in general. A "jump start," followed by slow loss, and then a plateau that you really have to work to get through, is pretty normal. The first few pounds are usually the easiest to lose, because you're the most motivated and they're the most "excess." The last few are the hardest because you're almost there, you already look pretty good, and you don't have nearly as much excess weight. If you're losing weight that quickly and you think the diet is sustainable, stick with it! If it's not sustainable, and you're hungry a lot, and constantly wanting to binge, then change it, because if you don't stick to it, then the weight won't stay off.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005, 9:42 AM

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I dont think so

2-3 pounds I think is okay, the achool alone subtracted is approx 2400 cal. that alone is about a pound, and what else you are doing looks okay I do think you need a few more calorioies in the morning, and make sure your snacks are veggies, or fruit and that you are getting enough protin you will be okay. Try to add more movement to your days, perhaps a walk around the block after dinner? Just give your body some time to adjust to this way of eating, you may have to adjust latter but that is okay

have a good day
jen

Wednesday, July 27, 2005, 9:43 AM

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My snacks usually consist of either a piece of fruit, a serv. of yogurt, or a 1/2 cup of granola cereal with or without a little 1%. And I feel like I can keep this up if I continue long enough to make it a habit.

I don't get hungry because I'm eating every three hours. The only really hard part is reminding myself of all the benifits of slowing down my drinking. And making sure to prepare for the day so I don't forget to have my snacks handy...they really keep me on track. It's so much easier to control what I eat if I don't give myself an oppurtunity to get hungry. That seems to be the key for me. NEVER HUNGRY......NEVER STUFFED.

As far a getting in some more walking I totally agree. I've just been really lazy about it and procratinating. I'm going to work harder to get that in on a regular basis.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005, 10:11 AM

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