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1700 cal/ day. working out. seven days. the scale is stuck. thoughts?

For the past week I have been averaging 1700 cals/ day. I am working out as well (swimming or running) - total of 17 miles run and 5 km swim (also, I walk to work and generally have a pretty active lifestyle). My scale is EXACTLY where is was one week ago. Any advice/ thoughts/ help etc. It would be MUCH appreciated!

Wed. Jul 12, 1:03am

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increase your calories in.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 6:36 AM

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Conversley, I think decreasing may help as well. BUt I am living the mantra you can't gain what you don't eat

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 8:05 AM

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1 - Give it time. It doesn't happen overnight, or even in a week.
2 - Take measurments. Muscle is more dense than fat. Perhaps you have actually lost lost two pounds of fat and gained two pounds of muscle, thus the scale is the same but your body is smaller.
3 - Maybe you are underestimating your calorie intake. Measure everything.
4 - Vary your calorie intake and exercise to keep your body guessing.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 8:58 AM

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good points last poster

here is one website to estimate number of calories per day. It is a guide and everybody's body is different. But at least you would have a place to look at to see if you are getting close to the right amount of calories. Then the other thing is look at the type of calories you are getting make sure they are well rounded if you are eating all fat calories that is not good... a well balanced "diet "is still the best in my book!


Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 9:06 AM

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Change workout, calories, and take a day off

Your body becomes used to your workout and calories -- that is why we hit plateaus. The body normalizes to that standard after 4 months. So ... to change you need to change.

1. Change workout,
2. Change calories -- probably up not down as down makes the body think you are starving,

3. Take a day off --

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 9:33 AM

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1 week of the scale not moving isn't very unusual. I know we don't like to hear this, but it's true! It's the trend over time, over several months, that counts. Good luck, and don't give up!!!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 10:11 AM

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Take one day off per week at least (your body needs rest to recover)

Change your workout (how about some weight training or circuit training?)

Vary your calories

Eat more protein - a bit with every meal and snack

Make sure you're drinking lots of water, especially with all of your activity

One week is such a short time, if the scale isn't moving in a month, you could always talk to an expert. I would suggestion someone who has both a background in nutrition AND exercise. Nutritionists alone, in my experience, just don't ever 'get it' when it comes to being extremely active yet faced with the challenge of losing weight and their advice (in my experience) has never worked.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 10:16 AM

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Plus if you are a female it could very well be that you are retaining fluid due to hormonal flucuations - 1 week is about the right amount of time for retention - if this is the case you should see the scale dip soon (alternately have you been eating lots of salt?). If it doesn't budge after 2-3 wks then by all means examine your intake and exercise carefully, but there are so many things that can cause little plateaus so don't get discouraged!

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 12:41 PM

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You have to have crazy low (500 or under) calories to make your body think your starving and for a prolonged period of time. I think a lot of people are affraid to go low cal because they can't actually do it or that it's tough. 1000-1200 is safe. Sure if you're used to eating 3500 cals per day it's gonna feel like your dying, but I assure you, you are not.

They say that 15% of what we eat is keeping is alive. That means 85% is things we may or may not need.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 12:43 PM

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12:43 poster - dangerous advice?

Especially if you don't know the person's weight and for someone who weekly does 17 miles running and 5 km swimming.

I'm not trying to be argumentative, but for some people, 1000-1200 calories per day with that level of activity would be a sure-fire way to totally f*ck up your metabolism.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006, 2:08 PM

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