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I am Female 5'5 118.8 lbs and would like to get to 115 , I workout m-f taebo for 45-55min and 20 min weights/calesth m-th , Sat I do 45 recumbent bike and situps, I would like to add 15-30 of bike MWF to the daily routine. I have been eating around 1400 cal per day and 1-2 splurge days never over 1800 though, my question is is this a good plan or should i eat more i am confused since every website has a diff opinion, some tell me to add back cals when i workout and some just give me a figure for daily consumption. I dont want to go into starvation mode, I just want to lose these last 5lbs

Tue. Nov 20, 12:23pm

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OMG!! Your body cannot handle that much exercise! I am really concerned about how safely you are doing this. I would get a professional opinion- atleast from a trainer. Ask yourself why you want to lose 5 more lbs off that body and is it healthy to do so.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 12:48 PM

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PP - That is NOT a crazy amount of exercise, if you're an active person that's perfectly reasonable. If you haven't been exercising that would be nuts, but if you're already doing it, no problem. Just make sure to include enough rest to make sure you don't get injured!

OP - I would stick with the cals you're at, as long as you're feeling healthy. If you're not eating enough, you'll be feeling weak and have no energy, in which case you may need to add in a snack or two. Just remember, it might take you a while to lose those last 5 because you're already so fit! Focus on fitness and muscle, and try not to obsess about the scale.

Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 1:42 PM

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i have been doing this now for 4 mths and also I started at higher caloric intake since i was heavier. I feel great when i exercise and i see results, plus i want to be as healthy as i can be inside and out!! Thanks for your advice!! I really would like to lose those last 5 I know it will be hard that is why I am trying to bump up my cardio routine. I just want to make sure my nutrition is right cause I want to feed the muscle. Should I stay the same once i have lost the 5 with the exercise or should i cut back and increase cals slowly?

Tuesday, November 20, 2007, 3:50 PM

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more importantly, why bother??? 3lbs isn't going to affect your health, and is highly unlikely to affect your appearance either.

So why try to lose the 3lbs? Sounds like an arbitrary number.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 12:30 AM

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Wow why would you go so far to reach 115 when you're at 5'5. I'm shorter than you are by 3 inches and just want to reach 120. Three pounds isn't going to make a big difference anyways. Another thing, you're not eating enough for the amount of exercise you're doing. I think your body is telling you that you can't lose anymore, especially since you've been doing this for 4 months now. I mean is a 3 or 5 pound loss really going to make you happier? In addition, fat is necessary for health anyway.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007, 3:32 AM

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I am trying to get to a healthy weight and shape for my height , I have another question though if i am not eating back calories for exercise will this hamper my success ? because i am having a hard time understanding this whole calorie maze , I mean it is not rocket science but finding the balance between food in and out is troublesome since every person and website has its own opinion. The Daily Plate tells me I should eat 1157 cals per day based on my stats and eat back the cals i burn from exercise while another website tells me i should eat a flat 1700 for 1 lb weight loss a week. I wish there was someone out there that could give me a real straight answer because i am up and down and I want to maintain my new weight after i lose the 3 (or give up whichever come first:) and need to know calories in for that and also should i continue the same exercise routine as i said above or can i cut back once i am ready to maintain? the list just goes on!!!!!! There aren't any nutritionist office in my area execpt for jenny craig and i don't need a program , i need answers!! Thanks for all you advice!!

Monday, November 26, 2007, 4:11 PM

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3:32 here
honestly, will 3 pounds really make a difference? will that really make you any happier?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007, 11:00 AM

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not sure why ppl are giving this girl a hard time. If we all had taken care of the extra 3 pounds in the beginning, we wouldn't be where we are today. this is how it starts. More power to you OP. I'm also 5'5" and used to weigh 115. If I had 3 extra pounds at that weight, my pants would start looking and feeling tight.

I don't suggest going below 1200 calories or you could go into starvation mode. Try decreasing to 1200 for 3 weeks, keeping exercise the same and see if that gets you to your goal. Then go back to your 1400-1800 per day. Let us know what happens.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007, 11:34 AM

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DO you have a log we can read? I'll be able to tell quickly if I can see a week of your logs.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007, 12:54 PM

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The three lbs are important because i think it would make a difference and plus i used to weigh 115 for a long time and that is what i would like to be.
What do you mean by logs? If you are talking about Food Logs THis is my normal rundown:
Coffee 8 oz
Creamer Lowfat 4 tbsp 40cals
Sugar 2tbsp 90 cals
South Beach Protien Bar 140cals or Healthy Life Toast (70 cals) w/ 1/2 cup EggBeaters 70 cals

Subway 6in Turkey on Wheat w/cheese & lite mayo ,lettuce 375 cals
Apple: 56 cals
Viactiv MultiVitamin 20 Cals

Tv Dinner up to 320 cals + small salad w/ 15x 1cal spray dressing or a
6 oz chx breast with veggies and brown rice with salad =435 cals

Evening Snack:
Simply Salted Popcorn 2 cups = 60 cals
Pear and 1/2 lowfat Cottage Cheese = 190
Avg Total 1390 to 1450

As for Exercise: m-f
50-55 min Taebo in am early burn - 268 cals
Afternoon Weights 20 mins
Abs 15 min every other day
Sat: 30-45 min recumbent bike burn- 250-350
Sun Off

Ive tried the 1200 cal diet and it actually halted my weight loss. I am rethinking the three lbs but i think over time they will come off , sometimes i think i might not even get 1200 cals a day if i add back for exercise and that may be halting my progress. You guys have been very helpful !! If i do cut down to 1200 cals a day should I eat back exercise calories?

Tuesday, November 27, 2007, 4:53 PM

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