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Trouble with Losing Weight

A few years ago, i lost about 40 pounds (the healthy way!) but now it's starting to come back on. I first tried putting my body in starvation mode and exercising but that didn't work. So now,I exercise every day (for 30 minutes) and try and eat as healthy as possible (between 1000 and 1250 cal), but it's still not coming off. I realize that this may be too little, but I'm worred that if I increase my caloric intake to a healthy amount, I'll gain even more weight. Please help! I'm completely confused over this.

Wed. Nov 28, 10:24am

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I would definitely eat a little more unless you are about 4'-11". And to boost your metabolism, eat those calories in 5-7 meals spread throughout the day.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 10:53 AM

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Huh? Just b/c you're 4'11 means you need less calories (under 1200)?

Yeah I would eat more calories. For me, I'm eating almost 2,000 cals and steadily losing. About 8 pounds lost in the past 12 weeks (about 15 to go). Of course I'm going to have to cut down on my calories eventually, but eating in a normal fashion has helped me lose weight. Just eat healthfully. I mean think about it...what caused you to gain back the weight...overeating? Just cut that out. Good luck.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 10:58 AM

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no i'm 5'9..where does it say i'm 4'11?
i guess i should update that somewhere..

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 11:41 AM

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no i was responding to the other poster lol

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 12:03 PM

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ohh okay.
and thanks for the tips by the way :)
i was just worried that since i've been eating very little recently (slowing down my metabolsm) and then start eating normally again would cause the weight to come back faster.
so i just wanted to know if there was a way i can increase my metablolism, and slowly build it up.
thanks again!

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 2:07 PM

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op - are you doing strength training? I found I lost weight pretty easily when I watched my intake and I focused on doing weights (vs. cardio) And I got lean, as opposed to skinny and soft.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 2:30 PM

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no i'm just running on the treadmill and using a stationary bike.
maybe it's the form of exercise that isn't helping?

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 2:34 PM

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I agree about the strength training. Since I started the weights I've been dropping about a pound a week eating 1500 cal. a day. I do cardio, too, but the weights have made a major change. Just a caution though. The first month I actually gained a couple of pounds. I stuck with it though and after about five weeks I suddenly dropped 6 pounds. I learned much later that the muscles will retain water for awhile after a weight workout, necessary to repair themselves and especially in the beginning you are really taxing your muscles. Once they got used to it, the water weight dropped all of a sudden.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 3:33 PM

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I totally agree with the pp. I was at it for over a month and had not lost 1 lb, but I was weight training and doing cardio on only 900 cals a day. so my body was on starvation mode. I upped my cals over night to 1300 and week later I dropped 3 lbs, now 2 more have come off and I was actually eating more.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007, 11:34 PM

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I did the exact same thing. Lost a ton of weight and then some krept back on so I did what I did the first time, really limited calories and worked out a lot. Only to find the scale not moving. Then I started eating 4 to 5 meals a day with approximately 300 calories in each and small snacks, plus continuing to exercise. I am never hungry and I eat every 3 hours like clockwork! If I don't get enough calories I notice that scale doesn't move so I push the calories up a bit as I need adjusting! But the good news is that it works!

Thursday, November 29, 2007, 11:33 AM

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