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1200 is not enough!

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  • LaurenMT96
    LaurenMT96 Posts: 184 Member
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    Also my macros are set to 40%carbs, 30% protein & 30% fats
  • FireOpalCO
    FireOpalCO Posts: 641 Member
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    smolmaus wrote: »
    Chelle8070 wrote: »
    I think maybe I just need to switch trainers. If I only lose 5 or so pounds in a month he kind of guilts me about it.

    Hmmmm, I would think about it. Why would he be guilting you? Is his job not to be supportive and helpful? If a trainer isn't motivating you or providing expert information, what's the point of him?
    Chelle8070 wrote: »
    I don't know that my trainer has any kind of nutrition background.
    I would also be asking this question asap. I'm shorter and lighter than you and unless I am completely sedentary 1200kcal genuinely isn't enough for me (though if you're not losing I agree you're probably not eating 1200/day). I'd like to know his reasoning here. Giving you the minimum safe no. of kcal to make you lose the weight as quickly as possible is not at all what I would expect out of someone who is supposed to be a professional.

    This is why I don't do trainers and instead do OrangeTheory. All the benefits of having someone else design the workout and able to correct form and push me, none of the relationship *kitten* because there are 20+ other people in the room doing the same workout. Plus it costs less.
  • TanyaHooton
    TanyaHooton Posts: 249 Member
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    So I am 5'6" and 150 lbs, working to get to 135 or 140. To my knowledge, when we have fewer pounds to lose we adjust our rate or loss from 2 or 1.5 lbs per week to 1 or .5 lbs per week. Losing goes more slowly as we get closer to goal, and you are only 26 lbs away from your goal. I think (someone please correct me if I'm wrong) that the guidance is 1-25 lbs to lose, set it at .5 lbs per week; for 26-50 lbs to lose, set it at 1 lb per week. Mine is set at .5 lbs per week and I get 1490 cals before exercise. I get 3000-6000 steps a day which gives me ~200 extra calories and I am satisfied on nearly 1700 a day. I am still losing, too.

    I agree with others that your protein macro is high. If that works for you - i.e. keeps you satiated so you don't feel like you want to eat your chair - then keep it at 50%. But I need a balance, so I'm spread at 35-35-30%.

    A personal trainer's primary purpose is to help you train/exercise/get fit. They are not there to sell you stuff; after all, you have already paid them. I won't go back to someone who tried to sell me something that I don't need.
  • twatson4936
    twatson4936 Posts: 121 Member
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    I found when adding the full calories I burned into the calories I can eat it stopped me from losing weight. I believe devices that give calories for excercise (treadmill, watch) are only guessing. I add calories to my overall goal when I excercise as a reward, but I only add around 1/4th of what my watch says I burned. So far it is working. Hope this helps.
  • Chelle8070
    Chelle8070 Posts: 165 Member
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    Okay, thanks for opening your FOOD diary.

    1. Lots of "one half apple" "1/3 cookie" (who eats one third of a chocolate chip cookie, and well done there :lol: ) "1 scoop of protein powder," etc. Start weighing stuff on a digital food scale. You're eating more than you think.
    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10634517/you-dont-use-a-food-scale/p1

    2. Why are you (for instance) logging 600 calories for exercise, then not eating those calories?

    3. Your food logging is not consistent. There are a few days logged, then a few not, etc. It needs consistency.

    1. I totally eat 1/3 of a chocolate chip cookie on occasion. That's a real thing LOL. My 1/2 an apple was real too, gave the other half to the chickens. I just wanted it on my salad. I considered the scoop of protein powder a real thing as it's the real numbers and I level off the scoop and everything. I weigh all of my meats and a few other things. If I enter a recipe in MyFitnessPal, I portion it all out before we eat (my boyfriend loves that) so if it says 6 servings, I weigh it to make sure I have 6 equal portions, etc.

    2. A lot of that is the time of day. If I workout, then go right to soccer practice, I could go home to dinner with 1000 calories left but it's also 7:30 at night, so I don't think it's in my best interest to eat 1000 calories and then go to bed.

  • Chelle8070
    Chelle8070 Posts: 165 Member
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    As far as the trainer goes - I was working with one guy who is great for conversation (about life, food, all of it)... then the manager of that location booked me a month and a half worth of sessions with him. He's not attentive, complains about all the stuff he has to do, and as I said, guilts if I don't lose 10lbs a month. I have today and Thursday with him and then I go back to the first guy. I'm done training with the manager.

    It doesn't help that he severely let himself go and the owner is pushing him like a beast to get back in shape to better represent the company.... so he's training like 4x a week with the owner and doing ridiculous amounts of cardio, etc. I admire his drive and all but I just am not going to push quite as hard as he has been.

    I actually worry about him and think all the extra pushing is playing into him being a crappy trainer for the time being.

    Not that any of this is or should be my problem. I don't like the anxiety that my weigh in is causing. This is the first time I'm nervous vs excited to see the results and that isn't going to help anyone.
  • pinuplove
    pinuplove Posts: 12,871 Member
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    Chelle8070 wrote: »
    I go to bed any time between 9 and 12 depending on the day and energy levels... or if I've consumed all of my calories and find myself rummaging, I'll just go to bed. LOL

    When I do log - I log everything. Peanut butter, butter, soy sauces, wasabi, mustard, etc... everything... but I don't weigh it all. I use measuring cups/spoons. I'll start trying to weigh more often.

    Thank you again for everything <3 This thread has helped me realize some things *I* need to change and somethings I need to tell others *WILL* change ;)

    You might want to give this a read :smile:
    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10634517/you-dont-use-a-food-scale/p1
  • baconslave
    baconslave Posts: 6,977 Member
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    pinuplove wrote: »
    Chelle8070 wrote: »
    I go to bed any time between 9 and 12 depending on the day and energy levels... or if I've consumed all of my calories and find myself rummaging, I'll just go to bed. LOL

    When I do log - I log everything. Peanut butter, butter, soy sauces, wasabi, mustard, etc... everything... but I don't weigh it all. I use measuring cups/spoons. I'll start trying to weigh more often.

    Thank you again for everything <3 This thread has helped me realize some things *I* need to change and somethings I need to tell others *WILL* change ;)

    You might want to give this a read :smile:
    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10634517/you-dont-use-a-food-scale/p1

    Exactly.
    Take the time to read it. Otherwise you are just sabotaging yourself, OP.
  • flippy1234
    flippy1234 Posts: 686 Member
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    You will lose on 1200 calories a day IF you are logging and weighing and measuring correctly. No, you will not go into starvation mode which is a myth. I was in a similar position. I did not use a food scale...I do now and realize that I was pretty much underestimating how much I was really eating. It was an eye opener. If you really want to know how much you are eating, use a food scale and log everything...I mean everything. It's a pain in the butt but if you really want to know what the deal is...you need to. Good luck. It made a difference for me.

  • macgurlnet
    macgurlnet Posts: 1,946 Member
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    Chelle8070 wrote: »
    Okay, thanks for opening your FOOD diary.

    1. Lots of "one half apple" "1/3 cookie" (who eats one third of a chocolate chip cookie, and well done there :lol: ) "1 scoop of protein powder," etc. Start weighing stuff on a digital food scale. You're eating more than you think.
    https://community.myfitnesspal.com/en/discussion/10634517/you-dont-use-a-food-scale/p1

    2. Why are you (for instance) logging 600 calories for exercise, then not eating those calories?

    3. Your food logging is not consistent. There are a few days logged, then a few not, etc. It needs consistency.

    1. I totally eat 1/3 of a chocolate chip cookie on occasion. That's a real thing LOL. My 1/2 an apple was real too, gave the other half to the chickens. I just wanted it on my salad. I considered the scoop of protein powder a real thing as it's the real numbers and I level off the scoop and everything. I weigh all of my meats and a few other things. If I enter a recipe in MyFitnessPal, I portion it all out before we eat (my boyfriend loves that) so if it says 6 servings, I weigh it to make sure I have 6 equal portions, etc.

    2. A lot of that is the time of day. If I workout, then go right to soccer practice, I could go home to dinner with 1000 calories left but it's also 7:30 at night, so I don't think it's in my best interest to eat 1000 calories and then go to bed.

    I have tried several protein powders and have yet to find one that includes a scoop that is EXACTLY right for the gram weight given for a serving. If I do a level scoop, it's always at least 10% higher than the stated serving.

    Weigh the solids - as often as is realistic, ideally always - and that'll help with the accuracy.

    ~Lyssa
  • Chelle8070
    Chelle8070 Posts: 165 Member
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    It's a real bummer about the measuring cups vs weight. All in all I've probably been on MFP for 5+ years (not regularly but still) and have been thinking measuring cups are sufficient this whole time because "hey! i'm measuring"

    Seriously - thank you all!
  • toxikon
    toxikon Posts: 2,383 Member
    edited October 2018
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    Here are some thoughts:

    - Losing 1-2lbs per week is realistic for most people who are not extremely obese. Losing more than 5lbs a month simply isn't realistic for some people, especially sedentary women.

    - Using a scale for all solid foods may seem tedious, but it'll make your calorie count waaaay more accurate. It's also a nice way to reduce dirty dishes! Use the "tare" function while adding ingredients to your empty bowl and you only dirty one bowl.

    - Make sure your diet is high in SATIATING foods. Lean proteins (chicken, eggs, tuna, tofu, seitan), fibrous carbs (veggies, potatoes, oatmeal, beans, legumes) and high-volume low-calorie foods (green veggies, broths, air-popped popcorn, shirataki noodles, sugar-free jello, etc.).

    https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/15-incredibly-filling-foods