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Maybe I'm Maintaining?

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traxless2009
traxless2009 Posts: 13 Member
edited October 2019 in Goal: Maintaining Weight
On June 17, 2019, I was 198-200 lbs at 6'. I'm a 73 years old male. I've been at 173-174 lbs. for three (3) weeks which has been my goal. My daily calorie goal has been 1,700 (which I established) with a sodium goal of 1,500 mg. I've been under my weekly calorie goal nearly every week by as must as 300-500 calories because of exercising and insufficient daily intake. So I'm thinking that one of the following must explain my maintenance.
1. I'm not accurately counting or measuring calories?
2. I don't need as many calories as MFP suggests because of my age and a slowing metabolism?
3. Three (3) weeks at the same goal weight is only temporary and I will continue to lose weight?

I'm certainly feeling better with slightly increased stamina, but I have lost some strength as measure by the bench pressure (-10%).

I'd be grateful of any insights.

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  • teacherspet1
    teacherspet1 Posts: 142 Member
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    Sometimes we need to reassess our goals (after weight loss) which changes our Calorie intake. Sometimes we don't eat enough and our body goes into survival mode by storing food as fat. There will be experts on mfp who know a lot about this and be able to help you understand it better. Good luck & well done so far! 👍😊
  • LivingtheLeanDream
    LivingtheLeanDream Posts: 13,342 Member
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    At your height if you were taking in only 1700 cals you would be still losing.
    You can monitor your weight for several more weeks yet before making any adjustment. I calculated your TDEE on an online app, your maintenance is at least 1900, thats based on being sedentary and that takes into account your age.
  • Maxxitt
    Maxxitt Posts: 1,281 Member
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    The strength metric concerns me a bit - is it a temporary thing perhaps brought about by not enough rest/recovery between sessions or changes in your lifting routine? Is it under-fueling? Another thought I had was to look at the content of what you are eating as well as what your calorie estimate is. There's good data that suggests that we older folks need more protein and that we do best when it's spread throughout the day.
  • corinasue1143
    corinasue1143 Posts: 7,464 Member
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    Did I understand correctly?
    If you’re only undereating by 300-500 a week, it might take 7 to 12 weeks to lose a pound.

  • traxless2009
    traxless2009 Posts: 13 Member
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    Did I understand correctly?
    If you’re only undereating by 300-500 a week, it might take 7 to 12 weeks to lose a pound.

    I meant to say 300-500 calories a day. My mistake.

  • pjwrt
    pjwrt Posts: 166 Member
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    On June 17, 2019, I was 198-200 lbs at 6'. I'm a 73 years old male. I've been at 173-174 lbs. for three (3) weeks which has been my goal. My daily calorie goal has been 1,700 (which I established) with a sodium goal of 1,500 mg. I've been under my weekly calorie goal nearly every week by as must as 300-500 calories because of exercising and insufficient daily intake. So I'm thinking that one of the following must explain my maintenance.
    1. I'm not accurately counting or measuring calories?
    2. I don't need as many calories as MFP suggests because of my age and a slowing metabolism?
    3. Three (3) weeks at the same goal weight is only temporary and I will continue to lose weight?

    I'm certainly feeling better with slightly increased stamina, but I have lost some strength as measure by the bench pressure (-10%).

    I'd be grateful of any insights.
    I'm old, too.

    That said, your goals are confusing me. Are you into bodybuilding or weight loss? The two are very different. Bodybuilders have 32" waists, but weigh 220 pounds. Skinny guys have 32" waists, but weigh 160.

    Using the scale instead of the tape measure seems to be the easiest (re: lazy) for me, but not the best idea.



  • kimny72
    kimny72 Posts: 16,012 Member
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    On June 17, 2019, I was 198-200 lbs at 6'. I'm a 73 years old male. I've been at 173-174 lbs. for three (3) weeks which has been my goal. My daily calorie goal has been 1,700 (which I established) with a sodium goal of 1,500 mg. I've been under my weekly calorie goal nearly every week by as must as 300-500 calories because of exercising and insufficient daily intake. So I'm thinking that one of the following must explain my maintenance.
    1. I'm not accurately counting or measuring calories?
    2. I don't need as many calories as MFP suggests because of my age and a slowing metabolism?
    3. Three (3) weeks at the same goal weight is only temporary and I will continue to lose weight?

    I'm certainly feeling better with slightly increased stamina, but I have lost some strength as measure by the bench pressure (-10%).

    I'd be grateful of any insights.

    OP, it sounds to me like your question is: It looks to me like I've been eating at a deficit for 3 weeks, but I haven't lost any weight, why is that?

    Unfortunately, all three of your possible answers are, well... possible. A TDEE calculator set at "sedentary" says your TDEE would be around 1880 cals. I would guess that a combo of logging errors and over-estimating exercise calorie burns would explain a lot. If the exercise is new, it could also be water retention for muscle repair. It's also possible your fairly aggressive weight loss is also causing some water weight swings, not to mention a bit of a metabolism hit, both of which should slowly regulate I think.

    I'd suggest logging super accurately for a couple of weeks (food scale for all solids, double check the entries you are using in the database have the correct calories, make sure you log beverages condiments cooking-oils nibbles everything) just to see if your calories are a bit higher than you thought. It's possible your appetite has increased in response to the weight loss, and you've been eating more without realizing it.

    Also, understand you have a maintenance range - your weight will bounce up and down naturally, so don't panic if you see it go up a couple of lbs. Settling into maintenance can be a tricky transition. Make sure you are fueling your workouts.

    Congrats on getting to goal!
  • lokayshelokay
    lokayshelokay Posts: 6 Member
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    Personally i dont add exercise as it can be easily misjudged especially as the more fit you become the less calories you burn doing the same activitt. Are you weighing and recording all your food or guesstimating? It could be your metabolism has slowed slightly due to many factors. You could try either upping activity daily or lowering your calorie intake slightly
  • lokayshelokay
    lokayshelokay Posts: 6 Member
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    Also if your happy its staying where it is then your doing everything right and ignore the exercise and dont log it. Whatever your calorie intake is its right
  • traxless2009
    traxless2009 Posts: 13 Member
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    I’d like to thank people for their generous help. I’m reviewing and thinking about all this valuable information. Thank you.
  • cindyloving358
    cindyloving358 Posts: 6 Member
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    I'm impressed with your sodium levels. I struggle to keep mine under 3500.