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  • tinkerbellang83tinkerbellang83 Posts: 7,270Member Member Posts: 7,270Member Member
    I am not seeing anything in your description of your workouts that would be burning 1000 calories, I'd probably estimate about half of that at most unless you're very obese.

    I AM obese. I weigh 230. My doc wants me down to at least 165. And that just gets me into the high end she wants me at.

    Even according to MFP I can burn 900 calories in a Zumba class. My fitbit is pretty darn close to what MFP estimates. I never eat all my calories back. IF I do eat them, it's only half. So on a high-calorie day I may eat up to 1600 calories. I rarely do that.

    I rarely eat out, I cook my own food, am very diligent on weighing/measuring.

    You're obsese but not very obese, I am a good 25 pounds heavier than you and wouldn't expect to get anywhere near those burns for the activity you've listed. I'd expect maybe 500 cals for 2hrs water walking, around 350-400 for a Zumba class and maybe 200 for Yoga.

    The only time I'm burning anywhere near 1000 calories for a workout is a couple of hours rowing out on the water against the tide and wind.

    I'd consider disconnecting the Fitbit, manually logging exercise with more conservative calorie burns and logging your food more accurately.
  • lydiapassthedonutslydiapassthedonuts Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member

    I read all the posts. I didn’t see anything unkind or discourteous. Some helpful comments that’s all. You have to take these boards for what they are, a bunch of people who do not know you and who will sometimes do their best to fill the gaps where info isn’t provided. That’s the way the human brain works.

    You are right. I had a *kitten* day. Thanks!

  • fitpal4242fitpal4242 Posts: 81Member Member Posts: 81Member Member
    It doesn’t sound like you’re over exercising, but that’s an awful lot of time to dedicate each day. If you have the time, and you’re enjoying it vs. feeling bored/obligated to spend that much time, it doesn’t seem it’s too much.
  • size102bsize102b Posts: 1,359Member Member Posts: 1,359Member Member
    Weight loss is more about the amount of food you put in your mouth. Start logging religiously, using a food scale to weigh everything. No skipping, cheating, or forgetting.

    ETA: Oh, yeah. And your exercise calories are not realistic, at all... Try eating back a quarter, instead of half.

    Nope weightloss for menopause women is a whole barrel of hardships as estrogen dropping makes them store fat it’s not so simple as energy in energy out
    We have to work out harder to burn the same amount calories as a women I. Her 20 and 30s
  • lydiapassthedonutslydiapassthedonuts Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
    fitpal4242 wrote: »
    It doesn’t sound like you’re over exercising, but that’s an awful lot of time to dedicate each day. If you have the time, and you’re enjoying it vs. feeling bored/obligated to spend that much time, it doesn’t seem it’s too much.

    I absolutely love it. At this time in my life, I do have the time to dedicate myself to the time in the gym. I found a groove I really enjoy.

    A trainer at the gym mentioned over-exercising which is why I asked here.

    Since asking here I visited my doctor and was told not to change it if I am happy with it.
  • lydiapassthedonutslydiapassthedonuts Posts: 71Member Member Posts: 71Member Member
    size102b wrote: »

    Nope weightloss for menopause women is a whole barrel of hardships as estrogen dropping makes them store fat it’s not so simple as energy in energy out
    We have to work out harder to burn the same amount calories as a women I. Her 20 and 30s

    Yup. Doctors have told me "I'm of that age" and will have to work much harder now than I did 20 years ago. They are right. It's not just about the calories in and calories out anymore.

  • AnnPT77AnnPT77 Posts: 13,655Member Member Posts: 13,655Member Member
    PAV8888 wrote: »
    Your daily activities change over time. Your desire to engage in daily activities changes over time.
    The number of daily activities you are willing to attempt (and can successfully attempt) in a day changes over time.
    Each extra thing you do burns calories.
    Your hormone levels influence your strength and desire to do things and the opposite is probably also true to an extend.

    Your calories out change over time.

    You have to work harder to consciously and unconsciously burn the calories you used to burn especially if your endurance and capacity for work and activity has decreased over time.

    You are burning less calories not because of some magical age related physiological change while performing the same set of activities as before but because age influenced changes are acting in concert to reduce the total amount of your daily activities.

    You can either operate under the reduced activity constraints which do amount to a substantial--but not overwhelming and not insurmountable--amount of calories.

    Or you can try to mitigate the decrease.

    There exists more than one person on these boards who in their 60s is burning more calories than they did in their 40s.

    So in a way we do have to work harder as we age.

    Because we have to consciously put in place conditions that will increase our activity back to what it used to be.

    Plus maybe work consciously on increasing our muscle mass back to what it used to be, or . . . what the heck, why not? . . . beyond. (It's a slow process, though, I admit.)

    It's only something like 2-4 calories per pound of muscle (vs. fat) per day in metabolic activity; but it encourages and enables the increasing activity; strengthens bones (or maintains bone strength), which is a major factor in longevity and independence for women especially (broken hips can be a major step in a bad direction); and more.

    I don't know how many calories I burned in my early 40s, but I'm pretty sure it was fewer per per pound of body weight then than now, and I was obese then (larger body burns more calories at rest than a small one, other things equal).
  • PsychgrrlPsychgrrl Posts: 2,820Member Member Posts: 2,820Member Member
    kshama2001 wrote: »
    I wouldn't consider that over-exercising, but you may indeed be over-estimating your calorie burns.

    Please change your Diary Sharing settings to Public:


    I'm seeing things that look like cup measurements, including for higher calorie foods like nuts and croutons. There are some meals that look like they might be estimates for restaurants or takeout (the Chinese, for example) and stuff like "1/12th of a cake" and "2 slices of bacon." We've got this: "Apple Pie - Apple Pie, 0.09375 slice." This is an example of an entry that is very unhelpful for you (what is a "slice" and how do you know you got .09375 of that amount?).

    I would encourage you to weigh all your solid food. If you're eating out and estimating the calorie content, that's potentially going to slow down your weight loss. This isn't to say "don't do it" (most of us ate out sometimes when losing weight), but it's something to take into account when the scale doesn't respond like you thought it might.

    When I cannot be accurate and have to guess, I try to take the higher calorie items listed in MFP. And that apple pie you mention was a bite. I try to overestimate the calories instead of underestimating them.

    I don't know how else to do it? This is my best guess. How else could I do it?

    Patience will be key. If you truly have to guess, then the calories in part is less accurate. When those "bite" situations are in your day, can you plan for them and have a "known calorie" alternative ready? Can you say no? You don't have to refuse the treats, just realize even bites can add up to calorie bombs. I bring foods I want to eat (where I know the nutritional profile) to potlucks and don't eat out a lot (using nutritional info from the menu to choose when I do). My friends and co-workers are used to me snapping pictures of the barcode and reading the label and inputting info into MFP.

    Your exercise burns seem high to me, too. Burning even 10 calories a minute is really, really intense and most folks can't maintain that level consistently for an entire hour. Like cardio machines, the MFP estimates are based on a generic standard that most of us don't fit. They're not accurate for many. Fitness trackers can very. I wear a Fitbit and a Garmin (nerd alert!). The Garmin's calorie burns were higher and I synced my Fitbit instead--for me, they seem more accurate.

    The 1200 calories also seem low based on your height and weight. At the same time, it seems like you might be eating more than you think. You said "weighing and measuring." I do very little measuring, because it's so much less accurate.

    I didn't get it when I started, and folks here helped me figure things out like we're trying to help you. It's not criticism, it's a learning process. No one jumps in and gets it all right from the start.

    I did lose all my weight in my 40's (at least peri-menopause, no real idea--all the plumbing was disconnected years ago and I have no way to tell) with medicated hypothyroidism. It took a couple years (I lost about 115 pounds) and happened in fits, stalls, and starts. But I kept going and it all came off and has stayed off.

    It will for you, too. Just give yourself some grace and patience in figuring it all out. Calories are simple, the human behavior that goes along with consuming them--not so much. :blush:
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