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  • At your weight and height you should only be at a 250 per day deficit at this point. This 1200 calorie idea is not always the answer. It's also not wise to not eat back some calories. I do not recommend eating back the calories that MFP says you are burning because those numbers are ridiculous, but eat a little more if you…
  • Lean meats or protein shake. When you run out of carbs and fat that's pretty much all you can do. :-( What I do to ensure this doesn't happen is plan my protein the day before. Filling in the other two are easy. And lean meats egg whites and protein shake are usually necessary in the mix no matter what you do. There is no…
  • Ooh grilled chicken breasts! Packed with protein and very little fat. Very good for you! I eat a lot of it. Anyhow, 2 breasts in one sitting is pretty impressive. LOL I eat about a half breast in a serving usually and it's about 200g. So I would bet 2 breasts that are big are about 800g total. These are cooked weights not…
  • MFP is often wrong about the numbers they give you. Mainly because everyone is different. Here's the thing. The best thing to do is to figure out what maintenance is for you. You can use MFP to give you a starting point in figuring this out. You can even do what they suggest for losing 2lbs a week. If you are actually…
  • There is no shame in maintaining your weight for a while and taking a break. You may try a deficit 2 or 3 days a week and eat maintenance the rest. As long as your week is at any deficit you will lose weight. You don't have to lose large amounts each week to win. Small losses are great! I am at those last pounds and I just…
  • Well OP, you definitely got a lot of response to your question. lol Most of the posters are right. Carbs don't determine your weight loss. Deficit does. But if you eat mostly carbs, you will be more likely to hate the weight loss journey because you will feel very hungry and won't be able to eat as much volume. The thing I…
  • If you are really struggling with that I would urge you to check out trendweight.com. It really helped me. :smile:
  • Yes. It is. If you use something like trendweight.com you can still track your weight and know what you really weigh during TOM. https://trendweight.com/u/d3de78258b8b42/ This is my report so you can see how it works. I weigh myself daily but I look at my trend rather than the daily number.
  • One more note, when I started logging all my food and balancing my macros (40% carb, 30% fat, 30% protein) I have found myself no longer craving anything. I used to eat so much chocolate but now I hardly ever think about it. I think balancing your macros and eating lots of fruits and veggies satisfies your body's need for…
  • I eat a junk food snack and make it fit into my macros for the day. :-) But if I can't fit it in, I really like premier protein bars. Especially the peanut butter crunch and salted caramel flavors. I buy them at Costco. They are slightly less that a buck a piece when you buy them there.
  • I know that feeling. I am in my 40's now and my 3 who were born in 3 years are now tweens! Anyhow you can friend me if you like. I was 180 after I had all my babies but am now down to 145. I would like to be about 130 but I am taking a break this summer and maintaining. My cardio is trying to get 10,000 steps, and I lift…
  • Wow. That's amazing. I have been cutting calories and lifting regularly for 2 years and I still look like a flabby weakling. I don't know if it's because I am older or have birthed twins or what. If I looked like you I might be less grumpy about having to limit what I want to eat just to not gain it back. Anyhow, enjoy…
  • Well, if you are willing to log all your food, learn about macros and watch your intake, get and use a food scale and weigh yourself regularly I can help. It seems like a lot of work at first but the knowledge you gain doing it is actually freeing, especially with eating disorder issues. I speak from experience. :blush:
  • I sip my wine and it suits me just fine. I do only have one glass per night. I don't drink it to get drunk but just to enjoy the flavor. Something I have learned in my weight loss journey is that all treats can still be enjoyed. You just have to do them in moderation. When my portion is gone I just tell myself "Tomorrow I…
  • Weighing your food is huge but also know that at this point your loss per week should only be about 1/2lb. This is the fine tuning stage. Another thing is to think of it this way. If you are losing 1 pound a week, you are eating at a 3500cal deficit. If you are losing 1/2lb a week, you are eating at a 1500cal/week deficit.…
  • Beware of this option. Nuts and seeds are incredibly high in fat calories and not very satisfying overall. Protein bars or beef jerky is a far better option here. If you want to stop being afraid of food then take charge right now. You can make the choice to eat a certain number of calories, a certain amount of protein and…
  • Skinny vanilla latte. A vente is 150cal and 15 g of protein!
  • It's pretty normal to hit a stall after a while. It's time to mix it up a bit. Have a re-feed day here and there and make up with a higher deficit on other days. Shake up your metabolism a bit. Try this: 3 days a week 1600 cal, 2 days 1300, 2 days 1900 (This is best on weekends I find). If it doesn't start going down after…
  • My husband was 330 lbs years ago. I didn't have a huge weight problem but my weight did go up and up to a high of 180lbs through our marriage. I didn't even notice it until I saw myself in a full length mirror at some dance lessons we took. I actually saw myself and thought that poor girl needs to lose some weight and then…
  • One more thing. I log my food to the gram on MFP every day. My reports say I eat an average of 1700 calories a day. Fitbit say I burn an average of 1900 calories a day. My scale show my weight maintaining perfectly. So it seems Fitbit Charge HR 2 for me is 200 calories a day too high. That's an example of how you can know…
  • Here's how you find out. Because the accuracy of the Fitbit or any wearable device is affected by many factors, no one can tell you your Fitbit is "this accurate". But here is what is completely accurate if you make it so. Measure and log your food accurately. Weigh yourself daily first thing in the morning always wearing…
  • Not sure what you mean by this. If you mean healthier, or better for weight loss, it doesn't matter which way you choose. If you mean better for your sanity, well that's up to you. If you want to lose weight just eat less calories than you burn. If you want to be healthy watch your macros and keep them balanced and eat…
  • Thanks for the math problem. That was fun! My husband and I went on a cruise recently and while everyone else was drinking and dancing we were either playing Dominion or trying to see what cool patterns we could make on our Rubik's cubes. As we looked around we realized we were easily the nerdiest couple on the ship. LOL…
  • Egg white omelettes. Or my go to which is protein bars by premier protein. 290 calories, 30g protein. I am good for a while. My favorite are salted caramel and peanut butter. Yum. :smile:
  • This is exactly why I homeschool. I don't want other people raising my children and teaching things I am not on board with. Too many cooks in the kitchen. This teacher has probably struggled with weight loss and wants to save them from experiencing the same, but honestly it's not her place to teach them things like that.…
  • Stronglifts + adequate protein + calorie deficit = visible abs, biceps, quads etc.
  • I vote for Stronglifts. It worked for me. Now I do 5-3-1. Which is pretty similar. I don't really care what my weight does. I just want to get stronger. I do care if I gain fat. Not ok with that. I hope to continue losing fat. So far it's working out. I eat a little under maintenance and lift heavy. If I reach my fat…
  • I am down to 145 and still eating 1500 calories. I lose .5 lbs a week. It does get slower as you get smaller. But to know if you are eating a good amount of calories, weigh yourself first thing in the morning before food, wearing the same thing and watch your weight trends. If you are loosing about 2 lbs per week that is a…
  • Yes, but they most likely lost a lot of muscle in the process. There is a balance. You need protein. You need vitamins. You can lose weight eating 1200 calories of snickers all day. True story, but your health will go down in quality. Here's the deal. 3500 calories is equal to 1 lb of weight on the body. If you eat 3500…
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