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  • Low intensity exercises like walking are probably best. Also, splitting up your workout into mini workouts throughout the day might be a good idea for you, like 5 squats when you get out of bed, some pushups (wall or regular) while you wait for your morning coffee to brew, etc.. This way you won't be working out long…
  • I noticed this, too. Overeating on these days can wipe out any deficit that OP had going the rest of the week.
  • You can definitely lose weight without gyms, but I wouldn't say "don't waste money on gyms" unless you add the caveat "if all you want to do is lower the number on the scale." Skinnyfat is a thing, and weight loss alone won't give that toned look that a lot of people are looking for.
  • It's still chickpea based like regular hummus, and nowhere near as sweet as frosting. It is delicious, though.
  • Not aimed at anyone in particular, but I think it's important to know the difference between disagree and woo, because disagreeing with something is just expressing an opinion, whereas flagging something as woo can indicate that it contains false or debunked info., which is helpful.
  • Are you going to completely stop working out, or just stop trying to progress? I'd be worried about losing muscle and my hard work of 5 months going to waste if I completely gave it up, but I definitely understand not trying to increase the difficulty of your workouts while in a deficit.
  • Play around with meal timing. For me, IF helps me manage my hunger because I just have to get through my fasted period and then I get to eat. The first few days are hard if I stop IF for some reason, but once my body gets used to not eating anything until 11am or later, it stops sending out as many hunger signals in the…
  • You probably irritated a tendon in your knee, and when you started moving differently to avoid that pain in your knee (even if you didn't notice yourself moving differently), that new pressure pattern could have led to you injuring your foot. You might want to see your doctor to make sure nothing was torn, but most likely…
  • ^^^This. Avocados are very healthy; they are also very high in calories. Same with coconut oil, the dressing you might be putting on your otherwise healthy salads, or the hummus you might be dipping your veggies in. Calorie counting is king when it comes to weight loss. You can lose weight eating at McDonald's every day,…
  • The "woo" doesn't mean disagree, it means that someone is touting unscientific or pseudoscientific "woo," i.e. untrue facts/fads that don't do what they claim to do or "magic bullet" tips and tricks. Drinking a shot of apple cider vinegar mixed with cayenne pepper and honey every morning to jumpstart your metabolism is…
  • One kilo in 3 weeks is great, especially if you're already at a healthy weight.
  • Ben-gay is a brand of biofreeze, I believe. An ice bath after you get home (at least up to your hips) might help with the DOMS. Stay hydrated, and don't take ibuprofen before or during the hike unless you're drinking A LOT of water, because it can be hard on the liver otherwise. Tylenol (acetominophen) is a safer bet…
  • I also moved on to the 10k version. I've gotten a little faster over the last 3 weeks (I'm on week 13, with the 22 minute intervals) but I'm still super slow as well. I love it, though, and use that time to catch up on my podcasts and enjoy some "me" time :)
  • I wouldn't log it. Days where you're more active because you're shopping balance out days when you're less active and spend 90% of the day curled up on the couch watching Netflix. Or at least, that's how my days balance out :)
  • I'd suggest a maintenance break. Make a conscious decision to eat at maintenance for 2-4 weeks, and change your goal in MFP to maintenance, too. Once the time limit you've set for your break has passed, try changing your goal in MFP and starting up again. Sometimes, all we need is a break to regain our focus and…
  • There's the flip side that your body does more than just build muscle, so calories from carbs aren't useless, even if they are unnecessary for muscle growth.
  • We need to know how many calories that is before we can give any meaningful feedback. The exercise seems good, and your food choices seem fine, but if you're taking in too many calories (dates are high in them, as are many "healthy" shakes), it doesn't matter how healthy the foods you're eating are, you'll still gain…
  • Assuming that your "no carb" diet doesn't eliminate things like vegetables, there isn't anything wrong with a high protein, extremely low carb diet if your body responds well to it. Foods like fruits and vegetables, which contain carbs, also contain the necessary vitamins, minerals, and fiber that our body needs to be…
  • Depression so severe that you can't/won't leave your bed is not something that even the most well-intentioned internet folk can help you with. It sounds like you badly need professional psychiatric help and probably anti-depressants to help you on the road to health and healing. In the meantime, you can try switching to…
  • High protein vs. low protein doesn't make a difference in regards to weight loss, because weight loss all comes down to calories. You do want to make sure you get enough protein to prevent muscle loss as you lose fat, but beyond that there isn't a benefit to high protein. Once you hit (or try to hit) your daily goal for…
  • Try to come up with a reason that you want to lose weight, and whenever you're feeling unmotivated remind yourself of that reason. For example, is your current weight making it hard for you to keep up with your kids? Find clothes you like? Feel confident? Once you identify why you want this, it becomes a little easier, but…
  • Negative effects of routinely under eating (not just the odd day, but averaging less than 1000/day on a weekly basis) are malnutrition, fatigue, hair loss, hormonal imbalances, etc.. What are you eating that you have trouble reaching 1000 calories a day?
  • How long have you been stuck? If you're tracking accurately, it could just be a plateau. There's that cool flowchart that people always post on these threads, but I'm not the person with that graphic, so hopefully that person will come along.
  • I second intervals. If you liked the C25K program (which clearly you did), you could try following it again, but this time during the "walk" parts, run at your current speed, and at you "run" parts, increase your speed by maybe .5 mph. Start all the way back at Week 1 and work your way up from there. There are other…
  • It might currently be a fad, but it's not a useless or misinformed one. A lot of people compensate for weak or lazy glutes by using other muscles (like hamstrings) to do the glutes job, making the workout less efficient and also increasing the risk of injury and further muscle imbalance. I have lazy glutes, and I'm working…
  • Running isn't necessarily bad for your knees, and in many cases can strengthen and protect them, but definitely listen to your body and any pain cues it gives you, no matter what activity you are doing. Once you can walk for 30 minutes without stopping or getting tired, if you are interested in trying running out, I highly…
  • It's usually considered safe to lose about 1% of your body fat a week. If you're 200 pounds, that's 2 pounds a week. If you're 300 pounds, however, you could increase your deficit and lose 3 pounds a week and still not be losing an unhealthy amount of weight a week. That said, extreme deficits run a higher risk of causing…
  • This. Commenting on people's weight, even if you mean it to be positive, is risky. Maybe the person losing weight takes it wrong and thinks you're saying they looked worse at a higher weight, or feels self-conscious that you are paying attention to their appearance. Or maybe they aren't trying to lose weight and are…
  • I second using Libra or Happy Scale. Weighing only once a week or month runs the risk of just happening to weigh yourself on a particularly high da, which might make you think that you have plateaued or are trending up, whereas a daily weigh-in with a trending line lets you look at the big picture on a daily/weekly basis…
  • I use the MapMyRun/MapMyWalk (doesn't matter which) because it adjusts my calories burned depending on speed. The biggest problems with these apps is that they double count your calories burned by counting your regular "just existing" calories as well as the calories from exercise, so I take that into account by knowing…
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