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  • Actually, with fruit, you have to watch out for sugar content, and MFP will do a good job for you in that department ofc. Some foods that I enjoy are low fat yogurts, South Beach Diet - Good to Go bars in dark chocolate (only 6 g of sugar in that particular flavor), salads with fish, olives, and tomatoes. I only use…
  • First of all, congratulations (both on the wedding and the weight loss)! :) I'm actually getting married in 56 days and I am feeling the pressure also. My tips are ones that you probably already know, but here they are: 1) Make sure to net no less than 1200 calories in order to sustain your weight loss. That's what I have…
  • Totally agree. After a few refusals, they'll stop offering, and even if for some reason they don't, just keep refusing it and don't let what anyone says or thinks get in the way of what's best for you. Anyone who cares about feeding their body nutritious food will agree that cake is a no-no. You can just say that you just…
  • That's true. Weights would help you retain what muscle you already have as much as possible. :)
  • The good news is that you really don't need to do exercise to lose weight. As Bella0531 said, it's good for your overall health and also good for burning off calories so that you can eat more. And the truth is that as long as you create a 3500 calorie deficit, you're going to lose 1 lb. of fat no matter where those…
  • I would def eat or drink those extra calories. Also, if you chew gum, the average piece of gum is at least 4 calories. I chew 81 calories worth of gum a day. lol
  • I have been using http://iifym.com/iifym-calculator/, but the best advice I can give you is to compare with as many websites as possible and see what is the most common TDEE. They may have rounded numbers here and there to get different values.
  • 3.75 lbs. a week is normal weight loss for someone who had to lose that much weight because a lot of it was water weight loss too. P.S. The best advice I can give you is not to care about what anyone else thinks. If you're able to maintain your weight on 2200 calories as you said before, you're fine! Congratulations!!!! :)
  • The truth is you can eat anything and as long as you burn 3500 calories, you're going to lose 1 lb. of fat. It's much healthier to eat balanced meals though. MFP does a good job of setting your macros at appropriate amounts to ensure that your calories are being filled up with healthy foods. Many typical meals/snacks of…
  • 3.75 lbs. a week could be reasonable for many people who have a lot of weight to lose because a lot of what you're losing is water weight too. As long as you're netting 1200 calories a day at the very least, you're ok. :)
  • It will matter if you eat less than 1200 calories a day because your metabolism will slow down too much and your body will not be getting essential nutrients. As long as you can sustain eating 1200 calories or more though, you're fine. :)
  • You have to change your eating habits if you want to see results. Don't get yourself down though. I used to be depressed about being overweight during my childhood, but the only way I made that change was to start eating healthy and creating a decent calorie deficit to lose fat. http://iifym.com/iifym-calculator/ This…
  • I've done it before and I saw huge changes in my body, but only because I had a good diet too. Without a reasonable caloric deficit, you won't notice any results. The best advice I can give you for the DVD in particular is to not be ashamed of doing the modified version of the exercises because they are hard at first. I…
  • I haven't tried it, but I know what else definitely works! http://iifym.com/iifym-calculator/ If you don't already know it, you should calculate your TDEE (amount of calories to maintain your weight based on your activity level). Every 3500 calories you lose will be 1 lb. of fat. It is not recommended to eat less than 1200…
  • You can either adjust your net calories, so that you are losing less fat per week or just push through it. By netting 1200 calories a day, you're losing 1 lb. a week (according to your particular TDEE). You could net 1400 calories and lose .6 lbs. a week if you want. Often times, I feel a bit grumpy when beginning to diet…
    in grumpy Comment by IoveIy June 2014
  • It's unfortunate that you really can't be certain of exactly how many calories you're burning off or even how many calories you're eating since there is always room for error (especially when measuring things). Even the calorie count that is printed on the nutrition label is often an overestimate to allow for error. I…
  • Slowly increase your intake. Calorie-wise, maybe have an intake of 700 extra calories a week (100 extra calories a day) every 2 weeks until you're at your maintenance goal. http://iifym.com/iifym-calculator/ Use this calculator to make sure you have an accurate goal. However, if you've been dieting by eating healthy foods…
  • It is definitely extra hard! I only have 6 lbs. to lose to get to a BMI of around 19 and I'm netting 1200 calories a day to lose only .6 lbs. of fat a week. It's the best I can do without starving my body of essential nutrients, losing muscle, or slowing down my metabolism. I also don't like to weigh myself because since…
  • As long as you're netting an appropriate amount of calories for your height and weight and drinking enough water, it's fine. :) In my first week of dieting, I lost 3 lbs., but only .6 lbs. of fat. This rapid weight loss (which as you know is mostly water), will slow down over time and as you get closer to your goal weight.
  • I personally don't like cheat days because it's taking away from a lifestyle change and because depending on how severe the cheat is, it's really just prolonging your goal. It's prolonging the length of time between your diet calories and your maintenance calories. Remember, once you're done dieting, you can't go back to…
    in cheat days Comment by IoveIy June 2014
  • IMO, weighing yourself is a waste of time because of daily water weight fluctuation and muscle growth (for some). If you're losing inches and noticing your clothes getting looser, then it's working. Just stick with your caloric deficit and double check your TDEE to be sure you're on the right track.…
  • I used to be chubby as a kid, but as I became older, I took control of my eating habits once and for all. Now, I weigh 5'4 116 lbs. (I have a small frame.) and have been able to maintain this weight for years. The best advice I can give you is: 1) Know your BMR and TDEE if you don't already.…
  • I have changed my whole mindset towards buffets. I used to always over indulge in the past, but now, I look at it as an opportunity to be able to better control how much I am eating. Typically, I'll only have some sort of salad anytime when eating out because it is both a healthy option and easily trackable on MFP. :) My…
  • By using this calculator (http://iifym.com/iifym-calculator/), it seems that you're netting too many calories. This calculator says your TDEE is 1926 calories and that your BMR is 1605. If you netted 1426 calories, you'd lose 1 lb. of fat a week. My tip is to continue your diet and exercise routine based on these numbers…
    in Not losing? Comment by IoveIy June 2014
  • Since I only have 6 lbs. to lose to reach my goal weight, I have to net 1200 calories a day to lose .6 lbs. of fat a week. Because of that, my breakfasts are usually small. I'll typically have: Dannon - Light N Fit yogurt (the strawberry cheesecake flavor is my fav!) South Beach Diet - Good to Go bar (dark chocolate is the…
  • I would recommend netting no less than 1200 calories a day in order to not slow down your metabolism too much and keep your body healthy. It will be much easier to maintain your goal weight after dieting also because your metabolism will be able to adjust to your maintenance calories. http://iifym.com/iifym-calculator/…
  • Although I'm not a dietitian or nutritionist, I would recommend netting no less than 1200 calories a day in order to not slow down your metabolism too much and keep your body healthy. It will be much easier to maintain your goal weight after dieting also because your metabolism will be able to adjust to your maintenance…
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