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  • I do weigh regularly to make sure that some accidental pounds aren't creeping back on. I'd say once or twice a week. (Shouldn't even weigh that often, but I do enjoy the ego boost that the scale number gives me.) The fit of clothes and how far down my thighs touch are my two other major markers.
  • I'm just under 5'8" and my weight fluctuates between 127 and 130. My body fat is usually 20.8-21 when I weigh 130.
  • People's metabolisms differ, and a lot more goes into accurate maintenance calorie levels than just height, weight, gender and activity. I know from long experience that my maintenance cals are 100-200 less than what MFP and all the typical calculators predict. Not a huge deal since it can be accomplished by just cutting…
  • I second this. My crockpot is so near and dear to me that I've given it a name. Betty. (Get it? Betty Crock-er? Hurr durr!) Other than that, I've found it wise to keep cheese cubes around the house, and to hard-boil a big batch of eggs and store them in the fridge for snacks and salads. Don't skip the yolk. It's got most…
  • Now that basketball season is over, no one. Until last week it was the NBA. Every time an important game was on, Adam Silver would telepathically drag me to a bar to watch it, and then of course I had to drink. The last month has been a rollercoaster of drinking and pigging out one day, then fasting the next to compensate.…
  • My story's kinda dumb. I've always known I look my best in the high 120s, so initially I picked 126 because it's exactly 9 stone by British reckoning (I'm not even British! I just like round numbers, haha). But when I got down there, a couple of friends commented that I was beginning to look slightly too thin... so I…
  • Okay, as an example, my scale just told me I'm at BMI 19.5, BF 20.4%, muscle 35%, water 56.7%, bone ash 4.9%. Here are the rough rules of thumb for women: Body fat should ideally be between 20 and 25%, but no less than 15 and no more than 30. Normal water weight is between 45 and 60%. Muscle varies widely. Bone ash, I have…
  • How does "cut then bulk" work? I would lose the 3 lbs of fat first and then lift while eating more or drinking protein shakes or something? That sounds better than the reverse for me. I'd rather initially go under by 3 than over. Although, yeah, I have time to kill and am generally happy with my body. No rush.
  • To answer all of you, I don't have any routine planned out yet and will be consulting a trainer. My BF% on my scale doesn't wary widely from weigh-in to weigh-in and has stayed in the upper decimals of 20% for a while now. And 3 or even 6 months doesn't sound that bad at all... I was expecting worse...
  • Well, haha, that will literally never happen, so let's proceed with the knowledge that I intend to stay at this weight and will deal with the drudgery that entails.
  • Get rid of all the fattening food in your house so you can't go over. 2 lbs is a cakewalk. You can lose that in a week.
  • Yeah, yeah, healthy fats, blah blah... It's high-calorie, and you have to eat it on high-carb food (bread, crackers, etc.), or else on celery, a combo I despise. Peanut butter is a total no-go for me.
  • "Realistic" varies from person to person - how addicted are you to bad or excess food? How much exercise can you tolerate or make time for? How disciplined are you? How much weight do you have to lose? Etc. When I was losing, I found 2-3 lbs a week to be realistic for me. My BMI was fairly low - started out at 23.3 - and I…
  • Two years?? You could do it in one, easy. Lose 1 and 1/3 lbs a week, and at the end of one year you'll weigh 69 lbs less. A serious concern is that if your weight loss is too gradual, say 2-3 lbs a month, it's not very motivating and you risk losing steam. 1 lb of fat is roughly 3400 calories To lose 1 1/3 lbs a week tou'd…
  • 5'7.5"-5'8", 128-131 lbs, 32 y/o, same activity level as any desk jockey. 1500 calories a day.
  • You don't want my opinion, but if you post stuff on the internet I'm sure you're aware that unsolicited opinions will happen. So here it goes: I know it's probably the lighting, because 3 lbs cannot be noticed by the human eye... but the "before" picture looks more feminine, and hotter.
  • There's your answer. You would literally have to inhale several blocks of lard to gain 5-10 lbs of fat in 2-3 days. No, scratch that. Your body wouldn't even process it. You'd get diarrhea and poop it all out before it went into your bloodstream. There is no such thing as gaining 5 lbs of fat in 2 days or 10 lbs of fat in…
  • It would definitely work, but it would be a very slow process compared to full-on dieting, which would cut more calories. If you can handle that, awesome.
  • Hey, you know, if you have cravings, just swap out some of your usual food calories for the caloric equivalent in a chocolate bar or whatever. Eat a vitamin to make up the loss of nutrients.
  • B.S., MFP estimates that my maintenance cals are 1680 a day, and I weigh more than her. And from my experience I actually burn less than that, and have to shoot for around 1500 at my activity level to maintain. People's metabolisms don't come in cookie cutter shapes. At her height and weight, 1900 a day would probably make…
  • I'll always pick beer. Not big on sweets. Huge on booze, though.
  • Hi and welcome! You'll come to find it's easier and more efficient to improve your calories-in-calories-out situation by decreasing food than by increasing exercise. After all, there's only so many hours a day we can jog on a treadmill before our knees explode.
  • Keto is the only diet plan I've ever really believed in. After a while it's all I bothered with, until maintenance. Typical loss for me has been 5-8 lbs in the first week, then 2-4 every week after that, depending on calories in and out. Mind you, I was on an extreme low-carb ketogenic regimen, and would almost always…
  • I don't believe in snacks. They just reinforce food obsession and the habit of always having food in your hand or mouth. (Spoiler alert: that's a fat people habit. Notice that skinny people don't generally go around town with a bag of food in their pocket, or watch movies with a bowl of food on their lap.) Food is for…
  • Losing is harder for me, by far. Here's why: 1) Restricting calories to a degree that would cause weight loss requires constant vigilance. I'd obsess over every little calorie I eat, every carb, the time of day I eat, the temperature of my food... 2) Not losing weight fast enough, not feeling pretty yet, not being able to…
  • A weekly weigh-in is more than enough, even for someone like me who only allows a +/- of 3 lbs. I know it would be damn near impossible for me to gain 3 lbs in a week unless I were snorting a box of donuts for dinner every day. When I go 3 over, I just diet for a week or two and it's gone. If I go under, I eat more. That…
  • 5'8"-ish, 130 lbs, 37-27-37, medium-small frame. Clothing size depends on the manufacturer but can range from a US 2 to a 6 in bottoms; 4 is most typical. In tops I usually wear a medium because of my boobs and shoulders, but a small fits better in the waist.
  • How much have you been losing lately? Suppose it's half a pound a week... If so, 250 extra calories a day would cancel that out. (250 * 7 = 1750 which is roughly half a pound of fat). That should be easy to get by adding one rich snack or dessert to your daily meal plan.
  • I prefer to keep a 3-lb range because if I allow more, it tends to let me slack and let the pounds creep on slowly (first 4, then 5, then 6, and next thing you know I've packed on 15 extra lbs). It's easy enough to knock off 2 extra lbs with a week of strict dieting, but 5 lbs is more of a commitment and more…