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Cyn9126 07-20-2005 12:55 AM

Ok well a couple of months ago i realized just how hard my college lifestyle had hit me and i knew it was time for some change. I am 5'6" and i stepped on the scale to see it say 146. That was by far the largest i have ever been in my life and i cried immediately. I started watching what i ate and began exercising again. Well i run 5.3 miles at least 4 times week, but almost ALWAYS 5 days a week. Monday through friday i eat a 180 calorie granola bar for breakfast, an apple or nectarine for a snack, a salad or somesort of controlled calorie mean for lunch, and what ever my mom cooks for dinner (usually a salad, a vegetable and chicken, fish or steak). On the weekends i have a realllly hard time keeping to my diet, but MOST of the time i dont entirely let myself go. I am proud to say that i lost weight, but i can't get the last 4 pounds off. My weight varies everyday from about 134-135. I am confused because i feel like i run SOO much and eat relatively well, so what is the problem?! The weight is mostly in my stomach and my love handels. Any advice will help, thanks!

SweetPickles 07-20-2005 07:00 AM


I am confused because i feel like i run SOO much and eat relatively well, so what is the problem?! The weight is mostly in my stomach and my love handels. Any advice will help, thanks!
Honestly, for the amount of running you're doing, it sounds like you are NOT eating enough, plain and simple. I'm a runner too, and the meals as you've described are just not enough to sustain the level of activity you're doing--that's a LOT of mileage for very, very few calories.

Your body most likely thinks it's in starvation mode and won't let you lose any weight, since it's trying desperately to hang onto what few calories you're consuming. Seriously. That really sounds like your issue.

Cherish 07-20-2005 08:01 AM

Add in some resistance training, and eat more.

Cyn9126 07-20-2005 08:45 PM

thanks for the advice... what do you suggest i eat more of? i eat when i'm hungry and thats it but if eating more will help me lose weight (sounds a bit ironic!) then i'll do it!

Cherish 07-20-2005 11:29 PM

As I understand it, your meals are:

B: granola
S: nectarine
L: salad
D: salad or veggie with protein

You could modify it to something like:

B: granola, 2 eggs or a yogurt (not a high sugar one)
S: nectarine, handful of nuts (almonds, walnuts or pistachios)
L: salad
D: salad or veggie with protein

This would bump you up by an extra 200-300 cals per day.

Cyn9126 07-21-2005 08:08 PM

thanks for the suggestions... but i'm still a little confused. when people want to LOSE weight they want to cut out calories, not consume more?

Cherish 07-21-2005 08:31 PM

The reason you're not losing weight is because the diet you posted is around 900-1000 cals and your Basal Metabolic Rate assuming you're around 19, is about 1450 cals.

Basal Metabolic Rate

You expend energy no matter what you're doing, even when sleeping. Thus your Basal Metabolic Rate is the number of calories you'd burn if you stayed in bed all day - a tempting idea for some. If you've noticed that every year, it becomes harder to eat whatever you want and stay slim, you've also learned that your Basal Metabolic Rate decreases as you age. Likewise, depriving yourself of food in hopes of losing weight also decreases your BMR, a foil to your intentions. However, a regular routine of cardiovascular exercise can increase your BMR, improving your health and fitness when your body's ability to burn energy gradually slows down.

Given that you've been eating so little, my guess is your BMR is probably at 1300-1400, so it takes less food than normal to maintain your weight at 134lbs. You should not eat below your BMR for extended periods.

I actually would have suggested you bump up your cals by 500 cals to allow your body to get back to normal, but I figured you would just ignore that advice.

Let me know if that's still not clear.

Cyn9126 07-24-2005 10:29 PM

Thanks i guess i understand, i just find it very odd that i need to eat MORE to LOSE weight! its quite an odd concept i think especially because anorexic people dont eat anything and they lose weight! does anyone else have any other suggestions or comments?!

Cherish 07-24-2005 10:52 PM


Originally Posted by Cyn9126
its quite an odd concept i think especially because anorexic people dont eat anything and they lose weight!

Right. Eventually the body will consume itself.

Best wishes with your goal! :)

spiderlashes5000 07-24-2005 10:57 PM

It's been only two months? I'd say, break your meals into 6 or 7 minimeals/snacks. Cut out the steak; eat more chicken, fish and beans. Not sure what you're doing on the weekend...don't go crazy cause it's the weekend. The last few are the hardest. Sounds like you're doing fine to me, AS LONG AS YOU AREN'T HUNGRY.

Cyn9126 07-25-2005 10:36 AM

Ya i'm not really hungry, i just have a large appetite. I dont go completely crazy on the weekends but i definately do let go a lot more than i do during the week. i think a big part of it may be the alcohol? the alcohol alone has calories and then when i'm drunk i want to eat everything i see!

Wenderful 07-29-2005 05:14 AM

That was some great advice from Cherish!

She is absoultely right. You need to be eating more for the amount of energy you're putting out. You sound like you are at an ideal weight anyway. That could be another reason your body is objecting to any more weight loss. I think you should add some weight training to tone up your body overall. I think you would be more pleased with your results.

You shouldn't obsess so much over the number on the scale. Focus on inches lost, how your clothes fit you, and most importantly the fact that you are healthy. Don't feel like you have to conform to this itty-bitty number or be a size 2 before you are "thin".

Hope this helps!

cunninghamair 07-29-2005 11:15 AM

Yep, cherish is right. You also need to change it up a bit. Your body know what's coming, so it holds on to the calories. Vary your diet a little (above suggestions were good). Running is excellent, but you need variety, or your body will adapt. Switch up your distances, or do some sprints instead of 5 miles (see Strength training is an excellent cross training for running if you can swing it (some hand weights and a book will allow you to do it at home, ie oxygen magazine). Elliptical trainer or bike once every couple weeks. I also do to log my food. I have learned portion control and healthier choices. Their boards are excellent for finding new foods and recipes. (There is a shoot off of ww, that suggests staying in the same caloric range each week, but altering calorie intake from day to day. I have done this on accident, and it works. Sometimes after plateauing, then pigging out for a week, I have lost weight.) Offer to cook dinner one night! And make something you would like :D

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