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Old 01-19-2010, 11:36 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Wow congrats on your weightloss! I have already lost 50lbs but hope to lost 70lbs. I started close to your start weight. I have a tendency towards weighing myself compulsively. It got bad last week where I would weight myself several times a day on different scales and measure myself several times a week as well.

Now I just do every other day and just use one scale that's fairly consistent (so I don't jump on and off hoping for a lower number). I also measure my natural weight, hips, butt, and thighs about once every two weeks. That seems to be a good system because you know where you are at but it not an all consuming thing. If you are going to weigh yourself everyday (or twice a day), I would put it into Fitday's weight graphs and just look at the overall trend for the week. I drink 64-80 oz of water a day, so I weigh myself in the morning and at least I know that I'm not just losing water weight.

Lastly, I don't know your age or your activity level, but I think 1200-1500 calories is far too low. Unless this was advised by a doctor or nutritionist, I would recommend you eat at least 1500-1800 calories (approx 1000 calorie less than what you burn) but with a good portion of protein and healthy carbs and fats. You don't want your body to just harvest your muscles. Plus if you are planning to stop dieting when you reach your goal weight and start eating a lot more calories, your weight is going to shoot up quickly.

I made the mistake last time of eating too few calories and as soon as I became less vigilant about what I was eating, I gained all the weight back and then some in the span of a year (90lbs). Now I am eating approx 2000 calories a day as well as exercising almost everyday. I have constantly lost 1-3lbs a week.

Last edited by Ladysky; 01-19-2010 at 11:41 PM.
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