Getting in Shape

Getting discouraged!

My FI and I started our "get in wedding shape" regimen together on the 2nd of Jan. We are watching what we eat and working out more. I am only consuming about 900 calories a day, and I work out atleast twice more a week than he does. But he has lost 13lbs and I have only lost 5lbs.

Its very discouraging.
Any advice on how to speed my weight loss up. I need to lose 20lbs more to be in wedding shape. wedding is in sept, and i dont want to even look at dresses till i lose the weight.

Re: Getting discouraged!

  • edited January 2012
    Women almost always lose weight more slowly than men.  My FI can eat a little less one week and lose 4 lbs whereas I have to count my calories each and every day, and might lose 1 lb.  It's not fair, but that's the way it is for most of us.

    Five pounds is a fantastic weight loss for three weeks.  A loss of 1-2 pounds a week is a healthy rate of loss.

    You are actually probably eating too little for your body, especially if you are working out as well.  Women should never go below 1200 calories a day.  Eating less than that can be very counterproductive and unhealthy.

    Also, expect your weight loss to slow down as you get closer to your goal.  But just keep sticking to your calorie count and working out and you will get there!
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  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_getting-shape_getting-discouraged?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:238Discussion:f7d0254b-1425-49a8-9015-d54e2ebb7a52Post:a745c9f6-f064-4804-9a93-571ced0034e8">Getting discouraged!</a>:
    [QUOTE]My FI and I started our "get in wedding shape" regimen together on the 2nd of Jan. We are watching what we eat and working out more. I am only consuming about <strong>900 calories a day</strong>, and I work out atleast twice more a week than he does. But he has lost 13lbs and I have only lost 5lbs. Its very discouraging. Any advice on how to speed my weight loss up. I need to lose 20lbs more to be in wedding shape. wedding is in sept, and i dont want to even look at dresses till i lose the weight.
    Posted by spalihena[/QUOTE]
    I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure that is WAY too low, especially if you're working out. I'm sure some of the other ladies here can give you more guidance.
  • anna.oskaranna.oskar member
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    edited January 2012
    In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_getting-shape_getting-discouraged?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:238Discussion:f7d0254b-1425-49a8-9015-d54e2ebb7a52Post:841a4f12-bc2b-4506-b767-e71438fdd5a2">Re: Getting discouraged!</a>:
    [QUOTE]In Response to Getting discouraged! : I'm no expert, but I'm pretty sure that is WAY too low, especially if you're working out. I'm sure some of the other ladies here can give you more guidance.
    Posted by rlavach[/QUOTE]

    Exactly.  I'm surprised you lost 5 lbs at all.  When you dip below about 1200calories a day, you run the risk of putting yourself in starvation mode.  Then your body will want to hold onto every bit it can.

    If I don't work out, I eat between 1250 and 1450.  Working out, I factor in the caloric loss.  So if I burn 500 calories, I'll eat around 1800 calories so that after the exercise burns, I still have enough energy (calories) for my body to burn properly.

    i was actually an unintentional undereater previously and as soon as I increased my calories, the weight started coming off.
  • thanks for the advice ladies.... and the support!
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    [QUOTE]In Response to Re: Getting discouraged! : Exactly.  I'm surprised you lost 5 lbs at all.  When you dip below about 1200calories a day, you run the risk of putting yourself in starvation mode.  Then your body will want to hold onto every bit it can. If I don't work out, I eat between 1250 and 1450.  Working out, I factor in the caloric loss.  So if I burn 500 calories, I'll eat around 1800 calories so that after the exercise burns, I still have enough energy (calories) for my body to burn properly. i was actually an unintentional undereater previously and as soon as I increased my calories, the weight started coming off.
    Posted by anna.oskar[/QUOTE]

    <div>Couldn't have said all of this any better myself :)  </div>
  • do you see a change in your body? Mybe its becoming muscle weight, your body will get slimmer, but the scale wont move. Could that be the case?
  • mbaetembaete member
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    edited January 2012
    If you have an apple device check out the myfitnesspal app. Its free and fab. It is my greatest tool.
  • I have myfitnesspal. you dont actually need an apple devide - i have it on my android. thats how I am tracking my calories.

    thanks for all the suggestions - i will try going upto 1200 calories and see how that goes.
  • In Response to <a href="http://forums.theknot.com/Sites/theknot/Pages/Main.aspx/wedding-boards_getting-shape_getting-discouraged?plckFindPostKey=Cat:Wedding%20BoardsForum:238Discussion:f7d0254b-1425-49a8-9015-d54e2ebb7a52Post:1862d4bf-896c-4c94-8bd1-040d40fcfc50">Re: Getting discouraged!</a>:
    [QUOTE]do you see a change in your body? Mybe its becoming muscle weight, your body will get slimmer, but the scale wont move. Could that be the case?
    Posted by AniaNYC[/QUOTE]
     
    <div>No offense but I hate when people say this. People don't pack on pounds of muscle in a few weeks.</div><div>
    It is of course possible that OP is weight training and her muscles are retaining some water, but the big problem here is the seriously undereating. </div><div>
    </div><div>OP I have no idea how old or tall you are, but just to put it out there, to lose a pound a week I'm supposed to consume over 1700 calories a day. </div>
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