Not losing weight?
I've been on Ignite for a week now. I've stuck to 1200 calories a day, keeping the evil 6 out of what I eat. I have a heart rate monitor, and so I eat back whatever I burn to keep the calorie count at 1200. So, if I eat 1200 calories all day, and burn 340 doing my daily workout, I'll eat roughly 340 calories to get my total back up to 1200. Am I doing this wrong?
I have 25lbs to lose, after having lost 80lbs already. I hit a plateau and thought this program might get me over the hump. I am just really confused and frustrated.
Acidique - I'm not on Ignite but I do Weight Watchers and use Daily Burn for my exercise. I can tell you from tons of Weight Watchers meetings - under eating will PREVENT you from losing weight. I think the science of it is that your body goes into emergency mode and attempts to store as much as possible when you under eat. Don't hold me to that, but at any rate I can tell you that when someone in a meeting says they just can't lose despite how hard they are working, more often than not they are under-eating. Weight Watchers actually REQUIRES members to always eat their daily allowance and not go under it. If you do go under, they do not guarantee results.
People need a different amount of calories daily depending on their size and activity level. I don't know your gender based on the information available, but I'm guessing you are female just because us ladies get drilled into us that the secret to losing weight is 1200 calories a day. It's just not true. If you find that you need to count something in order to control what you eat, try to find a program that will give you a daily allowance based on your height, weight, and activity level. That will provide you with a truer sense of how much you need to eat, and it will probably re-activate your weight loss.
Part of ignite is that you don't count calories, but instead just listening to hunger and using portion control. Because of the nutrient dense foods your body will use them better and you hunger and satiety signals will work properly so you do not over eat if you just listen to your body. Not only that but 1200 calories is too low! I had a lot of problems letting go of calorie counting, but I did and I've been doing ignite for 6 weeks (I haven't cheated once) and I have lost 12 pounds!
Difficult to do, but as suggested in previous responses, stop counting calories. The best thing I ever did, years ago, was to stop counting calories and weighing myself. That sounds crazy and many folks would probably shudder at the idea of throwing away the scale. The best part of this, however, was that I became more in tune with my body instead of relying on outside measurements and tools to guide my choices. If you prepare most of your meals at home, use whole food ingredients, cut excess sugars and carbs, eliminate as much processed stuff as possible, you WILL lose weight...sometimes we simply have to push through the plateau, but its a "mind" thing, not a "math" thing. Every time you get on that scale and feel frustrated, you further feel helpless, defeated and incapable. But thats just the nasty voice inside your head - time to shut her down. Look at how far you've come...you've lost 80 lbs and that IS incredible. Whenever I feel disappointed in my results, in anything in life, I have a saying I repeat to myself..."stay the course". You're doing all of the right things, you'll get there. Stay the course...
Did you just start working out as well or just start the nutrition part? When you start a new exercise program it "shocks" your muscles and you retain water for the first week or two that is helping your muscles repair. It could also be that you need a metabolic reset, if you've already been restricting for a while. 1200 is low, and if you've been maintaining that for a while your body will get used to it. Try to follow the plan and eat to fill you up without tracking calories for a week or two so your body can readjust (you may gain a little as your body figures it out) I've lost 60lbs so far (counting and working out) and have had to do a reset twice because my metabolism was so out of wack to begin with. Hope that helps.
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