I would recommend arrowroot. It's a natural thickener, but doesn't have any of the evil 6 in it.
I use PlantFusion. It meets the requirements and is cheaper. It's still around $40, but better than $65. Good luck!
I would also like to know this!
So I weighed in today. At the same weight, maybe 1/3 of a lb less. Still 176, though. I dunno. I guess I'll try the 1400 another week.
I had my RMR measured at a doctor's office a month or two ago. It was 1710, which was much improved from my original RMR of 1530. I multiplied that by 1.3, which is a "lightly active" lifestyle. That equals 2223. I am currently eating 1400 calories a day, for a deficit of 800. That was upped from 1200 calories in my original post. Hopefully that will help my body let go of the fat. It has to be thinking I am staving, because I can't imagine 1200 calories being too much. I will weigh-in again on Friday to see if I've lost anything. I hope so. If I have gained, I'm not sure what do but give up. I just can't seem to find a combination of calories and exercise that works. We'll see for sure Friday. Thanks!
I use PlantFusion. It's a pea/artichoke plant based protein supplement with stevia as a sweetener. I love it. I found it at my local Natural Grocers. Comes in Vanilla Bean and Chocolate here, but there may be more online.
Well, I wrote a long reply...but apparently I used a bad word and didn't realize? Not sure if it was deleted...
I did start working out as well. I am on the "Cardio Sculpt" program here at DailyBurn. To make a long story sort of short, I originally lost 50lbs or so over the past 4-5 years. I did so by eating little meals throughout the day, for a total of 1200 calories. I didn't really exercise aside from walking with a pedometer. Once I lost a lot of weight, I started feeling better and slowly went from walking to jogging, and began attending fitness classes. I was told I would need to up my calories as I started working out harder, but no one could really tell me how MUCH to increase them. Essentially I kept working out harder and harder, but never knew how much to eat. My weight loss stopped, and I began to gain back. I am in much better shape than I was back at my starting point. I can jog 10 miles, and I know I have gained muscle mass, which has upped my metabolic rate. However, I have not been able to shed the excess fat. And trust me, I have plenty of EXCESS. So...I decided to restart. I went back to 1200 calories when I began here. But, now that I do have more muscle and am in better shape, I don't think 1200 is enough. I just don't know how to tell if I am eating too little or too much. So I upped recently to 1400, while working out. I also too measurements. We'll see in a couple weeks if it's working. I am getting so tired of working my ass of, only to realize my ass is still there. Hehe. I also track my food on myfittnesspal.com, I have for years.
I agree. I am going to try and up my calories to 1400-1500 and see if that makes a difference in the weight loss. I really appreciate you taking the time to answer. Thank you! Congrats on losing 12lbs! That's half of my goal, which is amazing!
I took measurements a few days ago for this very reason! Thank you so much for your input, this helps a lot. After much research and some of the advice on here, I am going to up my calories a bit and try that out. Thanks again!
So, I should not eat back the calories...and have a net total of calories around 800-900 daily?
Additionally, I began at 175lbs, and after this week I am now at 176. So apparently I have gained 1lb. I took measurements yesterday though...so I hope I'll at least see a difference there. I just want a sign that I am doing something right, ya know? Instead of wrong. I don't want to gain all my weight back and start all over again.
Good point! I am definitely over my BMI, though. I have a LOT of excess fat to lose. *sigh*
I'm not sure what to do now. I guess I'll give it another week at 1200? This is where I get frustrated, because I am lost, and just not sure what steps to take.
Thanks for the help. :)
Well, I am eating back the calories I am burning from exercise. But that is to maintain the 1200 total for each day. It is not wise to drop below 1200 calories a day. Most people need a minimum of that to function, and to prevent the body from going into starvation mode, which makes the body cling to every calorie it can and prevents weight loss. If I didn't eat back my exercise calories I would drop well below 1200. Everyone has a different metabolism, and some people need more than the 1200 minimum to function. I know my metabolism is slow, but I am just not sure how to tell if I am eating too much, or too little. Or if I am doing something else wrong. Thanks for the input!